‘abused, misused and taken for granted…therefore forgotten’

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In the eighth chapter of Deuteronomy, God instructed Moses to remind His people of His past dealings with them and why He lead them in the wilderness for forty years. Why He suffered them to hunger and why He fed them with manna, which they knewest not , neither did their fathers know that He might make them to know that man doth not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live. Deut 8:1-3.

He then warned them not to forget God when they get into the land of promise wherein they shall eat bread without scarceness and drink from the wells and brooks of water that spring out of the valleys and hills. A good land of wheat, barley, vines, fig trees, pomegrantes and a land of oil olive and honey.

God promised them that if they forgot the Lord their God and walked after other gods, and served them and worshiped them that this would be His testimony against them the day in which He spoke it…

“ye shall surely perish. As the nations which the Lord destroyed before their face, so shall they perish; because they would not hearken to the word of the Lord.”

The first evidence that a nation, individual or people has forgotten God is to forget or forsake His word. We in America have sealed our own fate, except this nation repent and return to God and His word we shall surely crumble.

 

Below are three articles. The first two are taken from the Voice of the Martyrs Extreme Devotion- daily post. Notice the hunger for the Word of God. Such commitment constrains me and brings forth a spirit of condemnation.

The Christian woman from North Vietnam traveled eight hundred miles just for the possibility of laying hold to the Word of God. God honored her commitment and fed His people His word. Praise God!

This man in North Korea could not depart with his bible. People had been praying for fifty years that they may lay hold to a bible that they might enjoy a rich, intimate time of fellowship with God in His word. Such a hunger and love for God’s word. If ye should search all the day the streets of America, you would not find such devotion to God and His Word.

The last article is an article posted by Dr. Gary L. Cass, the director of the Anti-Christian Defamation Commission.

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vom- extreme devotion posted Jun 21’2009

Each clickety-clack of the train wheels bounced the Vietnamese Christian woman’s frail body painfully on the hard wooden seat. But she was on a mission.

    She needed spiritual food for the Christians she led in North Vietnam. Three congregations of people were praying that their leader would be successful and bring back precious copies of the Bible.
    Her work back home was tiring. She was the only mature Christian in the area, and she had planted the three churches from nothing, winning one soul at a time through her personal witness. She had no car or even a bicycle. She walked or paddled a small wooden boat to her church meetings.
    She had faced police threats and harassment and her Buddhist parents’ dismay because of her faith. Now she rode the train across eight hundred miles for three consecutive days, hoping to find one believer who could help. Finally she reached Ho Chi Minh City.
    There she met visiting western Christians who gave her Bibles for the Christians in the North. They also gave her a bicycle to help her minister to the three congregations. Before leaving, they prayed together, asking God’s blessing on her travel and her ministry.
    “How old are you?” one of them asked, just as she was about to leave.
    The woman smoothed strands of black hair away from her face and whispered, “I’m twenty-two.”

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vom- extreme devotion posted Jul 29"’2009

“They begged and begged me, but I couldn’t give it to them,” said the man. “I know Christians are supposed to share, but I just couldn’t part with it.” He sadly held out his hand so that his listener could see his prized possession.

    “I really wanted to, but I couldn’t. You see, people in North Korea told me that they have been praying for fifty years to get a Bible. But I didn’t give them mine because I had been praying for twenty years, and I had just gotten it from a pastor in South Korea.”
    He sighed deeply as his mind went to the needy believers in North Korea desperately praying for one copy of the Bible. He hugged his Bible to his chest. He had escaped the Communist prison state and was now living freely in South Korea.
    Bibles in North Korea are rare. Because of the opposition from the Communists, believers consider them more precious than gold. One man was beaten to death with an iron rod along the Chinese border when he was caught bringing Bibles into North Korea. Sadly, cases like this are reported over and over.
    “I cannot forget those people,” he said with a sigh. “I cannot forget the look of envy on their faces when I showed them my Bible. I feel so bad for them.”

