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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Extreme Weather Conditions are The beginning of sorrows for America & The World By Minister Speed

 First and foremost I wish to pray for the families of those affected by the storms which has killed many people in America over the last few years.  The sad part is that many of the victims have been innocent children, and it appears that there will be multiple more killed in this latest deadly storm .  

It comes to mind that in the last 15 years that our children have come under severe spiritual battle.  I’d like to expound further on this subject.

I have been declaring that a divine judgment has been rendered upon America and it is obvious that our children have been affected by death and mayhem like never before.  It also appears that the weapon of God's choice would be the forces of nature and the spiritual infiltration of the mind of mankind so that they would do diabolical acts against other human being.

The fall of America is now going on! She is falling! The cause of her fall is universally known, as it was with ancient Babylon,” The use of the weather affects both the adversary of God and the people of God.  

It is time for America to bring God into the equation and repent from all this wickedness engulfing this once great country.  

“Righteousness, justice and freedom are despised and fought against regardless of the clear knowledge of who God is.

According to the weather service, the largest previous number of tornadoes on record in one event occurred from April 3-4, 1974, with 148 tornadoes. The National Weather Service also pointed out that there had been more than 600 tornadoes in the month of April 2011.

 The storms and catastrophes that are battering America are part of a series of big weather events across the country. Updated statistics from the U.S. Drought Monitor show that nearly 56 percent of the contiguous U.S. is currently in drought. This value is the highest that’s ever been recorded for the month of May.  Last year winter prove to be the most severe on American record with many deaths which followed.

Then in 2013 there were drought conditions afflicting Texas and causing fires to engulf the state. “We're pretty vulnerable right now,” said state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon to the Christian Science Monitor. 

Up to 650 blazes have scorched 400 square miles of rolling plains in west Texas, the Monitor said. The year of 2013 rivaled the 2000 and 2006 Texas wildfire seasons, which killed 11 people and destroyed 400 homes. In 2000 the Southwest, including Texas, 6.5 million acres burned, which was more than double the 10-year wildfire average at the time.  

For those with Bible Doctrine behind them this is truly punishment and the destruction of America by His divine plagues of storms,”  In 2010, more people were killed worldwide by natural disasters than were killed in terrorist attacks in the past 40 years combined.

2014 Updates

As we speak in January 2014, several unexpected and abnormal winter storms rage across America's Southern states. 

Residents across the Deep South are hunkering down as a rare winter storm is moving in from the central U.S., bringing along freezing rain, snow and forcing the cancellation of thousands of flights.

Officials from parts of Texas to southeastern Virginia are warning motorists to stay off the roads and remain inside. Freezing rain and snow is already falling in some parts of the region.

Popular warm-weather tourist destinations including Charleston, S.C.; Savannah, Ga.; Pensacola, Fla.; Virginia Beach; and New Orleans were expecting ice and snow over the next two days-- rare occurrences in places that seldom even see prolonged sub-freezing temperatures. As many as "50 million" people across the region could be affected. 
Perhaps the most abnormal winter storm has come in the state of Hawaii.  The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Big Island summits above 11,000 feet. Forecasters say the threat of heavy snow on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa will remain until noon on Wednesday, when the Winter Storm Warning is set to expire. Expect an accumulation of up to six inches of snow, easterly winds around 10 to 15 mph, and temperatures in the lower 30s.
With all the catastrophic storms and natural disasters “It's interesting that God is conspicuously absent from the explanations within in the news reports,

Fundamental Changes Needed to Save America

First Read your bibles and you tell me how the Creator has judged men in the past.

Floods?  Of course. 
Famine?  Yes.
Drought? You know it.
Plagues?  Yes.

Every single time these 4 environmental climate systems have been used to warn, wake up, judge, and punish the nations and bring them back to Himself.

This world will never admit that God's Judgment is upon the world and specifically on America. Every form of vile wickedness walks freely among us and yet there are "mega churches" on every corner of every street in America.

