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

The Faith Based College Shift Pt. 1
Wednesday, February 2, 2022

A student at Catholic Loyola Marymount University was stunned to receive a low grade on a paper for referring to God as ‘He.’

Coverage of the story generated both outrage and sympathy for the student; normal, human reactions to the punitive treatment of a kid, basically, being denied freedom of speech in a Catholic school to state Biblical truth. But I am not sure this is the right response to opposition to God in the classroom. We are in the midst of a real shift at faith-based colleges where the rebellious against God are hired, and the first amendment birthright of Christian students is silenced by their darkened minds in indignation for Who God says He is. Students in these schools find themselves surrounded by a woke ideology that wants to replace God. It makes sense that Christians must also shift in response to the challenges of this hour.

We are having much difficulty in navigating such shocking attacks on Christians because the commands of the Bible to engage in spiritual warfare and intercessory prayer haven’t been taken seriously enough. The lack of addressing spiritual warfare in churches is a significant problem. I’ve heard so little of it in the numerous churches I have visited. The Catholic church overall is not a place you will find preaching about it. The non-Scriptural figurehead over Catholicism does not address it. Of the many self-identifying Christians that I know, they see the trouble in the world in the natural. They scarsely know that satan is not dwelling in hell, but is the prince of the earth, very much active in this world and the daily affairs of men.

‘Beloved, do not be SURPRISED at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.’ 1 Peter 4:12 (ESV)

Because we have lived in a nation where we have not seen anything like the current hatred and persecution of Christians which is accelerating at breakneck speed, we are constantly surprised at fiery trials.

Ephesians 6 explicitly informs us that we don’t wrestle with weak, mortal flesh, but with powers that are formidable. Our opponents are ‘powers of this dark world and …the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.’ (verse 12). These are made manifest on earth with confusion and deception in the world perpetuated through people who have unwittingly succumbed to allowing themselves to be hostile vehicles for it.  

The student tried to defend her positions by telling the professor that at ‘multiple times throughout the Bible, God is referred to as a ‘he.’ She added, ‘I feel targeted by your comment, as I was raised in the church with the belief that God is a male.’  The professor of theology responded, ‘resubmit your paper and add a footnote stating your reasons as a scholar to opt to preserve the male language for God.’ For an LGBT crusader, though her ‘expertise’ is theology, scholarly pursuit and the worldwide view of ‘God the Father’ are incompatible. Preservation of language in the Bible is becoming less acceptable if it does not bring God up to speed with ‘gender inclusive’ terminology and other culture rot.

Many parents, college students and others are angry that ‘religious’ schools are no longer safe places want to protect freedom for students of faith. However, God does not say that the faithful should be made comfortable or kept safe by institutions run by flawed, sinful human beings. A good example of a Christian who understands this is a Canadian pastor recently jailed for refusal to shut down his church services over the perpetual pandemic. In response to an offer here to preach, he said that would be the easy way out. He is compelled to face the opposition in Canada.

We once enjoyed a nation with the best colleges founded by preachers and Bible-believing Christians. Our tradition is richly rooted in academic excellence that instilled exceptional character in students by teaching them to uphold Biblical principles and carry them into all occupations from economics to government, to science, to art and the humanities. Young people should, they believed, leave college to profess the gospel message in word and deed in their professions and lives freely. It gave rise to great intellectuals, atheletes, Godly statesmen and political figures who were true role models unlike some quite wretched ones of today. A scant few Christian schools are committed to this.

As difficult as it is to accept, it is no more. As difficult as it is to accept, it has made us complacent. God is saying the time for complacency is over, and not with whining over unfairness and discrimination, not with compromise with the world, not with or OUR wrath directed at humans, but realizing that Jesus meant it even for America, that if the world hated Him, it will also hate us. We must equip young people to put on the great and mighty armor of the Lord so that they may be on offense against the devil and in reaching others for Christ.

