“Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
The Problem with Political Correctness
Problem Number One with Political correctness: it hides the truth and leads to all sorts of mischief.
Lies can’t survive out in the open for all to see. They must be nurtured and protected. They need body armor. That’s what political correctness is.
Consider global warming, for example. This headline and ones like it got a lot of attention: “2015 Hottest Year to Date, Could Top 2014 Record”.
I like the headline for 2 reasons:
- It’s from Climate Central.
- It juxtaposes 2014 and 2015.
Why is the juxtaposition important? This headline provides the answer—“NASA Study: Mass Gains of Antarctic Ice Sheet Greater than Losses”:
A new NASA study says that an increase in Antarctic snow accumulation that began 10,000 years ago is currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from its thinning glaciers.
The research challenges the conclusions of other studies, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 2013 report, which says that Antarctica is overall losing land ice.
2013 and 2014 were record years for Antarctic ice growth, but 2015 was the hottest year on record. Obviously, something is screwy.
I don’t want to fixate on “global warming”, but it’s instructive:
- Earth has been around for billions of years. Serious weather record-keeping dates back less than 200 years.
- Typical humans live less than a hundred years. Climate changes take place slowly over thousands of years. A typical person won’t live long enough to see a material change in temperature one way or the other. Thus, hucksters can sell their lies with impunity.
- Consider the Little Ice Age. It lasted for about 500 years: from roughly 1350 A.D. to 1850 A.D. In geological time, that’s a nanosecond.
- We are still coming out of the Little Ice Age. What happens when earth comes out of an Ice Age? Temperatures rise.
- Weather comparisons of one period of time v. another are problematic because they’re not apples-to-apples comparisons. The data that’s reported doesn’t include this caveat: record-keeping technology has changed vastly over the years and the locations of data gathering stations have changed dramatically. In a nutshell, that means the data we hear is essentially meaningless.
There is a lot more, but I’ll stop there. This is my point: today, it’s politically correct to talk about “global warming” destroying the planet as though it’s an indisputable fact.
That’s nonsense. In fact, it’s a lie. People who insist that we tell the truth about the global climate are marginalized, made out to be Neanderthals, because they refuse to go along with the lie.
Political Correctness and Islam
Same problem. Political correctness is preventing us from telling the truth about Islam.
I’ve said this many times: “ordinary peaceful Muslims” aren’t real Muslims. Like it or not, that’s the truth. People who tell the truth about Islam today are marginalized just like people who tell the truth about “global warming”.
Real Muslims believe the Quran and pattern their lives after it. It’s a faith thing.
The only people doing that today are what we commonly refer to as Islamists. They come in many varieties. ISIS is one of them. The Muslim Brotherhood is another. There are many others.
Most Muslims, even Muslims in predominantly Muslim countries, are not Islamists. Thus, they aren’t really Muslims.
They may go to mosque occasionally, but they don’t lay out a rug and pray 5 times a day and they don’t do many other things that real Muslims are required to do—things like kill unbelievers, for instance.
In other words, they are Muslims in name only. “Ordinary peaceful Muslims” have been enculturated and indoctrinated, but they haven’t been baptized as it were.
I used a mixed metaphor for a reason. Baptism is for true believers. Many people are baptized who aren’t believers.
Churches are populated on Sundays with many people who are not really Christians. They are occasional churchgoers. Christmas and Easter are the two best times each year for church attendance even though there are serious problems with both observances. Typical churchgoers don’t know or care about it because it’s not important to them.
Fact: churchgoing is not required. Faith and obedience are.
Fact: churchgoing is not a substitute for faith and obedience.
Fact: obedience is important in Islam, too. Islamists take Islam seriously.
The Messiah said,
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10: 27)
Real Christians have faith in their Creator and they follow Him. His Name is Yahweh.
Most Christians have been taught that Jesus is their Savior. They have the Person right, but not the name. For details read His Name is Yahweh.
Most churchgoers don’t know their God’s Name because no one ever told them. Since they have never heard a preacher say it from the pulpit, most of them will write it off as unimportant even if someone does tell them. They don’t care enough to find out for themselves, and they don’t have the time or the inclination to read a book that lays it out for them.
Many churchgoers are Christians in name only. They are in the same boat as “ordinary peaceful Muslims”. From Yahweh’s perspective, there is no difference. From His perspective, either you are one of His people or you are not. There is no in-between.
Saving faith doesn’t mean simply believing that Yahweh exists. Yahweh’s people know Him; they hear His voice; and they follow Him. That’s what He said.
Try this experiment. Ask several of your Christian friends if they have ever heard God’s voice. You will be surprised. Some of them may think that you are crazy for asking.
Baptism doesn’t save anyone. It’s something that people with saving faith do AFTER they KNOW their Creator. It’s an act of obedience, a demonstration of faith.
Many so-called “Christians” have been dunked but not baptized.
Baptism symbolizes becoming One with the Messiah by participating symbolically in his death, burial, and resurrection. Since the Messiah is One with the Father, baptism is a way of showing that through the Messiah, we are One with Him.