Today's Babylonian churchianity is being judged. Our country is a cesspool of every vile thing ever invented under the sun. We are the world’s premier exporter of war, porn, death, leisure, vice, hubris, abortion and injustice and idol worship.

Name a deadly sin and find someplace in the world that does it "better" than America. Listen One nation under God? One nation under "god" doesn't mean one nation under Jesus.  You see, Satan calls himself god, and the bible clearly states: 2 COR 4:4 in whose case THE GOD OF THIS WORLD who is Satan,  has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

In Revelation Chapter 9 we see God unleashes the forces of nature against mankind for their wickedness but if we look at verse 20 we can see the same mindset that is prevalent in America today.

20 The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; 21 and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries (Drug Use) nor of their immorality nor of their thefts.

Are you kidding me? These people have just been HAMMERED, ABSOLUTELY ROCKED by the Lord's judgments, AND THEY STILL REFUSE TO REPENTAfter all that hammering, and people still refuse to repent, does Jesus's teaching in Matt 7:13-14 make any more sense to you now?

13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

There would have to be some fundamental changes on a national level to change God’s mind about judgment. But there is no political courage in our leaders to do the things that would save this nation from destruction, therefore this nation is doomed.

The things that would have to be done to turn this nation around so God would spare us from great destructive judgments will  NEVER be done because the leaders have no vision or courage to do what is right.  

Even if the leaders wanted to do right, the people in general have no intention of repenting.  Individual repentance on your part, though very important to you, will not save this nation.  As a nation we are already past the point of no return.

 Because there is no national repentance, we are simply waiting for the judgments to come. 

It would be stupid to think a nation that despises God will have peace and prosperity.

It’s easy to blame God, ask why God would allow this, this, and this to happen, Why God allows some to perish and others to live. But if one does not belong to God, but to the evil one, the father of darkness, then one cannot truly understand the will of the Almighty for they are still in the world.

Those of us however, who were taken out of the world when we confessed our sins and gave our life to Jesus, understand both the smaller picture as well as the larger picture overall.

First off, the world is cursed, man is a fallen creation and therefore wickedness, murder, dishonesty, lust, wickedness, and an anti-Christ culture has been formed on this earth.  That is the small picture we've been dealing with since the beginning. 

The larger overall picture is that as Christians we know full well we’re living in the last days before the return of our Lord Jesus Christ on the clouds. 

I call these days “End Time Bible Days” and as Christians we should rejoice and look forward to great opportunities and blessings. 

Indeed it’s true, that while the world will slowly fall into deeper sin, wickedness, deception, famine, disease, devastation, and chaos we as Christians should began to prepare our hearts, check our power source and begin to come out of this world and truly seek the kingdom of God.

We are in the same situation as Baruch in the Book of Jeremiah.  Jeremiah had nothing but bad things to prophesy to the people and no one was repenting.  He didn't have any "peace and prosperity" or "break-through" messages and it was getting pretty depressing.  

The nation of Israel was doomed and nothing was going to change the judgment. Then God speaks directly to Baruch in the following scripture:

Jeremiah 45:2-5 2.Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, unto thee, O Baruch; 3.Thou didst say, Woe is me now! for the LORD hath added grief to my sorrow; I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest. 

4.Thus shalt thou say unto him (unto Baruch), The LORD saith thus; Behold, that which I have built will I break down (speaking of the nation), and that which I have planted I will pluck up, even this whole land. 

5.And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the LORD: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.

God told Baruch, "seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not."  Do you have high hopes of education, career, business, family, etc.

Remember, you may never get some of those things, because God is going to "bring evil upon all flesh...break down that which I have built and pluck up, even this whole land"

Jeremiah 9:12-14 12.Who is the wise man, that may understand this? and who is he to whom the mouth of the LORD hath spoken, that he may declare it, for what the land perisheth and is burned up like a wilderness, that none passeth through? 

