Dear ACTS Friend,
Last month we reported how ACTS Daily Encounter continues to be under attack by several servers that are blocking it from hundreds of subscribers. This blocking continues every day.
This past month we experienced a different kind of “attack.” Somebody took a very heavy solid concrete pelican from a neighbor’s yard and placed it on our front lawn making it appear that we stole it. We assured our neighbor that we didn’t. The following day someone smashed a large 5’ x 3’6” x ½” thick glass windbreaker panel at the back of our house. The glass was shattered into thousands of tiny pieces scattered all over the place.
Across the street from us there are no houses as this property is very steep. Kids (we presume teenagers) park across the street from our home night after night and just throw their trash out on the sidewalk and the street. It is a constant mess. The owner of this property lives at the bottom of the hill and is not easily seen from where the kids park. He reports these kids to the police, so we are wondering if these kids think that we are the ones reporting them so are hitting back at us with their destructive behavior.
What is very troubling is that these kids have no respect for other people’s property, and absolutely no responsibility regarding what they do with their trash. Is this typical of many of today’s teens? What is even more troubling is the fact that so many judges and political leaders are also acting irresponsibly! For instance here is a headline I saved a short while back:
Gay-conversion therapy ruled illegal in California
“A U.S. federal court … upheld California’s law prohibiting licensed professionals from counseling gay and lesbian minors to change their sexual orientation…. California Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill to ban therapists, psychologists, doctors, and social workers from providing so-called ‘gay-conversion therapy’ to patients under 18, last year.”1
The implementation so far has been temporarily delayed. I find this extremely hard to believe that this is even happening. It shows how far we as a people have progressed in moral decline. God’s instructions these days are being totally ignored by so many of our leaders—even some so-called Christian leaders.
That is, some denominational and church leaders are now approving the ordaining of homosexual pastors even in the face of God’s Word calling homosexuality a “detestable sin” (Leviticus 18:22) … a sin that ultimately destroys the family and even a nation, if we consider the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Bible. Homosexuality, of course is not the only detestable sin as ALL SIN is totally destructive. But at least thieves are not demanding that stealing is to be accepted as normal, and so on.
Furthermore, homosexual people will never let up pushing their agenda until both homosexuality and gay marriage are accepted and approved of in every state of the country. What will be next? Will religious freedom to speak out against homosexuality and gay marriage be stripped away by federal courts? Could doing this become a hate crime punishable by law? The way we are headed, it’s bound to become a reality! Just give it time.
The only hope of our sin-sick society is the saving gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. In today’s society this is an URGENT need! As Jesus said He came to “seek and to save that which is lost” (Luke 19:10). He also commissioned you and me—and every Christian and every church—to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to everyone everywhere” (Mark 16:15).
To this commission ACTS has been totally committed since we first started publishing the gospel in 1968. Today, via the electronic media, almost every day of the year ACTS is receiving salvation and re-commitment to Jesus Christ decision responses from somewhere in the world. To date—a total of 41,120 decision responses for Christ— have been received. They have come from 168 countries that we know about. What an incredible opportunity God has given to His people today to reach people worldwide with the Gospel.
It’s a tragedy that we in the church are not as committed and persistent as the homosexual people are regarding promoting and communicating the greatest message in all the world—the salvation message of the Lord Jesus Christ!
With Joy and myself our only staff in our US office, we may be just a tiny organization; but with your prayer and financial support, together we are communicating the message of Jesus Christ to many thousands of people every day via ACTS Daily Encounter—which has 373,000+ worldwide subscribers, Weekend Encounter with 7,465 subscribers, and via ACTS gospel websites that, on average, have 40,000 visitors every month from 194 countries and territories.
Please know that your prayer and financial support—which is greatly appreciated—is a vital part of ACTS exciting gospel outreach ministry and is helping to make it all possible. As you continue to stand with us again this month via prayer and financial support, may God greatly bless and reward you in His own abundant way.
Gratefully in Christ,
Dick and Joy Innes
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