‘Our nation has never been in greater need’

The author of “The Magic Man in the Sky: Effectively Defending the Christian Faith,” one of the top-selling Christian books on Amazon since its release on May 15, appeared on the Trinity Broadcasting Network this week to encourage believers they are at a unique place in all “human history” to proclaim and defend the faith.

“We’re the prophets of our day. We’re living in those days when we need to be calling out, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of God is nigh,” declared Pastor Carl Gallups of Milton, Fla. “Israel is back in the land, the gospel is going to the whole world, the nations are aligning against Israel, and we’re the only generation in human history to see these three major prophecies [fulfilled] – and here we are, and I say to the church, ‘We’ve got to be defenders of the faith.’”

Gallups appeared on “Praise the Lord,” the flagship show of the world’s biggest Christian network because of his book, “The Magic Man in the Sky,” a volume recently praised in the pages of The Washington Times as a “muscular defense of Christian faith.”

Jeffrey T. Kuhner praised the book by writing: “Its central theme can be distilled to one seminal idea: The secular argument that Christianity is an outdated, primitive institution peddling a superstitious faith in God – the ‘magic man in the sky’ – is false.”

“In fact, Mr. Gallups shows it is atheism that requires much greater, almost blind faith,” Kuhner continued. “The author demonstrates that modern science – contrary to myth – proves that the universe, human DNA and the solar system are so perfect and yet immensely complex that only a higher all-powerful being – God – could have created them. In short, Darwinian evolution or the Big Bang theory is a hoax.”

On “Praise the Lord,” host Dwight Thompson expressed concern that “our nation has never been in a greater need for a mighty voice crying out, ‘Repent, get on your knees.’”

Gallups confessed there was a time when he ran in fear from such a “calling,” but encouraged Christians everywhere that God did not give them a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind – just the ingredients needed to speak to a doubting culture about the truths of God.

“One of my passions has been helping believers to know how to defend the faith,” Gallups said. “In the face of this secular world, this godless world that wants to tell us that there is no God … I tell children of the King, ‘Look, you’re a child of the King, this is the Word of God, it stands forever and God has commanded us … to be salt and light.’”

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Oh, no, those prayers are too Christian

Marion County, Fla., commissioners are now considering their response to an Americans United for the Separation of Church and State complaint that their prayers opening commission meetings are too Christian.

According to a report in the Star-Banner of Ocala, Fla., Americans United said it was acting on a complaint from an unidentified source and that it had reviewed video from eight regular commission sessions since the beginning of the year. They claimed that on five occasions the name of Jesus Christ was specifically mentioned during the opening prayer. It was the mentioning of the name of Jesus Christ to which the legal group was protesting.

The group’s lawyer, Ian Smith, requested that the board of commissioners bring its “prayer practice” into compliance by using a “nonsectarian” invocation or by abandoning the practice of prayer altogether.

According to the Star-Banner, Smith suggested that the board switch to a more inclusive moment of silence, make the prayers nonsectarian or invite members of the community and “prayer-givers” from varying faiths to present the invocations.

“The Commission’s prayer practice,” Smith said, “unconstitutionally affiliates the county with Christianity.”

But Pastor Carl Gallups, author of the Amazon No. 1 Bestseller “The Magic Man in the Sky: Effectively Defending the Christian Faith,” says the United States is affiliated with Christianity, a fact he says even Americans United could embrace if they understood its significance.

“Here is a classic example of the collision of two worldviews,” Gallups told WND. “I have an entire chapter in my book devoted to this phenomenon. The chapter is titled, ‘When Two Worlds Collide.’ The collision is the clash between the completely unique and distinctive message of the Christian faith with the secular worldview that there is no God. Or, conversely, it is a clash with the universalism message that ‘all religious views hold equal value and consideration.’”

“When was the last time that you heard of a lawsuit in America dealing with a public prayer that was ‘too Muslim’ or ‘too Hindu’ or ‘too secular in nature?’” asked Gallups.

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