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Jefferson's Understanding of the "Wall"
Jefferson's Understanding of the "Wall"
Throughout his public career, including two terms as President, Jefferson pursued policies incompatible with the "high and impregnable" wall the modern Supreme Court has erroneously attributed to him. For example, he endorsed the use of federal funds to build churches and to support Christian missionaries working among the Indians. The absurd conclusion that countless courts and commentators would have us reach is that Jefferson routinely pursued policies that violated his own "wall of separation."
Jefferson's wall, as a matter of federalism, was erected between the national and state governments on matters pertaining to religion and not, more generally, between the church and all civil government. In other words, Jefferson placed the federal government on one side of his wall and state governments and churches on the other. The wall's primary function was to delineate the constitutional jurisdictions of the national and state governments, respectively, on religious concerns, such as setting aside days in the public calendar for prayer, fasting, and thanksgiving. Evidence for this jurisdictional or structural understanding of the wall can be found in both the texts and the context of the correspondence between Jefferson and the Danbury Baptist Association.
President Jefferson had been under Federalist attack for refusing to issue executive proclamations setting aside days for national fasting and thanksgiving, and he said he wanted to explain his policy on this delicate matter. He told Attorney General Levi Lincoln that his response to the Danbury Baptists "furnishes an occasion too, which I have long wished to find, of saying why I do not proclaim fastings & thanksgivings, as my predecessors [Presidents Washington and Adams] did." The President was eager to address this topic because his Federalist foes had demanded religious proclamations and then smeared him as an enemy of religion when he declined to issue them.
Jefferson's refusal, as President, to set aside days in the public calendar for religious observances contrasted with his actions in Virginia where, in the late 1770s, he framed "A Bill for Appointing Days of Public Fasting and Thanksgiving" and, as governor in 1779, designated a day for "publick and solemn thanksgiving and prayer to Almighty God."
How can Jefferson's public record on religious proclamations in Virginia be reconciled with the stance he took as President of the United States? The answer, I believe, is found in the principle of federalism. Jefferson firmly believed that the First Amendment, with its metaphoric "wall of separation," prohibited religious establishments by the federal government only. Addressing the same topic of religious proclamations, Jefferson elsewhere relied on the Tenth Amendment, arguing that because "no power to prescribe any religious exercise...has been delegated to the General [i.e., federal] Government[,] it must then rest with the States, as far as it can be in any human authority." He sounded the same theme in his Second Inaugural Address, delivered in March 1805:
In matters of religion, I have considered that its free exercise is placed by the constitution independent of the powers of the general [i.e., federal] government. I have therefore undertaken, on no occasion, to prescribe the religious exercises suited to it; but have left them, as the constitution found them, under the direction and discipline of State or Church authorities acknowledged by the several religious societies.
These two statements were, in essence, Jefferson's own commentary on the Danbury letter, insofar as they grappled with identical issues. Thus, as a matter of federalism, he thought it inappropriate for the nation's chief executive to proclaim days for religious observance; however, he acknowledged the authority of state officials to issue religious proclamations. In short, Jefferson's "wall" was erected between the federal and state governments on matters pertaining to religion.
There are two books in the Bible that specifically have been attacked by the enemy throughout the centuries. The first one is Genesis and the second one is the book of Revelation. These books give us the primary understanding of two very fundamental things: how everything began, and how everything will end. Without this knowledge we will be very vulnerable to Satan’s deceptions, and will miss God’s purpose and destiny for our lives.
“Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, ‘Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters.'” (Rev 17:1)
In the Book of Revelation, the Apostle John writes more about the great harlot than about both the antichrist and the false prophet put together. Two entire chapters, plus parts of chapter 16 and 19 are devoted to this subject. The warning that the Book of Revelation gives us about the great harlot is very serious, “Then I heard another voice from heaven say: ‘Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.” (Rev 18:5)
In view of this warning and the severe judgments that will come upon the great harlot, we must ask ourselves: who is she? As with most things in the Book of Revelation, many Bible teachers and theologians have given different interpretations. Over the next weeks we will take a look at this to see if it is possible to clearly identify who the great harlot is.
We do not make this study for the sake of curiosity. We have been deeply burdened by this matter over the past year. The warnings about the great harlot are so strong, that if we want to follow the Lord and be pleasing to Him it is necessary for us to clearly understand who she is.
We must remember the primary command that Yeshua gives us concerning the end times:“Watch out that no one deceives you!” (Mt 24:4) Deception is the first sign that His coming is near. It is of enormous importance for the church in this hour to have a clear understanding of who the great harlot is.
The prophetic word is designed by God in such a way that ultimately only those who have a hunger for the truth and want to understand will understand it. Yet, as watchmen we have a responsibility to present the word of God as clearly as we can to people in order to help as many as possible.
We do not take this study lightly and ask all of you to please join us in prayer for much revelation and understanding to come forth, so that we can blow the shofar and sound the alarm to God’s people in this hour!