There is some deep meaning in the last statement. Think about it. When Paul said that the Messiah “raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places,” he wasn’t kidding.
Where is the Messiah sitting? He’s sitting on His throne.
Political Correctness and Truth
The truth is the truth even if it’s not politically correct. What’s the truth?
- We are at war with Islamists.
- Islamists declared war on us.
- Most “Muslims” aren’t really Muslims.
- Most “Christians” aren’t really Christians.
- “Ordinary peaceful Muslims” are in greater danger than anyone else because Islamists target them first.
If we can’t say the word “Islam” and explain what we mean when we say it, then we are denied the right to tell the truth. That’s a huge problem.
Telling the truth about Islam doesn’t make you a hater or an Islamophobe. It makes you an honest person.
President Obama has said repeatedly that Islamists aren’t Muslims. That’s preposterous.
Obama is a run-of-the-mill huckster. He’s putting us in danger by selling a lie.
Below is a video that was taken in France a few days ago. It shows a French family being attacked in front of their home by a mob of Syrian “refugees”.
It’s what happens when Islamists infiltrate the “refugee” pool and move to another country. The people of Europe are waking up to reality.
If it can happen in Europe, it can happen here, too.
The website is loaded with factual information that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Yahweh is our Savior and that the Messiah is Yahweh.
I hope you will take a few minutes and explore the website. I also hope you will share it with your friends and family.
It’s time for believers to tell the world about our God by His Name—Yahweh.
To see videos that explain the importance of Yahweh’s Name, click here.
SnyderTalk Comment: The pope did not approve this message.
Christianity Today—Morocco Declaration: Muslim Nations Should Protect Christians from Persecution: For years, Texas megachurch pastor Bob Roberts has been building relationships with Muslims. Last year, after Franklin Graham argued that the US government should ban Muslims from immigrating to America, the NorthWood Church leader joined Muslim leaders in denouncing the comments. In October, he and imam Muhammad Magid hosted the Spreading the Peace Convocation, which was attended by nearly 200 imams and evangelical pastors. This week, Roberts traveled to Marrakesh, Morocco, alongside more than 250 Muslim religious leaders, heads of state, and scholars, for a groundbreaking summit. On Wednesday, the Muslim leaders released the Marrakesh Declaration: a 750-word document calling for religious freedom for non-Muslims in majority-Muslim countries.
SnyderTalk Comment: That’s a good start.
Nima Gholam Ali Pour—Sweden: A Church with No Conscience: The Church of Sweden has a problem. Its deep involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian issue — and especially its support for the Kairos Palestine document [full English text and annotations in Appendix below] — is something that should be noted and held up for criticism by other churches, and all those who oppose anti-Semitism and all forms of racism. The Kairos Palestine document can be found in Swedish on the Church of Sweden’s website and is described by the Church of Sweden as follows: “The Kairos document has been produced by Palestinian Christians and is about their vulnerability under occupation. Since it was published in December 2009, it has spread throughout the world and in some areas has become a movement that believes and fights for peace and justice in Palestine and Israel.”
Jerusalem Post—UN’s Ban stands firm on Israeli-Palestinian remarks after Netanyahu rebuke: After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon earlier this week for remarks that Netanyahu said provided a “tailwind for terrorism,” the UN top diplomat, a day after being rebuked, seemed to stand firmly by the views.
SnyderTalk Comment: He’s wrong, but he’s certain. That’s the world we live in.
Elder of Ziyon—The Really Insane Thing About Ban Ki-Moon’s Speech: Yes, it is outrageous that Ban Ki Moon essentially called terror attacks a natural result of “occupation,” and Netanyahu was right in slamming him for it. But that wasn’t the strangest part of the speech. The title of Ban Ki-Moon’s talk was “Secretary-General’s remarks to the Security Council on the Situation in the Middle East.” There were 52 paragraphs in the speech according to the official UN record. Of those 52, three were about Lebanon. Two referred to Syria – one about refugees and one about the Golan. The entire rest of the speech was about Israel and the Palestinians.
Washington Post—Sweden to deport up to 80000 asylum-seekers: Interior Minister Anders Ygeman says Sweden could deport between 60,000 and 80,000 asylum-seekers in coming years. Ygeman told newspaper Dagens Industri that since about 45 percent of asylum applications are currently rejected.
CBS News—N. Korea may be prepping long-range missile test: North Korea may be preparing to conduct a long-range ballistic missile test on the heels of its recent underground nuclear test, according to the South Korean Defense Ministry.
Uzay Bulut—Turkey’s All-Out War on Kurds and Media: Since August, Turkey has been bombing and destroying its Kurdistan region in the same pattern: The Turkish government first declares curfews on Kurdish districts; then Turkish armed forces, with heavy weaponry, attack Kurdish neighborhoods and everyone living there. Much of this slaughter is presumably due to the Kurds having gained a large number of seats the latest elections — thereby preventing Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from attaining the super-majority he sought in order to change the Constitution and become “Sultan” for life, to rule as an autocrat. Kurds are also now asking for their right to rule themselves in their native lands, where they have lived for centuries.
