(Bible Quotes Words of Christ)
No subject is comprehensible apart from theology. Life is about God, about becoming friends with Him and learning to love Him with all our heart, soul, and mind, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. In Him we live and move and have our being. History is HIS STORY and we live and move and have our being in that story. Any aspect of history can only be understood in terms of God’s purpose. So we must begin the study of American history in the Garden of Eden and follow its course through Bethlehem to Europe and then on to North America.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And he created man in his own image and pronounced him very good. So in the beginning man was not only good, but very good. And God mandated that he take dominion over the earth, to care for and cultivate His beautiful creation. But man disobeyed God’s command to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and he became not just bad, but very bad—so bad that God repented that He had made man and brought a flood to destroy all but one man and his family. Though Noah was a just man, nevertheless he and his posterity were still afflicted with the sin nature inherited from the first man, and consequently faced death if no remedy was forthcoming. God provided that remedy in the person of His Son Jesus Christ, who died to pay the penalty for man’s sins, and saves whosoever believes on Him. Man’s fall into sin did not rescind the dominion mandate nor God’s other purposes in creation, but only frustrated man’s ability to fulfill those purposes; Christ came to restore man to fellowship with God so that he can learn to love God with all his heart, soul, and mind, and his neighbor as himself, and rule over creation in accordance with God’s original intent.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end…[and his kingdom will be established] with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever.
Hark the Herald Angels Sing—“born that man no more may die;” It Came Upon a Midnight Clear—“For lo, the days are hast’ning on, By prophets seen of old, When with the ever-circling years Shall come the time foretold, When the new heav’n and earth shall own The Prince of Peace their King, And the whole world send back the song Which now the angels sing.” Joy to the World—“the Savior reigns…No more let sins and sorrows grow, Nor thorns infest the ground; He comes to make His blessing flow Far as the curse is found…He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness And wonders of His love.” These Christmas hymns, celebrating the birth of Christ, cannot be fully appreciated apart from the understanding that His everlasting rule in heaven and on earth commenced with His first advent.
Prior to Christ’s birth, the vast majority of humanity was enslaved by cruel tyrants and lived in poverty and darkness. Then…as…Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand…the people which sat in darkness saw a great light. The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven…hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. Through the centuries since that time countless Christians have given their lives for the advancement of that kingdom because of their love for God and faith in His promises and because they valued liberty for themselves and their posterity above their earthly lives. We are indebted to God’s grace and their selfless dedication to the advancement of His kingdom for the liberty and prosperity that we Christians in the west have enjoyed until recently. The Christians who fought for liberty in the Reformation and the American Revolution were not afflicted by the false dualism which plagues many American evangelicals today—the dualism which posits a sharp dichotomy between body and spirit and leads to a misguided life of hyper-spiritualized privatization of the faith and radical individualism with no regard for community; the idea of separating the material from the spiritual never occurred to our American Revolution forbearers because the two are inseparable and mutually dependent on one another. Loss of property rights and civil freedom will bring loss of religious freedom and vice versa.
All of the apostles except John lost their lives as martyrs. According to Foxe’s Book of Martyrs; the Emperor Domitian ordered John to be cast into a caldron of boiling oil but the oil did him no harm. Unable to kill John, Domitian banished him to the Isle of Patmos.
In the first century AD, God directed the Apostle Paul and his companions westward into Europe, which became the bedrock of Christendom.
Charlemagne, emperor of western Europe at the turn of the ninth century, realized that Christian religion and education was the necessary foundation for civil order as God intended, and promoted both in Germany and France.
Alfred the Great, King of England during the late ninth century, ruled in accordance with Mosaic Law and the Golden Rule, with elected rulers of tens, fifties, hundreds and thousands. Earls ruled over shires (comparable to counties in today’s United States). The earls had assistants known as shire-reefs, from whence we get the word sheriff. Alfred’s laws (i.e., biblical law) became what is known as English common law with provision for habeas corpus and trial by jury.
