Christine Rhyner

Meet Christine

I am a wife, adoptive mother, non-fiction writer, defender of human life, amateur photographer & scrapbook-maker. Christians lost the culture war. I believe this is a critical hour for each member of the church to embrace his or her identity in Christ, unite in one mind and one Spirit, and boldly share the gospel with a hurting world.

New Book

‘You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.’ C.S. Lewis.

We are all born with an innate sense of the spiritual world…spiritual beings living a human experience through our earthly bodies. The spirit life is forever, the one on earth, a blip on the screen of eternity.

Authors Journey

People say,

"It’s the journey, not the destination."

The Israelites did not think so when they wandered through the desert for forty years in search of the promised land.

My Book

How Much Did You Pay For Her?

Understanding why people say what they do is the first step toward compassion, as it allows us to glimpse another perspective. This can lead to giving others grace an undeserved gift of letting people off the hook for what they say that eventually leads us to forgive them.



Recent Posts

America, Land of Condemnation (Part Three)
Thursday, April 15, 2021

 

(Part Three)

 

Cancel culture should be recognized as operating from an antichrist spirit. The Bible calls Satan ‘The accuser of the brethren’ and a deceiver. {Revelation 12:9-10} The devil also ‘prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom it can devour,’ {1 Peter 5:8}

Where you find the Kingdom of God at work, there also you will find the devil at work to undermine God and His people, so cancel culture especially relishes pouncing Christians and Biblical views. Its demonic nature seeks to tear down the America founded on the gospel of mercy, grace, forgiveness and redemption with merciless, murderous, condemnation and a mockery of the wisdom of the cross. It fuels Satan’s three-fold mission to intimidate, manipulate and dominate.   

You will find cancel culture negatively impacting the body of Christ. Christians who live lives with an active love for their brothers and sisters, family, friends and community, who run ministries, churches, do charity work, share testimonies and the gospel to lead people to Christ, can fall prey to questioning their witness in the face of cancel culture. When challenged by the Leftist mob that they are really about a false Christianity that offends certain segments of society, we have seen some rush to soothe the brute beast of cancel culture with apologies and promises to do better. But, attempting to redeem oneself with a demonic spirit is foolhardy. There is no right standing we should seek with cancel culture warriors, nor is there ever any forgiveness from them, so the Christian should not allow his or her conscience to be pricked by this never-satiated, condemning force. 1 John 3:19 discusses the angst-producing condition of an oversensitive conscience, one that cancel culture loves to exploit. To their delight they watch a child of God wrestle with their conscience in a display of public self-flagellation. Instead, conscience should be quieted in the knowledge that God Himself has declared active love evidence of right standing with Him and salvation.

‘This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.’ {1 John 3:19-20}

True justice is defined as ‘moral rightness.’ It is not the radical Left’s mangling of the word justice to mean taking what one man earns to give it to one who does not, or killing babies up to birth. Sinful humans without Christ live controlled by the spirits of pride, selfishness and prejudice, not the power of the Spirit of the Lord that reins in the wickedness of the heart, the impurity of thoughts and the destruction by the tongue that speaks death. There is no such thing as people made righteous and just through Progressive’s unjust condemnation, punishment and exile from the public square, only fearful, resentful and angry ones. Progressive cancel culture is at war with Christ’s gift of salvation and the Holy Spirit Whom the believer submits to in order to attain moral rightness that produces true justice in society:

‘Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, Because, through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life (controlling power of the Spirit) set me free from the law of sin and death.’ (the controlling power of sin which ultimately leads to death). {Romans 8:1-2}

The Creator of the Universe and everything in it, came not to condemn men but to save them. How hostile and blind to the power of the cross are mere mortals controlled by the spirit of antichrist to believe they are virtuous to cancel others out of existence!

