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By Berit Kjos
March 26, 1212

"The techniques of brainwashing developed in totalitarian countries are routinely used in psychological conditioning programs imposed on American school children. These include emotional shock and desensitization... isolation from sources of support [parents], stripping away defenses... and inducing acceptance of alternative values..." Thomas Sowell, PhD.

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith!" 1 Peter 5:8-9

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By Berit Kjos - March 9, 2011
Part 1: Rick Warren's New Age Health Gurus

"Pastor Rick Warren [is hosting] three health experts "“ including the star of the 'Dr. Oz Show' "“ at Saddleback Church... 'The Bible says that God wants us to be as healthy physically as you are spiritually,' Warren said... 'This is God's prescription for your health." :"("Pastor Rick Warren [is hosting] three health experts "“ including the star of the 'Dr. Oz Show' "“ at Saddleback Church... 'The Bible says that God wants us to be as healthy physically as you are spiritually,' Warren said... 'This is God's prescription for your health. )":

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Thursday, 28 October 2010 07:16

The Legend of the Guardians

The Owls of Ga'Hoole

A review of this mystical book series for children and youth

by Berit Kjos
October 26, 2010

The owl as a symbol: "Cherokee shamans viewed Eastern Screech-Owls as consultants on punishment and sickness. The Cree believed that the whistle-sounds of the Boreal Owl was a summoning call to the spirit world.... In Africa the owl is associated with witchcraft and sorcery. Australia, China, Greenland, India, Indonesia, Japan, Russia and Sweden all have cultures or mythical traditions that give spiritual significance to the owl."[1] Carl Teichrib, "The Wise Old Owl"

"There shall not be found among you anyone who... practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead...." Deuteronomy 18:10-11

Halloween comes and goes, but the Ga'Hoole owls -- with their legends, divination, ghosts, and "hagsfiends" -- call for an all-year warning. These guardians fit right into the world's history of pagan myths and mystical "seers," and their adventures make their occult suggestions all the more alluring to young readers.

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Wednesday, 07 July 2010 03:35

Unalienable Rights? From God?

by Berit Kjos
July 4, 2010

"...when in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another [England] and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

"We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights [cannot be taken away], that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
- The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. (Thomas Jefferson, primary author)

Is that true? Does our sovereign Creator give us certain "unalienable rights" as American citizens that cannot be lost or taken away?

Like most of our presidents, Barack Obama affirms that historical promise. In The Audacity of Hope, he referred to Jefferson's introduction as "the foundation of our government" and "the substance of our common creed."

Yet those promised "rights" are fast being crushed by a vast machinery of blurry laws and oppressive regulations. Obama's next comments only illustrate the confusing double-speak so often heard from Alinksky-trained change-agents:
"...the essential idea behind the Declaration -- that we are born into this world free, all of us; that each of us arrives with a bundle of rights that can't be taken away by any person or any state without just cause; that through our own agency we can, and must, make of our lives what we will -- is one that every American understands.... Indeed the value of individual freedom is so deeply ingrained in us that we tend to take it for granted."  :"(
Barack Obama, Audacity of Hope- Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, Crown Publishers, 2006, p. 53.)":

Yes, we have taken our freedom for granted. But, no, we don't "arrive" in this world with a bundle of irrevocable rights. Today's evolving laws and government "entitlements" are actually replacing our original "rights" with unthinkable restrictions on speech and liberty! The most offensive "right" of all is our fading freedom to share God's unchanging truths! As He warns us,
"...the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one." 1 John 5:19

From Freedom to "Change"

James Madison was alert to the threats ahead. As the main author of our "Bill of Rights," he saw the need to limit government control over personal liberties. Ratified on December 15, 1791, the First Amendment states:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

