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Saturday, May 29th, 2004 | Author:

Let’s review what we know about our American government. It shall consist of three branches: The Executive, Legislative and Judicial. Most of us understand the powers of the President and our Congress, but lately I think that Americans have lost track of the Judiciary. The following is a quote from Alexander Hamilton one of the major framers of our Constitution. “The judiciary … has no influence over either the sword or the purse; no direction either of the strength or of the wealth of the society, and can take no active resolution whatever. It may truly be said to have neither force nor will.”    (emphasis added)

The recent decision of the Massachusetts State Supreme Court to condone gay marriage and this week’s decision by our own California Supreme Court to delay its decision for ninety days reflect a judiciary that has grown too big for its robes. The American voters have voiced their overwhelming opinion about this whole issue of gay marriage. Here in California, sixty-one percent of voters  went to the polls and voted for Prop 22 defining marriage as between one man and one woman. This is in keeping with how God originally set things up when He created man and woman. He designed their bodies to complete the other. God created human sexuality and the choices are male and female with no third option. Sex changes demonstrate the utter perversion of God’s design. I just don’t understand how four judges in Massachusetts can rule for the other 268,000,000 Americans. But to no one’s surprise the gay agenda was set into motion a few years ago and is now coming to the public eye. Let me quote some of their own words for you and you judge for yourself.  “A middle ground might be to fight for same-sex marriage and its benefits and then, once granted, redefine the institution of marriage completely, to demand the right to marry not as a way of adhering to society’s moral codes but rather to debunk the myth and radically alter an archaic institution.” Michaelangelo Signorile, “Bridal Wave,” OUT magazine, Dec/Jan. 1994

You see, it is not about marriage but the destruction of marriage which will lead to chaos in society. I think that it is time to stop these judges from legislating and put them back into the confines set in place by our founding fathers! What mankind ignores will ultimately be the condemnation of his own soul. “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Hebrews 10:31 God will ultimately have the final word, and that final word will be, “And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”               Revelation 20:15  Modern man tries to write this off as old fashioned but he fails to realize that the Word of God lives and abides forever. No matter how modern our ideas become, God’s Word supersedes it every time. There is absolute truth and every person will have to face God with what they did with His revealed truth. Every effort by scientists to make man the result of evolution has failed miserably. The complexity of creation should be easy for any truth seeker to recognize. Remember one thing: man can never make legal what God has declared illegal, all man can do is decriminalize it. There is still a payday someday for every person who ignores the simple truth. At Olive Branch Church we are committed to teaching the truth of God’s word spoken in love. Come and see for yourself. 

               Pastor Ike

Dated 05/29/04

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Saturday, May 22nd, 2004 | Author:

James Madison proposed the following language to protect the free exercise of religion from any and all control by the state or federal governments. “The civil rights of none shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or on any pretext, infringed.”

From the debate and rewriting of the First Amendment, we have extensive documents containing these arguments which make it clear that there was never any intention of separating the expression of our faith from the public forum, but to protect it from ever being compromised by any level of our government.  Today, unfortunately, we have a small group of people who want to rid America of all expression of Christianity and they are doing this by deliberately distorting these early documents. Chief Justice William Rehnquist of our Supreme Court writes about this in the November 2003 edition of WhistleBlower magazine, page 26.  I will quote one of the early documents concerning this issue. Joseph Story, a member of the Supreme Court from 1811-1845, a professor at Harvard Law School, in his Volume 2 of Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States 630-632 (5th ed. 1891) discussed the meaning of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. He states, “Probably at the time of the adoption of the Constitution, and of the amendment to it now under consideration [First Amendment], the general if not the universal sentiment of America was, that Christianity ought to receive encouragement from the state so far as was not incompatible with the private rights of conscience and the freedom of religious worship. An attempt to level all religions, and to make it a matter of state policy to hold all in utter indifference, would have created universal disapprobation, if not universal indignation.“The real object of the [First] [A]mendment was not to countenance, much less to advance Mahometanism, or Judaism, or infidelity, by prostrating Christianity; but to exclude all rivalry among Christian sects, and to prevent any national ecclesiastical establishment which should give to a hierarchy the exclusive patronage of the national government. It thus cut off the means of religious persecution (the vice and pest of former ages), and of the subversion of the rights of conscience in matters of religion, which had been trampled upon almost from the days of the Apostles to the present age. …”

This is not to remove the freedom to practice other religions, but was meant to confirm Christianity as the religion of the Founders of America and to protect Christianity from control by the state as it had suffered under the hands of the monarchs of England and other hostile governments.  John Bunyan, the author of Pilgrim’s Progress, spent thirteen years in a Bedford prison for simply preaching the Bible in the Protestant tradition.  Many people today forget the horrible persecution of the Christian church worldwide.  Today, in African nations, there are bloody conflicts on a daily basis. In the Sudan, over the past few years, upwards of three million Christians have been killed by radical Muslims who want to take over the nation and its government. Christianity and its values are in the crosshairs of many in our own government.              