CNN—‘Affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch returning to US from Mexico: Ethan Couch, the “affluenza” teen convicted in a fatal 2013 drunken-driving accident and who was taken into custody last month in Mexico, is headed back to the United States, Mexico’s National Institute of Migration said Thursday.
Reuters—Islamic State claims Aden suicide car bombing that kills seven: Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing on Thursday that killed seven people outside Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Rabbu Hadi’s residence in the southern city of Aden.
Washington Post—The most absurd ISIS-inspired plot yet? Packing a kangaroo with explosives: The Islamic State’s ability to inspire individuals all around the world to commit acts of terror has been one of the most worrying aspects of the militant group’s rise.
Jerusalem Post—Abbas: Israeli policies will lead ISIS into the heart of Israel: “The current Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu, which includes seven settlers, does not want peace or the implementation of signed agreements with the Palestinians,” Abbas charged.
SnyderTalk Comment: What Abbas said is wrong. What he didn’t say is this: ISIS is invading Palestinian communities and is gaining ground.
ISIS is a threat to Hamas and Fatah.
Abbas’ solution? Blame Israel.
Why? It works among the ignorant masses, especially the donor class.
The Guardian—Middle East peace on the European model: Any attempt to redraw boundaries in the Middle East will exacerbate and amplify the existing conflicts in the area.
SnyderTalk Comment: Lines on a map are not the problem. The problem is that the world rejects Yahweh. Most people think He doesn’t exist.
The world is going to learn the lesson the hard way.
Brookings Institution—Palestine: Still key to stability in the Middle East: Nearly 40 years later, the pattern continues as Palestine is still at the center of the Middle East’spolitical discourse.
SnyderTalk Comment: Hogwash.
Mission Network News—Middle East Christians – more visible than ever before: Despite the percentage of the Middle Eastern population that is Christian falling by 10% over the last century (from around 14% to 4%), Ascott said this small minority is sharing its faith today in ways that were “unthinkable” 20 years ago.
Victor Davis Hanson—Obama administration needs to abandon its Petraeus obsession: In politically driven moods, the ancient Romans often wiped from history all mention of a prior hero or celebrity. They called such erasures damnatio memoriae. The Soviet Union likewise airbrushed away, or “Trotskyized,” all the images of any past kingpin who became politically incorrect. The Obama administration seems obsessed with doing the same to retired Gen. David Petraeus.
Algemeiner— Swedish FM Mocked on Social Media for ‘Hypocritical’ Holocaust Statement After ‘Justifying Palestinian Terror Against Israelis’: Israelis reacted with contempt to the Holocaust Remembrance Day statement issued by the Swedish foreign minister on Wednesday, with comments on social media mocking Margot Wallström for her “gall” and “hypocrisy.” One member of the Twittersphere — who posted a link to the statement (titled “The battle against anti-Semitism and racism must always be fought”) – was Israel-based international human rights lawyer and Middle East analyst Arsen Ostrovsky. […]“It is a travesty of justice and gross offense to the memory of the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, that Margot Wallström, who has excused, justified and condoned terror against Israelis, has the chutzpah to now invoke Holocaust Remembrance Day to talk about fighting anti-Semitism.”
Times of Israel— Israelis near Gaza border: Hamas tunneling is shaking our floors: Communities near the Palestinian territory report increased subterranean activity, fume at IDF inaction, as Hamas rebuilds its cross-border terror tunnels after 2014 war.
- God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This [Yahweh] is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” (Exodus 3: 15)
- “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
- “Behold, the days are coming,” declares Yahweh, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘Yahweh our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 23: 5-6)
- Yeshua said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” (John 8: 58)
Blessings in the Book of Revelation is a book that you need to read, especially now. There are blessings throughout the Scriptures but Revelation is the only book in the Bible actually containing a specific blessing for reading it. It’s repeated twice, once at the beginning and again at the end. This is the reason that I believe Revelation should be the first step toward studying biblical prophecy. Though not easy to do, Revelation can be broken down and understood by anyone, not just the academic elite. So, Revelation’s blessings are for everyone. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
Other Books by Neil Snyder
- Stand! is a suspense novel that exposes the lies, corruption, and greed underlying the theory that man-made CO2 emissions are responsible for global warming. Professor Wes Carlyle and Karen Sterling, his research collaborator, carefully scan the audience for their would-be attacker—a member of the enviro-gestapo who has been following them for days. Wes spots his man in the back of the room leaning against the wall. Suddenly, another man in the audience steps forward and moves toward Karen at a menacing pace. With a vicious stroke, he swings a billy club at her head. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
- What Will You Do with the Rest of Your Life? deals with a question that every Christian has to consider: what should I do with my life? Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
- Falsely Accused is a true story about a young woman who was accused of committing a double homicide. It’s about a travesty of justice, and it reveals Yahweh intervening in the life of a believer to rescue her from danger in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Everyone will enjoy the book, but young people in particular need to read it because the mistakes made that led to the problem could have been avoided. They were the kinds of mistakes that young people are prone to make. As they say, forewarned is forearmed. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17: 22-24)
See “His Name is Yahweh”.