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The article below is posted by Dr. Gary L. Cass with the Anti-Christian Defamation Commission

Defaming the Bible as Cruel and Exclusive

Tuesday, 28 July 2009 16:54

A recent art exhibit in Scotland has encouraged many to display their most offensive and anti-Christian comments on a Bible. A Bible sits open in a central part of the exhibit, Made in God’s Image, at the Gallery of Modern Art (Goma) in Glasgow. Next to the Bible there is a container of pens along with a notice saying: “If you feel you have been excluded from the Bible, please write your way back into it.”

The whole idea was given by the Metropolitan Community Church, a homosexual "church." They contend that the idea behind it was to reassert the Bible as a sacred text, but this is exactly the opposite of what is occurring. Many of the comments on the pages are filled with obscenities and atheist ramblings. One contributor wrote on the first page of Genesis: “I am Bi, Female & Proud. I want no god who is disappointed in this.”Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, Scotland

Many Christians have come out and condemned the display, including the Church of Scotland and the Roman Catholic Church. They argue that the exhibition reflects the symptoms of a broken and lawless society. But the Church of Scotland defied the biblical prohibition on homosexuality and recently authorized ordaining homosexual clergy. They are fundamentally confused on this issue.

Artists Anthony Schrag and David Malone created the exhibit, in partnership with organizations that represent homosexuals who claim they are Christians and Muslims. It was recently announced that the exhibits producers would remove the most offensive pages. Still the frustration exists in many Christians that the show would even be allowed to continue. Would they do the same if it was the Koran? Would they allow people to write anti-homosexual comments on a rainbow flag?

Regardless, there is no redeeming aspect to the display except to stir up anti-Christian bigotry.  

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Needless to say, everyone does not share the same reverence and have the same longing for God’s Word as our brothers and sisters in Vietnam and North Korea. Pray that God will get them His word and that they will then stand upon it in the heat of persecution.

 

The average bible in America-

They serve as coasters for drinks or a handy spot to rest the remote control. Their sturdy covers help compose a letter on hotel stationery or catch the ashes falling from a cigarette. They listlessly adorn the coffee table, next to the caramel candy dish and the TV Guide. Although this book remains a best-seller year after year, no one seems to be reading it very much. It is the Bible. The Bible is abused and neglected outside of those places where its true value is known all too well. How differently we might treat our Bibles if we had to pray twenty years to get one! What can you do to revive your passion for God’s precious Word? vom

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‘the invincible will of God’ – continued

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A prelude to this post can be found at ‘the invincible will of God’ and preferred reading before continuing.

Before expounding this truth any further there are three scriptural text that we must consider:

 

Proverbs 21:1

The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water, He turneth it whiter so ever He will.

 

Nahum 1:2-8

The Lord hath His way in the whirlwind and the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet. He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth. The mountains quake at Him and the hills melt and the earth is burned at His presence, yea, the world and all that dwell therein. Who can abide in the fierceness of His anger? His fury is poured out like fire and the rocks are thrown down by Him.

 

Hebrews 13:20-21

Now the God of Peace that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that Great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ. To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen

There are many other scripture references that we could have used to bring home this point, but for the sake of time and space I have selected these three to bring out three truths that permeate in the sovereign realm of God and He operates in these areas in bringing about His divine will.

 

Controls the hearts of men:

Consider His working in King Cyrus of Persia (Ezra 1:1-3)… In the first year of Cyrus, a pagan king, the Lord stirred up his spirit to build Him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Not only did Cyrus release the Jews and allow them to return to Jerusalem, he made sure that they had all the material needs to complete such a task… The decree of Cyrus? The hand of God and Cyrus’ heart in that sovereign hand.

I have found that man is often oblivious to God’s hand and involvement when He is in fact at work. If we consider Pharaoh, Exodus 1:10, Pharaoh enacted a plan that would prevent the seed of Abraham from becoming to great in number and possibly unifying with Egypt’s enemies.

The affliction and oppression of the Hebrews and the killing of the male  children was at least in Pharaoh’s mind a tool to keep the people of God in submission and place of service, but God used these very acts as a tool to bring them out of their complacent service to the Egyptians and to the point of crying out for God’s mercy.

The fullness of time had come, “that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them 400 years”. Pharaoh’s best laid plans to thwart, extort and suppress the people of God had been used of God to bring His people back to Him that He might set His love upon them and bring them out with a mighty hand. What we see here is Pharaoh’s heart is in the hand of the Lord and Him turning it whither so ever He wills.