13.And the LORD saith, Because they have forsaken my law which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked therein; 14.But have walked after the imagination of their own heart.

I think this describes America very well.  They forsake the law of God and walk after the imagination of their own heart or perhaps their man made religion.  

But "God is not mocked," everyone will reap what they have sown--individuals and whole nations.

Listen my brothers and sisters Open your eyes and look at the increasing rain, hail, snow. There are several hundred earthquakes that have already come to America. 

When God sends a Warning, the bible says He seizes the people with distress and affliction that they might humble themselves, pray, seek Gods’ face and turn from their wicked ways.

This time around Gods' will is simply a message to the United States: As your culture and your lifestyles continue to erode, so too will my judgments upon you come quickly. 

My grandmother used to say ”God don’t like ugly.” She was right, God doesn't take pleasure in allowing these things to happen, he doesn't take pleasure in millions of lives destroyed. 

He wants us to live righteous and turn to him, not turn away from him. Unfortunately it takes such events to make people sit down and think about how they life their lives.

Our lives are our own, we have free will. But do you ever think that perhaps we've gone too far? That perhaps our culture, our forms of entertainment, the way we treat life in terms of capital punishment, abortion, and murder are all a part of why America has been in this condition for so long? 

How long has America been in political, economic, and even environmental straits? It’s easy to blame the president, but how difficult has it been to blame ourselves?

I believe America is experiencing God’s judgment right now? With all the economic turmoil, division, political corruption, and the bad weather we've been having in the last few year;  it must become evident that this is the hand of God judging the United States of America?


Monday, May 20, 2013

End Time Prayer By Minister Speed

About the time of the end, a body of men will be raised up, who will turn their attention to the prophecies, in the midst of much clamor and opposition."   Sir Isaac Newton

We are in that time.

This Blog Site is design to teach the truth, the Word of God as founded in Holy Scriptures. Our Mission is to open the eyes and hearts of God’s people through the relevant teaching and preaching of The Word of God with extreme boldness, showing His grace, insight and wisdom with understanding.

We are here to expose the false prophets and teachers who monopolize and take advantage of the body of Christ through deception.  We offer extensive and exhaustive Bible Doctrine in the name of Jesus Christ through a life of discipleship, faith, and love teaching all while being a witness of true change by the Power He has shown to us through His death burial and resurrection.

Allow the messages here to help you develop your spiritual life in Christ the Messiah and grow with us as we spread the Word of God.

In the Mighty and Majestic name of jesus the Christ. May the Lord impart a blessing to those who participates in the reading of His Holy Word.

Those who hear it, those who read it, and those who apply it. May you increase that His Holy Spirit may increase within you that no weapon formed aganist you shall prosper. 

That you may be able to do all things through Christ which is your strength. Amen

Almighty Father Creator of Heaven and Earth. We humbly come before you with thanksgiving in our hearts, asking for your never ending mercy. 

We lift your name on high, above any name that has ever existed. Our Father and Creator, we ask you to Bless, Protect and to Pour your Supernatural Favor upon Us, our Children, our Spouses and our friends and even our enemies.

God we ask you today for Divine Intervention in our lives, we ask for your touch in every areas of our lives, whether it is a new job, promotion, freedom from debt, rebuilding of our relationships with spouses and friends and even our children. 

Father any situation you touch, we believe it can never remain the same. Father in heaven, let your will be done in our lives as your decision in our lives is the best and will always bring out the best, please send double portions of your Anointing and Blessings in the quickest time to the person who prays this prayer in Faith. 

Father in these End days I pray that you break the religious addiction that is consuming your people.  Loosen and open their eyes that they may see the truth.

Prepare their hearts for the calamity that is to come and open their mouth to speak with extreme boldness your Word which is Jesus Christ.

Father we have already prayed for your help in these days.  We have prayed for family, friends, spouses, and even our enemies.  Father now we pray that you use us in a mighty and supernatural way.

