Who is this crazy evangelical fanatic Mark Borders? Why is he here in the Philippines? What right does he have to make statements against our country?
These are just a few questions I’ve seen asked over the internet lately. So give me this opportunity to answer them.
Mark Borders, born Mark Franklin Borders on August 27, 1956. Parents were Chester Franklin Borders 3/15/1925 to 1/5/1995, Pauline Hatfield Borders 2/3/1934 to 2/7/2007. Born in Hardin Memorial Hospital, Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
I was raised by my extended family in my very early years, and raised within the religious community of White Mills Baptist Church, an old-time conservative church which taught the true belief of Jesus Christ.
I am a Judeo-Christian, the WikiPedia definition of that is below (or see it by type Judoe-Christian into a search engine and select the WikiPedia article. The below excerpts are not the full article, just selected quotes:
In our country, ‘Judeo-Christian values’ is shorthand for a complex idea: the common culture of the American majority. The values are called Judeo-Christian because they derive from the complementary ideas of free will, the moral accountability of the individual rather than the group, the spiritual imperative of imperfect man’s struggle to do what is right and the existence of true moral law in the teachings of Christ and the Jewish prophets. Along with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, they are the political and cultural heritage of the Founding Fathers. The declaration and the Constitution define the source and the limits of state power. But they do not tell us how a moral life within this society should be led. While they have provided a durable structure for America’s success, only Judeo-Christian values, freely held by the majority, explain its continuing realization. These values are not identical with the Christian religion, although they manifest its universal insights. Americans, as the Founding Fathers hoped, uphold the Constitution, but live according to “Judeo-Christian values.The term became particularly associated with the conservative right in American politics, promoting a "Judeo–Christian values" agenda in the so-called culture wars, a usage which surged in the 1990s. Hot topic issues in the battles over the Judeo–Christian tradition include, in a typical example, the right to display the following documents in Kentucky schools, after they were banned by a federal judge in May 2000 as "conveying a very specific governmental endorsement of religion":
- an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence, which reads, "All men ... are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
- the preamble to the Constitution of Kentucky, which states, "We, the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy, and invoking the continuance of these blessings, do ordain and establish this Constitution."
- The Mayflower Compact, in which the colony's founders invoke "the name of God" and explain that their journey was taken, among other reasons, "for the glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith."
- the national motto, "In God we trust"
- a page from the congressional record of Wednesday, February 2, 1983, Vol. 129, No. 8, which declares 1983 as the "Year of the Bible" and lists the Ten Commandments
- a proclamation by President Ronald Reagan marking 1983 the "Year of the Bible"
- a proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln designating April 30, 1863, a "National Day of Prayer and Humiliation"
- an excerpt from President Lincoln's "Reply to Loyal Colored People of Baltimore upon Presentation of a Bible," which reads, "The Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man."
Supporters of the Judeo–Christian concept point to the Christian claim that Christianity is the heir to Biblical Judaism, and that the whole logic of Christianity as a religion is that it exists (only) as a religion built upon Judaism.
In the American context, historians use the term Judeo–Christian to refer to the influence of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament on Protestant thought and values, most especially the Puritan, Presbyterian and Evangelical heritage. Some early colonists saw themselves as heirs to the Hebrew Bible, and its teachings on liberty, responsibility, hard work, ethics, justice, equality, a sense of closeness’ and an ethical mission to the world, which have become key components of the American character, what is called the “American Creed.
Now, how can you know I am this Judeo-Christian? A Christian who before 11/16/2010 I never knew, wrote the below article. I present it as a guide in judging me:
by: Erlhynda Rosel
Our integrity is in a state of crisis. The lack of integrity of private individuals and public officials has made us lose our standards-personal and national- and put personal interest ahead of all else. What we have is a society driven by the need for personal gratification. We have lose sight of the good of the larger community and how we as individuals can make it what it ought to become.
The lacks of integrity among politicians are more evident because their actions are magnified a hundred times over. Because they are public figures and they are suppose to serve the public and consider the best interest of the people they serve, any decision and action that shows their total lack of concern for and neglect of their community obligation is like an insult to the Filipino people who voted for them. When we trusted them with our votes, we assumed that they had our best interest at heart, they would be honest and remain true to their oath of office. But the political culture of selfishness and hypocrisy has swallowed them.