It saddens and angers me both, to hear some of God’s people slip into mimicking the propagandizing and sin sanitizing language of Progressivism. Doing so assists Progressives’ efforts to control language, in order to control minds, in order to control behaviors. We should never call baby murder ‘choice,’ ‘healthcare’ or ‘reproductive justice.’ We should not acquiesce to the mantra that black lives matter. To Christ and His followers there are not any lives that do not matter, especially the thirty-million black lives snuffed out by abortion since Roe v. Wade.

‘There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: …hands that shed innocent blood.’ {Proverbs 6:16-17}

The founders of the Marxist movement called Black Lives Matter are overt in their manipulation of society to destroy the traditional family, disparage Jews and shake down the immigrant-owned business to hire quotas of black employees. This is not a movement of racial justice, but intimidation and domination of one race over others. It is the antithesis of the Biblical teachings of how the Christian is to think and live.

It should be of concern that some Christians take a knee to the flag or preach that America is steeped in racism and oppression by white people. The white man brought the gospel to America. The white man founded a nation based on a covenant with the God of the Bible and framed a Constitution bathed in prayer fashioned after Godly, individual free will unlike any other. Seven-hundred-thousand white men died in the Civil War to free slaves. The cancel culture warriors do not wish to know that many blacks owned slaves in this nation or that in many nations they have an affinity for, there are currently eight-million human beings in slavery. In our prayers, pulpits and daily lives it is my hope that Christians will in one Spirit of unity engage in the battle against the antichrist spirits of hysterical, delusional condemnation infiltrating public discourse, policies, legislation and churches across America. They pose a grave threat to freedom to preach the gospel message and win souls to Christ.

To ignore unwise legislation being thrust upon us is to tacitly approve immoral behavior. I cannot exclude myself from those in the church who perhaps find it a regrettable sorrow to have been a bit lax about the devil’s foot in the door. ‘Rare and tragic abortion’ has opened a pandora’s box to zero restraints against shedding innocent blood—all the way up to infanticide at birth. The tens of millions of self-professing Christians have not shown up at Capitol Hill to oppose Democrats’ refusal one-hundred times, to take a vote on protections for babies born alive during the abortion procedure. Now we cannot with the Capitol having become a militarized zone under the current administration. When gay marriage became the law of the land, some Christians protested, but many have become accepting of the lifestyle. The fear of being labeled unloving homophobes by rejecting the evil foot in the door has allowed legislation in California to become the willful transmission of AIDS to be labeled a non-crime, sodomy of a ‘consenting’ minor by an adult pedophile acceptable and unpunished by the state.

Cancel culture has crept into churches across America. Pastors and preachers and teachers of the things of God are becoming more involved in social action versus gospel action, leading to increased apostacy. I cringe at those who call the slaughtering of the unborn God’s work, who teach Marxist Liberation theology, marry homosexuals, promote the Left’s climate change hysteria propaganda and pursue interfaith as a bridge for the church to coexist with other religions that reject the cross. 

‘For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.’  {Jude 4}

The Wisdom of God created America. A people dedicated to His will offer themselves up to the authority of His Spirit rather than the spirit of ‘lawlessness,’ the sinful nature’s inclination to immoral and criminal behaviors. If only people understood that the discord that lawlessness creates crushes freedoms by giving government the justification to assert ever-increasing authoritarianism over people.

‘Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.’ {2 Corinthians 3:17} {NKJ}

Lawlessness is lovelessness. If you love your country as a representative of government, you would want the rule of law to be well established, and to do that, government must respect and encourage the influence of Judeo-Christianity to guide moral behavior to respect laws.

The Apostle Paul talks about the power of the gospel versus the laws of man. Laws are not without merit, but serve to highlight the life-changing gospel for transformed behavior because laws are ineffectual to stop sinful behaviors that lead to criminality.  

‘For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.’ {Romans 8:3}

Yielding to the Spirit produces the fruit of the Spirit which is love, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, kindness, joy and self-control. {Galatians 5} It is the only way to protect liberty and freedoms in a nation that peoples throughout the world have flocked to for hundreds of years to enjoy. The ongoing chant, ‘No justice, no peace’ really needs to be changed to what really matters, ‘No Jesus, no justice, no peace.’

