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Karl Marx, the Devil, and a Socialist America

May 4th, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
May 4, 2018

By the time most of you read this editorial, the Workers World Party will have celebrated on May 5th the birthday of Karl Marx at locations across the country. Marx was the father of socialism and communism.

Ezekiel chapter 28 in the Bible recounts Ezekiel’s prophecy against the wicked King of Tyre. But most scholars agree that Ezekiel’s message is about more than the king. It’s about the Evil One behind the king’s activities, Satan.

Socialistic and Communistic principles are the doctrines of devils masquerading as hope and help for the proletariat – the marginalized or working class people. It is an evil system to be feared, deeply rooted in deception, promising a “people’s government,” but delivering despotism. It has been responsible for the death and impoverishment of millions throughout the course of history. Read the rest of this entry »

More States Toasting New Laws Allowing for Sunday Alcohol Sales

April 27th, 2018

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
April 27, 2018

More and more states are now toasting new laws that allow for alcohol sales on Sundays. Indiana, Minnesota, and Tennessee are some of the latest. Even my own home state, North Carolina, amended its alcohol laws last year to allow for alcohol sales before noon on the Lord’s Day.

There is considerable data to show such changes exacerbate alcohol-related problems.

The “Community Preventive Services Task Force,” is an “independent, nonfederal, unpaid panel of public health and prevention experts that provide evidence-based findings and recommendations about community preventative services, programs, and policies to improve health.” Its 15 expert members, who are appointed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that “increasing the number of hours and days when alcohol can be sold in bars, restaurants, and liquor stores leads to greater alcohol use and related harms, especially motor-vehicle crashes. National, state, and local policies that remove previously banned alcohol sales on weekend days (usually Sundays) or that increase the hours of sale by 2 or more hours contribute to excessive drinking and many dangerous outcomes, including driving after drinking and alcohol-related assault and injury.” Read the rest of this entry »

Jesus is Still the Answer

April 20th, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
April 20, 2018

Because he will be away from home in June, and knowing my love for old books, my son recently gave me my Father’s Day gift early. It’s a first edition copy of Joseph Angus’ Bible Handbook: An Introduction to the Study of Sacred Scripture, dated 1856.

As I thumbed through its tender pages, I came across Angus’ beautiful description of Christ and his ministry. It reads:

“He [Christ] is himself, in truth, the gospel. His coming and work, apart even from all he directly taught, constitute the glad tidings of great joy unto all people. Did men need a real sacrifice for sin, in which the rites of the law should find their explanation and end? That sacrifice he offered. Read the rest of this entry »

Judging, Discrimination, and Intolerance

April 13th, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
April 13, 2018

Several years ago, Life magazine interviewed dozens of people to learn their feelings about prayer. One interview was with a twenty-four-year-old prostitute who lived in Nevada. She said that, when she prayed, her words often didn’t come out right, so she would think onto God and let him listen to her thoughts. “I ask him to help me and keep me going,” she said.

“A lot of people think working girls don’t have any morals, and religion,” added the prostitute. “But I do. I don’t steal. I don’t lie. The way I look at it, I’m not sinning. He’s not going to judge me. I don’t think God judges anybody.”

The notion that God judges no one is both popular and comforting. The problem, however, is that this soothing and morally indiscriminate thought is patently false. Read the rest of this entry »

The Pope Says There is No Hell?

April 6th, 2018

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
April 6, 2018

Is it true? Did the Pope actually say that there is no hell?

That’s what some news sources reported. Eugenio Scalfari, an atheist journalist who recently interviewed the Pope, is where the claim originated. Scalfari said the pontiff told him that unbelievers don’t go to hell, hell doesn’t exist, instead, their souls are annihilated.

“Those who repent obtain God’s forgiveness and go among the ranks of those who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot be forgiven disappear. There is no hell – there is the disappearance of sinful souls,” the Pope allegedly claimed.

Other news sources, however, report that the Vatican is claiming Scalfari’s piece is unreliable and not a faithful transcription of the Pope’s words.