Let us say, we have a popular political figure, like a government official, who did something wrong and when it was discovered, denied having anything to do with it. But then after the investigation, he was found to be responsible for the wrong he committed. Only then he admit that he did it. He then expected that everything would be forgotten and he would be forgiven too. When the next elections came, he hoped to be elected again. Would you still want this person to hold a public position? Is he, or anyone else like him, a person of integrity? The answer is plain and simple: NO!
Integrity is an important character trait of people, especially those who hold important positions and who are in public service. People who have no integrity have no RIGHT to run for any public office and expect people to TRUST them with their votes and their future. But what is INTEGRITY? And WHO has it?
INTEGRITY is a virtue that seems to be lacking in many of us these days. It refers to a quality of person's character, its wholeness, intactness or purity. This means that the person is not corrupted by any immoral, sinful or wrong ways of other people.
Persons of integrity take the time to know right from wrong. Their decisions are not based on simple but are based on careful study and reflective thought. In other words, they do not make decisions without first looking at the morality and soundness of these decisions. They use moral standards to guide them in their actions and judgments. At present, because many people live in the fast lane, many people who do not have the time to carefully weigh their decisions that affect their lives and the lives of those around them. They believe that as long as their actions do not physically harm others, they can do anything. But thinking is an important part of forming integrity. Through reflection and careful thought, one develops a strong sense of right and wrong.
Persons of integrity act on what they believe. Their beliefs are products of careful consideration of the moral standards and their actions are consistent with their beliefs. They do not have double standards and value conflicts. They are faithful to their words. What they know and understand, they show manifest and manifest in their actions. They do not say one thing and do another thing. As we always say in Values Education, the WALK their TALK, they practice what they preach and profess. This way, they do not confuse others and themselves. Because what we see is what we get, it is easy to know what they believe in and what they stand for. Integrity, therefore, is not something that we can choose to show whenever we want to. It is not like a dress that can be worn on special occasions and kept in the closet when are not seeing anyone. Integrity is a way of life, it is integrity into what one thinks, believes and does.Persons of integrity stands up for what they believe in. They don’t simply manifest it, they also advocate it. This is why integrity has a social dimension. It can't be personal... can't be kept in secrecy... coz it has to be shown to and seen by the others. We cannot say we have integrity without the people around us knowing that we really do. A person who has it cannot be silent about what they believe in, they have to publicize it and try to influence others to see their point of view. Lying about one's view, concealing them, taking back one's words because of pressure or threat are indications of the absence of integrity. If a person of integrity has committed a mistake or a wrong decision, she/ he readily admits its mistake and does not wait for others to find out about it. She/ he also do not claim to do things or take credit for things she/ he did not do.
Persons of integrity put the good of the community ahead of the individual. They sacrifice their interest and those of others who are close to them if they do not meet the ethical and moral standards. Personal satisfaction is the last thing in their mind if it will be detrimental to the community. This can be illustrated with the simple act of talking as loud as i want. Can i do that? Can you do that? Of course, you can. But the other side of this act, the one related to integrity, is the consideration of your action’s effects on others. Should you consider your obligation to respect other people's interest? Of course, you should! Between these two, doing what you want to do and considering the effects it has on others, integrity dictates that you should sacrifice personal interests in favor of the interests of the others. So, integrity is doing the right thing no matter what it costs the person. Can our government officials and lawmakers voluntarily give up their position if there are issues against them or their motive is questioned? The stakes are high, it is their political career, But can they sacrifice it in favor of the greater good?
Because INTEGRITY is a significant virtue, we should work to develop it in us. We have to look for models that have it, people who exhibit clean character and life. Our leaders should be our model but if they fail to become one, we should remember not to elect them next time. Because if they keep getting elected into their position, we are just as UNFIT to become electors as those whom we elect as leaders. Our country, our world, needs people with integrity. What we hope to become as a nation, as a world, lies in the leaders in whose hands we entrust our future.
So examine my blogsite at http://stchristine.blogspot.com/, search out where I have not followed all the statements in both the two articles above.
Judge me completely, I am transparent. My blog contains all the evidence you need to know who and what I am.
But just to help you know me more the below article, also written by someone I’ve never met, continues to describe me and my work here in the Philippines.:
What does it mean that,
‘many are called & few chosen?’
By: Iris Nasreen, Servant of Lord Jesus Christ
Matthew 20:1616 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.”
In this verse God is welcoming all humble & meek. Arrogant, self-important, proud & self-righteous have no part in God. God resist the proud, “he that humbleth himself shall be exalted, and he that exalteth himself shall be abased”. Lord Mighty God has called many but only those are chosen & elected who deny themselves & are ready to pick up their own cross to walk in His Will. “For many are called, but few chosen.”