 

Controls the elements in nature:

I have found this to be the most used tool of God in bringing about His will. From famines and droughts to a mighty tempest in the sea, in order to get a group of fearful mariners to toss His disobedient prophet overboard that He might realign him in a spirit of repentance and service while all along giving us a powerful life lesson concerning the physical death, burial and resurrection His Christ… Yeshua ha Massicah. He has His way in the whirlwind and the storm. They are at His beckoning and control.

 

Controls every intricate detail of His child’s life:

From the selling of a young man into slavery by his brothers, to the rise and preeminence to the highest and trusted position of Pharaoh, Joseph was placed in a divine role to be used of God. His brother’s “intended it for evil but God meant it for good to save much people alive”.

 

 

For an in-depth study of these three spiritual truths one only need to consider the last years of the Apostle Paul’s life; Acts chapters  21-28.

Paul is arrested in Jerusalem and imprisoned in Caesarea. It was this night that the Lord stood by him and told him “to be of good cheer, for as thou have testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also in Rome”. Acts 21:11

Now for the Apostle Paul, I would liken this to when our Lord told His disciples in Capernaum that they must pass over to the other side. Come ‘hell or high water’, he is going to Rome and nothing shall pluck him out of the Father’s hand. Paul’s journey to Rome is… ‘the invincible will of God’

After the Lord appeared unto Paul that night, he was brought before the Sanhedrin, Felix, Festus and even King Agrippa. There were certain Jews that banded together and bound themselves  under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.

Even Agrippa thought Paul’s fate rested in his hands as he stated unto Festus “This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar”. The fate of Paul did not rest in the members of the Sanhedrin, or the soldier’s that counseled the centurion to “kill the prisoners lest they swim out and escape”, or even in King Agrippa, but their hearts were simply in the hand of God and He was orchestrating the events that would land Paul on the other side.

Loaded on a ship destined for Rome, the shipped is tossed to a fro amidst a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. I am sure the occupants of the ship must have been concerned for their welfare, but the Lord sent a messenger to reassure Paul that… “he would be brought before Caesar”.

The tempestuous wind wrought havoc on the ship but all the inhabitants of the ship were spared, just as they had been divinely commissioned by God.

Having escaped to the island called Malta, while gathering sticks for a fire, Paul was bitten by a venomous snake. Obliviously this snake was very poisonous as the barbarians thought Paul would most assuredly fallen down dead suddenly. But to they surprise the venom of the serpent was rendered non lethal, and that without the aid of an anti-venom. How can this be? ‘the invincible will of God’ 

Paul eventually arrived in Rome, but one must agree it was quite a bumpy ride to the other side. The Lord did not promise Paul it would be smooth sailing, just that he would get to the other side.

For two years he resided in Rome “preaching the kingdom of God and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus. The invincible will of God, and a sovereign, almighty God that will bring it to fruition.

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‘the invincible will of God’

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In the tempestuous seas of distress and hopelessness, God reveals Himself.  Mark 4:35-41  

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them to me is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and md my Father are one.” John 10: 27-30

Shortly after Jesus had ordained the twelve that they should be with Him and that He might send them forth to preach, He uses a very powerful life lesson to show them that though they meet grievous opposition in their endeavors they can stand fast knowing that they are invincible in His will.

The life lesson is found in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, but for our consideration we will look at Mark’s account found in Mark 4:35-41.

The setting is in a city called Capernaum which is located along the west coast of the Sea of Galilee. After teaching four foundational parables concerning the propagation of this kingdom message, He instructs the twelve to enter into a ship and says…

 “let us pass over unto the other side”

Now before we get in to the detailed events that followed, we must understand that the divine will of God for these disciples is to…

 “pass over to the other side”.

For you or I to make such a statement would not carry the same element of certainty as that with which our Lord spoke. For our words are often laden with good intentions that never come to fruition, so we might be better served if we said “if the Lord will, we shall live, and do this or that”. For we know not what shall be on the morrow and our life is but a vapor, it appears but for a little time and then it is gone.

