The Unbelieving World is Blind as a Bat,
And Dumber than Spock’s Cat in the Hat!
Even a Bat has a God-Given Type of Radar,
But Today’s World is a Mad Religious Bazaar,
Containing what prophecy said would be Here,
Just Before The Great Tribulation Would Appear,
And the time Man Loses his ow
n Soul is very Near!
The World Indeed does have a reason to be in Fear,
Christ Rejecters will soon lose all that They hold Dear,
As well as Believers Works found Spiritually in Arrears!
Mammon they held dear in a Puff of Smoke Disappears!
Atheists And Agnostics Do From Belief In Religions Steer!
A weakening dollar and rising prices is the Cry of the Year,
And the preaching of God’s judgment is falling on Deaf Ears!
“Tickled Ears” send in Money thinking great Riches will Appear,
But last day prophecy warned of Fables, so that’s not so Queer!
July 1, 2008
Luke 16:11-13 – If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches
?  And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?  No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
I Corinthians 3:11-15 – For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
II Timothy 4:1-4 – I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
The following three sets of Scriptures from I Timothy and II Timothy are a perfect overlay on the status of mankind today. There are many more immoral men and women in religion and the secular world than at any time in the history of the planet. The pursuit of mammon in both of these two categories of mankind today has made a shambles of both
I Timothy 6:3-10 – If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;  He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,  Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
 But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.  But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
I Timothy 4:1,2 – Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;  Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
II Timothy 3:1-7 – This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Begin Excerpt from The Times of India
Global economy set for worse-than-expected downturn:
June 30. 2008
BASEL: The global economy might be set for an unexpectedly severe downturn, the world’s top central banking forum said on Monday, blaming lax credit for fuelling the current financial crisis.
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) pinpointed “imprudent and excessive credit growth” as the root cause of the current crisis, in its latest report.
The bank, known as the central bankers’ central bank, suggested that interest rates should tend towards vigilance even in good times in order to discourage excessive borrowing.
While it was difficult to predict the severity of a downturn, it appeared that a “deeper and more protracted global downturn than the consensus view seems to expect” was on the way, the BIS said.
It dampened hopes that emerging markets which have been booming, would offset the slowdown, saying that many of these markets were significantly dependent on external demand, notably from the world’s largest economy – the US.
“With a significant risk of recession in the United States, compounded by sharply rising inflation in many countries, fears are building that the global economy might be at some kind of tipping point. These fears are not groundless,” said the BIS.
The global financial sector has been under pressure for a year, in a crisis during which banks and financial institutions reported sharp losses and massive asset writedowns.
For the BIS, the subprime mortgage market or credit given to borrowers with poor credit ratings, which was widely blamed for the crisis, was not a root cause of the turmoil, but a trigger.
The real culprit, it said, was simply lax credit. Years of cheap borrowing had led to an extraordinary accumulation of debt.
Begin New York Daily News Excerpt
Number of atheists & agnostics grows
March 2, 2008
By Ari Goldman
In the religious world there are the “nuns” and the “nones,” and while the first category is declining, the second is growing.
We all know who nuns are, even though you don’t see them much anymore. All surveys show that they are fast disappearing.
But the “nones” are another matter. That is the term sociologists use to describe the people who answer “none” when asked about their religious affiliation. This category includes atheists (“don’t believe”) and agnostics (“don’t know”) as well as those who simply “don’t affiliate.”
A vast new survey of religion in America conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life showed that a whopping 16% of Americans fall into the “none” group. The number is more than twice what it was in the early 1990s.
Where have all the faithful gone
I put this question to Barry Kosmin, the director of the Institute for the Study of Secularism at Trinity College in Hartford, and he rattled off five sensible reasons:
The “overreaching” of the religious right, which may have pushed too hard on issues like creationism, abortion and gay marriage.
The priest sex scandals in the Catholic Church that drove away many regulars.
The migration of Americans to the West, where religion just isn’t as important as it is back East or in the South. “They join the Sierra Club and forget about Father Feeney back home,” Kosmin said.
The trend toward late marriage. “Most marriages take place in a religious context,” he said, and, once wed, couples join a house of worship and their offspring follow suit.
The rise in immigration. While some immigrants do seek out religious communities, many, he said, “are running away from places with too much religion,” and don’t affiliate.
All this doesn’t mean religion in America is dead. Far from it. With 16% unaffiliated, that leaves the vast majority, 84%, who still identify with a particular religion.
But the survey, released last week, shows that even the affiliated are a restless bunch. For example, more than 25% of American adults have left the faith of their childhood to join another one. If you factor in moves from one Protestant denomination to another, the number rises to 44%.
“We are in an interesting state of flux,” Kosmin said.
Catholicism, the survey showed, experienced the greatest losses. While 31% of Americans were raised in the Catholic faith, only 24% still describe themselves as Catholic. And these numbers would be even more pronounced if they were not offset by the large number of Hispanic Catholic immigrants now filling the church pews.
The full survey, which is available online at religions.pewforum.org, also has a useful state-by-state breakdown of the numbers.
For New York, it showed that the single largest denomination continues to be Catholic, but that Protestants are gaining. New York is 39% Catholic, 32% Protestant, 6% Jewish and 1% each Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu.
The unaffiliated are 17%, just slightly above the national average.
More than 35,000 people were interviewed for the survey, which was conducted between May and August last year.
Given all the flux it describes, the numbers have probably changed since then.
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