Father Yahweh, use us as a Master would that which belong to Him.  We surrender to your will and everything you have spoken.  Father the hour has come and now is that your children worship you in Spirit and in Truth.  Let your will be done in our lives.  Our love for you is more consuming than anything in our lives.  

Father we will not forget to give you all the praise and all the glory.

Your Name is worthy to be worshipped and glorified by every person in Heaven and on Earth. 

In the Mighty and Majestic name of your only Son, our personal Savior, Jesus Christ.  


Monday, May 6, 2013

The Media Industrial Complex By Minister Speed

In my first book "A Declaration to the Spiritual Soldier" I used the tern "The Power To Define" on Pg. 54.  

The Power To Define is the ability to discern, and the will to implement ideas and philosophies in order to be totally victorious in battle against ones enemy.

This blog will attempt to deal with the new phenomenon that is sweeping through America progressively for the past 25 years.  This is the Media Industrial Complex.  It is designed to produce in you a well of willingness to search within yourself, wakeup, and participate!!!

Today this definition appears to come to fruition as the News Media across the nation as well as the world are working together to Black Out "certain" news that would possibly awaken America to their true purpose and agendas.  

They have consciously created such a liberal spirit that anyone who attempts to use their God given America freedom of speech is instantaneously dehumanize which also subliminally redirects others not to, producing a people who are muzzled and fear driven.  

The power to define when applied properly can produce in the minds of a person ignorance or complete unawareness of the magnitude or seriousness of a situation (Abortion/homosexuals) or when used in a concerted efforted can simply make a news worthy story disappear (Kermit Gosnell).

Who owns the media?

To this end I have created a new definition to describe this new phenomenon within the once sacred halls of journalism.  Never in the anals of American History have the Media been bought and paid for by entities which seek to promote and propagate their own agendas which have stretch their tentacles across every fabric of the economy.  To put it as plain as possible "they are reporting' whatever they are being spoon-fed from others".

Media Industrial Complex-The aggregate of a nation’s Media and Communication systems working in a concerted effort with combined interests of the political, socio, and economic forces, pushing a subliminal and propagandist ideology while exerting unwarranted influence on the minds of the American people and the world around us.  

Media Blackout Cause Americans to be Ignorant of Baby Killer & Other Vital News By Minister Speed

Because of the Media Industrial Complex in America and their prejudical blackout of the Kermit Gosnell Baby killing story (Gosnell was arrested January 2011), many Americans remain completely ignorant of this horrendous act.  

I personally read a minumum of over 1,000 articles per week, 5 books weekly, speaking engagement 2 X weekly and teach bible classes 2 X weekly.  This is aside from any work I do on a professional level.  

In spite of all my research it was still over a year before I saw anything related to this horrific news story.

The reason, a media blackout of epic proportion.  Please see video below.

Now you may say oh that is a coincident and can't be happening on a regular basis right?

So tell me what would you think about a homosexual who was armed to the teeth, with 15 Chick-Fill-A sandwiches in his bag to spread over the faces of those he would killed. 

He went inside a Family Research  Council and shot a guard and was wrestled to the ground by the same guard he shot.  You would think that if this was a real event it would be national news and  looped over and over until we got sick and tired of it.  Not So.  Please watch video below.

What if I told you that the school system was teaching sexual information that kindergarden kids should not see.  What if I stated this video was sick satanic garbage that taught the youth pre-marital sex claiming that it's natural and then when the girl gets pregnant Planned Parenthood is there for an abortion.  This is  satanic indoctrination and  breaking GOD'S laws.
Have you heard about this in the news?  Watch the Video below.

However on the flip side, when Chris Broussard the ESPN analysist spoke out against Jason Collins the 3rd String Free Agent NBA player "coming out of the closet" The News Media Industrial Complex had a field day and suggested he should be fired from his career because he had a difference of opinion and was "man" enough to speak using the "Freedom of Speech" afforded him by the Constitution.  

