All content, of both the original and this blog, is written from my point of view and is my opinion. I believe it to be accurate at the time it is written. ~ Kyle Prast, Brookfield resident since 1986

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Dr. Greg Huffman: "Why is our country so divided" outline

The following are Dr. Greg Huffman's notes from his November 2nd and 5th
 Word for Life radio show - WVCY 107.7 FM, 6:15am: PART 1 and PART 2

(Word for Life Radio—Friday and Monday, Nov. 2,5)
·        Divided philosophically and therefore, politically
·        The foundations of a person’s belief system must be the same for similar ideas and goals to be supported.
o       The foundation for a non-believer?  Anything but the Bible
o       The foundation for a Christian?  The Bible
·        Our problem is:  America no longer believes in BIBLICAL MORALITY, only the desired results of it.
o       It’s OK to pray when our country is under terrorist attack or facing natural disasters of extreme proportions.
o       But the pressure is immense to leave the Bible out of all conversations
·        The election this year is a test:  “A Worldview Test”
o       We will reveal our worldview by our vote
o       The two candidates and their two major parties represent two very different worldviews.
o       Fifty years ago there wasn’t a whole lot of difference between the platforms of the two major parties.
§         But that’s no longer true
§         There’s a major difference that reveal stark differences in what is considered real and desirable.
·        These are morally and ethically world apart
·        The issues involved relate to totally differing views of human life and the institution of marriage.
§         2012 Democratic Party Platform = the first major political party to call for the legalization of same-sex marriage.
·        This is simply a follow up of the President’s earlier announcement that he has “evolved” in his position on the issue and had now reached a conclusion that he would support the legal right of same-sex couples to marry.
§         The Republican Party Platform stated:  We affirm our support for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
o       On the Issue of Abortion
§         The Republican Party states:  “We assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.”
§         The Democratic Party platform states:  The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay.
o       These two issues demonstrate the vast differences of two world views.
o       But these two views are simply consequences of differing foundations – Bible, or public opinion?
o       Other biblical issues at stake:  See Summary Sheet
o       But, bear in mind, there is a definite battle going on to silence the Biblical values.
§         Illustration:  “The Righteous Right: hypocrisy, not ‘moral values.’”
§         Some Christians have stated that they are not planning on voting because the choice is between two men with whom they do not agree theologically.
§         But consider this:  We are electing a President, not a Pastor.  And one of them will come out the winner and we will live under his leadership for four years.
§         If you suddenly have great pain in your back and front, like I did one night, you begin to search for answers.
·        Ruth read the Medical Book
·        “Honey, do you have pain in your lower back as well as your front?”  Yes, I said.
·        Need to get to the hospital – symptoms of appendicitis
·        Called the surgeon and he met us there.
·        He confirmed it was appendicitis and surgery was needed immediately.
·        Now, I did not ask him at that point if he were a committed Christian.
·        He wasn’t going to be counseling me, he was going to be cutting me, and all I cared about was, could he do a good job in surgery?
·        In the same vein, we are not electing a Pastor, we are electing a President.  So, who can do the best job leading our country with all the conflicting ethical and biblical issues at stake?

o       Romans 1:24-25 = Fornication and Adultery
§         1:26-28 = Homosexuality
·        Sodomy is not an alternate lifestyle when the Lord calls it an abomination to Him.
·        We should be attempting to reach homosexuals with the gospel and then discipling them in the area of a biblical moral viewpoint and lifestyle.
§         II Kings 24:1-4 = Shedding Innocent Blood (Ps. 106:38)
·        The Pro-choice movement started in the Garden of Eden.
·        And men have been demanding to have their own choices in opposition to God ever since.
·        This indeed is a moral conflict between anti-God philosophies and worldviews and pro-God philosophies and worldviews.
·        Government has been ordained by God to keep order in society
o       Romans 13:1-7
o       Protect good people and punish evil people
§         That being true, there has to be an understanding of the definition of “good.” = right and wrong = moral law
§         That’s why it’s so devastating when our government declares homosexuality, same-sex marriages, and abortion as good and acceptable.
§         It has become a moral issue because it’s a biblical issue.
§         The “economy” is not the most important issue in this election in my opinion.  The platform for this election is now “morality.”
o       “God bless America” signs were all over our country after 9/11
§         But we all know God can no more bless America than he could bless Sodom and Gomorrah.
§         Prayer for our leaders must be backed up by prayer in our homes and repentance in our lives.
o       We need more statesmen who will proclaim what they believe and where they stand and not worry about what the opinion polls may say about them.
o       Illustration:  President Abraham Lincoln
o       The 2012 Election is about Principles, not Prosperity
§         Can you support political leaders who have abandoned biblical moral principles and taken an anti-God stand?
§         Can you vote for someone simply because you like the personality of the candidate?
o       When we stand before the Lord one day, I firmly believe we will give an account of our responses when our country was quickly losing its moral foundations and the churches were losing their burden for lost souls.
o       If you look around and are appalled with what you see, will it affect anything in YOUR LIFE?
o       Illustration:  THE TITANIC
o       So, when you vote in a few weeks, you’ll be taking a test:  A World View Test.
§         They will try to tell you it’s all about the economy
§         But really, it’s all about your theology.
·        God or Anti-God?
·        Biblical Truth or Humanistic Lies?
§         Pray for the courage to speak up like Daniel
§         Stand Alone like Noah
§         Weep over our nation like Jeremiah
§         And Cry Aloud like the Lord Jesus:  “When you discover the truth, the truth will set you free.”

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