But, as we have seen, this promised protection is not irrevocable. Step by step, those wise legal guidelines are being torn down.
Historically, it makes sense. God doesn't promise us earthly "freedom" in this world. Nations that reject His guidelines will suffer the consequences:
"...when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them... when your heart is lifted up and you forget the Lord your God. ...you say in your heart, "˜My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.'... Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods... you shall surely perish. As the nations which the Lord destroys before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the Lord your God." (Deut. 8:12-20)
Naturally, that warning doesn't fit our thinking today. It's far easier to believe the nice-sounding illusions in The Audacity of Hope that appeal to our feelings than to accept a disturbing reality based on facts. For example, the historical balance Obama mentions in the next paragraph has little in common with his communitarian dictates,  :"(
Cry, our beloved America- Sliding Down the Communitarian Slope at http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/010/cry.htm)":   which are fast transforming America:
"In every society (and in every individual), these twin strands -- the individualistic and the communal, autonomy and solidarity -- are in tension, and it has been one of the blessings of America that the circumstances of our nation's birth allowed us to negotiate these tensions better than most." :"(Ibid., Obama, p. 55.)":
Today, those tensions are simply resolved through his undefined plan for "change," which embraces the UN vision of communitarianism, solidarity and control. Our old individual "rights" have no place in this rising global collective -- nor in the UN Alliance of Civilizations, which recently added America to its roster of western and Muslim nations committed to unity through "dialogue."

Who Says They are "Unalienable"?

Since Thomas Jefferson penned the first draft of the Declaration of Independence, it reflects his philosophy. Unlike most of our founders, he claimed to be a Deist, not a Christian. He mentioned the Enlightenment's impersonal "Creator" -- "Nature's God" and the "Laws of Nature" -- but ignored the Biblical God who led the pilgrims to this continent.

Francis Schaeffer explains the difference in his 1976 book, How Then Shall We Live?

"The utopian dream of the Enlightenment can be summed up by five words: reason, nature, happiness, progress, and liberty. ...And if the humanistic elements of the Renaissance stand in sharp contrast to the Reformation, the Enlightenment was in total antithesis to it.... To the Enlightenment thinkers, man and society were perfectible...

"If these men had a religion, it was deism. The deists believed in a God who had created the world but who had no contact with it now, and who had not revealed truth to men. If there was a God, he was silent."  :"(Francis Schaeffer, How Then Shall We Live? Fleming H. Revel Co., 1976, p.121-122.)":

The kind of national and legal freedom that America has enjoyed for two centuries is rare and precious. But since it is not unalienable, it can be given or taken away through corruption, compromise, sedition, etc.

As a Deist, Thomas Jefferson believed in the wisdom of man, not in the unchanging sovereignty of God. Like many of his personal letters, his message to William Short dated April 13, 1820, reflects the Enlightenment's hostility toward the Bible:
"Among the sayings and discourses imputed to him [Jesus] by his biographers, I find many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of the most lovely benevolence; and others again of so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatanism, and imposture, as to pronounce it impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same being."  :"(Francis Schaeffer, How Then Shall We Live? Fleming H. Revel Co., 1976, p.121-122.)":
About two weeks earlier, on January 24, he wrote the following letter to John Adams:

"The whole history of these books [the Gospels] is so defective and doubtful that it seems vain to attempt minute enquiry into it: and such tricks have been played with their text, and with the texts of other books relating to them, that we have a right, from that cause, to entertain much doubt what parts of them are genuine. In the New Testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man; and that other parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds. It is as easy to separate those parts, as to pick out diamonds from dunghills." :"(Thomas Jefferson on Christianity and Religion, Compiled by Jim Walker, http://www.nobeliefs.com/jefferson.htm)":

Similar views are taught by today's college professors, the Jesus Seminar, Gnostic researchers, and numerous leaders in the emerging church movement. Denying the Holy Spirit, they can't see the truth.

"And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light..." (John 3:19)

The Only Source of Certainty

America's first president, George Washington, studied the Bible and was well aware of the national consequences of rejecting God. His 1796 Farewell Address left us with these wise warnings. Notice his emphasis on Christian moral standards:

"Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, Religion [referring to Christianity] and Morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness.... Let it simply be asked, Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion....

"...virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. Who, that is a sincere friend to it, can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?

"In offering to you, my countrymen, these counsels of an old and affectionate friend, I dare not hope they will make the strong and lasting impression I could wish; that they will control the usual current of the passions, or prevent our nation from running the course, which has hitherto marked the destiny of nations." :"(George Washington's 1796 Farewell Address at http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/senate/farewell/sd106-21.pdf

See his handwritten version here: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=mgw2&fileName=gwpage024.db&recNum=228)"

Washington understood human nature and the cycles of culture. History had shown him that hard times drive people to God, but prosperous times tempt us to forget His goodness. He, then, withdraws and lets us face the full force of our foolishness.

Our current rulers have traded faith :"(See President Obama's beliefs- http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/009/memory.htm#obama)":  and morality for lies and corruption. Empowered by "Hate Crime" laws, they have targeted the "offensive" words of faithful Christians. Those who refuse to compromise may soon face persecution -- right here in the "land of free."