Wait a minuted.  What if Planned Parenthood was caught in the act allowing underage Sex Slaves/Prostitutes have an abortion without reporting the Pimp who came out stating he was such.  This would definitely be National News Right?  Wrong....Please see video below.

I will close with this article by Former South Carolina Senator Jim Dewitt;

Enclosed Full Article: 

Former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint continues sending shock waves through the Washington establishment in his new post atop the conservative Heritage Foundation, this time calling on the grassroots citizenry to rise up and replace the mainstream media when it comes to their blackout of coverage of the atrocities of Kermit Gosnell.

“The murder trial of Kermit Gosnell has touched all Americans who have heard about it and brought home to them the unspeakable cruelties that have happened at abortion clinics in our own nation,” DeMint said in a Friday statement. 

“The trial is now nearing its first solid month of deliberation, holding the 72-year-old abortionist accountable for the unspeakable procedures committed to countless women and children in his abortion facility. 

Nobody who has read the testimony or seen the pictures can come away unshaken.”

Even so, DeMint argues that not enough Americans have seen this story because most major media outlets have ignored it. 

But, the former South Carolina senator notes that the mainstream media are hardly the only source of news anymore, and that new media are taking old media’s place.

“Thankfully the mainstream media are not the only source of news anymore, and citizens can take to social media to raise awareness with their neighbors, family, and friends,” DeMint wrote.

 “After almost a month of relentless goading from surprised Americans, shocked by the extensive media blackout on a case riddled with death and exploitation, Gosnell and his trial are finally trending on Twitter.”

“But it is time major media outlets start covering this atrocity and stop being silent,” DeMint added.

 “No wonder Americans say again and again that they don’t trust the media. 

How is it that a trial involving a man who has allegedly taken the lives of numerous innocent children—many of whom had been born into good health, and all of whom are entitled to the same blessings of this life as you and I—is being seen as a ‘local news story’ at best?”

DeMint ended his statement with a call to action.
“The media’s willful indifference to the trial of Kermit Gosnell is wrong,” he said.

 “It’s time for us to take action. I urge you to take to social media—take to whatever outlet at your disposal—to call attention to these horrific crimes and stand up for those who couldn’t defend themselves.”

End of Article:  

Gosnell was arrested in January 2011 and charged—along with other crimes and various co-defendant employees—with eight counts of murder resulting from gross medical malpractice in treatment of patients at his clinics. The murder charges related to a patient who died while under his care and seven newborns said to have been killed after being born alive during attempted abortions. 

Please see my Blog Entitled Abortion Doctor Arrested For Murder of Late Term Babies for the full story on Kermit Gosnell http://thespiritualsoldier.blogspot.com/2013/04/abortion-doctor-arrested-for-murder-of.html

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Christians are losing their Freedom Of Speech By Minister Speed

I am glad I am a citizen of the United States, but there are times when “American values” conflict with “Christian values”.  I have witness many a Christian become paralysis with fear and muzzled because they know that to speak the truth of God in Jesus Christ will single them out as opposition to the majority and with that comes names like bigoted, prejudice, and intolerant.  However I would like to set the record straight that while freedom of speech is an American right serve to most;

It is not a Christian’s right anymore!!!

The church today has been effectively muzzled and brought to a point of apathy and political correctness in attempting to not offend.  Jesus offended many people when He walked the earth. Not deliberately, of course, but it happened. He brought new truth, so it was unavoidable.  

While He did not intentionally offend Paul did state in Galatians 4:16 “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?”

Even today, we see the masses of society falling prey to the “lying wonders” of Satan. It couldn't be any more blatant that The White House administration openly supports abortion and sodomy as a normal lifestyle and uses the might of the USA to push these agendas to the American people.  

“Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders” (2nd Thessalonians 2:9). Satan is a master liar, he knows exactly how to deceive the masses of ignorant people (those who love not the truth). 

Satan inspired, Adolph Hitler, said... “People are more likely to believe a big lie than a small one.”

