logo
Jul
19

Would Ivy League Students Conduct Nazi-Style Torture Tests?

Author Eric Metaxas speaks about German Theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and his resistance to Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. Bonhoeffer was part of a resistance movement to oppose Hitler, a move that ultimately cost him his life. Unlike most of the pastors in Germany in the 1930s and 40s, Bonhoeffer was not content to sit idly and do nothing. He joined an underground group of church leaders to form a non-registered, non-State-run seminary, and preached against the new Socialist party. It makes you wonder why more people didn’t resist Hitler, and it makes you wonder what people would do today if they were in the same situation as Bonhoeffer. After the Nuremburg Trials, a psychologist named Stanley Milgram wanted to know what American students would do if they were in the same position as German officers like Adolf Eichmann. So he set up an experiment with students from Yale University where they were told to administer a lethal level of electric voltage to a person who they had been told had a heart condition and could be killed by the experiment. The Milgram Experiment found that 65% of those involved in the test administered the fatal volume of 450 volts on the (actor) person they believed they were killing. Only one student refused to go over 300 volts. Please remember that a regular household electric socket is 110 volts! If at any time the subject indicated his desire to halt the experiment, he was given a succession of verbal prods by the experimenter, in this order: Please continue. The experiment requires that you continue. It is absolutely essential that you continue. You have no other choice, you must go on. The point is, even highly educated people, from an upscale economic background, are capable of being persuaded to commit terrible ethical and moral atrocities. It is only when you have an Objective Moral Absolute, that is found outside of yourself, that you can consistently make the correct moral decisions. Increasingly, it is going to be imperative for people, especially young people, to know what they believe, why their beliefs are true, and have the courage to live out their convictions against all opposition. In this way, Dietrich Bonhoeffer serves as a great role-model for our day. Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference...
Jul
19

Eric Holder wants to make Zimmerman pay.

As disturbing as the recent Zimmerman trial has been, the most shocking part of this story may still be unfolding. A Florida jury acquitted neighborhood watch citizen George Zimmerman of second-degree murder in the fatal-shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, has decided that the jury got it wrong, and that Zimmerman still needs to pay, saying, “we must not…let this opportunity pass.” Implying that Zimmerman’s actions were racially motivated and that he may have committed a civil rights crime, Holder is preparing to try Zimmerman again for the same crime! This is ironic given the fact that the FBI had previously conducted a lengthy investigation that found no evidence that Trayvon Martin’s death stemmed from racial motives. This is a violation of the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides: “[N]or shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb . . . .” The issue at hand is NOT whether we agree with the jury or not, or whether or not they got it right in their decision. It is about upholding and respecting the Rule of Law. If anything appears to be “racially” motivated here, it seems like Holder’s actions. Eric Holder has also taken an action against the Romeike family from Germany who sought asylum here in the U.S. so they could homeschool their children for religious reasons. Holder has declared that the family should be shipped back to their country, where the compulsory attendance laws were written by the Third Reich! Our friends at HSLDA are going to appeal this case to the U.S. Supreme Court. May God bless their efforts! Eric Holder is the same man who was found to be in contempt of Congress last year by a 255-67 vote! Our Executive Branch of government is out of control, with our President making an astounding number of Executive Orders and creating an alarming number of Executive “Czar” positions. Be assured that Holder is not going to be taking significan actions like this that are not fully encouraged and supported by his Boss. Because of his blatant disregard for the U.S. Constitution, Congress, and our Rule of Law, he (and his Boss) should either resign, or be impeached from his office. Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference...
Jul
13

Two Ways American Christians have Impoverished Themselves

The reporter asked the man on the street, “What you think about the rampant Ignorance and Apathy of our day?” To which the man replied, “I don’t know and I don’t care.” It is one thing when you have something important taken from you by force. We call that tyranny. It is another when you voluntarily throw it away because you don’t value it. The ignorant and apathetic American Church in the 21st Century has voluntarily impoverished itself by disconnecting from two important influences that would help her become more mature and informed. 1. We are almost completely ignorant of Church History. The Postmodern American church acts as though we are the first generation of Christians to ever walk God’s sod. We feel that we must continually reinvent the wheel of theology, worship and practice. Seldom do we stop to consider that nearly all of the major issues of the Christian life have already been explored, pondered, taught, debated and revisited over and over again since the early church. It is quite clear that many Christians throughout time have gotten the wrong answers to many of life’s probing theological questions, but many also got them right. We would do well to listen to the conversations of those who have gone before us. When you understand where you have come from (as The Church) you can far better understand how you should live today. American Christianity has a fixation with the new and novel. Whatever is contemporary, hip, novel and trendy is deemed admirable. This calls to mind the old adage, “Anything that is true isn’t new.” Yes, culture is constantly emerging, and we need to be able to communicate a timeless message to those who, in Ravi Zacharias‘ words, “Hear with their eyes and think with their emotions.” Style and form need some license to be a bit fluid and relative. However, we are in grave danger of the Medium becoming the Message, and the true meaning of our words being swallowed up by the noise and busyness of our presentation. 2. We fail to draw from the strengths of the International Church. I think there is something intrinsically arrogant about being an American. We are born being told that we are the best, the greatest, the smartest, the most powerful, the wealthiest (okay, we WERE the wealthiest), and the coolest people on earth. Because of the effectiveness of the modern missionary movement, which was largely launched from Great Britain, Holland and...

logo
© Israel Wayne.