As an increasing number of faith-based universities and institutions submit to the militant gay and transexual movement, an antichrist spirit hovers like dark, ominous clouds forecasting great danger to come. They have become cowardly enough to compromise with the world out of a desperate kind of self-preservation. They believe there is no way they can survive not jumping on board the diversity and inclusion bandwagon if they do not hire staff that is deeply opposed to Biblical truths and intimidate students into agreement with them. They fear threats of discrimination lawsuits, ‘bad’ publicity, less funding, lower numbers of applicants and the relentless, incendiary attacks by cancel culture.

Schools that compromise may be unaware they are headed for a slow, suicidal roll though, because colleges cannot have it both ways. What they will not survive is any resemblance of integrity and of righteousness that stands apart from worldly culture. Their statues, Biblical inscriptions and chapels will continue to come down. Their names will be changed to neutralize the faith foundation they reflect. Students whose behaviors and expressed beliefs that would have shocked the senses of administrators, professors and other students and got them expelled will be more of a presence. Christian students will steer clear of choosing these schools. They will host big fundraisers for Planned Parenthood’s baby butchering empire which in turn funds pro-infanticide politicians’ campaigns as did Catholic Loyola Marymount college. Crazy courses that bash straight, white males, preach disdain for Conservatism, refute that our nation was God-created and embrace gender confusion will increase. The wickedness on campuses will continue, but the blessed truth in the face of it is that simultaneously, angels sing at the gospel preached to all the nations before the end comes, with many embracing Christ through, despite a propensity for evil, the far-and-wide reaching internet.

This is a great time to be alive, to watch the Bible unfold before students’ eyes, while for century after century from the time of the early church, God’s people believed in these future events by faith. They should take heart and courage to know that they were created and exist for such a time as this.

Missions and persecution are no longer things that happen in faraway, obscure, third world nations unenlightened to the message of salvation through Christ. In fact, those places such as in African nations, the middle east and Asia put us to shame with their uncompromising commitment to Jesus Christ, their Spirit-filled churches, worship in truth, and willingness to be tortured and martyred with death for the faith. We have the mission field walking straight into the classrooms of America and we get upset. Our focus should be on how plentiful is this harvest. Let us as laborers be not so offended as to settle to be few!

Day of Mourning, Day of Shame
Saturday, January 22, 2022

 

Today is the forty-ninth anniversary of Roe versus Wade, making abortion legal by the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1973. Many of us who were buoyed yesterday by the March for Life in Washington, DC and by similar marches around the country in defense of the lives of the pre-born are today filled with mourning today for the approximate sixty to seventy million American lives snuffed out by abortion.

With the grief is a deep shame we bear in our hearts as pro-life citizens of a nation whose highest court in the land sanctioned the murder of human beings, smoothed over by politicians and the medical establishment with the words that it would only happen in the tiniest numbers of pregnancies, tragically out of medical necessity. If only the seven men who made this decision, and the women who thereby lawfully terminated pregnancies, could peer into the future to see that was a lie that would turn the rare and tragic into an international movement obsessed with murdering babies. A revolution that would boldly refute science and the truth of human biology.

The ultrasound was in the future, and when it had begun to be used to peer into the womb of a mother, it exposed the lie that objectified babies as clumps of inhuman cells. It continued to reveal the truth that a pre-born baby at just ten weeks of gestation would instinctively move away from an abortion instrument. Proof that a pre-born child has a heartbeat at two to three weeks of development. Brain development at six weeks. If we declare a stopped heart or a brain that is dead the tragic and mournful end of a life, how can such large numbers of otherwise good people in America that support abortion steel their hearts against celebrating all beating hearts and functioning brains six weeks after conception? Even in certain states that consider themselves advocates for the pre-born, their laws hypocritically and with willful scientific illiteracy restrict abortion at ten weeks, or fifteen, or in some cases, twenty-four weeks. No educated or moral mind can arbitrarily decide an acceptable period of time to terminate the life of a fellow human being.