Sadly, America's Christians are blinded to the truth because they love not the truth. Too many people have religiosity without truth, churchianity without Christianity. The truth couldn't be any more obvious, but the masses of society are sleeping. Tragically, America's born again Christians are sleeping as well. “Awake to righteousness...” (1st Corinthians 15:34). Wake up!

The TRUTH is the TRUTH, even if no one believes it; a LIE is a LIE, even if everyone believes it!

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.  For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law." -Matthew 10:34,35

The Gospel of Jesus Christ Has Always Offended the Wicked!  Romans 9:33 refers to Christ as a “stumbling block” and a "Rock of Offence.” Jesus clearly taught in Matthew 10:34, 35 that He did NOT come to this world to bring peace. 

Let me clarify, Jesus' did come to die upon the cross for our sins; thus, enabling us to have peace with God through the precious shed blood of Jesus Christ. BUT, Jesus also expects us to PREACH the Gospel, which OFFENDS most people. 

Let me define “Gospel” so there is no misunderstanding. 1st Corinthians 15:1-4 defines the “Gospel” as the DEATH, BURIAL, and RESURRECTION of Christ Jesus. This includes the blood of Jesus Christ (Romans 5:9).

 I too believe we should remember our call to be Christ – like. It’s a topic that has had my attention for some time. However, I’m wondering if part of the reason we are where we are isn’t this very thinking.

 Isn’t it possible to ATTEMPT to take what Christ has written and try to offend NO ONE – to the point that the Gospel loses its power? We don’t want to offend, so we say nothing to point out that others are not following Christ’s teachings.

Let me give you an example. I know there are couples in my church who are living together but aren’t married. Since living together has become socially acceptable in our country, we Christians often make the choice to tolerate this choice because we don’t want to offend them and we don’t want them to leave the church. However, by doing this very thing we negate the teachings of scripture that it is a sin to have intimate relations outside of marriage.

So, we dilute the teachings in favor of being non-offensive. I believe this is at the core of the decline of the church. It makes us hypocrites, and totally repulsive to those who seek a way of life whose followers actually follow the teachings.

On a secular level free speech is a gift that the framers of the constitution valued above most every other right in this country.  The backdrop of the Revolution was the expression of ideas by the Anglican (English) Church, and deists, freethinkers, Baptists, Calvinists, Methodists, and the like desired the universal ability to be free to espouse their ideas without a fear of retribution.

However, this freedom is increasingly in duress, and has been in the news recently in several different manifestations.  Furthermore, this phenomenon has begun to assert itself that the Christian ideas are not truth that can any longer stand up and be accepted as such. 

I give you the example of the dilemma created when Jason Collins a 3rd string 7 foot tall NBA player came out of the closet as being gay.  He was immediately accepted and praised by the American public even to the President of the USA, but when ESPN sports analyst came out and stated that he believed that personally homosexually was a sin many condemn him as homophobic, a bigot, and demanded that he be fired from his career employment for using his right to free speak. 

Remember when San Francisco cornerback Chris Culliver apologized last year for comments he made in revealing his true feeling about an openly gay player in the locker room/shower?  He was force to recant his freedom of speech by the pressure imposed on him by the media and employer.  

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver answers questions Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in New Orleans, regarding anti-gay remarks he made during Super Bowl media day Tuesday. Culliver apologized for the comments he made to a comedian, saying "that's not what I feel in my heart." The 49ers are scheduled to play the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game on Feb. 3.

The general consensus is he should have held his tongue but his views are probably shared by a very large majority of players.  Just because the politically correct media tries to castrate anyone who opposes the gay lifestyle for whatever reason does not change human nature.  

Supposedly gays make up around 6% or less of the population but their agenda has gone from demanding tolerance to almost demanding that the lifestyle be looked upon as normal.  Because of the political correctness and stigma associated with speaking out Christian many are choosing to muzzle the Word and allow this sin and many others to go uncheck and this will most definitely cause them to go to hell and live in eternity without God.

