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February 2009 Newsletter

A Special Note from Ed

I was laying wide awake in bed the other night at about 3 in the morning, unable
to sleep. The Lord really gave me a burden for the nation and the church and gave me an
insight to one of the key reasons we Christians are losing battle after battle for our
freedoms in this country today.

I thought over the events of First Chronicles, beginning in Chapter 11, where it talks
about David’s Mighty Men. These were called mighty men of valor because they truly
made a difference in their land as they gladly submitted themselves and committed
themselves to David, their leader. They were men without compromise.

David’s mighty men didn’t start out from some Military Academy. They were an
untrained lot.

And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and
everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain
over them. And there were about four hundred men with him. NKJV

Yet from this zealous crowd arose the Mighty Men of Valor. They were submitted,
committed and fiercely loyal. They were unswerving, unmoved from their purpose. And
they fulfilled God’s purpose for their nation.

Today, too few men in the church make that kind of commitment to their spiritual leader,
their pastor. The ones who do not have that kind of accountability in their lives survive in
a convenient world of compromise. Their commitment is to whatever works and to
whatever is the least hassle. It is too uncomfortable for them to be submitted to someone
who holds the Bible as the rod of truth and conduct. They may be saved but they have no
passion for the gospel, the church, or the lost.

Most churches are struggling financially today. Few have more than a handful of tithe
payers, yet that is probably one of the very first fruits of a committed man.

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The church survives on the acts and the prayers of its women, who probably comprise 60-
70% of active adult church members. God bless them for carrying the load they do carry.

As a result, the church is weak and the walls of safety are in shambles. The world has
pushed down the ramparts and the church, in general, has become an extension of the
world, just the same except with Sunday church.

The late and the greatest Christian apologist of the 20th Century, Dr. Walter
Martin, often said that the cults were the unpaid bills of the Christian Church. He
called out for the church to “Contend for the Faith”.

3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our


common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to
contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the
saints. 4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were
marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of
our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus
Christ. Jude 3-4

I find it disheartening when hundreds of thousands of Muslims storm the streets and go
crazy because someone drew a cartoon picture of Mohammed.

Yet, where were the Christian men when some artist placed a small statue of Jesus on the
Cross in a container of urine and called it art. Not only was it in a public exhibit, but our
tax dollars paid the artist through the NEA.

Today, the church and Christianity are being battered from every side and the church
gives in, backs away and cowers, because the Mighty Men of Valor are missing in action.
The zealous few who are trying to hold back the flood waters are spread too thin.

I call upon every man reading this to go to his pastor and enlist. I call upon every
church to preach this message and have an altar call where men can walk forward
and stand before the congregations of our nation and be held accountable to become
that church’s; that pastor’s Mighty Men of Valor.

The following article describes what I mean when I talk about zealous men. It is a short
part of a book called Practical Religion by a true 19th century Zealot. Please read it. It is
what I want to be said about me when I am off to heaven. It is where my heart and my
life abide.

Your Brother in Christ

Ed Decker
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PRACTICAL RELIGION .
JOHN CHARLES RYLE, D.D.,
LORD BISHOP OF LIVERPOOL;
I. Let me show, in the first place, what is zeal in religion.
II. Let me show, in the second place, when a man can be called rightly zealous in
religion?
III. Let me show, in the third place, why it is a good thing for a man to be zealous in
religion?
I. First of all, I propose to consider this question. “What is zeal in religion?”

Zeal in religion is a burning desire to please God, to do His will, and to advance His
glory in the world in every possible way. It is a desire which no man feels by nature, —
which the Spirit puts in the heart of every believer when he is converted,—but which
some believers feel so much more strongly than others that they alone deserve to be
called “zealous” men.

This desire is so strong, when it really reigns in a man, that it impels him to make any
sacrifice,—to go through any trouble,—to deny himself to any amount,—to suffer, to
work, to labour, to toil,—to spend himself and be spent, and even to die,—if only he can
please God and honour Christ.

A zealous man in religion is pre-eminently a man of one thing. It is not enough to say
that he is earnest, hearty, uncompromising, thorough-going, whole-hearted, fervent in
spirit. He only sees one thing, he cares for one thing, he lives for one thing, he is
swallowed up in one thing; and that one thing is to please God. Whether he lives, or
whether he dies,—whether he has health, or whether he has sickness,—whether he is
rich, or whether he is poor,—whether he pleases man, or whether he gives offence,—
whether he is thought wise, or whether he is thought foolish,—whether he gets blame, or
whether he gets praise,—whether he gets honour, or whether he gets shame,—for all this
the zealous man cares nothing at all.

He burns for one thing; and that one thing is to please God, and to advance God’s
glory. If he is consumed in the very burning, he cares not for it,—he is content. He feels
that, like a lamp, he is made to burn; and if consumed in burning, he has but done the
work for which God appointed him. Such an one will always find a sphere for his zeal. If
he cannot preach, and work, and give money, he will cry, and sigh, and pray. Yes: if he is
only a pauper, on a perpetual bed of sickness, he will make the wheels of sin around him
drive heavily, by continually interceding against it.

If he cannot fight in the valley with Joshua, he will do the work of Moses, Aaron, and
Hur, on the hill. (Exod. xvii. 9-13.) If he is cut off from working himself, he will give the
Lord no rest till help is raised up from another quarter, and the work is done. This is what
I mean when I speak of “zeal” in religion.

