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Peter Marshall:
An Extremist Who Opposes Public Education and Promotes Religious Bigotry

The Rev. Peter Marshall, who holds a seminary degree from Princeton, operates Peter Marshall Ministries in Massachusetts. Among other activities, his ministry sells Christian-themed instructional materials for homeschoolers. Rev Marshall argues “that it is impossible to restore America to its traditional moral and spiritual foundations unless we recover our original founding vision, and the truth about America's Christian heritage.”

Quotes from Rev. Marshall

On why Christian parents should send their children to Christian schools, not public schools:

“Wouldn't it be far better for them to have a consistent and Biblical worldview that will enable them to grow, not only in knowledge and learning but in moral and spiritual stature, to the point that even before they finish their education they will be committed to being "salt and light" in our society, and helping to bring America back to God?”

On religion, politics and public policy:

Though some may object to applying the word ‘wicked’ to the Obama Administration, my fear is that as the months ahead unfold we will consider the word increasingly appropriate."

I find it utterly beyond belief that any person who calls himself or herself a Christian could under any circumstances vote for a candidate (Obama) that supports abortion on demand and special rights for homosexuals (beyond those already in the Constitution)! How, in the name of all that is holy, can a Christian vote for someone that takes a position directly contrary to the explicit Word of God? How can a Christian believer ever cast his or her vote for someone that God Almighty would never vote for? Especially in light of the fact that the nation is already under God's judgment precisely because of these sins, as well as others. The Biblical equivalent of this would be the people of Israel choosing judges to rule over them who were in favor of Baal-worship.”

These people (the Obama administration) want to re-make America in their own image. That will entail throwing out traditional American Bible-based values, of course, in spite of their claim that they are exhibiting a Biblical type of compassion for homosexuals, lesbians, transgendered people, etc.”

If, as I suspect, the financial meltdown is part of His judgment on us because of our growing moral and spiritual rejection of His standards, then He may very well let us sink into severe straits in order to bring us back to Himself. Perhaps we will not come to repentance about abortion and homosexuality and pornography and gambling and greed and sexual immorality and all the rest of it until the economy is so bad that we cry out for mercy. I hope it doesn't come to that, but one way or another, this nation has got to come to repentance about our moral and spiritual condition.”

(T)he public policy viewpoints of the majority of the American people are religious at base. These are very much at variance with the viewpoints of the secularists in the culture wars. Up until now, at least, these secularists have been strongly influencing the policy positions of the Democratic Party. 

The viewpoints of both conservatives and Christians are still the viewpoints of the majority of the American people. We Christians have not lost the culture wars---not yet, although the battle rages. No political candidate can succeed in running for national office in this country unless he or she is able to tap into that basic religious worldview, and use it as a base to mount a winsome, inspiring, and winning campaign. Woe to the candidate who does not understand this.”

On Islam:

Yes, there are moderate Muslims, but they are still Muslims first, before they are Americans or Canadians or Brits. And Islam itself is not moderate.”

If the Western world continues down this pathway of cultural accommodation the inevitable result will be the eventual triumph of Islam in our societies. Its victory will not come suddenly, as if an Islamic dagger had been stabbed into the heart, but slowly, from the bleeding of a thousand cultural cuts inflicted over the years.”

Only another national Great Awakening of society-changing proportions can generate a cultural resurgence of American values. And that is never going to come out of the old historic mainline Protestant denominations. A kind of trendy ‘I don't really believe in anything very strongly except that it's not possible to believe in anything very strongly’ pseudo-religion is worthless. All that remains in the majority of the ruins of the traditional mainline Protestant churches of America is an institutionally fossilized, Bible rejecting shell of Christianity that is completely impotent against militant Islam. And I certainly don't expect nation-wide revival to come from the Catholic churches.

Only a virile Holy Spirit-empowered witness to a Risen and Miracle-working Savior can defeat Islam. Pray for revival.”

On Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and wildfires in California:

Was enough finally enough for the Lord? Did He allow Katrina as a judgment on the wickedness and decadence of New Orleans?  Well, what do you think?  To borrow the saying from Fox News, "we report, you decide.”

In allowing all this destruction to come upon us, or perhaps even in sending it, Almighty God is trying to get our attention.  In previous commentaries on this subject I have said that this nation, which He founded to exert moral and spiritual leadership in the world, has turned its back on its Christian roots.  By officially removing the Ten Commandments from our courthouses, by officially stamping with the approval of the judicial system the homosexual behavior that God calls an abomination, and by continuing to officially allow the slaughter of our unborn children, this nation is officially rejecting God.  He does not take any of this lightly.”

Is there a connection between these fires and God?  There certainly could be.  Consider the fact that there are numerous passages in the Bible that deal with fire as an instrument of God.

America is a nation founded on the Bible by people who had a vision and a calling from God to build a society based on the commandments of God, which exclude the deviant sexual immorality now being officially endorsed by the State of California.  Could it be that God is a bit upset by all that?

I have long predicted that the whole package of deviant sexual behavior, as well as homosexual marriage, will become commonplace in America.  The only thing that can stop this trend is the Third Great Awakening---a major, society-changing spiritual revival of true Christianity.  That has not yet occurred, and unless it does, you may rest assured that there will be further devastations and upheavals in our land.”

On masculinity and femininity:

At some point in life's journey, both boys and girls must break free from the mother/woman as the source of vitality and power, and yield to Jesus as the source of power and life. Many women have found themselves crying out for someone to deliver them from the natural compulsion to control the lives of others, which is what years of being the life-giving source of vitality for children and husband can easily turn into. And boys cannot become men capable of exercising Godly power in the world as protectors and providers, men who have mastered themselves and thus can execute justice in society and right its wrongs, unless they have separated from their mothers and given themselves to One who is greater than their earthly fathers.”

On homosexuality:

If the homosexuals can succeed in their goal to make gender roles insignificant, then the Biblical definition of family as one husband, one wife, and children becomes meaningless, and can be relegated to the ash heap of outmoded, "medieval" ideas.  Family, in the homosexual view, could then be defined as any combination of human beings or animals desired -- two lesbians, three women and a man, two men and two dogs--whatever.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is where they really want to go.  That is the real agenda!"