A Moral Lecture from Sir “Lady” Elton John

Elton John in 1977It’s always good to wake up in the morning and realize a moral lecture from the arbiter of morality, none other than Sir Elton John (or, given the Transgender discussion, should that be “Lady Elton John) is waiting for you to ponder.
The LGBTQ community wants to characterize the “Gender-Identity” debate (I can’t believe we are even having this discussion) under the heading of compassion and understanding when it is neither.
This debate is nothing short of a battle for the morality of our nation, the innocence of our children, common sense and decency in public places; something woefully lacking in this diatribe against family values and human sexuality.

“The Coming Storm”

Sign of the EndThis Sunday morning Hillsdale Baptist Church will begin an eschatological series titled “The Signs of the Second Coming of Christ and the End of the World”.  Our focus for the next several weeks will be Matthew 24-25, a passage of scripture traditionally referred to as “The Olivet Discourse”.  This Sunday morning’s message is titled, “The Coming Storm” and is an introduction for our prophetic study of the last days.

My friend, the parallel between the LORD’s prophetic description of the signs that would mark His Second Coming and end of the world and world events unfolding in our day is undeniable. There is a revolution underway in our world, a growing spirit of rebellion, a hatred of law and authority, a vacuum of leadership, and an abandonment of moral principles that precipitates the cry of the world for peace.coming storm

Sadly, the church, the very institution God entrusted with the one and only answer for sin and guilt, Jesus Christ, is compromised, tainted by sin and its testimony marred by eroding convictions.  My friend, the Bible still has the answer for hope and God’s call to His people to be holy is unchanged.

I invite you to join us at Hillsdale this Sunday as we look at our world through the prism of God’s revelation!

TARGET’s Assault on Family Values

target TARGETIt’s time to “target TARGET” with a boycott that will leave this corporation bankrupt, its stores shuttered, and its war on family values a distant memory of political correctness run amok!

When TARGET made its public announcement in 2015 that its toy and clothing aisles would no longer carry gender identification, Americans should have recognized this corporation was asserting an adversarial role on traditional family values.   To prove the insanity of the left and their perversion of the obvious is boundless, TARGET now announces its assault on the privacy of the restroom and invites men to invade the solitude of the women’s restroom and women the men’s restrooms under a misguided notion they do not want to discriminate against the civil rights of the “transgendered”.

man in high heelsOutlining their reasoning for this new affront on the innocence of our children and the privacy and security of our wives and daughters, TARGET”s corporate statement reads:  “Inclusivity is a core belief at TARGET…It’s something we celebrate. We stand for equality and equity, and strive to make our guests and team members feel accepted, respected and welcomed in our stores and workplaces every day.”  [I might add…at the sacrifice of your child’s innocence!]

Surely this example of politically correct insanity will make the blood of every husband and father boil over with anger and disgust at this corporation’s assault on the moral fiber of our homes and the innocence of our youth.  Every religious sect in American society should be outraged with TARGET’s decision to open restroom doors to the perverted and misguided, and submit our children and wives to the danger of predators disguised as “gender-confused”.

It’s time to “target TARGET” by boycotting its stores until this corporation is driven from the marketplace.

Romans 1:26-27 – “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”

The Patriot Parson

The Militant Islamic Horde and America’s Future

Islamic invasionThe Islamic invasion of Europe will begin anew this spring as a mass of humanity of Biblical proportions begins its trek from the war-torn Middle East through Turkey and Greece into Western Europe.  Some estimate the Muslim invasion of Western Europe in 2016 will be over 600,000, many who are military aged men, veterans of war, and accompanied by untold numbers of ISIS trained terrorists and sympathizers.  European states that once naively believed this population would assimilate into their culture are facing the harsh reality Muslims will overtake their culture and lands in the next decade if not stopped.