 

America, Land of Condemnation (Part Two)
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

 

(Part Two) 

Cancel culture is a war on freedom of speech. The aggressive mob denominations of Scientism like the Marxist Black Lives Matter, Feminaziism, Climate Change Hysteria and Socialism all demand compliance from society while freedom of speech preserves liberties of a society. The former plunder minds. In doing so, conquest of land, possessions, money and children’s thoughts and corresponding actions will be theirs. Through intimidation and force even at the earliest levels of education, they have been effective at stopping debate through suppression and distortion of what others even allow themselves to think.

Founder Benjamin Franklin could have been portentously warning about cancel culture when he said:

 ‘Without Freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech.’

Shutting down the free exchange of ideas is close-minded, willful ignorance. For far too long the country has allowed a chipping away of liberty in its breeding grounds of academia and Hollywood until it became arrogance, condemnation, punishment and violence towards opposing views. These are the ingredients of intolerant, bloody revolution that we have seen in brutal dictatorships leading to mass graves. Immutable characteristics or style of dress are now enough to put one in danger for presumed thoughts. That is where America is at, in a nation framed for independence and freedom from tyranny.

When the Founders, from the very gospel foundation they used to frame America, talked about wisdom, they meant the wisdom that comes from the mind of God, not vain imaginations of men. Lack of Godly wisdom leads to ignorance and emotion to guide actions.

Cancel culture is out-of-control emotion with blinding anger at the top of the list. It does not peaceably assemble, but overwhelms the public square with destructive chaos and confrontation. The neverending issues it claims demand justice often appear as a schizophrenic buffet of grievances propelled by paranoia. Paranoia that believes others are a threat to one’s very existence drives a desperate and angry mind to annihilate opponents before it can itself, in its faulty thinking, be destroyed by that opposition’s dangerous thoughts spoken aloud. During more than half a year of Marxist Black Lives Matter raging throughout the nation with their convert or die mentality, twenty-four-year-old Caucasian mother Jessica Doty Whittaker was murdered in Indiana. Her crime? Saying aloud, ‘All lives matter’ in violation of the lunatic mob-proscribed, ‘black lives matter’ cry. No outcry from the ruling class, no coverage by the media, no calls for the nation to mourn her death and pray for her family. Where on earth is the justice in that?

Cancel culture is progressive propagandizing of the masses using heavy doses of fear. By their ignorant and fearmongering calculations, we have but nine years left before ‘lack of justice’ for the planet from weather conditions Americans are globally responsible for, destroys it. Climate justice warriors don’t use terms like Conservation of natural resources that most can agree on, but jargon like ‘existential threat,’ our ‘Pearl Harbor,’ and ‘We’re all gonna die.’ Around since the 1970’s, narratives of an impending ice age, to global warming, to an abstract ‘climate change’ have launched a highly effective terror campaign on even the most educated of persons. Yet, if radicals truly believed the oil and gas industries were a threat, they would not be pro-open borders as most are. There is no wisdom in eradicating borders to a massive influx of people from third world nations who will buy more cars, fly more planes, heat and cool more residences and generate more garbage.

‘Climate justice’ is manipulative language intended to weaponize weather so that the masses will beg government for safety from floods, hurricanes, wildfires and heatwaves—the Capitalist’s fault. The government wishes to comply by restricting freedom of mobility, imposing carbon taxes and making running a small business or building anything without onerous regulations and costs impossible. Government really becomes the devil disguised as an angel of light. People think of it as a savior and its inflated ego makes it think of itself as God-like, capable of saving an entire planet from unpredictable weather events. Their God-complexes negate the wisdom of the cross. Jesus did not come into the world that man might save the planet, but that He would save humanity on the planet. {John 3:17}

Climate change warriors have in essence:

…exchanged the truth of God for falsehood, by worshipping and serving created things, rather than the Creator.’ {Romans 1:25}

Where they find disagreement of opinion on this issue though a knowledge of climatology, physics and geology would be necessary, as well as Godly wisdom capable of discerning truth from propaganda, radicals believe their very survival is threatened.