Cracking the code of human DNA was in the future in 1973. If only seven men sitting on the Supreme Court, and women who believed their bodies contained clumps of cells could imagine the wonder of DNA. After Watson and Crick discovered DNA achieving a scientific milestone that would expand and grow exponentially long after they died, geneticists, doctors and the scientific community were enlightened bit by bit with observable data that a complete set of DNA exists in every child in the womb at the moment of conception. For some time now, the scientific community has known that at the moment of conception there is a spark of light.

In the book of Genesis, Chapter One, the earth was void, dark and without form. God commands the light to exist and it does. In Psalm 139: 15-16, the psalmist declares that God created his own life also in a dark place without form, ‘My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.’

With a burst of light, now powerfully documented through science and technology in the twenty-first century, God pours forth His power, His personality, His artistic expression as the Master Designer and Artist, in the creation of every human being. It is His DNA created in the light, for He fashions us in His own image, not after birth, but when egg and sperm meet and every strand of DNA in a unique individual is present.

In Psalm 139:13, the psalmist says, ‘For You formed my inward parts.’ Those inmost parts within all human beings’ DNA are our proclivities, curiosities, gifts, talents and purposes given by God and for God and even weaknesses and obstacles to overcome through Him, already spoken into existence by God at the moment of conception. The parallels of God calling forth light over the earth, to calling forth light at the conception of man speaks of such an awesome Creator who values us immensely. He destined us for greatness but greatness cannot be achieved in the darkness of a manipulated educational system, algorithmically controlled information, squelched curiosity, suppressed expression, psychologically manipulated fears, mass media distractions, cancelled weaknesses and the eradication of brilliant, Godly historical figures who were freely exercising ten parts of their brains to our flabby few.  

While God is light, His creation is light, and spiritual illumination is a light He places in our hearts, men and women who believe the lies about abortion are in darkness in knowledge and spirit. How can so many in a nation be uneducated about science and apathetic to the horrific reality that such a decision by the highest court in the land was taken advantage of by scientific elites unleashing all moral and ethical restraints to what we do to lives in the womb? Aren’t most people including the Supreme Court aware that the barbaric slaughter of babies is a multi-billion dollar industry which in turn profits from their body parts as commodities used for gruesome scientific and technological experimentation that Hitler could never have imagined? Have we become so spiritually dead and depraved that we turn a blind eye to the passing of infanticide leglislation to remove organs from living babies? So callous and desensitized that we do and say nothing about pieces of rats sewn onto cruelly aborted babies’ heads? What if those seven men and the women who thought they carried inhuman clumps of cells in their bodies could only see the perverse future in store from making abortion the law of the land?

What if those seven men in robes on our Supreme Court had any knowledge of the writings of Fabian Socialists like Bertrand Russell, Aldous Huxley, H.G. Wells who were not hiding their goals for a one world government achieved through things like universal birth control, depopulation, eugenics, selective breeding, advances in physiology, psychology, educational models and technology to control minds. Apparently, the majority of those men were grossly ignorant that opening a pandora’s box of abortion would allow propagandizing intellectuals at the top – the ones attending the World Economic Forum – who believe in one world government, a New World Order –to applaud the psychological manipulation and dumbing down of society that demands baby slaughter while it increasingly disparages traditional family, the glue that holds societies together. One can even make the case that we’re witnessing a sort of mass hypnosis of the college educated who are more indoctrinated than educated, because of atheistic, one world government socialists.

John Dewey (1859-1952) was the father of modern public education and one of the original signers of the “Humanist Manifesto.” He believed the public school should promote a Marxist socialist worldview and eradicate Christianity. “Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming.” My God, open your eyes, Supreme Court. Dewey and his fellow proponents of humanism and a New World Order have achieved the goal and the masses never saw it coming or how abortion would be a vehicle to get here. To watch college students protest for abortion, actually swallowing do it yourself at-home abortion pills while shouting ‘We love abortion’ does not spring from educated minds at all, but ones the elites have succeeded in programming.

