With Thanksgiving to Almighty God
By David E. Smith   |   11.25.21
On behalf of the Illinois Family Institute — and my own family — I want to wish a very happy Thanksgiving to you all. As we all prepare to gather together with relatives, friends and neighbors to thank God for...
Gratitude: Faith’s Telltale Heart
By Rev. Thorin Anderson   |   11.24.21
Gratitude is a funny thing.  It appears to have a life of its own.  By that I mean that a grateful heart bears fruit of itself, often beyond what one’s circumstances might suggest.  God has much to say about gratitude, “In everything,” He says, “give thanks!”
Thankful to Whom?
By Calvin Lindstrom   |   11.22.21
The thought struck me again recently that our nation really does not understand the religious implications of Thanksgiving. Why are many offended at the greeting Merry Christmas, but it is ok to say Happy Thanksgiving? Whom are we thanking?
Warn Your Children About the Religion of Wokeism
By David E. Smith   |   11.19.21
God’s Word is filled with promises, commands, exhortations, and encouragement. Scripture is also replete with warnings. In 1 John 2:15-16, we read: “Do not love the world nor the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love...
Biblical Justice vs. Mob Justice
One of the most vicious characters in Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities is a woman name Madame Defarge. In the beginning, she appears as a diminutive woman who passively spends her time knitting as French nobility commit great injustices against commoners. The reader comes to find out that this woman is storing up bitter resentments and bloody plans for vengeance against her aristocratic persecutors. Through years of oppression, she is quietly knitting a “hit list” of aristocrats whose blood must be spilled in the coming revolution.
Illinois Communities Participating with Occultism
By Kristi Shaffer   |   11.06.21
Fall has arrived in Illinois. As the leaves change colors and the temperatures drop, communities look forward to fall celebrations. Many churches and communities will have fall festivals that are innocuous celebrations that include pumpkin patches and trunk-or-treats for the children. However, there is a much more insidious type of celebration that is infiltrating our communities. The acceptance of occultism is spreading at an alarming pace.
The Health Care Right of Conscience Act & COVID-19
By David E. Smith   |   10.26.21
State Representatives Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston), Bob Morgan (D-Highwood) and State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) are sponsoring legislation (SB 1169) to diminish the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act specifically for COVID-19 remediation. In other words, these state lawmakers are heading up the effort to strike down existing legislation protecting citizens' rights to excuse  themselves from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Don’t Jump Out of The Boat
By David E. Smith   |   10.25.21
We recently read a great little sermon illustration in which a young boy asked his father, “Dad, I was watching a TV show about marine biologists. Why do scuba-divers jump backwards into the water?” His father wittily responded, “Because if they jumped forward, they'd still be in the boat!”
Cowardice and the Neutering of America
By Laurie Higgins   |   10.12.21
The great evil in America for over two centuries was slavery and its ugly aftermath. Too many Christians for too long stood passive as Satan attacked the humanity of African Americans. Too few had the courage to do what Wheaton...
The Smearing of Doug Wilson
By Laurie Higgins   |   10.07.21
I was hoping not to wade into the gutter with the critics of Douglas Wilson, who in IFI’s view is one of the most important truth-tellers on the corrupt American scene. But the calumny hurled at Wilson is so manifestly...
Losing Our Religion
By Laurie Higgins   |   09.29.21
The Left seeks to control our language in order to control culture by making it impossible to express ideas they detest. They seek both to ban words and to determine how terms are used. That is why pronouns no longer correspond to biological sex but to subjective feelings about one’s biological sex. In order to both enhance their victim status and to erase from the public square any expressions of moral disapproval, they are working feverishly to control the language.
A Masterpiece of a Story
By Calvin Lindstrom   |   09.28.21
Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakes in Lakewood, CO since 1993, recently published his incredible story entitled, The Cost of My Faith. Even though I was familiar with the basic details of his life and the nearly ten years of testing he has faced, I was deeply moved and encouraged by his testimony and his book.
Be Biblically Correct Not Politically Correct (Acts 17:26)
America is an increasingly divided nation. We divide ourselves according to race, gender, sexual identity, vaccination status, and other factors that force us to focus on how we are different. The concept is known as “identity politics” or “tribalism.” Politicians make matters worse by encouraging tribalism and portraying themselves as the champions of various identity groups. To say or do anything disapproved of by a given identity group is considered politically incorrect.
No Vax, No Treat
By Rev. Thorin Anderson   |   09.24.21
Dr. Jason Valentine of Mobile, Alabama has stated that he will, effective Oct. 1, no longer treat patients unvaccinated for COVID 19.  The Web site, “THINK” attempts to examine the ethics of the good doctor and others who have made similar choices or have indicated they are weary of treating patients who have refused to get the vaccination.
Benet Academy Losing Christian Identity
By Laurie Higgins   |   09.23.21
Benet Academy, a prestigious and expensive private high school that identifies as Catholic, has just capitulated to the cacophonous voices of apostates and heretics in its midst. The drama began several days ago when the school located in the affluent...
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