"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
“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!
When discussing civil government, people have a lot of different ideas as to what is needed to fix our broken governments. But actually, the fix is quite simple. We need to recognize that government is God’s institution, and that it takes statesmen to operate it the way God intended it to work.
When statesmen, not politicians, are in office, deeds consistent with the Word of God are the normal thing. Now it’s true, we haven’t seen very many of those people in office for a very long time—nearly a hundred years now. So where do we go for a comparison? How can we know if someone is a statesman, instead of a politician? Let me first describe the difference.
A politician is one who is skilled in how to get things done in government. This oftentimes takes the shape of manipulation or bribery. A statesman is one who stands in the gatherings of government and states the truth about issues. He stands for the truth no matter what the cost to him or his position. Because his great desire is Continue reading →
Good and Bad has happened in the political realm in America recently. Judge Roy Moore won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate special election to be held in December. Since the 1990s, Judge Moore has stood for truth like no other politician in this nation. I believe God has honored Himself by justifying His own statesman in this race. This is the good news for America.
The bad news is Bernie Sanders is spearheading a plan to put every American under the national government concerning medical care. And I do mean “under”! It would give the national government complete control of every area of our lives by the mandate it would set up. This is not surprising, since Bernie Sanders classifies himself as a socialist. This is what socialism does. It enthrones a few government officers at the top of an all-powerful national government and enslaves every other citizen in a nation. It completely takes away the choice of the citizen to control their life, as God planned it. It is the ultimate fruit of the idea that we own these lives instead of God; and that “some are made to rule, others are made to be ruled”, as Aristotle taught. We were made by God to serve Him. We will do that, or ultimately we will become enslaved to a man (a dictator), and serve him. The Bible teaches it…and history proves it! The Scripture says,
“He that soweth to the flesh will, of the flesh, reap corruption…” (Galatians 6:7)
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 →
In recent months there’s come a new “fix” for America’s ills, pushed by those who do not believe the Bible to be literally true. It is: Tear down our monuments of heroes from the Southern side of the War Between the States. This idea is most certainly pushed by people on the left of the political spectrum which follows perfectly their agenda: That is, “Divide and Conquer”. Using race to divide citizens within a nation is nothing new. satan has been using this tactic since early human history to enslave people politically, so he can keep the Gospel of Christ from reaching them. Its end is always death, because satan comes “but for to steal kill and destroy…” (John 10:10)
First, let’s answer the question: Should nations have monuments at all? It was God, Himself Who first taught His model nation, the Jewish Republic, to erect monuments. When He had dried up the Jordan River so His people could cross on dry land, He told Joshua to build a monument of twelve stones (Joshua 4:4-5) so that, quote:
“…this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it passed over Jordan…and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.” (Joshua 4:6-7)
Threatened by a powerful enemy, King Hezekiah of Judah did what any ruler should do: He first sought the face of God, crying out to Him for deliverance. Hezekiah prayed,
“…O LORD God of Israel…thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth…open, LORD, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib…[which] reproach the living God…O LORD our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD God, even thou only.” (2 Kings 19:15-19)
And God sent an angel who killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers in one night!
With the ongoing threats by the North Korean dictator of attacking America with a nuclear warhead, our first response should be the same. We should pray, asking God to intervene and preserve peace. Many, many believers here, and around the world, are doing just that.
The Bible tells the story of Nehemiah, the civil leader who rebuilt Jerusalem after the Jews had been captive many years in Persia. In a time when the enemies of God had been trying to discourage the Jews from finishing the work God had called them to, Nehemiah exhorted them:
“…Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and [awesome], and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.” (Nehemiah 4:14)
The spiritual and natural enemies of the Gospel of the Kingdom of Christ have been trying for a hundred years to discourage Americans from knowing their history. They knew if they could disconnect us from our past, they could steal from us the reason God birthed this nation; which was to be a vessel of liberty by which to take that Gospel to the world. It only Continue reading →