"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
This month marks 45 years in which the murder of unborn children by abortion has been legal in America. Not that our Congress, the voice of the people, ever legalized it! It was the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 that illegally declared abortion legal. Because we, in the church, sat by and griped — instead of getting involved in the voting process and attending law-making sessions, so as to identify the law makers who supported such a hideous crime—and replace them with our votes — now some 60 million of our own children have been murdered. And that in the place that should be the safest on earth; their mother’s womb. The God Who made us and to Whom we will give a full account of our earthly deeds, is not blind to these hideous rippings apart of babies’ bodies in their mother’s womb!
Concerning Civil Government, God says in Romans 13:1,
“…there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”
Thus, we see that God is the One Who created the realm of authority known as civil government, just as He created the realms of authority known as the home and the church. And from the Garden of Eden to the time of Noah, God exercised the authority of civil government by punishing crime Himself. He set up the angel with the flaming sword to guard the Tree of Life, and keep man from eating of it after man had sinned. It was God, Himself, who pronounced the sentence on Cain for murdering his brother, Abel. It was God who sent the great Flood and punished the people of Noah’s day for their crimes of immorality and violence. So early in human history God took responsibility for enforcing His statutes of civil law onto man.
But after the Flood, God transferred to man the responsibility for operating civil government. He said to Noah Continue reading →
The Bible states: “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34) Thus, revealing to us the pathway to becoming a great nation. “Great” being defined as: “Providing the greatest amount of liberty for the greatest number of people” in a nation.
This is what happened in America during the first three centuries of our existence. This was proven by the fact that so many people wanted to come here. Life was simply better here than in most other countries of the world. So, the people came. They still want to, even though we’ve lost much of the “righteousness” we once walked in. However, present backsliding does not take away from the truth of the righteousness that was walked in for the first two-thirds of our history. Indeed, if we’re going to Continue reading →
Sam Adams, the Father of the American Revolution, which secured our liberty in America, stated:
“The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, the rights of the Colonists as Christians may best be understood by reading and carefully studying the institutions of The Great Law Giver and the Head of the Christian Church, which are…clearly written…in the New Testament.”
(Adams, Samuel. November 20, 1772, in his pamphlet entitled, The Rights of the Colonists, in section: “The Rights of the Colonist as Christians.” The Rights of the Colonists (Boston: Old South Leaflets), Volume VII, 1772 | John Eidsmoe, Christianity and the Constitution – The Faith of Our Founding Fathers (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, A Mott Media Book, 1987; 6th printing, 1993), p. 254.)
Sam Adams believed that our liberty was rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was simply the extension of the internal liberty Christ brings into our spirit and soul when we submit to Him as our Master and Deliverer.
Ladies and gentlemen, the following story is why we have Christmas:
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away [privately]. But when he thought on these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she shall bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name JESUS; for…he…shall save his people from their sins.’ Now all this is come to pass, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel; which is, being interpreted, God with us.’ And Joseph arose from his sleep, and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took unto him his wife; and knew her not till she had brought forth a son: and he called his name JESUS.” Continue reading →
“A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.” (Matthew 12:35)
How we think inside produces our actions outside. Jesus is pointing out to us that the mind will determine what we choose, and thus, how we act. So what we put into the mind will determine the way we act.
So what should we put into our mind? What are the most basic truths we need to know in order to function as God intended us to function? What truths will Continue reading →
In this world, we live in a constant warfare: Personal, for our Families, for God’s Church, for our Civil governments. Everything is easily understood when we know and accept this fact. If we don’t know it, or refuse to accept it, then we put ourselves under the warning in the Scripture:
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” (Hosea 4:6)
We are seeing this battle in the Civil realm reveal itself in Judge Roy Moore’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat for Alabama. Judge Moore has stood for the Ten Commandments as the Moral Foundation for our civil law. For his stand he was Continue reading →
After Jesus was raised from the dead, the Bible records that,
“…He showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:3, emphasis added)
The fact that Jesus talked with His followers concerning the “kingdom of God” means (among other things) that He was revealing to them the warfare between the two kingdoms in this world: That God is the rightful owner of this earth, and thus, the rightful ruler of this earth. But there is one who has set himself against that Kingdom belonging to God, and tried to usurp its power. That one is satan, called in the Bible, the adversary of God. Thus, Jesus was equipping His followers with the understanding that we walk in a constant warfare in this earth. This warfare engulfs everything in this world from: Whether a person will come to Christ by surrendering his will and receiving Him as Master; to whether God or satan will control civil government—the greatest natural power on earth.
We’re seeing this warfare over who will rule in civil government happen in a big way right now in Alabama. The race for U.S. Senate between Judge Roy Moore and Doug Jones is Continue reading →
In 1623 the Pilgrims celebrated a time of Thanksgiving with their Indian friends, Chief Massasoit and his Wampanoag tribe. The Pilgrims were grateful to God for their Indian friends. The peace treaty into which they had entered helped both peoples to go on with their daily lives in an ordered manner. This is, of course, the purpose of civil law; to protect the God-given rights of life, liberty, and property. When this is done, the resulting order allows society’s institutions to function without the interruption of chaos. The Pilgrims’ Pastor, John Robinson, had taught them that this order flowed from Biblically based civil government, and thus, the first thing they did when they arrived was to write the Mayflower Compact; which instituted this type of government. I believe their new civil government was one of the things they were most thankful for on those first Thanksgiving Days.
And the Pilgrims’ new civil government was working. Their original economic system failed because it was Continue reading →
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 →