On the other hand, understanding the sovereignty of God, and realizing that God not only knows the beginning from the end, but is in fact in control of everything, when He says…

“let us pass over unto the other side”

… this statement carries the absolute fact, no ifs, ands, or buts, that they will make it to the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee… the divine will of God. One thing to note… He did not say that it would be smooth sailing… just that, “they would pass over to the other side”.

 

Now in the midst of the journey, there arose a great storm of wind and the waves beat into the ship and it began to take on water as if it were to sink. Personally I can understand the fear of the disciples… thoughts of perishing… it is the fleshly way of thinking, to which I quite frequently participate.

Looking at the events from the human perspective:

The boat is rocking and a rolling and with hast they awake the Master…

“carest thou not that we perish?”

This is the way the mind works when it is faced with catastrophic uncertainties and the events are viewed as nothing more than coincidences. It is not that way at all. God is sovereign and in complete control of every situation and His people would do well to understand this, or maybe I should say remember this.

It is paramount for us also to understand that the storm did not take the Lord by surprise. If the disciples could have foreseen the turbulent storm they would most assuredly delayed the trip. Yet Christ knew the events that would take place in route to the eastern shore, in fact I can see His hand in it. In these early stages of calling His disciples, He wants them to understand that with their commission to carry this kingdom message, there will be tempestuous seas of distress and hopelessness, but they do not have to be fearful and overwhelmed with the circumstances, for they are ‘invincible in His will’. Consider this; If they are held in the hollow of God’s hand, what possible force is strong enough to remove them? NONE! NONE! NONE!Do we get it?

 

What can we learn from the events of the tempestuous ride across the Sea of Galilee?

1. What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him? He tells us He is much more than a man. The He and the Father are one. He being God in the flesh has total control of the elements, even they must obey His command. He not only is the God of the living, but the dead and they are at His very beckoning. Oh what a Savior. Oh what a God.

2. When we line ourselves up in the center of God’s will, we don’t have to be fearful. We can put our trust in The God that spoke this very creation into existence and it is at His control… It does not have a spirit of rebellion as man but does His perfect will. Remember His words of encouragement when you find yourself in the same.. “peace be still”.

I have attached an old Christian hymn that one might find a source of encouragement when sailing on these tempestuous seas of life……

‘Like A River Glorious’ Frances Havergal and John Mountain

1. Like a river glorious, is God’s perfect peace,
Over all victorious, in its bright increase;
Perfect, yet it floweth, fuller every day,
Perfect, yet it groweth, deeper all the way.  
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Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

 

2. Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand,
Never foe can follow, never traitor stand;
Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care,
Not a blast of hurry touch the spirit there. 
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3. Every joy or trial falleth from above,
Traced upon our dial by the Sun of Love;
We may trust Him fully all for us to do.
They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true. 
Refrain

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‘drinking in the merlot of God’s wrath’

“And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: And great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His  wrath.” 

     

Merlot

In the sixth chapter of The Revelation of John we see the first of three series of judgments (the seals; chapter 6: the trumpets; chapter 8-9 and bowls or (vials) in chapter 16). From the writings it appears the three series of judgments are consecutive, each succeeding one following the preceding one.

Though there are similarities between each series of judgments, there are distinct differences as well as the judgments becoming more intensive and extensive with each level.

The purpose of the judgment is clearly depicted at the beginning of the last series… the vial (bowl) judgment Rev.16:1

“Go your way and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.”

Now one might think that a people immersed in such an environment of catastrophic judgment would by now have rendered a broken and contrite spirit and that a spirit pleading for the mercy of God, but that is not the case at all.

We find that this period of tribulation culminates under voices, thunders, lightning and a great earthquake, such as was not since the men were upon the earth. Along with this horrific storm and earthquake, there is a grievous hail storm, every stone about the weight of a talent (75 lbs), yet we are told that…

“and they gnawed their tongues for pain and blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores and repented not of their deeds”- Rev. 16:10-11

“men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail: for the plague thereof was exceeding great.”- Rev. 16:21

I used to think that wickedness would be brought into subjection if only judgment were wrought against such….

“Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the son’s of men is full set in them to do evil.” Eccl. 8:11

… yet as this tribulation period consummates itself in this grievous judgment from the hand of Almighty God, sinful man stands, shaking his fist defiantly in the face of God. Truly the epitome of the enmity of the sinful heart against a Right and Holy God.

“And I saw an angel standing in the sun and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God”……

drink the merlot of His wrath.

But beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night.

Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious unto you, and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait on Him.

Today is the day of salvation and there is no other name whereby men might be saved.

And they went and found as he had said unto them and they made ready the Passover. And when the hour was come he sat down and the twelve apostles with him and he said unto them….

“With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer for I say unto you I will not any more eat thereof until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”

and He took the cup, and gave thanks and said…

“’Take this and divide it among yourselves: for I say unto you I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.”

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‘what concord hath Christ with Belial?’

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Rick Warren calls for Christian-Muslim partnership

Sarah Karush – Associated Press Writer – 7/6/2009 7:35:00 AM

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Defying some of his fellow conservative Christian critics, one of the most prominent religious leaders in the country told several thousand American Muslims on Saturday that “the two largest faiths on the planet” must work together to combat stereotypes and solve global problems.

“Some problems are so big you have to team tackle them,” evangelical megachurch pastor Rick Warren addressed the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

Warren said Muslims and Christians should be partners in working to end what he calls “the five global giants” of war, poverty, corruption, disease, and illiteracy.

Warren, founder of Saddleback Community Church in Orange County, California, is the author of The Purpose Driven Life, which has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. His willingness to show support for U.S. Muslims is a huge gain for the community, which has endured intense scrutiny since 9/11.

A Southern Baptist, Warren has a record of upsetting fellow Christian conservatives by calling old-guard evangelical activists too partisan and narrowly focused. Ahead of his speech Saturday, bloggers who follow Warren had already denounced his appearance at the convention as cozying up to extremists.

Warren acknowledged the controversy during his 20-minute speech.

“It’s easier to be an extremist of any kind because then you only have one group of people mad at you,” he said. “But if you actually try to build relationships — like invite an evangelical pastor to your gathering — you’ll get criticized for it. So will I.”

In his speech, Warren also urged Muslims and Christians to speak out against stereotyping of any group and to respect each other even while disagreeing. Addressing Muslims who “have been in America for many generations now,” he urged them to help “the newcomers learn what it means to be American.”

Based in Plainfield, Indiana, ISNA is an umbrella organization for Muslim groups across the country. The annual convention, now in its 46th year, regularly draws more than 30,000 people for lectures, prayer, and socializing.

Many in the crowd were drawn to the session by prominent Muslim scholars such as Sheik Hamza Yusuf of the Zaytuna Institute in Berkeley, California.

Ann Zahra, 42, said she had never heard of Warren before Saturday but agreed with much of his speech. “The basics are the same,” said Zahra, of McLean, Va. “No religion teaches cruelty or disrespect or hatred.”

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Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

 

“Warren said Muslims and Christians should be partners in working to end what he calls “the five global giants” of war, poverty, corruption, disease, and illiteracy.” I would think that Warren would be more concerned about the ‘Dragon’ which will give power to the beast. Warren obviously has affixed his priorities on the things of a worldly sort. They only have their reward in this life.

It is pretty apparent that Warren is spending too much time writing what he thinks God’s purpose is for the Church instead of reading the word of God that clearly defines God’s purpose for His church… we don’t need Warren’s book, unless one is struggling with comprehending the word of God. This could very well be the reason that the ‘Purpose Driven Life’ sold 30 million copies world wide…

“Leave them alone, the blind need leaders. And when the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” 

 

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Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.

 

It is so sad that Warren and Zahra think that “the five global giants” are the greatest enemy in the world. 

Anyone who denies the Son (Jesus Christ) doesn’t know God. But anyone who confesses the Son (that Jesus is the Christ) knows God also.