Overall, Scientism’s lack of wisdom is farcical deception, instigated by political and corporate elites, big tech and institutions that use fear to control people. They have created a culture of division and shaming. They elevate certain swaths of the population by bringing down others. Fairness and individual liberty cannot exist in such an atmosphere. The assertion that ‘All men are created equal’ in our Declaration of Independence and derived from the mind of God dissolves.

‘God is no respecter of persons as ‘God shows no partiality.’ Acts 10:34-35

Cancelers are actually the most racist and bigoted people in society. With God there is no partiality, no favoritism shown towards people that are more loveable than others for their skin color, economic status, jobs, lifestyles, hobbies, thoughts or speech. The idea that we can achieve justice by resurrecting prejudice towards some to favor others is at the heart and soul of racism that America has largely overcome. You cannot root out injustice by administering it as a cure. 

Though our government, institutions and highest court in the land did not grant equality to all in the past, cancelers are stuck there, refusing to acknowledge that as a society we have advanced to recognize and undo moral and ethical wrongs. Marcus Tullius Cicero said, ‘To be ignorant of what occured before you were born is to remain always a child.

We have watched ongoing juvenile toppling of statues of any flawed, complicated person who existed before right now. {That would be any human that ever walked the earth}. Even Abraham Lincoln’s statue is desecrated and flung down in ridiculous tantrums against a President who freed the slaves and said that the blood of seven-hundred-thousand men spilled during the Civil War was the just reparation for the sin of slavery. Cancelers want to pretend these things never happened that we might forever live in a system of oppressors and the oppressed with no chance to ever make enough reparation for those who were never enslaved by those who never owned slaves.

Cancelers are unable to understand that all humans, most notably themselves, are inherently sinful and that as long as humanity exists, you cannot purge the racism or bigotry out of three-hundred-and-thirty-million people in a country. In a land with a Bill of Rights, individuals are granted the freedom to state things that are anathema to others. One of the gravest miscarriages of justice by cancellers is to forbid young minds to think and speak freely, welcoming their mistakes and offenses so that they might develop the critical thinking skills that bring them to wisdom and maturity. You can hear it in our youth’s answers to questions about why they adhere to the tenets of Scientism. The planet is dying because…ninety percent of scientists agree. Minorities are victims because…white people are privileged. Open borders are good because…restricting illegal immigration is racist. Abortion is a right because…women should be free to choose. Beyond submission to broad, false narratives mimicked from the mouths of their bully preachers, they cannot formulate cogent, informed thoughts and speech to substantiate these claims.

                

America, Land of Condemnation (Part One)
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

 

 

 

 

(Part One)

Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York announced several years ago that there is ‘no room’ in his state for people who are pro-life or believe that marriage is a Divine covenant between one man and one woman. He told anyone who believes so to leave.

A so-called ‘public servant’ who expresses such contempt for millions of Bible-believing residents really wants to eliminate God from New York. It is a declaration that his mind and heart are closed off to any Divine guidance for his policies, laws, leadership and character that formed and built this nation into one of blessing and prosperity.  

‘Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.’ Romans 1:22.

As a New Yorker, I find his pride in his own flawed human thinking a bit stunning. I am far from alone as some of his bad decisions have only led to a steady exodus from heavy-handed restrictive policies, lack of concern for the small business, increased bureaucracy and taxation, and disregard for rising crime with a partiality for the criminal and the unlawful immigrant.

It was callous that he practically had to step over the dead body of yet another casualty of the barbaric MS13 gang to get to the debate stage in his bid for reelection. In that debate he never mentioned this scourge of possibly the most dangerous unlawful immigrants that kill mainly immigrant and minority youth. He has also been silent on the crime victims of his bail reform policies. It was President Trump that gave a platform to the family members of a brutally raped and strangled ninety-three-year-old legal immigrant on the streets. It rattles the senses and raises hackles against the injustice of Governor Cuomo’s write off of the law-abiding and vulnerable for the illegal alien criminal.

