"Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in." ~ Isaiah 58:12
Though common men, the Pilgrims who came to America in 1620 were some of the wisest people who ever lived. They came together about 1605 in a covenant which meant they each believed that the Bible was completely true; and that it could be trusted to meet one’s need in this world, just as it could be trusted concerning eternal things. They believed the God of the Bible to be sovereign, or “supreme in power”, as Noah Webster would define the word in his first American dictionary.
They believed when church leaders disagreed with the Bible, those church leaders were always wrong, never the Bible. They believed when the King disagreed with the Bible, the King was always wrong, not the Bible. They believed when church writings disagreed with the Bible, those writings were always wrong, not the Bible. They lived this out in their daily lives and proved that the teachings of the Bible were far superior to any ideas of men about how to build a nation. To put it simply, they believed Continue reading →
The tragedy is heart wrenching. A Sunday morning in Texas filled with hope and joy, becomes the last day twenty-six people would be on this earth. Another twenty or so were in critical condition, wounded by a gunman who entered the church and began firing while the people were worshiping. The gunman evidently killed himself after wrecking his vehicle, while being chased by two men from the scene. Only God knows the pain of families and friends and the little Texas church in Sutherland Springs. All of us hurt for them. We pray for their comfort by “the God of all comfort”.
At a time like this we ask, “Why?” Some ask “why” because they are heart-broken at their loss. This is a natural response to a tragedy that touches us personally. But the truth is, we may never, in this world, know the answer to that.
But others ask “why” because they want to avoid having to explore this realm of “the shadow of death” in which they find themselves so uncomfortable. It’s easier to Continue reading →
In March of 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued a call for the Union to repent before God; that call is so appropriate for today that I wanted to share it with you. May God help us to hear this with our heart!
“Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation.
And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.
And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People? We have been Continue reading →
On Tuesday, October 31st, a lot of people in this land will celebrate Halloween. Though begun as a day to remember many Godly people and the truth they gave to the world, it has degenerated into becoming the high day of satanism throughout the world. Hideous acts of worship to satan will be done on this night. The occult will have its greatest celebration on this night. But it was not always so in America.
Up until the mid-1800s, America celebrated a different day on October 31st. It was known as Reformation Day; and it reminded Americans of the great price that was paid for the “liberty of conscience”. It was a celebration of the liberty brought to the personal life and the life of the nation as a result of men laying down their lives to stand with the truth of the Bible.
That liberty had begun with John Wycliffe, an Englishman in the mid-1300s, who translated the Bible into the language of the common people. Being able Continue reading →
October 31st, 2017, will have marked the great change in history which began to restore the “liberty of conscience” to the human race. Five hundred years ago a young priest tacked on the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany a document that changed the course of history. Martin Luther was that young priest, and his bold act threw off the religious yoke of “the tyranny of the mind”. And while most in America now think of October 31st as Halloween, that’s a “Johnny-come-lately” idea. Up until the mid-1800s, on October 31st, we celebrated “Reformation Day”, for that was the day the mind of man began to be set free from hundreds of years of living in the fear of what other men thought. Once again, man began to learn that only God has the right to shape our minds for He created us, and thus by rights, owns us and our minds. What Martin Luther did would start to restore the precious freedom Jesus talked about when He stated,
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” (John 8:32)
We call that truth, the “liberty of conscience”, and it is a most sacred part of “religious liberty”. God used a lowly young boy, grown into a courageous young man, to Continue reading →
“In 1492, Columbus sailed the Ocean blue.” Thus, children in America learned the little rhyme which firmly fixed in our minds who was responsible for the American continents being discovered. The last two generations haven’t learned that because some in what is called “higher education” circles didn’t want us to know who Columbus was. Many in those circles came to be ashamed of Columbus’ God because they were convicted by the mentioning of the Name of Jesus. Since Columbus was a devout man and often mentioned God and Jesus Christ, they tried to remove him from our history. Now that war against his name has reached new heights.
In September, a statue of Columbus in Binghamton, New York, had the word “murderer” painted on it. In New York City, Columbus’ statue in Central Park was vandalized. The New York City mayor’s, answer to that was to appoint a commission to consider which historical monuments should be removed!