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‘liberty without freedom’

“There are two freedoms: the false where a man is free to do what he likes; and the true where a man is free to do as he ought.”  – Charles Kingsley

 

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In 1882, when excavation for the Statue of Liberty pedestal had begun, Mark Twain was asked to author a letter that could be raffled in support for the construction. He sent some money along with a letter that may have been counterproductive to the intended purpose. It read…

You know my weakness for Adam, and you know how I have struggled to get him a monument and failed. Now, it seems to me, here is my chance. What do we care for a statue of liberty when we’ve got the thing itself in its wildest sublimity? What you want of a monument is to keep you in mind of something you haven’t got – something you’ve lost. Very well; we haven’t lost liberty; we’ve lost Adam.

Another thing: What has liberty done for us? Nothing in particular that I know of. What have we done for her? Everything. We’ve given her a home, and a good home too. And if she knows anything, she knows it’s the first time she ever struck that novelty. She knows that when we took her in she had been a mere tramp for 6,000 years, biblical measure. Yes, and we not only ended her troubles and made things soft for her permanently, but we made her respectable – and that she hadn’t ever been before. And now, after we’ve poured out these Atlantics of benefits upon this aged outcast, lo! and behold you, we are asked to come forward and set up a monument to her! Go to. Let her set up a monument to us if she wants to do the clean thing.

But suppose your statue represented her old, bent, clothed in rags, downcast, shame-faced, with the insults and humiliation of 6,000 years, imploring a crust and all hour’s rest for God’s sake at our back door? – come, now you’re shouting! That’s the aspect of her which we need to be reminded of, lest we forget it – not this proposed one, where she’s hearty and well-fed, and holds up her head and flourishes her hospitable schooner of flame, and appears to be inviting all the rest of the tramps to come over. O, go to – this is the very insolence of prosperity.

But, on the other hand – look at Adam. What have we done for Adam? Nothing. What has Adam done for us? Everything. He gave us life, he gave us death, he gave us heaven, he gave us hell. These are inestimable privileges – and remember, not one of them should we have had without Adam. Well, then, he ought to have a monument – for Evolution is steadily and surely abolishing him; and we must get up a monument, and be quick about it, or our children’s children will grow up ignorant that there ever was an Adam. With trifling alterations, this present statue will answer very well for Adam. You can turn that blanket into an ulster without any trouble; part the hair on one side, or conceal the sex of his head with a fire helmet, and at once he’s a man; put a harp and a halo and a palm branch in the left hand to symbolize a part of what Adam did for us, and leave the fire basket just where it is, to symbolize the rest. My friend, the father of life and death and taxes, has been neglected long enough. Shall this infamy be allowed to go on or shall it stop right here?

Is it but a question of finance? Behold the enclosed (paid bank) checks. Use them as freely as they are freely contributed. Heaven knows I would there were a ton of them; I would send them all to you, for my heart is in the sublime work!
– letter circa December 1, 1883

Could it be this seeming liberty that is ignorantly celebrated each 4th of July is the very culprit in the crumbling of our nation’s foundation?

As the eagle was killed by the arrow winged with his own feather, so the hand of the world is wounded by its own skill. – Helen Keller

Is it possible that the very liberties that have allowed us to publicly acknowledge the Divine Creator for 233 years are now being used by  the enemies of the cross to suppress and silence the voice of Christianity?

We could liken this abuse of liberty to the energy seen in fire. When possessed and restrained by a responsible society, it is one of the most useful elements that all of humanity has ever known. Yet when it is used in contempt and at the hand of a rebellious spirit, it can be the  destruction of not only ones very life but the entire society.

For analogy, let’s consider abortion…. the taking of innocent life.

Abraham Lincoln in the 19th Century said: “No one has the right to do what is wrong”… yet our society has taken the liberty of killing  50,000,000 + innocent babies since 1973.

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Patrick Henry :

“Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Beside, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of Nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.”
War is Inevitable, March 1775
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Samuel Adams :

“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards.”

 

Alexander Hamilton :

“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature by the hand of the Divinity itself, and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.”

 

John Adams :

“Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will be America’s heart, her benedictions and prayers, but she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator of her own.”

 

James Madison :

“It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution.
The freemen of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle. We revere this lesson too much …to forget it.”

One can not read the writings of our founding fathers and walk away from the fact that they understood our nation’s liberties and freedoms were birthed with both sacrificial human commitment as well as divine intervention. Yet we see our nation walking down a path that seems right to a man, but the end thereof is a path to destruction.