Whatever the case, Scalfari’s article in La Repubblica, has much of the world speculating. Conservative radio political pundit, Rush Limbaugh, speculates the Pope is really a left-winger and actually trying to mingle his own leftist personal views with church doctrine. Read the rest of this entry »

Christianity and Islam on the Resurrection of Jesus

March 30th, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
March 30, 2018

Ravi Zacharias said at a conference that he and his wife once had dinner with a leading television preacher. Sitting across the table, the preacher told Zacharias that he had just been talking with a Muslim scholar and was quite impressed with the similarities between Islam and Christianity.

Zacharias said the preacher’s statement startled him and his wife, prompting the question from Zacharias, “Why would you say that?” The preacher said, “Well, the Muslim cleric talked much about the points of agreement we share,” information with which the preacher was impressed.

However, Zacharias, the consummate Christian apologist, was not impressed and proceeded to show the stark differences between the two religions. “They don’t believe we have the Bible, the New Testament is lost,” said Zacharias. “They don’t believe Jesus is the Son of God. They don’t believe he died on the Cross. They don’t believe he rose again from the dead. They don’t believe he’s coming again as King. Do you think there’s a difference in what they believe and what we do?”

Clearly, the differences are profound and so is the hope they give. Read the rest of this entry »

One in Six Binge Drink Every Week, But Do Lawmakers Care?

March 23rd, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
March 23, 2018

According to a new report published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control conducted a study to determine how much booze Americans are tossing back. It turns out that the amount is astonishing.

A statement released on the study Friday, March 16th, said “CDC scientists analyzed data on self-reported binge drinking during the past 30 days from CDC’s 2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Total annual binge drinks was calculated by multiplying the estimated total number of binge drinking episodes among binge drinkers by the average largest number of drinks consumed per episode, and was assessed by age, sex, education, race/ethnicity, household income, and state.”

The results?  Drum roll, please. Read the rest of this entry »

Freedom is a Very Spiritual Thing, and with it Comes Danger

March 16th, 2018

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
March 16, 2018

There is an old legend about the creation which says God allowed all the seeds of the earth to come before him and choose their destiny. Some wanted to become lions and tigers, and so God made the animals. Some reasoned since the earth was made up mostly of water, they wanted fins and gills to swim and live in the waters. Thus, God made the fishes. Others looked at the great expanse in the heavens and concluded there was more air than anything. Therefore, they wanted wings to fly. So God made the fowls of the air. Some preferred safety and asked God that they might always be secure by carrying their houses with them. And so God made turtles, oysters, and shellfish.

Finally, after all the seeds had spoken, one quiet little seed remained – very humble and shy – so timid that God had to pry, asking, “And what about you little fellow?” “Well,” said the seed, “I don’t really want to be like the animals, the fishes, the birds of the air, or those who live in a shell. Instead just let me be made in your image. I’ll make my own way across the frontiers. I’ll make my own boats, wings, and houses. Just make me like you, and I’ll take my chances.” And the legend goes on to say that God was exceedingly pleased, and made the seed a man – a man made after God’s own image. Read the rest of this entry »

There, I Said It: Americans Need to Stop Supporting the Democratic Party

March 9th, 2018

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
March 9, 2018

You may have heard the old story about a legendary politician in Western North Carolina who ran unsuccessfully several times for public office. He was a Democrat in a Republican stronghold. His failures to get elected made him so despondent that he decided to commit suicide.

To make certain he was successful, he made his way to the local hardware store and bought several items: a rope, some rat poison, a pistol, and some kerosene, after which he took those items with him down to the river.

The would-be politician then stood in a boat, tied a noose around his neck and to an overhanging limb, doused himself thoroughly with kerosene, swallowed the rat poison, set himself afire, and held the pistol to his head and fired it. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Billy Graham’s Death Prophetically Significant?

March 2nd, 2018

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
March 2, 2018

During the memorial service for her father, Anne Graham Lotz, Dr. Billy Graham’s daughter, said she believed her father’s passing could have prophetic significance. As part of a set of eulogies given by her and her siblings, Lotz contended that when her father passed she believed “there was something very strategic from heaven’s point of view.”

“I know that before the foundations of the world were laid, February 21, 2018, was the date that God chose to take my father home,” she said. She then noted the date of Graham’s passing is also the same day the Jews focus on Scripture readings about the death of Moses.

Graham said she believes there might be a parallel. Read the rest of this entry »