In 1215, English barons forced King John to sign the Magna Charta, establishing the principle that all men, including kings, were under the law of God.
John Wycliffe (1331-1384), the ‘morning star of the Reformation,’ was the first to give Englishmen the Bible in their own tongue. John Huss was martyred for promulgating Wycliffe’s teachings in Bohemia.
In 1517 in Wittenberg, Germany, Martin Luther posted his ninety-five theses, condemning the practice of selling indulgences. Luther explained that the Bible is the supreme authority in religion and all matters of life and that man is justified by faith alone in Jesus Christ, though he made it clear that true faith would produce the fruit of good works in the life of a true believer. Luther translated the first German Bible in 1534. In 1540, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark became Lutheran nations.
The Roman Catholic Church comprised the vast majority of believers throughout western Europe in the middle ages and consequently, despite false teachings such as Mariolatry, purgatory, and ultramontanism, its ranks included many sincere and devout believers as it does today. Unfortunately, evil beasts including some from the anti-christ of the ages—the whore of Babylon–acquired many positions in the ruling hierarchy of the day from the lowest priest to the pope. This corrupt Roman Catholic hierarchy was the most visible manifestation of anti-christ at the time of the Reformation and the reformers called it such and fought and defeated it.
William Tyndale, to whom we are indebted for most of the King James Bible, gave his life that English speaking people could read the Bible in their native tongue. He had no wife or children and was strangled and his remains burned in 1536.
Tyndale’s Bible was instrumental in the English Reformation and the rise of the separatist movement in England and in 1620, one hundred and two of these separatists left England for American in their quest for freedom. They were blown off course from their intended destination of Virginia to an area in New England that had been inhabited by the savage Patuxet Indian tribe until 1617, when the entire tribe except for one was wiped out by a plague. The lone survivor, a man named Squanto, had been captured by an English explorer in 1605 and taken to England where he learned to speak English. He became a Christian and obtained passage back to New England in 1619—one year before the Pilgrims arrived—only to find that his entire tribe had died. He joined the nearby Wampanoag tribe and in the spring of 1621 discovered and befriended the pilgrims and taught them how to grow corn and hunt game—invaluable lessons since nearly half the Pilgrims had perished from starvation and illness that first winter. He also taught them to trap beaver and harvest the pelts for income and helped them secure peace with the surrounding Indian tribes. Governor Bradford appointed a day of Thanksgiving to God in the fall of 1621 and invited Squanto and the Wampanoags for a feast and celebration of God’s deliverance. Bradford wrote that “Squanto…was a special instrument sent of God for their good beyond their expectation.”
In 1776 Benjamin Franklin warned American patriots that if they didn’t hang together they would hang separately. As it was, more than one lost their fortune and Richard Stockton lost his life as well. Abraham Clark’s two sons were captured by the British and imprisoned on a ship in conditions that led to quick deaths for many of the American prisoners; Clark refused the British offer to free his two sons in exchange for coming over to the British side.
Why did Abraham Clark reject the British offer and risk losing his sons for the cause of freedom?—because like Abraham of old who was prepared to sacrifice his son in obedience to God, Clark placed obedience to and faith in God above all else and believed that should his sons perish, God would raise them from the dead. He also believed Christ’s words, Whosoever believeth in me shall never die.
The American Revolution was the outworking of centuries of advancement of the Kingdom of God and in particular of a Christian revival in the eighteenth century known as the Great Awakening. The American Revolution would not have happened without that advancement and revival, much less succeeded. Christian patriots of that time preferred death to a life of slavery and echoed Patrick Henry’s words, “Give me liberty or give me death.” And they took their Bibles seriously. And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers…come out from among them [e.g., the unbelieving British oligarchy], and be ye separate [i.e., start your own country]…where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty…proclaim liberty throughout all the land…ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh [selfishness], but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself…Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free…. They believed they not only had a right to self-government with religious and civil liberty but were obligated by God’s Word to construct a civil government which would protect their lives, liberty, and property, and that of their posterity. They had a vision for the Kingdom of God in time as well as for eternity and fought for the advancement of that kingdom.