The pro-abortion battle is fierce, with Biden’s Press Secretary purposefully spouting the big lies of abortion as Women’s Healthcare (it always kills a patient) and Reproductive Rights (A woman exercises her reproductive right by getting pregnant) and Biden’s commitment to upholding them, while Godly men and women who believe in the Sanctity of Life spoke, prayed and marched right outside of the doors to the WH. The pro-abortion battle is fierce in malevolent efforts to depopulate the globe and to use medico-technology to play little gods with babies’ bodies. To America’s great shame, it has pushed its baby killing onto the globe. We are not only going to pay for more and more of it on this planet according to the spokesmouth for the Scientific Elites and Technocrats really running nations, Biden, but we also force poor nations that oppose abortion to perform them with the threat of withholding much needed aid!

 The big lie of abortion is ‘I.’ ‘My body, my choice.’ It is a barbaric practice committed out of self-love. It is love of me, my sexual pleasures, me living out my truth, me not hurting anybody. It is wedded to the big lie of the existential threat of climate change, which is ‘we.’ Articles like, “Is it Even Moral to Have Kids with Climate Change?” are promulgated to propagandize that there is a sort of virtuosity in abortion. It is purely delusional thinking a generation now accepts that the selfishness of destroying life in the womb is a beneficent gift to the globe and the people who inhabit it. A growing number of young people now refuse to procreate in order to ‘save the planet’ from an increased carbon footprint. Completely insane Eco-radicals claim the planet must be rid of all human inhabitants to survive. Some suggest we beam earthlings to Mars to be good to planet earth.

The Supreme Court was established to uphold our Founding Documents. The most basic of these is our Declaration of Independence that holds truth as self-evident that all men are created equal by God, and it is He, with Supremacy over our nation and laws Who has given us unalienable rights that government has been forbidden to usurp of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. By denying a right to life for a population of babies just in our own country as numerous as the entire nation of Great Britain, the other two untouchable rights were wrested away from them all. The Supreme Court also has a responsibility to uphold and accurately interpret our Constitution. To strike down Roe would be to admonish and correct all of the politicians and abortion activists falsely claiming that someplace in our Constitution is the right to unilaterally decide to kill another human being. That is the precise definition of murder, to be found nowhere in the Constitution of the United States.

I urge our nine justices on the Supreme Court to read the writings of the aforementioned humanists, atheists and one world government advocates. I implore them to read them not as science fiction or fascinating secular prophecy, but as plans already in the making seventy-five years ago that have come to fruition.  

Along with tens of millions of my fellow pro-life advocates, I would like to see Roe undone at the federal level and returned to the states. Of course, the Democrat states will protect the barbarism of slaughtering human beings and selling their pieces for profit by continuing to delude the masses that evil is good and good is evil. I do hope everyone who supports abortion will elect to live in Democrat states so that they can put their money where their mouths are and pay for murder with their taxes. I will empathize with people who have no choice but to live in these states and be financially complicit in abortion. I will pity women harmed by an acceleration of the production and distribution of dangerous mail order abortion pills. I will pray for the corporations and filmmakers who are but pawns of much more powerful, nefarious entities that blindly boycott states that ban abortion. I will weep at the increased division with even greater demonization of pro-life states. I will mourn for those who do not see any correlation between the bad things happening to America over the near half century we have been killing God’s heritage and the worse things to come if we do not stop. And I will continue to open my mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die, as Proverbs 31:8 says to do for those who remain choiceless and without rights, taken to an appointment at the Temple of Child Sacrifice, Planned Parenthood.

God's Presence With Wings
Friday, June 18, 2021

God’s Presence With Wings

“I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me…You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence with eternal pleasures at Your right Hand.” Ps 16:7,8,11

When God knocked on the door of my heart in 1994 and I let Him in, I thought if I asked, He would provide definitive directives in various areas of my life.

Not only would I do what was right in His sight, He would eliminate situational uncertainty and despair.

Thankfully, I grew more mature in my faith than this. I am grateful that God was more interested in changing my worldly heart and mind than circumstances. But as a spiritual infant then, I struggled to understand how my newfound desire to please Him as a woman of service to others was not an easy success.

