Do They Still Make Millstones?

Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.(Luke 17:1-2)

There are times when, although you already know about a bad societal trend, an event occurs which crystallizes all that you sense was wrong about it. I had one of those moments when I opened a Saturday edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, our local newspaper, and read an article entitled “Group Delivers Anti-Gay Message At Iowa School”.

According to the article, the Dunkertown Iowa school district had invited an openly  Christian band, “JunkYard Prophet” to hold a student assembly to talk about positive life choices and tolerance.

DUNKERTON, Iowa (AP) — Potentially offensive messages about homosexual and transgender people have prompted a contrary message of tolerance from an eastern Iowa school superintendent.

Waterloo television station KWWL reports ( Dunkerton Community School Superintendent Jim Stanton talked to students Thursday afternoon about the messages delivered during an assembly earlier in the day.

Stanton says the messages delivered by a band Junkyard Prophet and a group called You Can Run But You Cannot Hide didn’t conform to the district’s teaching of tolerance. He says it was a mistake to invite them.

After the band played some music Thursday morning and discussed the perils of provocative lyrics, the performers and group members reportedly made disparaging remarks about homosexual and transgender people.

But the message of the group itself proved to be “intolerable” to the school administration and some of the students.

Comments about homosexuality were offensive to some students, including seventh grader Adam Manahl, “I wanted to walk out. But I’m like,keep your calm, listen to what they have to say”, he said. Later boys and girls were split up. Some girls said they were given a message against abortion.

Kenzly Rickfels , a junior ,said she was uncomfortable with the discussion and didn’t join in. “They called me out because I wasn’t participating because I didn’t believe what they wanted me to believe in, and they forced me to participate.

The school principal has apologized, saying he was shocked, and that the school district’s mission is one of “tolerance and acceptance”. He has also called another school assembly to “talk to the students about what had happened”.

You would almost think that there had been a crime committed! But in the modern sense, there was a crime, a thought crime had been committed by the invited christian ministry. They had committed the crime of telling impressionable students that they didn’t think homosexuality and abortion were very good “lifestyle choices”.

The school administer has dutifully apologized for his part in the “crime” , and is now atoning for it.

Welcome to the “brave New World” of the godless and “tolerant”. Pray for our children! They have been brainwashed to the point that they now think that any dissent of the atheistic and amoral propaganda they are being nurtured on, is a high offense.

Barring a revival, the next generation is well on its way to Hell.

Christians we have a generation to reach! May God help us…

But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.(Isaiah 49:25)

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3 Responses to Do They Still Make Millstones?

  1. Steve Kormanic says:

    Dear Pastor Bill, thank you for writing with such clarity on this and many other topics which are so imperative in our times. I still find it hard to believe how much the world has changed in just a little over five decades. Even though the Scriptures clearly warn us these dark times are inevitable, each new example still shocks me some how, and I can’t seem to shake of a sense of indignation at the brashness of those who seek to throw off the righteous requirements of a Holy and Loving Creator God, in order to indulge themselves in perversity with a greediness that even hyenas can only dream of. God help us, all of us who call upon the precious name of the LORD, even Jesus Christ our soon coming KING – to boldly proclaim the full orbed gospel of salvation to a lost and dying world. This is no time to be sitting on our hands! God bless you and all you love brother Bill, keep preaching the word and fighting the good fight. We are still listening, and God’s word does not come back to Him empty.

    “But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain. [ 1 Corinthians 15: 57-58]

    Steve J Kormanic, Melbourne Australia

  2. Kevin Holmes says:

    Oh, so they can’t talk about abortion or homosexuality as wrong, but someday soon, as it is already happening, the schools are going to ask my son if he is homosexual. This was never thought of when I was a child. And the world was already quite corrupt in the 80’s and 90’s. But at least back then it was still normal for parents to be married. Now the opposite is the norm. I could go on for hours but I simply do not have the time. Please forgive my blatant sarcasm at the beginning of the post. I am just deeply hurt, sickened, and appalled at the current state of things. Especially the garbage they are feeding to children in schools these days.