Pastor Ike

Dated: 5/22/04

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Saturday, May 15th, 2004 | Author:

 Did you know that this title represents laws on the books of California and America at large to protect the innocence of children as they grow up to adulthood? No one is allowed to offer cigarettes, alcohol, pornography or do anything harmful to one of these little ones. Jesus had much to say about this subject and here is just one of His statements. “He said to His disciples, ‘It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come, but woe to him through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble.’ ”                Luke 17:1-2He spoke this while standing in Capernaum at the northern and deepest end of the Sea of Galilee. Archaeologists have unearthed heavy basalt millstones right by the sea. The text indicates that this stone should be put around the neck of one who harms a child, thrown into the sea and remain at the bottom. One of the primary protections offered in America over the history of our nation is the safety and protection of our children. Today, in our California school system, under the name of sex education and sensitivity training, we have kindergarten and older children being taught about sex in very graphic terms. Bills passed in our state legislature and enforced by our state board of education will shock and appall you. Sometimes children are told not to say anything to their parents about a book or special time in class as they would not understand or get upset. I challenge you as parents to go to the school district office and request to see the materials your child is being taught. Many wonderful teachers modify these materials to help protect innocent ears, eyes and hearts from exposure to things that would embarrass most adults. Kaiser Permanente has a traveling show, Secrets, which has been allowed into our jr. high and high schools here and around the state. It is a thinly disguised safe-sex presentation that says little or nothing about abstinence but promotes risky behavior to our students. This program requires parents’ signature to attend! This assumes that kids are going to get involved sexually anyway so let’s help them by making it safe. Safe sex is a big lie that has been spread by those trying to sexualize children. Public Law 106-554 and California Education Codes 51930 and 51933 require schools to use “medically accurate” information in sex education courses. California law says, “All factual information presented shall be medically accurate and objective.” “Commencing in grade 7, instruction and materials shall teach that abstinence from sexual intercourse is the only certain way to prevent unintended pregnancy, teach that abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, and provide information about the value of abstinence while also providing medically accurate information on other methods of preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.” Doesn’t it make common sense to teach abstinence primarily and list the dangers associated with all other methods? Children look to adults for accurate information.  Shouldn’t they get it?
Pastor Ike
Dated: 5/15/04 

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Saturday, May 08th, 2004 | Author:

Is our doctor using hate speech when he gives us the true condition of our physical health? God is speaking the truth when He warns us of disobeying His Laws. We are passing laws in California encouraging people to disobey God.“ but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ…”     Ephesians 4:15‘You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”     Leviticus 18:22“A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD your God.”     Deuteronomy 22:5“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.”     Romans 1:18-32“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”      Proverbs 14:34America is sinking into a quagmire of degeneration. If we check the history of nations who persisted in deliberate disobedience to God’s Word, that nation was destroyed by His judgment. Americans need to repent, turn away from their blatant disobedience and turn to God for His forgiveness, starting with His church. Church, it’s time to live out what we say that we believe. Take a firm stand for what is pleasing to God. He alone can heal our land.          Pastor Ike

Dated 5/8/04

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Saturday, May 01st, 2004 | Author:

“In my view, the Christian religion is … one of the first things which all children, under a free government, ought to be instructed …No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis for any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”                      Noah Webster I am flatly irritated at the constant spin coming from our media, educational system, etc. trying to change the founding documents to avoid giving God the credit for establishing this awesome nation. Have Americans really been duped so thoroughly as to think that this land is religiously neutral? Hogwash! Any American can go on the web and check out the founding documents and see for themselves that even to hold office required a statement of faith in Jesus Christ. Today America has had its roots clipped and the attempt is being made to plant it in a different soil. Our founding fathers said that this type of government was designed by godly men and will collapse if it is not led by godly men. These men knew that the foundation for freedom and human rights came right out of the Bible, not any other so-called holy book in the world. Our nation is tottering today as elected officials and judges are trying to rewrite these age old truths into a godless society. If we do not learn from history we are bound to repeat it. Every great nation that turned away from moral law and moral men and women leading it collapsed! Where are the red blooded Americans who know this to be true and yet sit quietly watching the evening spin machine while allowing a godless few to destroy this great land? Many of our legislators in Sacramento are doing everything that they can to overrule your vote to establish marriage, according to Prop 22, between one man and one woman. They recently voted on a gender neutral bill to remove the language that had defined marriage since time immemorial. How is it that we are letting .6% of our society dictate what the rest of us believe and accept? What does it take to get you ticked off enough to get involved and stop the rapid destruction of the State of California and these United States? Have we forgotten that the majority rules in this land? Over 60% of Californians voted to make Prop 22 the law and now mayors, judges and legislators are telling us to get lost as they fulfill their twisted agendas. The old adage, “When good men and women do nothing evil prevails,” is a truism staring us right in the face today. I plead with you to get involved and see to it that the rule of law and the moral fabric of America are preserved. Your newspaper has the names and contact information for all of our elected officials. Call, write, e-mail or go and see them and express your strong disagreement with their direction. If you don’t, we will all live to regret it! We are on a rapid decline right now and only God can stop it! But will you help? Pastors, civic leaders and citizens take your civic duties seriously! Are you registered to vote? Do you vote? I am not a nosey neighbor! I feel like the voice of one crying in the wilderness with a desperate plea to good men and women to rise up and do what is right for today and for the next generation. Voting is a privilege and yet so few take advantage of this great and powerful tool to keep society on track. Let’s shock those who are ignoring the will of the people by putting them in the unemployment lines themselves. Sometimes people get too big for their britches and must be put back in line by those who elected them. Let’s do it!          Pastor Ike

Dated: 05/01/04
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