After all, I gave up my desire to achieve and prosper in the advertising industry. I faithfully held to a new and strong conviction that making people think they could not live without things they did not need was a manipulative and dishonorable profession. I also turned down a maybe sort of fun and creative offer to write fortunes in cookies, rejecting the occultist nature of such things. Instead, I took a job as a counselor at a crisis hotline for youth to make a positive difference. Yet, it took both an emotional and physical toll on me. Barely a teen on the streets called, but many people suffering mental health issues that did not really want referrals to get help, did. Many calls were from pranksters with nothing better to do. Still, I shared with many that God was their true source of help. But I found myself regularly reprimanded by my supervisor for ‘proselytizing,’ a term I was not even familiar with. This came as a surprise to me at a Catholic organization called ‘The Covenant House,’ where I would be summoned into her office for scolding as I stared in confusion at a large, framed Bible verse on the wall behind her.

But even more unsettling than the calls was that a coworker who would hear me talk about God and became hostile. Juan’s dirty looks, intentional bumping into me and angry comments finally became unsettling enough to turn into a plea to my supervisor to intervene. She sent me to an empty conference room with whom she referred to as ‘the harmless Juan’ to work it out. With steely eyes, he told me that every time I mentioned God, he wanted to murder me and graphically laid out how he would do it. All of the stress caused IBS-related pain in the gut that doubled me over in my cubicle.

I lacked the wisdom, insight and maturity to not personalize everything as a commentary on my incompetence to please God and as a painful rejectability factor among people. I did not understand that Satan wanted to wrest my soul back into the pit, but that the attacks from him were a sign that he never would! Instead, I obsessed with wondering did God want me to quit or do better?  Should I accept defeat and struggle with another angst of how to earn a living? Oh, me of little faith!

Adding to my professional woes was a stressful relationship with a man I met at my church’s singles’ group. I believed that just because he was a Christian, it was a foregone conclusion that we were right for each other. My naivete, along with what I believed to be the prophetic words of my Bible instructor that he saw us ‘married in four months,’ kept me working at pleasing a man with huge expectations and not a lot of respect.

God seemed so silent as I endured fear, pain, and the constant sting of rejection. One day as I stood on the platform waiting for a train to take me to my terrible job, I prayed, ‘Lord, show me a tangible sign of hope from You with a butterfly.’ Suddenly one softly fluttered by, lifting my spirits at His visible answer to a simple prayer from a spiritual infant. With continued prayers for a tangible way to feel His presence, and more sightings of butterflies, I began to feel a comforting, special connection to God with these winged creatures.

One afternoon when I was feeling particularly alone and dejected on a lunch break at an outside table at work, a butterfly descended out of windy skies. The delicate, orange, gold and black insect perched on my handbag for at least a minute or two before rising back up overhead and fluttering out of view. I thanked and praised God, and returned to my job renewed for the afternoon.

Weeks later, when on my way to a friend’s party where the boyfriend who broke up with me was also invited, I prayed for God to calm my anxieties. Suddenly there appeared a large, low-sailing butterfly that descended to about knee’s length, at kept pace with me in companionship for the whole two blocks I walked to that party.

Six months later, I lost the job too, and found out my nephew had leukemia. On a family trip to Disney World, I felt like the saddest person in the enchanted kingdom. I prayed for a sign of hope from God but laughed at myself for wanting butterflies in the night while my family and I waited for a parade to pass. But to my astonishment, a Kingdom of life, light and hope made itself real to me as no less than a dozen dancers atop a float swayed and fluttered by, dressed in a dazzling rainbow of colorful wings with a tribute to the beautiful butterfly.

Like a child who looks up at her father and pleads, ‘Dad, tell that story again,’ the butterfly is to this day is to my spirit a tangible and comforting sign of hope from the Lord of His presence and care for me. Along with all the other little children at the Disney parade, I clapped in awe and wonder.

My nephew was healed and shortly after this, I met my husband of twenty-three years now who loves me unconditionally. God gave me the greatest job I could ever hope for with the gift of raising two, beautiful, adopted children.