Next post will be on Interpretation Number One: Sexual Immorality
Who gives a rats behind what Wallace thinks!
Fox News, a usually staunch supporter of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, changed its tone on Friday when anchor Chris Wallace and host Shepard Smith expressed harsh criticism of the prime minister's decision to speak before the US Congress in March, without the prior arrangement of the White House and just a couple of weeks before the Israeli election.
House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner extended the invitation to Netanyahu on Wednesday and the Prime Minister's speech on Capitol Hill is expected to focus on the need for increased sanctions against Iran, as well as on Islamist extremism.
The Fox news segment, on the show "Shepard Smith Reporting," began with a response to a quote from Martin Indyk from The New York Times on Thursday wherein the former US ambassador to Israel and the former US envoy to the peace process says: "Netanyahu is using the Republican Congress for a photo-op for his election campaign and the Republicans are using Bibi for their campaign against Obama...Unfortunately the US relationship will take the hit. It would be far wiser for us to stay out of their politics and for them to stay out of ours."
Wallace said he agreed completely with Indyk and that he was "shocked" by the whole affair.
Smith queried whether Netanyahu would back out of the speech because, "Members of his own Mossad have come out and said this is a horrible idea and so have members of his own political party. Of course his political opponents are screaming up and down, the newspapers over there are going wild over this," he added.
"It just seems that they think we don't pay any attention and that we are just a bunch of complete morons, the US citizens, like we wouldn't pick up on what is happening here," Smith said.
Wallace stressed the importance placed on the relationship with the US across the Israeli political spectrum, and questioned the political advantage for Netanyahu of deciding to speak to Congress and sidestepping the US president.
"For Netanyahu to do something that is going to be seen as a deliberate and a really egregious snub of President Obama, when Obama is going to be in power for the next year and three quarters, seems to me like a pretty risky political strategy for Prime Minister Netanyahu," Wallace said.
"For Netanyahu to come here and side with Boehner against Obama on Iran seems to me like very dicey politics," he said.
Wallace said that it was legitimate for Netanyahu to have different views on the Iranian threat than those held by Obama, but, he said, "For him to come here, to ignore the president, to not even let him know that he is coming, and to sneak in and come talk before Congress with the president's opponents who criticize the policy, that's a different thing."
This really ruffled my feathers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
We have all heard about the “no-go” zones in France after the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks by extremist Muslims.
The French government is suing Fox News for doing their job and exposing these “no-go” areas of Paris, and it seems the whole town of Birmingham in the United Kingdom is reported to be one as well.
Of course that couldn’t happen in America… or could it?
Video has resurfaced with something disturbing that happened in America. While this is not yet widespread, it is our constitutional and moral duty to expose this, fight this, and keep talking about it until people know the risk of shariah law in America. Period.
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Four evangelical Christians were detained, arrested and had their camera confiscated in 2010 at an Arab festival in Dearborn, Michigan.
They were cited and arrested for “disorderly conduct” yet as shown in the video they were in no way disorderly nor were they even IN the festival area. They were polite enough to stand outside of the festival area.
Their only crime? Preaching Christianity instead of Islam in America.
The four men were doing nothing more than handing out Christian literature on a public sidewalk when they were surrounded and accosted by a dozen officers. (H/T hotair.com)
There has never been a more clear-cut and blatant abuse of police powers, on top of the First Amendment violation of the four men by what can only be described as a disgraceful police department. We support our local police, but only when they do their jobs to protect us from criminals — not enable Islamic radicals.
One of the biggest problems and the reason why these “no-go areas” exist is because under the socio-political system of Islam, many laws and freedoms of countries clash with the cultural law of Islam.
The Muslim immigrants in these countries don’t assimilate and arrogantly require that the countries not interfere under “religious” laws.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal spoke about the Dearborn case as well as no-go zones in general.
“They’re coming as the Muslim population grows,” said Jindal. “We already see areas such as Dearborn, Michigan: It isn’t a no-go zone- police don’t fear to enter there and non-Muslims aren’t menaced for non-adherence to Shariah norms- but police did the bidding of the Muslim community … and arrested some Christian missionaries solely for the crime of preaching to Muslims. A Shariah crime, not a crime according to any U.S. law.” (H/T wnd.com)
In 2013 the City of Dearborn settled the case issuing an apology and paying an undisclosed amount of restitution to the four men.
This needs to be a lesson. First, spread this and let people know that shariah law IS trying to spread in America. Second, spread this and let people know that if the people unite and fight back, we will win.