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;
16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
This verse is referring God’s appointed servants. True servants bear fruits of righteousness that brings forth great harvest for Lord Mighty God. These elect are sent out all over the world to be His witnesses. Their fruit is accepted & never stolen by enemy. Since they become one heart & soul in God’s love; their prayers reach throne of God due to their mediator Lord Jesus Christ who is the only way & hope.
In John 17:6-19; Lord Jesus Christ is praying or talking to His Father Almighty God about His servant/ chosen/elect. It is very important to understand why His chosen are apart from others.
Jesus Prays for His Disciples
6 “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 7 Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. 8 For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.
9 “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.
In these precious verses Jesus Christ is referring about His twelve disciples & all servants appointed until the end of age. These are chosen one are given to Lord Jesus Christ by His Father. “They were Yours, You gave them to Me.”
What is so unique about these elected servants of God?
• They kept God’s Word.
• They understood & accepted Lord Jesus Christ has come from Father. “they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You.”
• They are mediator between Lord Jesus Christ & whole world. Perfect chain of command. They receive Word directly from Heavenly Father through His son Jesus Christ. No one can reach mind of God due to sin. God is pure. But, blood of Jesus Christ has brought that lost relationship back. This is a reason that we all need Jesus Christ for salvation. These servants of God are appointed elect given by Father to His son to connect with the whole world. “8. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them,”
• Their heart is not attached to this world & its desires. Diamond is dust in their eyes. This Satan’s world does not belong to God & His servants do not fit in either. “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” These servants know that world hates them, but it not important to them because God & His opinion is their only concern.
• They are transformed to be pure like God. God guard “them from the evil one.” This is a very unique sign of God’s elects. They start to see, think & talk like God. God takes them to a 100% perfection of purity where they become one in God through an intimated love & connection through Lord Jesus Christ. This is reason why Jesus told His disciples in John 20:23 that, “Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.” Be aware that you should not be deceived by so called priests or servant of God who are wolf in sheep’s skin. God’s elect are not necessaily labeled professional church ministers who get graduated as pastors from schools established in world. I am talking about God’s chosen elected servants whose teacher is Jesus Christ. They can speak only through the guidance of Holy Spirit. I am not saying that all pastors are not God’s children. These are ones who made a choice to live for God. God helps them too, to guide His sheep: BUT THEY ARE NOT 100% PURE SAINTS OF GOD. It is important to recognize this difference. One who do not care about earthly needs & live a simple, humble life without greed. Tree is judged by its fruits. As Jesus said, “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.”
God’s reward for His chosen servants is:
4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. 5 And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
Verses 20-26 is referring about: Matthew 20:16
16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.”
Let’s read & understand what is a position of, “multitudes that are called through the gospel through God’s elected servants of God.”
Jesus Prays for All Believers
20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. 26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
Lord Jesus Christ not only prayed for His chosen; but also for all who are called to enter into the Kingdom of God. Let read verse 20 again, “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word.”
We will learn the importance & worth of all who are called.
• They will receive the union with Heavenly Father & Lord Jesus Christ. Holy Spirit is poured on all who are called (who will believe in Lord Jesus Christ through the Gospel sent out to them). What a marvelous gift is given, as Lord Jesus said: “they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You.”
• Another amazing gift they will get is a glory of God. Lord Jesus Christ will bestow His Glory over all who will receive Him as their Lord & Savior. What is reason to transfer this glory to all believers? Because they will be united with their Heavenly Father. As Jesus Christ said, “the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:”
• They will rejoice & live their eternity with Lord Jesus Christ in the Kingdom of God. As Lord said, “they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am.”
• They will be transformed into a perfect being through a perfect transformation through guidance of Holy Spirit within them that they receive as a gift of salvation from Heavenly Father. Love of God will be rooted in their heart that will help them to overcome this world’s desires & sins. Love of God is a key to salvation that is sown only through their acceptance of Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord & Savior. As Lord said, “that they may be made perfect in one.”
• It is Lord’s desire to spend eternity with them. As Lord said,” they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am”.
Here is a marvelous gift of all who are called & they willingly accepted Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord & Savior.
A Multitude from the Great Tribulation
9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
So do you know me now?
Have I answered all your questions?
Do you need any other information that I have not yet provided?
I would be happy to give you all the information you need to know me completely. I want everyone to know who I am, and I want everyone to know what my purpose and mission on this earth has lead me to do.
I welcome any comments, or questions.