George Washington ordered the colonial troops to attend church and observe days of fasting, prayer, and Thanksgiving. The Reverend Henry Muhlenberg wrote that General Washington “…rode around among his army…and admonished each and every one to fear God, to put away the wickedness that has set in and become so general, and to practice the Christian virtues.”
In August of 1776 Washington’s army was trapped by the British on Long Island and faced certain defeat. Washington ordered an evacuation and on August 29th the retreat of the continental army across the East River under full moonlight was miraculously undetected by the British; when daylight came with many of the American troops still remaining on Long Island, a dense fog settled over both camps and remained until the last American troops were evacuated and safely en-route to New York.
One day in the late winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge, Washington’s troops noticed the Schuylkill River boiling with thousands of shad; the fish were making an unusually early migration up the river and the starving army suddenly had plenty of food. That winter Baron Von Steuben of Prussia volunteered to train the troops and France became an ally in the American War for Independence.
On January 17th, 1781, the Americans, led by George Morgan, defeated the British Colonel Tarleton’s detachment at the Battle of the Cowpens. An irate Cornwallis set off with his vastly superior British force to cut off Morgan’s retreat and reached the Catawha River shortly after the Americans had crossed but halted until morning to continue the pursuit. That night a storm filled the river and delayed his crossing. On February 3rd he overtook the American troops at the Yadkin River in North Carolina just as the Americans were landing on the far side but was prevented from overtaking them by a sudden flood. On February 13th the Americans crossed the Dan River in Virginia just a few hours before Cornwallis arrived who was once again was stopped by rising waters. Cornwallis’ commander-in-chief, Clinton, wrote, “…here the royal army was stopped again by a sudden rise of the waters, which had only just fallen (almost miraculously) to let the enemy over, who could not else have eluded Lord Cornwallis’ grasp, so close was he upon their rear….”
Morgan’s retreat and harassment of Cornwallis’ army led Cornwallis to the sea and his final defeat at Yorktown, Virginia. British reinforcements never reached Cornwallis at Yorktown due to the defeat of the British fleet by the French fleet. Under siege by American and French forces, Cornwallis ordered a retreat across the York River. But during the attempted retreat a violent storm sent the British boats downstream and aborted the retreat, leaving Cornwallis’ remaining forces greatly weakened in number and essentially defenseless before the combined American and French forces. Cornwallis’ surrender to Washington on October 18th, 1781, ended the war and secured America’s freedom and independence. The following day Washington addressed the continental army: “The General congratulates the army upon the glorious event of yesterday…Divine service is to be performed tomorrow in the several brigades and divisions. The commander-in-chief recommends that the troops not on duty should universally attend with that seriousness of deportment and gratitude of heart which the recognition of such reiterated and astonishing interpositions of Providence demand of us.”
Many Americans in the generations succeeding the founders forgot God and turned to mammon. In 1842 Charles Dickens noted that “Americans are motivated by money, not ideals. Washington is the home of despicable trickery at elections, under-handed tamperings with public officials…. I am disappointed.” One such tampered with official was Abraham Lincoln, elected president in 1860.
“There is properly no history, only biography” (Ralph Waldo Emerson). Often, the window to a clear view and understanding of any portion of history is the biography of its leading figures, and that is the case with the American Civil War. Lincoln was a career politician, ostensibly working for his constituents, but in reality working to enrich himself and his donors. His party was that of Hamilton, the Whigs, and later the Republicans, which favored centralization—as opposed to the Jeffersonians who favored a decentralized government that could not encroach upon states’ rights. The primary agenda of Lincoln’s party was to extract the wealth of most citizens and funnel it into the pockets of corrupt businessmen and their politician enablers; they accomplished this under the guise of ‘internal improvements’ whereby the self-serving politicians directed unconstitutional government contracts and other favors to bankers and businessmen in turn for campaign contributions and other bribes. This system, dubbed the American system as though it was beneficial to the general public and unpatriotic to oppose, required centralization of power in the federal government. The latter, dominated by northern interests in the decades preceding the civil war, was exploiting the south by imposing high tariffs on the many manufactured items the south had to import, with much of the revenue from this disproportionate tax winding up in the pockets of northern politicians and their well connected friends. The American civil war was not about ending slavery nor preserving the union—it was about establishing and preserving a strong central government so that the cabal controlling that government could prevent the escape of its victims and continue to extract their wealth.
