God's Word is very clear regarding sexuality, stating that homosexuality is a grievous sin (as it ultimately destroys the family). See Romans 1:24-30; Genesis 19:1-27; and 1 Timothy 1:9-10. What is the state of a church when it acts as if it knows better than God? Reminds me of what Satan, disguised as a serpent, said to deceive Adam in the Garden of Eden when tempting him to sin: “Has God said...?” he piously asked(Genesis 3:1).
Furthermore, in some circles conservative Christians are now being branded as terrorists. For instance, a recent report in Conservative-Daily.com published the article with the title, “West Point Cadets Are Taught That Conservatives Are Terrorists!”
“148 pages of Leftist venom were spewed out in the past few weeks by the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at the United States Military Academy at West Point. This supposed ‘ thorough’ study by Liberal Arie Perlinger is titled: ‘Challengers from the Sidelines: Under- standing America’s Violent Far-Right.’ This vulgar report literally lumped together many violent super far-right, hate groups with conservatives like us! It was repugnant, at best! It put together patriotic mainstream conservatism with literal terrorists.”
Closer to home: ACTS Daily Encounter, our major gospel outreach tool, is now being blocked more than ever. Last week we lost another 6,000+ subscribers and, at best, less than 5% of these would have been actual unsubscribers. And today—in the last 24 hours—we have lost a further 1,652 subscribers while only 30 were from people who actually did unsubscribe.
Frustratingly, several servers are continuing to treat Daily Encounter as if it were spam just because it is bulk email, and blocking it to subscribers.
Daily Encounter is totally subscriber based as we never spam anyone. With the ever increasing attacks against Christianity here in the U.S., one can’t help but wonder if the blocking of Daily Encounter might also be increasing because we are publishing the gospel? Think, too, how of late the IRS has been picking on conservative and Christian organizations (including Focus on the Family and Franklin Graham’s organization).
Whatever the cause/s, I believe that the anti-God and anti-Christian attacks will increase, thus all organizations, including ACTS, need more and more earnest prayer support for God’s protection and provision.
But praise God there’s lots of Good news! Every day of the year, without fail, ACTS continues to receive salvation and re-commitment to Jesus Christ response decisions from around the world. Since going on line over a decade ago we have received 38,585 decision for Christ responses from 165 countries that we know about.
These countries—from Accra to Zimbabwe—are online at: www.actsweb.org/response_countries.php. Be sure to see this list as it is very encouraging.
God has given His people today some of the greatest means of communications ever for publishing the gospel. It is a wonderful privilege to have a small part in what God is doing in the world today in reaching people worldwide with the saving gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is also a blessing to receive many responses from Daily Encounter subscribers and visitors from ACTS websites. Following are a few of these responses:
“Dear Dick and Joy, I have been involved with the Internet for many years and see the good that it can provide. I want to thank you for your wonderful website and Daily Encounter emails. I find more inspiration and blessings in your subscriptions than any
other online resources.” – Bruce S.
“Good morning Dick. Thank you for such a wonderful Daily Encounter on ‘Boundaries vs. Walls.’ Truer words were never said. Since learning this valuable lesson, there has been a lot less stress and grief in my life. It needs to be taught to many Christians. Your site provides a treasure of wisdom that I am sure has helped countless people around the world. We are to encourage each other and it is good to acknowledge when a brother or sister has created a masterpiece like this work which is one of many you and your team has created. I will be sharing the Daily Encounter with others.” – Joseph G.
I got a kick out of this response from Harriett received in response to Daily Encounter:
“I found your message today so very eye-opening! Those of us who know and try to live by God's Word must be diligent and make our voices heard! The trouble with our country, and with the world in general, is that the "Patients are running the Asylum!" That is, Satan has been very busy and recruited his minions to take places of power, and we've let them!”
So, Dear Friend, know that your prayer and financial support is a vital part of helping to make ACTS gospel outreach possible, and is greatly appreciated. As you stand with us again this month may God richly bless and reward you in His own abundant way.
Gratefully in Christ,
Dick and Joy Innes
*A listing of ACTS websites can be seen on line at www.actsweb.org/acts_websites.php.
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