Observing from a distance this invasion of Western Europe, reading reports of horrendous crimes committed against the citizens of host countries, and seeing pictures and videos of well-clothed immigrants sporting smart cell phones leaves me wondering, who is facilitating this economically?Soros

It may surprise you that it is widely reported this mass invasion is funded in part by a Super PAC [Political Action Committee] primarily directed by billionaire George Soros and his sons.  This is the same Soros family allegedly behind the disruptive, anarchist activities of the “Black Lives Matter“, “Hands Up”, “Occupy Wall Street” movement.  Of no surprise, George Soros is also a big contributor to the Democratic Party and supporter of its candidates.

What about America?  It has become painfully obvious the failed promises to address illegal immigration made by past administrations and Congresses was a ruse that has been exasperated by the Obama administration’s brazen opposition to federal immigration laws.  Federal government agencies, with the cooperation and assistance of scores of pseudo-religious organizations profiting from federal dollars to oversee the movement and resettlement of illegal immigrants across our nation, is facilitating an invasion of America by militant Islamic aliens.  hate AmericaLike Europe, we are facing the presence of a growing population that not only refuses to assimilate into our culture, but also is an enemy to the Judeo-Christian principles and values that have defined our laws and liberties as a nation for 240 years.

Will Americans wake up and recognize the magnitude of problems we will face if we do not elect leaders who will stop the hordes of Islamic and illegal immigrants flowing into our country?

Will we sacrifice our nation’s welfare and future because we are reluctant to acknowledge the liberal, socialist policies of this administration have eroded our liberties, and threaten to destroy our Constitutional democracy?freedom

The experience of Western European nations and their failure to address the Islamic invasion should serve as a warning to every American.  Continue bi-partisan bickering, elect spineless, “good doer” socialists, and we will become nothing more than a welfare state for a people who hate us and will inevitably enslave us.

America, your time is running out!  Elect another idealistic, socialist president and all is lost!

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

“Spiritual Minutemen Revived: A Renewed Call to Action”

Eagle - Freedom Isn't FreeTwenty-one months has passed since I utilized this blog site for posting my concerns, frustrations, exhortations and aspirations for the direction of our nation.  My energy and focus has been predominately on my pulpit ministry at Hillsdale Baptist Church [www.HillsdaleBaptist.org] and the outlet of opportunity my devotional blog, [www.HeartofAShepherd.com] has given me. I have been profoundly blessed to have 53,000 readers from 164 countries that have followed my daily devotionals and editorials on www.HeartofAShepherd.com.

minutemanI do not have time or space to delineate the changes in American society that have moved me to revive www.SpiritualMinutemen.net; however, I have been convicted that I dare not be a spectator in the battle for the heart and soul of our community, city, and nation.  Whether or not my engagement with “quill and ink” will make a difference is not my concern; however, I feel my failure to exercise the freedom of speech God has given me as a citizen of this great nation is a liberty for which I will one day give account…in the spirit of the Colonial preachers of the American Revolution, I am a “Patriot Parson”.

The preachers of Colonial America, known as the “Black Robed Brigade”, were as diverse as the colonist themselves; young and old, urban and rural, eloquent orators and plain-spoken country parsons, educated and genteel…In spite of their differences, the preachers of the “Black Robed Brigade” agreed on one thing: God would have men be free from the tyranny of government that restricts individual rights and freedoms.

Colonial Americans admired the courage and independent spirit of their pastors. John Adams, 2nd president of the United States wrote concerning the pastors of colonial America:

“It is the duty of the clergy…to preach against such sins as are most prevalent, and recommend such virtues as are most wanted…”

19th century Evangelist Charles G. Finney rebuked America’s preachers with these words: “If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible…If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible…If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible…If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible…If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible…”

One can only imagine the diatribe Finney would express to America’s 21st century preachers.  Christianity in general, and preachers specifically, have failed America and our nation is in crisis.  We are Politically divided, Financially insolvent and our government has an insatiable appetite for controlling every aspect of our public and private lives.

Retreat is not an option!