Seven southern states, led by South Carolina, had seceded from the union by February first of 1861 for the same reasons the colonies had seceded from Britain. However, Union forces still occupied Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. Within two months of assuming office on March 4, 1861, Lincoln sent a ship with provisions to the fort for the sole purpose of inviting fire from the Confederate shore batteries so he could blame the south for starting the war. But this ruse didn’t fool too many people, so Lincoln simply suspended habeas corpus and had the military or William Seward’s secret police arrest and jail anyone opposing his plans to attack the south. Thousands, perhaps as many as thirteen thousand, were arrested and thrown in jail with no warrants, charges, or trial. These included many newspaper editors and a good number of legislators, including a US Congressman from Maryland and the mayor of Baltimore. When northerners rebelled against conscription in Ohio and Illinois, Lincoln ordered federal troops to put down the riots. In 1863 he ordered the federal army to fire into a crowd of protesters in New York City; over 1000 were killed or injured. After that, the majority of northerners not jailed or killed were either cowed into supporting the union cause or deluded into believing the preservation of the union was some sort of sacred cause and volunteered to risk their lives for the criminal enterprise. Sullivan Ballou was one of the latter.
A thirty-two year old volunteer from Rhode Island in the union army, Ballou wrote his last letter home to his young wife, Sarah, in mid-July of 1861: “If it is necessary that I should fall on the battle-field for any country, I am ready. I have no misgivings about, or lack of confidence in, the cause in which I am engaged, and my courage does not halt or falter. I know how strongly American civilization now leans upon the triumph of government, and how great a debt we owe to those who went before us through the blood and suffering of the Revolution, and I am willing, perfectly willing to lay down all my joys in this life to help maintain this government, and to pay that debt…I know I have but few claims upon Divine Providence, but something whispers to me, perhaps it is the wafted prayer of my little Edgar, that I shall return to my loved ones unharmed. If I do not…As for my little boys, they will grow as I have done, and never know a father’s love and care. Little Willie is too young to remember me long, and my blue-eyed Edgar will keep my frolics with him among the dimmest memories of his childhood…. Come to me, and lead thither my children.” Unknown to Ballou, who sincerely believed he was fighting to preserve what the founding fathers fought for, he was actually fighting against everything they fought for. A week after penning this missive, Ballou was killed in the war’s first major battle at Manassas, Virginia, leaving behind a widow and two small sons. …for by [Babylon’s] sorceries were all nations deceived.
Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, heralded as some of the world’s greatest and most sublime prose and a milestone for liberty, was unmasked for what it really was by H.L. Mencken: “It is poetry, not logic; beauty, not sense. Think of the argument in it. Put it into the cold words of everyday. The doctrine is simply this: that the Union soldiers who died at Gettysburg sacrificed their lives to the cause of self-determination—that government of the people, by the people, for the people, should not perish from the earth. It is difficult to imagine anything more untrue. The Union soldiers in the battle actually fought against self-determination; it was the Confederates who fought for the right of their people to govern themselves. The Confederates went into battle free; they came out with their freedom subject to the supervision of the rest of the country—and for nearly twenty years that veto was so efficient that they enjoyed scarcely more liberty, in the political sense, than so many convicts in the penitentiary.” Gettysburg, H. L. Mencken in The Smart Set, May, 1920
Whether owned by the bankers or just intoxicated by power, Lincoln facilitated the undoing of everything the American Revolution had accomplished, paving the way for two devastating world wars in the twentieth century, and the dissolution of the country in the twenty-first.