Yet, in the midst of this spiritual war, our Lord still reigns. His peace, hope, strength and ultimate victory will surely sustain that remnant of believers who dare to follow His way. While Jefferson's "unalienable rights" are fading fast, the following "right" from God will last through eternity:

"...as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:12-13

"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33

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Monday, 15 February 2010 23:37

The Mind-changing Myths of AVATAR

Blending Hinduism, Shamanism and Goddess Spirituality

By Berit Kjos - February 7, 2010

"We...need to reawaken something very old...our understanding of Earth wisdom. We need to accept the invitation to the dance -- the dance of unity of humans, plants, the Earth."  :"(Bill Devall and George Session, Deep Ecology, Salt Lake City- Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1985, p. ix.)":  Deep Ecology

"I propose that Cameron is alluding to that tenth avatar of Vishnu becoming manifest as the US marine in Pandora's universe. The deliberate choice of the blue skin instantly, magically and metaphorically relates our protagonist to two previous avatars namely Rama and Krishna."  :"(The religious backdrop to James Camerons ,Avatar at http://www.cnngo.com/mumbai/play/avatar-hindu-perspective-961455)":  Sita Wadhwani, Mumbai Editor

"When I woke up this morning after watching Avatar for the first time yesterday, the world seemed... gray. It was like my whole life, everything I've done and worked for, lost its meaning.... I live in a dying world."  :"( A comment by Hill at Avatar-forums.com)":  Avatar-forums.com

"...the whole world is under the sway of the evil one." 1 John 5:19

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by Berit Kjos
January 2010

Back in the 1920s and 30s, Western missionaries brought the gospel to Korea. The people received it with joy and, by God's grace, Biblical faith spread like fire. The news of their zeal spread to China, and Chinese believers came to visit and learn from them. But everything changed when the Communists took control. By the 1950s, thousands had been killed. Torturous persecution had forced others into hiding.

Near the village of Gok San, a group of 24 adults and 4 children lived underground in hand-dug tunnels. They were discovered when communist workers built a road near their tunnels. The Christians were pulled out, bound and led before a village crowd for a public "trial" and execution.

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Friday, 13 November 2009 22:48

"...for such a time as this."

by Berit Kjos
The Shepherd's Way

The Triumph of Patient Submission to God (Esther 1-8)

"Can a woman forget her nursing child,
And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you.
"See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands..."  Isaiah 49:15-16

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Wednesday, 07 October 2009 11:29

Assaults on Faith and Family Part 3

The Ominous "Success"of Re-Education

by Berit Kjos
October 5, 2009

"The purpose of education and the schools is to change the thoughts, feelings and actions of students." :"(Benjamin Bloom, All Our Children Learning, New York: McGraw Hill, 1981, p.180)":

"As the home and church decline in influence... schools must begin to provide adequately for the emotional and moral development of children. ...The school... must assume a direct responsibility for the attitudes and values of child development. The child advocate, psychologist, social technician, and medical technician should all reach aggressively into the community, send workers out to children's homes...." "

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Tuesday, 09 June 2009 22:18

From Freedom to Servitude - Part 3

By Berit Kjos
June 8, 2009

Background information: Bush, Gorbachev, Shultz and Soviet Education

Deceit, Delusion and the Destruction of America

"...a concentration of world evil, of hatred for humanity is taking place and it is fully determined to destroy your society." :"(Communism: A Legacy of Terror by the respected Russian author, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, 1976.)":

"The Social Sciences will concern themselves with the rationalization of social control... the control of human behavior." :"(Dennis Laurence Cuddy, Ph.D., Chronology of Education with Quotable Quotes, Pro Family Forum, Highland City, FL 33846, 1994, page 18.)":  Rockefeller Foundation president Max Mason

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Wednesday, 22 April 2009 08:06

From Freedom to Servitude - Part 2

"Service Learning" through Soviet Brainwashing

By Berit Kjos
April 20, 2009

"Lenin outlined a program for an active participation by both children and adolescents in the building of socialism. ... Socially useful work should serve as a school of collectivism." :"(Nadezhda Krupskaya, On Labour-Oriented Education and Instruction, a compilation of documents written between 1918 and 1936. Progress Publishers, Moscow, USSR, English translation published in 1982, pps. 22-23, 43,  122-123, 126.)":  

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