The mission of minutemen during the American Revolution was to be ready to respond to the threat of an enemy in an instant; however, the enemy of our liberties in the 21st century bears ideas, not necessarily arms, and is increasingly intolerant of any expression of the Christian faith and moral values.  Spiritual Minutemen no longer have the luxury of disengagement or retreat; should we fail to Preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and boldly Declare God’s Word, the liberties we cherish will inevitably erode and we will be silenced.declaration

“WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…” – The Declaration of Independence

For life and liberty,

Patriot Parson

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

ISIS Systematically Beheading Christian Children

Leader: ISIS is ‘Systematically Beheading Children’ in ‘Christian Genocide’

Dead bodies of children found in the desertOur President, liberal media and Islamic organizations like CAIR have been playing the insane party line of “Political Correctness” that Islam is a religion for “Peace”

…Tell that to the Christians whose children and families are being systematically beheaded in Iraq…

Tell that to the citizens of the United States when these militants emerge from their cells after entering our country illegally and begin carrying out their atrocities in our own communities…targeting our own families and churches.  

God help us–we are being governed by fools.

 

It is a tragic day in Tampa as Hillsborough County moves one step closer to government intolerance of those who hold Biblical moral convictions.

Hillsborough County CommissionersI am attaching an article from the Tampa Tribune Online – [http://tbo.com/news/politics/hillsborough-approves-amendment-to-human-rights-ordinance-20140716/] reporting that the Hillsborough County Commissioners [5 of whom are Republicans] voted unanimously today to have an amendment added to the County Human Rights Ordinance giving Lesbians, Homosexuals, Bisexuals and Transgenders a Civil Rights status that validates their claim they are “born that way” and their proclivity to immorality and depravity is their right. 

What does this mean? I am not a lawyer, but it is my understanding the following are the legal, moral and spiritual ramifications:
 
1) This decision will give Hillsborough County government, lawmakers and prosecutors a heavy hand to punish any private contractors of faith who disagree with the county commissioners embrace of sodomy and believe it is morally wrong. 
 
2) The county will force contractors and private businesses to accept their moral judgment or be excluded from county contracts. In a very real sense–bow to the government mandate and deny your faith or die as a business/corporation in Hillsborough County.
 
3) If the amendment passes a final hearing and vote, private businesses in Hillsborough County who choose to exercise their conviction that sodomy is morally wrong and refuse service will be potential targets for lawsuits.  
 
Lawsuits across the nation have already been filed against caterers, bakers and photographers who refused to participate or perform a service for “Gay Marriages” because they hold the conviction “Gay Marriage” is morally gay cakewrong. In some instances, based on a Human Rights Ordinance similar to the one the county is considering, private Christian-owned enterprises have lost in court and been given the ultimatum to comply to the government mandate or close your business.
 
Make no mistake, the Hillsborough County Commissioners are taking the path that government can and will trump the religious rights and liberties of the citizens who elected them. Should your religious convictions run contrary to political correctness you have a choice–Bow to the government’s will or Burn the bridge that gives you the right to exercise your personal religious convictions in Hillsborough County!
 
I close with God’s Words:
 
Isaiah 5:20 – “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

A Patriot Parson

A moral concern for those living in Hillsborough County, FL–A call to action in the next 14 hours….

Dear fellow patriot,

Once again the promotion of the Homosexual agenda has raised is noxious head on this Wednesday’s agenda for theHillsborough County Commissioners [County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33602]. The meeting begins at 9:00 AM and allows for Public Comments beginning at 9:10-9:55 AM [my suggestion is for you to arrive for the meeting at least 30-45 minutes early].  Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner is listed as the sponsor of the proposal. A similar item was narrowly defeated in the past; however, it is my understanding that there are some Republican commissioners who appear to be leaning toward supporting this addition to the County’s Human Rights Ordinance (HRO).
 