Still don’t believe that Christians are losing the right to free speech?  

Listen to this.


A Swedish pastor who preached a sermon on the Biblical prohibitions against homosexual behavior is waiting to see if the Supreme Court of Sweden will send him to jail for six months for doing so.
Ake Green, the pastor of a small-town Pentecostal church, delivered his sermon in 2003 and has been in the prosecutor’s crosshairs ever since. Charged with violating a Swedish hate speech law that protects homosexuals from “intimidation” and “agitation,” he was sentenced to a month in jail last year by a district court. An appeals court overturned his conviction, but the prosecutor has appealed to the Supreme Court and has asked that the 68-year-old pastor’s jail term be increased to six months.
The Supreme Court heard arguments this month and is expected to rule sometime next year.

Hate Speech?
Pastor Green’s sermon, entitled “Is Homosexuality Genetic or an Evil Force that Plays Mind Games with People?”, carefully cites Bible passages demonstrating that sodomy, in the eyes of God, is a sin. He warns that Sweden, because of its embrace of homosexuality, may be in acute danger of God’s judgment. He teaches that persons guilty of this sin, by repenting and relying on God’s grace, can be freed from bondage to it and saved.

The pastor backs up everything he says with verses from the Bible. At no point does he advocate violence against homosexuals, condone hatred or rejection of them, or recommend any action but prayer and the preaching of the gospel 

Nevertheless, homosexuals complained and the prosecutor went into action. This is because Sweden has a law that “prohibits the expression of ‘disrespect’ towards favored minority groups,” explained Jared Leland of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty (www.becketfund.org), who has written a “friend of the court” brief that has been accepted into the record by the Swedish Supreme Court.

The Becket Fund, Washington, D.C., is an official nongovernmental organization (NGO) that consults with the United Nations.

“Pastor Green’s entire speech was based on Biblical interpretation,” Leland said. “It does not threaten anyone; it does not call people to action to place the public order in disarray.”

The Swedish law, he said, is similar to a notorious Pennsylvania law against “ethnic intimidation” under which 11 Christians were arrested and jailed in Philadelphia last summer when they tried to preach at a city-funded homosexual street fair. A city judge dismissed the case.

“Ultimately what’s at stake here is religious expression,” Leland said. “A religious expression was made that offended a prominent minority, and the offense was in the eye of the beholder.

“The issue is not homosexuality. It’s religious expression and conviction, and the right of preachers to preach about religious interpretation from the pulpit.”

Leland wrote an article in defense of the pastor. It was widely published in Sweden last year, and the response surprised him.

“It got a very hostile response from Swedish newspaper columnists,” he said. “They all say, ‘You don’t understand our culture. This man should go to jail for two years — not six months!’”

Can It Happen Here?
Hate speech bills — usually aimed at making the homosexual agenda immune to public criticism — come up in the U.S. Congress every year.

According to Leland, the U.S. government has signed on to most of the human rights treaties, including the ICCPR. What concerns us is that “domestic law does not trump international law,” as Leland put it. Have we subordinated our Constitution and Bill of Rights to international treaty? These treaties, as applied in Europe, have been used to support homosexual militancy and persecute its opponents — including, now, a preacher in his pulpit.

California last year enacted a hate speech law very similar to the one Sweden is using against Ake Green. The Pennsylvania law used against the “Philadelphia 11” has not yet been repealed.

What with international treaties, state laws, and proposed federal laws, for how much longer will America be without a case like Ake Green’s?

If this continues Americans, especially Christians, as well as those throughout the world who enjoy free speech, could find themselves in a 1984 George Orwell type society where doublespeak is the only allowable language.

In closing I  suggest that there has to be a balance. We stand up for what we believe in at all costs (as did the Apostle Paul), and yet mind our conversation so that it gives life, even when it isn’t popular. Criticism and hate speech are never welcome, but perhaps loving honesty and guidance are necessary.