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Silent Preachers Deny Christ

May 19th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech

Last Sunday, I listened intently as my Sunday School teacher taught from St. John chapter 18 about Peter’s denial of our Lord. Peter never meant to do it. He was just swept up in a moment of weakness.

It is St. Luke, however, who tells us of that moment of reckoning when Christ looked directly at Peter in grave disappointment after his third denial. Suddenly, as our Lord had predicted, the cock crowed. Consequently, Peter wept bitterly in remorse for his cowardice.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards out of men.” Indeed it does, and no one appreciates a coward. Read the rest of this entry »

Ben Franklin, Liberty, and the Fifth Commandment

May 12th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech   

His mother was born in 1667, and his maternal grandfather was one of the first settlers of New England. His father owned a small business making candles and soaps. His family life was quite simple with an income just enough to support thirteen children.

This American statesman, printer, and inventor helped to draft the U.S. Constitution and signed the Declaration of Independence. In his Memoir, he doesn’t say much about his beloved mother, but it’s quite clear he deeply loved and respected her. Perhaps the most important thing he ever said about his mother was in the epitaph he wrote for the headstone of both his parents. Read the rest of this entry »

Elon University Medical Marijuana Poll Not to Be Taken Seriously

May 5th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech

Cameron Diaz, a former model, is one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood. The critically acclaimed performer once said something very astute about polls.

“I’m very happy with the way I look,” said Diaz, “I wake up some morning, catch myself in the bathroom mirror, and go, ‘hey girl, you’re alright’. But on the other hand, I find the website stuff, and the polls, something completely removed from my own personal life. You can’t take anything like that too seriously; otherwise, you’d end up in the loony bin.”

Polls, polls, polls, we see the latest about seemingly everything, but the results of polls can be highly suspect. If we take them too seriously, we might end up in the loony bin. Read the rest of this entry »

Equal Rights for LGBTQ

April 28th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech

Not long ago I read these remarkable words from authors George Grant and Mark Horne, in their book, “Unnatural Affections:”

“The Gospel’s message of the sinfulness of homosexuality has been reviled by some as an awful bigotry. It has been equated with the evils of racism – which are categorically condemned in Scripture. But the reality is that treating homosexuality as a sin is the opposite of bigotry. For instead of simply stereotyping homosexuals as predetermined products of either their biology or environment, the Gospel treats them the same as every other sinner who needs to repent and believe.”
The authors then go on to quote author David Chilton, who wrote:

“Calling homosexuality a sin will seem to be a cruel, insensitive attitude, a ‘homophobic response’ of condemnation rather than concern. But the truth is that it is the beginning of true freedom and joy for the homosexual. For if homosexuality were either an inescapable human condition (like height and skin color) or an incurable disease, there would be no hope. The homosexual would be locked in his lusts forever, with no possibility of escape. Once we see clearly that homosexuality is a sin, we can also see the way of deliverance.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Handwriting on the Wall: Will You Believe It?

April 21st, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech

The deterioration of national moral character means inevitable tragedy.

That was the message to Belshazzar, the Babylonian King, who was celebrating in revelry, extravagance and luxurious passion when he made a momentous and daring decision.

In Daniel chapter 5 of the Bible, it is recorded that at the height of a tremendous festival he ordered the vessels of gold and silver that were taken from the Temple in Jerusalem to be brought. Belshazzar would use them as wine goblets, while in his orgy he praised his own gods. It was an open defiance of the living God of Israel whose moral requirements were known throughout the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Easter: Authentic Life and Liberty

April 14th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech

Few Americans truly understand to what degree our way of life is being challenged. We are threatened by forces from without, but worse still by forces from within. Our greatest problems are intellectual and moral. Now more than ever we need to connect with those principles that made us who we are, and one of the most important is freedom.

Too often we have consciously and unconsciously misinterpreted freedom. We seemingly have come to believe it means we can do whatever we want, whenever we want, and wherever we want.  We have come to believe that it means no limitations on our thoughts, our words, our behavior, and that this lack of limitation is the essence of freedom.

Jesus spoke about freedom. The Scriptures say, Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31, 32). Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Been Lost in the Repeal of HB 2, As I See It

March 31st, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech
Executive Director
Christian Action League
March 31, 2017

Thursday, the North Carolina General Assembly repealed the controversial HB 2, commonly known as the “bathroom law.” Lawmakers had been under horrendous pressure from Left-leaning influences since its passage more than a year ago.

The repeal was not straight-up, however. It was touted as a compromise. And though some people on both sides of the issues represented in HB 2 may claim victory, compromises typically also represent partial defeats. This means, at least for the moment, supporters of HB 2 have suffered losses.

Here’s what’s been lost in the repeal of HB 2, as I see it. Read the rest of this entry »

HB 2: Tempted by the Concessions of Fear

March 31st, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
March 25, 2017   

This week, the NCAA ratcheted up the pressure on North Carolina lawmakers to repeal HB 2, “the bathroom law.” The collegiate sports group has laid down a clear ultimatum – repeal quickly or forfeit championship events being located in the Tar Heel state through 2022.

Planning to announce their sites around the middle of April, the NCAA said in a statement, “As the state knows, next week our various sports committees will begin making championship site selections for 2018-2022. Once the sites are selected…these decisions are final.”

Really? Do they mean “final” like the one they suddenly yanked this year from Greensboro, North Carolina, and rescheduled for Greenville, South Carolina? Is this the way they define “final?” Read the rest of this entry »

Blasphemous Religious Warps

March 17th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech

Like the North Carolinians who passed HB 2, Texans are now considering legislation that would require individuals to use public facilities based on “biological sex.”  And, just as this common sense initiative has wrongly been vilified in the Tar Heel state, so it’s now being denigrated in the Lone Star state.

It’s bad enough when misguided citizens, those sunk deeply in the muck and mire of worldly values, come out against what’s clearly an irrevocable law of nature. But it’s nothing less than a scandal that reaches heaven itself when clergy do it in God’s name.

According to various news sources, Rev. S. David Wynn, the senior pastor of Agape Metropolitan Community Church in Fort Worth, along with hundreds of LGBTQ advocates, protested the Texas proposal outside of the state capitol building in Austin. Flanked by other Progressive ministers, Wynn, a female who identifies as a male, claimed the Texas “bathroom bill” is discriminatory against transgender persons, and that “God is transgender.” Read the rest of this entry »

Sitting in the Gates of Sodom

March 10th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech 

Not long ago I had a speaking engagement at a relatively small church in North Carolina when five families moved their membership that Sunday morning from another church nearby.

I spoke to them after the service and they explained to me that the church where they had their membership for years was now endorsing same-sex marriage. It was a bridge too far for them, they said. Therefore, they felt it was incumbent to walk away and join another body of believers – one abiding by the great doctrines they knew to be consistent with the Bible’s teachings.

I was so very saddened for them – having to leave the fellowship they had loved and served for such a long time. But I commended them for their faithfulness. They were doing exactly what the Scriptures instruct: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” (2 Cor. 6:17). Read the rest of this entry »