While Lincoln and company were seizing control of civil government and consolidating its power in Washington, DC, Horace Mann and other ‘progressives’ were centralizing control of education to ensure that future generations of Americans would not revolt against their slave masters. Education can and should be handled locally and privately. The only party benefitting from the current state and national American education systems is the ruling criminal kleptocracy, known as the Whore of Babylon in the Bible, which needs to keep the masses brainwashed and unaware of the fact that their liberty and wealth is being systematically stolen.
This criminal kleptocracy, or whore, first gains control of money which in turn allows her to control religion, civil government, and education, the other three critical spheres which govern all societies. Control is gained in the latter spheres by rewarding cooperative parties with promotions and wealth and punishing opposing parties financially—or jailing or killing them if the financial disincentives don’t work. But how, in the first place, does the whore secure the financial resources to accomplish these things? By grand and systematic larceny on a scale so vast as to be nearly inconceivable, yet so well hidden by smoke and mirrors that it remains undetected by most of the victims.
The story of organized theft by the whore begins with the money changers in the temple. Christ drove them out of the temple but they re-emerged as the prototypes of modern banking in the fourteenth century in Venice and other Italian cities. There they invented double entry bookkeeping (a misnomer as it should be called double speak bookkeeping) to hide their fraudulent practice of fractional reserve banking. The latter is a thinly disguised type of counterfeiting in which money is conjured up out of thin air and lent to people who are then required to pay it back with interest by performing actual labor; if they are unable to pay back the loan they forfeit their collateral to the bank. The character of these merchants was portrayed in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. From Italy they branched out to England where they established their private bank in 1694, and named it the Bank of England to make the English people think it was their country’s bank. Through this bank they arranged to loan the English government money (that they would conjure up out of thin air) and collect the principal and interest from taxes paid by the people; this arrangement—a license for a private party to print money out of thin air and loan it to the government—was accomplished by means of theft, bribery, and deceit, and if those means were not sufficient—murder. To ensure the continuity of this operation, they made government debt the backing for the money so that eliminating government debt would eliminate the money supply and destroy the economy. To promote government borrowing and keep the interest earnings flowing, these merchants (called international bankers today—or bankers for short) instigated wars between nations whenever and wherever possible and financed both sides. To ensure repayment, they carefully maintained a balance of power between warring factions and threatened to cut off funding to any side delinquent on repaying debt. When one side loses, the whore mops up much of the wealth of that side, and then starts another war. That is not to say there would be no wars without the whore, but they would not be global and continuous as they are now because they are too expensive if paid for as you go with real money.
In 1781 the bankers extended their operations to North America and named it the Bank of North America so North Americans would think it was their country’s bank. It lasted only two years. Their next bank, started in 1791 and chartered for twenty years, was named the First Bank of the United States so citizens of the United States would think it was their country’s bank. When congress refused to renew its charter in 1811, the bankers commissioned Britain to attack America and the War of 1812 commenced. After the British burned the American capital, congress granted a charter to the bankers again in 1816. The bankers named it the Second Bank of the United States so United States citizens would think it was their country’s bank. When President Andrew Jackson refused to renew its charter an attempt was made on his life in 1835 by one Richard Lawrence who boasted that powerful parties in Europe had promised to shield him from prosecution. Though guilty of presiding over the criminal aggression against the south, Abraham Lincoln apparently still had some conscience and objected to the machinations of the money power and their plans to plunder the south after the war; he was assassinated on April 14, 1865, five days after Lee surrendered at Appomattox.