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Now, to other news

THE LDS CHURCH HAS REBAPTIZED TED BUNDY

February 9, 2009

Theodore Robert Bundy, prolific serial killer and rapist—one of the most notorious and
despised murderers in U.S. history—has been posthumously baptized by The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Proxy rites for Bundy, consisting of a baptism and an “endowment” ceremony, were
performed on May 28, 2008 in the Jordan River Utah Temple, a Mormon temple in South
Jordan, a suburb 16 miles south of downtown Salt Lake City.

Theodore Bundy, who became better known as Ted Bundy, was born on November 24,
1946, in Burlington, Vermont. He is currently listed in the LDS Church’s database of
posthumous ordinances, the International Genealogical Index (IGI), under his birth name,
Theodore Robert Cowell, to conceal his criminal identity.

Between 1974 and 1978, Ted Bundy raped and killed an untold number of young women
in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Utah, and Florida. Authorities believe his victims
numbered well over 100. On January 24, 1989, after a ten-year stay of execution, Bundy
was executed in the electric chair at Florida State Prison in Starke, Florida. Many
spectators cheered and toasted his death with champagne.

In the fall of 1974, during the time he was murdering innocent women, Ted Bundy moved
to Salt Lake City. The following year, he joined the LDS Church. Bundy’s involvement
with the Mormon religion was apparently short-lived. His name may have been removed
from Mormon membership rolls because of his criminal record.

Throwing justice to the wind, less than twenty years after Ted Bundy’s execution, and in
the state of Utah—where Bundy once roamed and brutally killed young women without
remorse—the LDS Church has secretly reclaimed its most cold-blooded killer.

Helen Radkey Salt Lake City, Utah

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Anti-faith language remains in stimulus package

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 2/7/2009 4:15:00 AM


The U.S. Senate has taken action that could mean a legal battle royal
over the stimulus bill.

The Senate rejected an amendment offered by Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) that
would have stripped language from the stimulus bill that would force colleges and universities
to throw religious clubs off campus if the schools receive federal funds.

Stimulus to ban religious worship

President Obama's proposed economic stimulus plan makes a deliberate—and


unconstitutional—attempt to censor religious speech and worship on school campuses
across the nation, according to a lawyer who argued related cases before the U.S.
Supreme Court 20 years ago and won them all.

"This isn't like a convenient oversight. This is intentional. This legislation pokes its finger
in the eyes of people who hold religious beliefs," Jay Sekulow, chief of the American
Center for Law and Justice, told WND.

Here’s One for the Books

After I heard about this horrific, brutal murder, I went to Google News, Fox
News, ABC News, and USA Today websites to get the details.
Apparently, our news media do not want to offend Muslims. We all know
that if the head of a Christian station beheaded his wife, the media would be
camped out at the station and the home for a month of live reporting.

I finally found this on BBC news, in England. You will note that the man is
presently being charged with only second degree murder, because Muslims
consider this an “honor killing.”

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US Muslim TV boss 'beheaded wife'

Aasiya Hassan had recently filed for divorce, alleging domestic violence

The founder of a US Muslim TV network has been charged over


the beheading of his wife, media reports say.

Muzzammil Hassan, 44, is accused of second degree murder of Aasiya Hassan, whose body
was found last week at the TV station in New York state.

Both Mr. Hassan and his wife worked at Bridges TV, a station aimed at countering
stereotypes of Muslims. Authorities said Mrs. Hassan, 37, had recently filed for divorce.
The couple had two children, aged four and six.

I did find the following report in the Buffalo News

Muslim TV exec accused of beheading wife in NY


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2009
By CAROLYN THOMPSON
Associated Press Writer

The crime drips with brutal irony: a woman decapitated, allegedly by her
estranged husband, in the offices of the television network the couple
founded with the hope of countering Muslim stereotypes.

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Muzzammil "Mo" Hassan is accused of beheading his wife last week, days
after she filed for divorce. Authorities have not discussed the role religion or
culture might have played, but the slaying gave rise to speculation that it was
the sort of "honor killing" more common in countries half a world away,
including the couple's native Pakistan.

And Check out this related story in the same issue

Religious speculation upsets imam in case


of beheaded woman
By Gene Warner
Buffalo News STAFF REPORTER
Updated: 02/18/09 07:25 AM

Nazim Mangera felt tears welling in his eyes as he said the final prayers over the body of
Aasiya Z. Hassan around sunrise Tuesday morning.

Mangera wasn’t upset just by the loss of this vivacious, intelligent 37-year-old woman or
by the vicious way that she was killed when she was beheaded Thursday.

He also was upset about suggestions that the Islamic religion may have had something to
do with her death, that this may have been an “honor killing” tied to Muslim tradition or
culture. Orchard Park police have charged her estranged husband, Muzzammil Hassan,
44, with her killing.

“We’re all shocked. We’re all grieving,” said Mangera, imam of the Islamic Society of
the Niagara Frontier. “To compound that, we have to face the difficulty of the religion of
Islam being blamed for [the killer’s] personal actions. It was an individual person who
did this act, for whatever reason. We don’t find any justification in the Islamic religion
for any such violence.”

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Let’s Get Real!

Would someone please explain to the poor Imam that beheading, especially
“Honor Killing” acts of beheading have been going since the days of
Mohammed.

I don’t find it common practice among the Christians or Jews, the people
accursed in the Koran. It is just a common form of murder in Islam. And
they call it an “Honor Killing”. Maybe before Allah it is. Never before the
true God who has said “Thou Shalt Not Kill.”

A quick google search of beheading gave me more than 28 pages of Muslim


beheadings from around the world. Don’t insult our intelligence and claim
this was the act of one man and not the fruit of your violent faith.

And the most sickening part of this brutal murder is that the US media
is covering it up and law enforcement wants to call this a 2nd degree act
of murder when it is the a killing that is the most heinous form of
torturous death.

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