But it appears that his arrogance may be his undoing. The state legislature is calling for his resignation over multiple sexual harassment allegations. An investigation has been opened into his cover up of the staggering death toll that resulted from his executive order to place Covid-infected patients into nursing home residences.

The number of politicians rejecting God and relying on their own wisdom is growing exponentially. Some of their hostility towards Christians and fundamental Biblical principles while claiming moral virtuosity frequently sounds near delusional.

America is founded on Judeo-Christian principles from which all our individual rights and freedoms, long-standing values and order originate. As President Dwight D. Eisenhower stated,

‘Without God there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first and most basic expression of Americanism.’

Since the Bible undergirds our Constitution, it is the Bible politicians, mainly on the Far Left of the political aisle, attack in their aim to undo our birthright to run our own lives, with certain unalienable rights bestowed upon us by our Creator. They work in conjunction with institutions and Silicon Valley, foreign influence and multi-national corporations, to expand federal power and control over the citizenry.

How dare any American worship a God who is archaic, misogynist, intolerant and non-inclusive? A loving God, they claim, would not disapprove of the barbaric slaughter of babies up to birth, the practice of homosexuality, encouraging children to pharmaceutically or surgically alter the gender God created them to be, or terrible stewardship of money. They believe this God should be locked up within the doors of churches. But the irony is lost on them that in their zeal to contain Him, they have substituted and spread a state-run religion preached from Capitol Hill and in front of cameras as if in a hallucinatory state of mind.   

The Left practices ‘Scientism’ to fill that God-space in the human heart and mind. It is a religion with many denominations that include Socialism, Marxism, Humanism, Climate Change hysteria and what I refer to as FemiNaziism.

It is a heavy-handed label but brings into the twenty-first century the feminism of yesteryear that wanted equality with men. The new, virulent strain wants a future that is female, blaming the white, heterosexual, Christian male for America’s problems, dating back to our Founders, the stain of slavery and subordination of women. While these were unjust, the FemiNazi’s battle against them rages on as though we are still living before the Civil War, Suffragette movement or the Civil Rights era, all courageous, hard fought battles for righteous equality.

These are the women that are quick to misinterpret Scripture that says wives should submit to their husbands, neglecting the awesome responsibility placed on men by God to love their wives as Christ loves the church. Or that there are God-ordained physiological or psychological difference between the sexes. Their cold contempt for a Bible they believe is filled with oppressive patriarchic ideas is part of why they have engaged in a full-blown war on the male in America, but oddly, not on males in mostly Muslim countries that own an estimated eight-million slaves today. It is fought with a gusto in universities that push out young, radical representatives into the Congress and in governmental positions across the country.

To claim equality and progress for women requires the demonization of men is hypocritical and poisonous discrimination. It is a ‘…victim mindset that dilutes human potential’, according to author Steve Maraboli. ‘By not accepting personal responsibility for our circumstances, we greatly reduce our power to change them.’ It far from empowers women to be told that the male holds them back from success or fulfillment society owes them based on anatomy. It needs to be called out as a culturally disastrous movement harming traditional family, motherhood, gender, and even due process, liberties and freedoms. In other words, all the glue that holds societies together. God help us if ‘the future is female’ with radical, female Scientist domination.

 ‘God shows no partiality.’Acts 10:34, NKJ version

Those obsessed with Scientism say they are after a better future of acceptance for all, yet hypocritically do not extend tolerance to the Christian, and ignorantly disdain the God who gives to each person free will, while they do not. They spread their gospel message like terrorists with a convert or perish mentality. Disobedience to their creed can mean death to careers, social standing, social media accounts and due process under the law. The contempt for the God of the Bible grew at a fast clip under Obama. Ever since President Trump took office it accelerated at breakneck speed. anti-God Scientism is now a rolling boil of scalding ‘cancel culture.’