In 1863 the National Banking Act was passed in order to fund the Union Army and for the next 50 years the country was subjected to the booms and busts inherent to fiat money and fractional reserve banking. After the severe recession of 1907 the bankers decided they could steal even more wealth from the nation if they had a more centralized banking system. So in 1913 they created a powerful central bank and called it the Federal Reserve System so the people would think it was a federal agency, had reserves (i.e., was safe), and was a system—not a central bank. To ensure there would be enough taxes collected to pay the interest on the money they loaned to the government, they lobbied congress to implement an income tax. And then, to ensure the government would have to borrow lots of their counterfeit money they started a world war. They proceeded to inflate the money supply for thirteen years and then deflated it in 1929. This resulted in the bankruptcy of half the country and allowed the bankers to foreclose on many properties and buy up many other assets for pennies on the dollar. Business declined during the Great Depression of the 1930s. People became angry with the bankers. To divert attention from themselves and confiscate even more wealth, the bankers started another world war in the late 30s. The two world wars of the twentieth century were so profitable for the bankers that their policy has been nonstop warfare ever since. Following the second world war, they established the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and a central bank for all their other central banks called the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, which coordinate and streamline their worldwide plunder, utilizing assassins and militaries as collection agencies.
Christians are being impoverished and enslaved by the satanic whore system. Slowly, but surely, through the booms and busts, small family businesses and farms are bankrupted and taken over by the global crime syndicate which is hidden behind giant corporations, foundations, and trusts. Family farms and ranches that could provide more employment and healthier food are driven out of business by a fraudulent money system that requires almost all small businesses to operate on debt. Inheritance taxes make it impossible for most families to pass on very much wealth to their heirs. Manufacturing jobs have been shipped over seas and many young Americans entering adulthood cannot earn enough to start a family.
Eighteenth century American preachers preached against tyranny and exhorted their congregations to fight. That’s why the colonists won. Twenty-first century preachers are not preaching that way. That’s why we’re losing. Twenty-first century preachers are teaching people to contemplate their navels or to go save people on other continents while their own country is collapsing before their eyes. If God has called you to go save another country then go—but if not, then work to save your own country and a future for your posterity.
Why the change? Why aren’t twenty-first century preachers preaching the same way their eighteenth century predecessors did? In eighteenth century America ‘religion gave birth to prosperity’, and in the nineteenth century ‘the daughter killed the mother’. Sin and unbelief crept into New England in the form of Unitarianism, a product of pride and rationalism, while the leaven of the Pharisees continued to leaven one field after another from political theory and psychology to science and theology.
At the turn of the twentieth century, Christians who held to the fundamentals of the faith were battling the pharisaical leaven and published and distributed to churches free of charge a defense of the faith entitled The Fundamentals. While The Fundamentals was a valiant and commendable defense against the evil of the Christ-denying apostates, the fundamentalists had no offensive plan, that is, no plan to overcome the evil with good. They’d lost the vision of the founding forefathers—the vision of the kingdom of God for time as well as for eternity. After World War I, the fundamentalists decided that God had pre-ordained things to get worse and worse until Christ’s second advent, that the world was going to go to hell no matter what they did—so there was no use polishing brass on a sinking ship. They embraced a heresy known as dispensationalism and retreated into a privatized and hyper-spirtual monasticism, restricted their mission to soul salvation, and left civil government and education to the devil’s crowd. The problem with retreating into a monastery and turning civil affairs over to the unregenerate is that eventually hell invades all of life including the monastery.
Are the forces of hell supposed to prevail in this present age—the time between Christ’s first and second advent? No, quite the opposite. Jesus said …I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. The church will conquer the strongholds of hell. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. All of God’s creation—the earth itself as well as the animals and plants—are waiting to be delivered from the consequences of man’s sin. We are to work to change our culture—from one of corruption and bondage to one of liberty—liberty for all of creation. According to Matthew Henry, “…the principal intention of [the Great Commission is to] do your utmost to make the nations Christian.” In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus did not say ‘teach them the message of personal salvation’. Rather he said baptize and teach them all things whatsoever I have commanded you.