I feel sorry for the people who get up in the mornings and turn on the news first thing. I feel sorry for the people who monitor the news all day long. And I really feel sorry for the people who leave the news network playing all night long while they sleep! If we knew (and lived) half as much of the Bible, God’s Good News for man, as we know about the news events, we wouldn’t be the spiritual midgets we are in this land. Since the Bible teaches, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he”, it’s no wonder most believers live discouraged, defeated lives!
It’s true that there’s plenty of bad in the world. But God is also at work on this planet in amazing ways. You won’t Continue reading →
With more disrespect being shown to our flag, even within our own borders, it would do us well to revisit our heritage! Fort McHenry (where in 1812 a battle raged which inspired Francis Scott Key to write The Star Spangled Banner) was named after a man who served as a medical soldier in George Washington’s army, and later signed the U.S. Constitution. His name was James McHenry. While unknown to us today, James McHenry was one of those men who laid such a firm foundation for America that during the 1800s it would grow to become the greatest nation on earth. James McHenry got his foundation from the Bible. In addition to his achievements just mentioned, he also served as a member of the Continental Congress, his state legislature, and the U.S. Secretary of War—and President of the Baltimore Bible Society! He had this to say about the Bible:
“…public [usefulness] pleads most forcibly for the general distribution of the Holy Scriptures. The doctrine they preach, the obligations they impose, the punishment they threaten, the rewards they promise…can alone secure to society, order and peace, and to our courts of justice and constitutions of government, purity, stability and usefulness.
“In vain, without the Bible, we increase penal laws and draw entrenchments around our institutions. Bibles are strong entrenchments.”
The outcry to remove Confederate monuments from the public square is not, at its root, an issue of racial justice. One of the ways we know this is that the leaders who are stirring people to march in the streets against monuments of Robert E. Lee are the same people who will vehemently defend Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood murders more children by abortion that any other one organization in America, and many of those are black children. Their founder, Margaret Sanger, believed the black race was inferior and should be killed. And, no doubt, this is why they’ve placed so many of their “clinics” in predominately black neighborhoods. And now abortion is the leading cause of death in the Black community (sisforlife.org)! If the leaders of this “remove the monuments” movement were so concerned about racial justice, why do they so adamantly support Planned Parenthood?
The truth is: Robert E. Lee was one of the greatest American Christians ever! Lee once spoke of the Bible to Chaplain William Jones:
“There are things in the old Book which I may not be able to explain, but I fully accept it as the infallible Word of God, and receive its teachings as inspired by the Holy Spirit.”
(Young, Marse Robert, p. 344. Peter Marshall & David Manuel, The Glory of America Calendar (Garborg’s Heart’N Home, Inc., Bloomington, MN, 1991), 8.9.)
On the way to battles, Lee would often stop and join his troops if they were gathered praying. Perhaps this is why Continue reading →
The recent rash of attacks on monuments of heroes like Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson should be a matter of great concern to all freedom-loving Americans. Because of the massive deleting of our history from the minds of the last three generations, most of us are taking this “sitting down”, instead of letting our voice be heard about this wholesale theft of the liberty of our children and grandchildren.
Why do I say this? Because only Biblical ideas produce liberty in a nation. The Bible says,
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2 Corinthians 3:17)
Liberty in the heart from the guilt and bondage of sin only comes through the blood of Jesus Christ, and by His resurrection power. And if we let this liberty grow to its full maturity, it will result in civil liberty being diffused throughout a society. That liberty will then be institutionalized in Constitutions which will secure the right of each citizen to live in that civil liberty. And while you can’t legislate what will happen in the human heart; if you don’t legislate the protection of the flow of the Gospel of Christ to the human heart, you work against the purpose of God in bringing men into a redeeming relationship with Him.
This concept of internal liberty becoming also external liberty is the basic idea from which America’s liberty was birthed and maintained for the first 300 years of our existence. For the last few months an attack against Southern statues of heroes committed to this concept has been mounting. What is called “social justice” is actually a direct attack against the liberty of all Americans. See last week’s message entitled Learning From Our Past at heritageministriesky.com to discover who is really behind the riots happening in the name of “social justice”. Continue reading →