  3. Zaza says:

    I was born 1947
    I was born again in 1968 as I pursued to read he Bible again “for the first time” reasoning that the one who made the trees if He did that and the Bibke is His book then He could and would reveal what He intended and wanted me to learn of it ….it opened to me as I had asked Jesus to get through to me that which was His intention

    Over the years I have experienced the various areas of that 60s era so well known….the contrasting rebellion broke through out of the famine of the pulpit teaching for doctrine the commandments of men….to the time where rebellion and rejection of all tradition both secular and religious tossed aside for “progress”….so the “awakening ” and “education” in other cultures was the pablum fed in increasing amounts and “sophistication” among a clueless generation of people given everything but without any idea of the way to know truth.
    So normalizing of sin abounded …for without the knowledge of God and His revealing how His “love ” differs from the felt ways of man….the social engineers found fertile ground for encouraging more and more sinful ways

    I was among those children of the WW2 and post depression era kids whose parents thought college was the “ticket” to the good life but whose humanistic education and moralistic form of godliness left only the flesh as the measuring stick for right and good…leaving me wide open for deception.

    Those of my contemporaries who have come to Christ and have been renewed in the spirit of the mind have no doubt known a time when so many of the things we now see around us were so far from anything anyone would imagine to be not only accepted but encouraged…an age of shameless pride in increasing lawlessness and vile sinful reveling that makes even the 60s look tame by comparison

    Yet the sinful and deceitful heart of man need not compare himself among others ….all have sinned and come short of the glory of God

    I have made a lifetime of sharing the corrections of my own thinking with whosoever that they might not fear to receive the glorious grace of salvation no matter their present state.

    Few have eventually come to know Him as far as I know…from time to time I receive knowledge of a new birth of one I testified to years ago

    It seems slow to me but God is over all….and indeed prayer is so needed

    The loss of all things I once had thought would be “safe” In my life confirms we have a mandate from our Lord to lean upon Him only and ongoing for all else is shifting sand and losses will come.

    The one thing I believe is Gods remedy for those who love Him is to obey His command to continue in His word in season and out of season….to study as 2 Tim 2:15 says and to share what we learn

    Home schooling is no guarantee as we also see many of the world choosing to do so who know not Christ but for me I see that as one healthy safe guard for the hearts of vulnerable children entrusted to parents and it causes parents to be ever freshly turned to the Word of God to learn what we find there to do all to His glory

    The world will not give up trying to solicit the hearts of our children …as I see the continued working to turn my adult children away from their walk for the sake of getting out into society “now that they are adults”

    We are called to stand upon the truth of Gods word and that is not an “expiration date” faith

    We are told to be wise and walk circumspectly
    We are commanded to “be not conformed to this world but be he transformed by the renewing of your minds”

    When I read of the devil being like a roaring lion seeking whom he may “devour” and compare the Genesis curse upon the serpent that he would eat dust all the days of his existence I recall it is man’s body formed of the dust of the ground

    Man’s physical life may be consumed by the “serpent/lion” if he does not need this command to remain in the fellowship..even as he is saved ..

    We need to continue His word to be continuing to hear what He will inform and confirm as we are awaiting the calling up to meet Him in the clouds

    It’s sad and appalling g to me to experience the outright bold face lying of liars but the scripture tells us they have no truth in them and their father is the devil…they know not Fod and thus know not love!

    So we see the consequences piling up as many continue to pull their shoulders from hearing the truth of Gods Word

    How they are missing out

    I thank God as I am encouraged to read and hear those who also have this testimony

    It’s not “just me”

    I am thankful for the household of faith in spirit and in TRUTH and pray we remain strong among one another as we also testify to the love of Gos which will also call for eventual cleansing of the land of the darkness that presently has been finding willing and clueless co operative vessels

    Come soon Jesus and in the meantime strengthen those who you have called upon to stand in the evil day and having done all stand!

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