All things certainly includes the message of personal salvation which is where it has to start, but it is much more than that. Being born again is no more the end of the Christian life than being born physically is the end of the physical life. Being born is just the beginning. Once we are born—physically or spiritually (i.e., born again)—we are to live, to grow and mature. Growing and maturing spiritually means learning to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and our neighbor as ourselves. Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Jesus came to save his people from their sins. …sin is the transgression of the law. We are saved purely by God’s grace but if we are truly saved we will want to obey God’s moral law as our standard of conduct and establish that law as the law of the land. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin. The preceding scripture seems to contradict I John 1:8—If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. The Apostle Paul explains this apparent contradiction in chapters 7 and 8 of Romans. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Flesh in this context refers to the fallen human nature (i.e., pride and selfishness) that still resides to some extent even in the regenerate until they meet the Lord in eternity. Since the old nature in us still sins we confess our sins and he is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Because not all men are regenerate and even the regenerate don’t keep the law perfectly, liberty cannot be achieved nor maintained apart from enforcement of the biblical moral laws.
Dispensationalist take phrases such as ye are not under the law, but under grace (Romans 6:14) out of context to assert that Christians are under no obligation to obey the ten commandments or other moral biblical laws when the verses following make it abundantly clear that the biblical moral laws are the standard of conduct for Christians. What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness (Romans 6:15-16). Those in Christ are dead to sin and therefore not under the condemnation and burden of the law but they are under the law as a standard of conduct and are obligated to obey the moral laws to the best of their ability. Dispensationalists who preach that our country’s civil laws should not be biblical law bear much guilt for the out-of-control crime in our country.
Dispensational assertions not withstanding, Christ made it clear in the first three gospels that the Kingdom of God began with his first advent. His statement in John 18:36 My kingdom is not of this world… doesn’t mean Christians were not to work to establish his kingdom henceforth, but simply that his kingdom was not to be established by the existential power of the sword but rather would began in men’s hearts and extend from there to all spheres of life including civil government, and that his kingdom would be perfected in its final form in the new heavens and earth, apart from and uncontaminated by the sin and depravity of the old fallen world. He taught his disciples to pray …thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven….. What Jesus tells us to pray for we are to work for also.
Twentieth century American Christians lost the ground of religion, education, and civil government to the forces of anti-christ because church leaders began teaching and preaching Christians that they were supposed to lose—contrary to Paul’s declaration that we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Jesus came to save his people from their sins and to establish his kingdom with judgment and justice. He has commanded his followers to spread the gospel of the kingdom of God by preaching.
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled (II Corinthians 10:4-6).
Do you not know that the saints shall judge the world? (I Corinthians 6:2) Christians are supposed to be ruling civil affairs—not the bad guys. But before we can start ruling, we’ve got to be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Does high places here mean high civil offices like the state and national capitals, or does it mean Satanist churches, or is it some unknown locale where the devil and his demons are convened to plan their next attack? It’s all of the above. It’s wherever there’s evil in high places, whether carried out by humans and/or the devil.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth. What’s some truth we should be putting on? One example would be to expose the nonstop war against terrorism for what it really is; it’s not for the purpose of protecting law abiding Americans but rather for the purpose of enslaving them. Read General Smedley Butler’s War Is a Racket. He will explain it to you. Another truth is that American football has become the religion of the country, obvious to anyone that has watched a recent superbowl. If we’re going to win, we’ve got to turn from our worship of sports and other idols to worshipping the true God.
And having on the breastplate of righteousness;… Among other things, this would mean that we shouldn’t be fornicating or using foul language. Foul language might be a necessary evil on occasions when you’re dealing with someone who doesn’t understand other language and you’re prohibited from using physical force, but with that possible exception we shouldn’t be using foul language.