We have seen in these most recent days our president stand before the world and boast that “we are no longer a Christian nation” thereby ascribing a generic association to the True and Living God with all the other gods of religions. We see “these sacred rights of mankind” that Alexander Hamilton talked about in jeopardy of being “erased or obscured by mortal power”.  

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As we see these sacred rights being constrained it helps one to understand that real freedom is grounded in a liberty that is higher than humanity. True freedom is not…

“a man doing as one likes, but as a man ought”

… and that in obedience to God and His word, for in this we willingly become a bond servant… a spiritual paradox of sorts. 

For whatever a man chooses to obey, that becomes his master. We can either choose sin, which leads to bondage and eventually death, or we can choose to obey God and His word thereby taking on His righteousness. Prior to our life in Christ we were slaves of sin, but with a heart that has been quickened by His Spirit He enables us to be transformed into the image of Christ. 

And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.                     2 Corinthians 3:13-18

 

As I follow the persecuted church I find a spirit of liberty in the absence of freedoms. Many Christians loose their homes, businesses, all of their material possessions and in many instances are imprisoned as followers of Christ, yet this spirit of liberty thrives…. even unto death. 

Listen to the words of a persecuted pastor that daily walks through the valley of the shadow of death, yet he fears no evil, for he understands that our Lord is with him… 

 

“A shadow of a dog can’t bite you, and a shadow of death can’t kill you. You can kill us or put us in prison, but nothing bad can happen to us. We’re in Christ, and if we die, he will take us to his world.”  -vom extreme devotion

 

Herein lies the believers liberty and freedom and is found in none other than Jesus Christ.

malachi

 

Uneasy is the heart
until it rests in thee.

St. AUGUSTINE

‘diversity and tolerance…. a one way street’

Christian Anti Defamation Commission

I receive a daily news letter from Dr. Gary L. Cass and the CADC ‘Christian Anti-Defamation Commission’. I highly recommend this news letter, you will find it well worth the read.

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This Isn’t In Our Imaginations

Wednesday, 01 July 2009 20:32

There was an ominous knock at the door at the home of an older Christian couple. Two police men presented themselves on the doorstep. After an intimidating and invasive hour long police interview, the Christians were warned they were very close to going to jail for seven years.

It all started when the couple noticed their community was displaying pro-homosexual materials for the general public. So the Christians decided that they would call their local elected official and ask if they could have equal treatment and set out some Christian literature, too.

They spoke to a member of the official’s staff. The couple was told “no,” they could not distribute Christian literature. Why? The community was committed to diversity and Christian materials might offend homosexuals.

But the Christians said that they found the homosexual material offensive. Just for expressing their offense on a private phone call to their elected official’s office, the staff member filed a police report accusing them of a hate crime. The police then came knocking and threatened to lock them up.

Apparently diversity and tolerance is a one way street, offending and intimidating Christians is perfectly lawful.

This is part of a larger pattern of intimidation against Christians in England where hate crime laws have been implemented. It’s coming to the US if we don’t act to stop the “Hate Crime Bill, S.909. This bill, S.909, lays the legal foundation for intimidating anyone who declares the biblical truth about homosexuality or Islam. We know this because in countries like England and Canada, where hate crime laws have been implemented, this is what happens.

Another British Christian, Andy Robertson, an open air preacher, was confronted and told by police officers after preaching an open-air message. Someone had alleged that Robertson had attacked homosexuality as a sin which the police told him was a criminal offense. A recording of his message demonstrated that he had not said anything about homosexuality and whoever reported him was lying.

Is this what it’s going to come to in America? Are we going to have the police monitoring our speech to insure that we have politically correct doctrine? In Canada, American Christian broadcasters are censored already from saying anything critical of Islam or a person’s sexual sin.

This is the kind of intimidation and censorship that we will all be subject to if we let the pending federal hate crime law S.909 pass in the US Senate. The Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on the bill just last week. There is still time to oppose this bill while it goes through the Senate mark-up session.  End of CADC article

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Thanks to Dr. Cass and the CADC for keeping these issues in the forefront as the government would rather this take place with much less extravaganza.

He that hath ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit saith.

malachi