The political goal is to modify Hillsborough County’s Human Rights Ordinance [HRO] to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”.  The effect is an attack on the individual rights and freedoms of private business owners who have religious convictions and a moral conscience that homosexuality is immoral and against God and nature (Romans 1:26-27Leviticus 18:221 Corinthians 6:9-111 Timothy 1:9-11). Sadly, insulating an immoral lifestyle has become symptomatic of political correctness and the moral decay of our city, county and nation.
Victor Crist                272-5452       cristv@hillsboroughcounty.org

Ken Hagan                272-5725       hagank@hillsboroughcounty.org

Al Higginbotham       272-5740       higginbothama@hillsboroughcounty.org

Sandy Murman          272-5470       murmans@hillsboroughcounty.org

Mark Sharpe              272-5735       sharpem@hillsboroughcounty.org

I am sure you are aware that our nation is going from crisis to crisis in the past few years and no wonder when you realize we have elected officials who are determined to cram down the throat of the American people a liberal agenda that is morally bankrupt. The State of Florida and our own county and city have not been immune from the agenda of those who, under the guise of “protecting rights”, are determined to give to Homosexuals a validation and protection that insulates them from the rigors of work and competition in the real world.
I am appalled by the ongoing activity of our elected officials who are determined that government will control and regulate every aspect of our lives, work and private businesses! The recent victory of Hobby Lobby before the Supreme Court was hardly a respite from the attacks of the liberal left.
Should our County commissioners extend to homosexuals a protection based upon “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”, the effect will be lawsuits against small business owners who embrace the right and liberty to practice their faith and convictions and hire whom they choose. The threat of litigation will force people of faith to either close their businesses or face litigation that could bankrupt their family owned enterprises.
I urge you to get involved by calling the Commissioners, tell them you are a citizen of Hillsborough County and you are opposed to any change in the Human Rights Ordinance that extends protection and preferred status to others based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Calling for liberty and moral sense,
Travis D. Smith

The Quackery of the Political Left

quackThe media storm over the candid remarks of “Duck Dynasty’s” patriarch Phil Robertson would be comical if it was not so tragic and telling of the depth of moral depravity to which our society and nation have sunk.

Having never watched even one episode of this number one rated cable show, I am hardly in a position to give an assessment of “Duck Dynasty’s” content or format; however, the popularity of the show and its following across the American landscape is undeniable. Only in America could manufacturers of duck callers become multimillionaires, with a hit TV show and a Christmas album outselling many-seasoned pop stars.

Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the “Duck Dynasty” clan and a man who professes to be a devout Christian, in an interview with a writer of GQ [formerly known as Gentlemen’s Quarterly] exercised his first amendment right of “Free Speech” and has become a sitting duck for the quacks in Hollywood and the political left who have begun a media blitzkrieg in an attempt to destroy Phil Robertson and his hit TV series.

Robertson, responding to the GQ interviewer’s question in an article to be published January 2014, was asked what he believed to be sin. Robertson answered the question by detailing in an honest, albeit somewhat crude manner, that he believed homosexuality, bestiality and adultery were all moral sins. Stating his own paraphrase, Robertson quoted 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

The response of the intolerant quacks on the left has revealed not only their vacuum of morals and lack of moral judgment, but also the endangerment of our first amendment right of free speech as private citizens. Responding to the vociferous quacking flock who are incensed that a star of a hit TV show would express anything other than their own political left prejudices, homosexuals, lesbians, transvestites and their supporting flock of organizations like GLADD have demonized any and all who dare identify with historical, fundamental Christian values.

Edmund Burke, an 18th century English statesman, member of the British Parliament and supporter of the American Revolution observed, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”  Invoking that statesman’s admonition, I urge you to let your voice be heard above the gabble of liberal quacks or rest assured they will not be satisfied with silencing the voice of “Duck Dynasty’s” patriarch…they are intolerant of all who dare give voice to moral values.

Let your voice be heard by contacting A&E, “Duck Dynasty’s” cable network, and tell them you are disappointed that they have suspended Phil Robertson for expressing traditional family values shared by the vast majority of Americans.

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