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Be ready to share the message of reconciliation and peace with God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Augustine equated faith with belief. What you believe is your faith. Do you believe you can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth you? Do you believe that you can overcome those of the evil world because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world? Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Do you believe that? If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Is that part of your faith? Do you believe that the wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion? Do you believe that there is no restraint with the Lord to save by many or by few? Do you believe that “If [God’s] people, which are called by [His]name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek [His] face and turn from their wicked ways, then [He] will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land?” The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, lo there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Is that part of your faith? But if any provide not for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. “Blessed are they which do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life…. But the fearful, and unbelieving…and idolators, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone…. Do you believe these things? Do you have faith? If so, then act on that faith for faith without works is dead. Work to turn your country back to God and fight to protect your wives and children. Stand and fight for your children’s future. That is your Christian duty.
Take the helmet of salvation and not a hair of your head shall perish. Take the sword of the Spirit—the word of God—“which is sharper than any two-edged sword.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Love one another and overcome evil with good.
A wise financial advisor and political commentator has pointed out one of the problems we face in America. While many Americans disapprove of the corrupt system in our country, many of them are so financially dependent on that same system that if it came to a vote whereby they could push a red button which would stop the corruption but also stop their financial benefits, there wouldn’t be enough that could bring themselves to push the red button to win the vote and stop the corruption.
How do we solve the red button problem? It’s theological according to Douglas MacArthur. We need community to solve it—community with God and community with neighbor. We are made in God’s image. God is a community—three persons in one God—each dependent on the other two for who they are. God made man in his image—to be a community, dependent on each other for who we are as well as meeting one another’s needs. The idea that any person can be independent and doesn’t need other people (and God) to have meaning themselves or to supply needs they can’t meet themselves is an obvious lie, yet a widely believed one in our day which precludes development and maintenance of the genuine community needed to preserve Christian culture. Instead of looking at their brothers and sisters in Christ as creatures in God’s image and therefore to be respected and loved as a part of their community, too many professing Christians are infected with the social Darwinianism of our age and out to prove they’re better than their neighbors.
Being created in God’s image means that, among other things, we as members of a community have both a personal and corporate identity. As each member of the trinity has both a personal and corporate identity—three persons in one God—we are many persons in one body (the church). Until enough Christians divest themselves of the false belief that they exist strictly as an isolated being and understand they have no true identity apart from both aspects—personal and corporate (community)—and give the corporate/community aspect the same attention and care as the personal, there will be no solution to the red button problem. For in Him we live, and move, and have our being…. We have no identity or existence apart from Christ and His bride, the church—the Christian community.
In the Old Testament the red button problem was a form of idolatry called Baal worship. Baal was a false god (ultimately the devil) whose worship was administered by whatever evil political and religious coalition was in existential power at the moment. People looked to Baal for their security and prosperity instead of God. The Baal of modernity is the state. To overcome the red button problem people must look to the true God and the Christian community for their security and prosperity instead of the state. “All politics is local”—Tip O’Neil, former Speaker of the House. Without Christian self and local government there is no solution to the red button problem. This necessitates local involvement and responsibility and the development of true Christian community, starting with the individual. We must discipline ourselves to esteem others better than ourselves; the old man in us wants to think that we’re better than others. True Christian community is impossible with the latter attitude. Start thinking of others as better than yourself whether you feel like it or not because it’s God’s command. Then get a vision because where there is no vision the people perish. The vision should be for God’s kingdom on earth in time as well as for the new heaven and earth in eternity. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Love your neighbor as yourself. That vision should include a love and concern for your neighbors and their families—for your countrymen and their future. Figure out who and what your country is and fight to defend it.
How do we fight? Since our primary warfare is not against flesh and blood but against spiritual wickedness, we fight mainly by preaching and teaching and prayer. For…it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. And hath made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. Kings and priests—we’re (all of us) supposed to be ruling and preaching. Judging righteous judgment. We’re all supposed to preach; if you’re not comfortable preaching to crowds then preach one on one to whomever will listen. And pray always.
God is the author of history and we are co-authors in the present chapter. Let us strive to write a chapter like that of our founding fathers for the sake of our Captain and of all who have fought for Christian liberty in the past, and for those who will follow.