Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pope Paul VI said in 1976 : "The Smoke of Satan has entered the very Sanctuary of St. Peters Cathedral." Pope Paul VI shocked a papal audience by confiding that, "The smoke of Satan has entered the very sanctuary of St. Peter's Cathedral." The Pontiff went on to explain that he had knowledge of a midnight hour, Black Satanic Mass having been conducted at the altar of St. Peter's, on the exact spot where the Pope himself regularly says mass. And when you think of the wholesale backsliding among many Protestants and Evangelicals you realize that the Fire of God's Holiness burns low among many Christians and all that is left is the smoke of Satan. Billy Graham said recently: "Americans have gone a long way down the wrong road!" There is only one consolation. We find that in the Holy Bible. It speaks of the impossible situation mankind found itself in until Jesus Christ came into the world and by the sacrifice of Himself redeemed us from our sins: "Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where SIN abounded, GRACE did much more abound: That as sin has reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto ETERNAL LIFE by Jesus Christ our LORD." (Romans 5: 20,21) May the world ever so dark be, it is not dark enough to hide the light of the Gospel of the shed blood of Jesus Christ that washes away every SIN. - Pastor Max Solbrekken

25 Million Evangelicals Voted For Obama... WHY?
Joel C. Rosenberg
(Washington, D.C., November 8, 2012) -- As the smoke clears from the wreckage of the Romney defeat on Tuesday, some intriguing yet disturbing facts are coming to light. 

Fewer people overall voted in 2012 (about 117 million) compared to 2008 (about 125 million).

President Obama received some 6.6 million fewer votes in 2012 than he did in 2008 (60,217,329 in 2012 votes compared to 66,882,230 votes in 2008). 

One would think that such a dynamic would have helped Romney win -- clearly it did not. Incredibly, Governor Romney received nearly 1 million fewer votes in 2012 than Sen. John McCain received in 2008. (In 2008, McCain won 58,343,671 votes. In 2012, Romney won only 57,486,044 votes.) 

Why? How was it possible for Romney to do worse than McCain? It will take some time to sift through all of the data. But here is some of what we know from the 2012 election day exit polls:

That said, what I looking at most closely is the Christian vote, and here is where I see trouble:

* 42% of the Protestant Christian vote went for Obama in 2012. This was down from 45% in 2008.

* 57% of the Protestant Christian vote went for Romney in 2012. This was up from 54% that McCain won in 2008.

* When you zoom in a bit, you find that 21% of self-identified, white, born-again, evangelical Christians voted for President Obama in 2012. 

This means of the 117 million people who voted on Tuesday, about 24.7 million were evangelicals who voted for Obama. This was down from 24% of evangelicals who voted for Obama in 2008. (Of the 125 million people who voted in 2008, about 30 million were evangelicals who voted for Obama.) 

* You'd think this decrease in evangelical votes for Obama would have helped win the race for Romney, but it didn't.

* 78% of evangelical Christians voted for Romney in 2012. Yes, this was up from the 74% that McCain received in 2008, but it wasn't nearly enough.

* To put it more precisely, about 5 million fewer evangelicals voted for Obama in 2012 than in 2008. Meanwhile, some 4.7 million more evangelicals voted for Romney than voted for McCain. Yet Romney still couldn't win.

It is stunning to think that 25 million self-described evangelical Christians would vote for a President who supports abortion on demand and was on the cover of Newsweek as America's "first gay president." 

Did these self-professed believers surrender their Biblical convictions in the voting booth, or did they never really have deep Biblical convictions on the critical issues to begin with? 

Whatever their reasons, these so-called evangelicals doomed Romney and a number of down-ballot candidates for the House and Senate. This is what happens when the Church is weak and fails to disciple believers to turn Biblical faith into action.