M Steven Gronka
Murder, complete dismemberment, homosexual and heterosexual pedophilia, deception, and no forgiveness promoted in the koran
koran 47:4 Do not hanker for peace with the infidels; behead them when you catch them.
koran 2:191 Slay unbelievers wherever you find them.
koran 22:19 Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods boiling water; melt their skin and bellies.
koran 8:12 Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an.
koran 9:5 When opportunity arises kill the infidels wherever you catch them.
koran 5:33 Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticize Islam.
koran 9:123 Make war on the infidels living in your neighborhood.
koran 8:60 Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize the infidels.
koran 8:65 The unbelievers are stupid; urge the Muslims to fight them.
koran 3:85 Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable.
koran 3:28 Muslims must not take the infidels as friends.
koran 9:30 The Jews and the Christians are perverts; fight them.
Summary of Sura verses dealing with dismemberment, homosexual and heterosexual pedophilia endorsed, allah is all deceiving, allah is unforgiving even to the repentant infidel.
koran Sura just means chapter
koran Sura 5:35 and Sura 8:12 Sura 9:5
koran Sura 9:80 no forgiveness
koran Sura 9:123 Murder the unbelievers around you and let them find harshness in you
koran Sura 13:42 ...Allah is all deceiving (the Bible tells us that the father of lies is Satan)
koran Sura 47:4 Clash with the unbelievers and smite their necks
koran Sura 52:24 Male homosexual Pedophilia endorsed
koran Sura 56:17 Male homosexual pedophilia
koran Sura 65:4 Prescribes sex with pre pubescent girls.
koran Sura 76:19 Male homosexual pedophilia.
Stop the madness
Red White and Blue Fest National Patriot Rally and Convention
WHAT A HOAX!
Former Vice President Al Gore and former Mexican President Felipe Calderon are pushing for $90 trillion in spending to ban cars from every major city in the world and make them more dense.
Gore and Calderon presented a report from the Global Commission on the Economy & Climate (GCEC) and argued that fighting global warming will require making cities more compact and wholly reliant on public transit. This is the only way to make sure urban areas don’t contribute to global warming, the two politicians argued.
Calderon and Gore argued that $90 trillion is going to be spent anyways in the coming decades upgrading cities around the world. They argue that it should be spent on making cities more climate friendly.
“The mistake we made in Mexico was to let cities develop however they want, and it’s a mess,” Calderon told Business Insider.
GCEC’s study says that “more compact, better-connected cities with strong mass transit systems will help policy-makers tackle these pressing challenges. Such cities are more productive, socially inclusive, resilient, cleaner, quieter and safer.”
The study says that 70 percent of the world’s energy-use and greenhouse-gas emissions come from cities. Reducing emissions from ever-growing urban areas will show “that the goals of economic growth and climate change can work together,” according to GCEC.
Calderon and Gore made their presentation at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland where, ironically (or maybe not, at this point), some 1,700 private jets — which use petroleum — were used to shuttle in conference participants and others to discuss global warming and other pressing global issues.
There was such a big influx of air traffic, reports Newsweek, that the Swiss military had to open an air base for the private jets to land. At last year’s meeting in Davos, some 200 helicopters were used to bring in conference-goers.
Gore also used the conference to announce a massive concert to raise awareness about global warming. He and pop star Pharrell Williams are calling it “Live Earth” and it will be staged in six cities across the globe — not exactly a small carbon footprint.
The concert is supposed to build up support for an international climate treaty ahead of the United Nations summit in Paris later this year. Pharrell says he wants to “have humanity harmonize all at once.”
“It is absolutely crucial that we build public will for an agreement,” Gore told World Economic Forum participants. “The purpose is to have a billion voices with one message, to demand climate action now.”
By Theodore Shoebat
Two Muslim Turks in Berlin, Germany, took a pregnant 19 year old girl named Maria, stabbed her in the stomach, then covered her whole body in gasoline, set her on fire and watched her burn to death. They then covered her charcoaled body with leaves and left. I did a whole video on this gruesome murder:
This is what the report from one English speaking media outlet tells us:
Two men were arrested after a heavily pregnant 19-year-old woman was burned to death in a Berlin wood and one has confessed to the crime, police said Saturday.
One suspect is the ex-boyfriend of the victim and the other is his friend, a police spokeswoman said. Both suspects are also 19.
The victim was stabbed numerous times in the abdomen and burned alive late Thursday in the eastern Berlin district of Adlershof.
Walkers found the body Friday morning near a woodland path when their dog started barking and acting strangely.
The first suspect was arrested a few hours later. The two suspects are charged with murder and termination of a pregnancy.
They are to be brought before a court Saturday.
Notice how this report never mentions the fact that the murderers were Muslims, and one of them was given the name of “Muhammad” in one German report in order to protect his identity.
According to the German publication, Kopp Online, the Muslim who stabbed and burned her, named Muhammad, was Turkish and demanded that the girl get an abortion. When this did not happen, he and an accomplice burned her alive.
Is it any wonder why so many Germans want mass-deportation of Muslims? Just yesterday I got into an argument with a deacon who is teaching that the Europeans who want mass deportation of Muslims are “un-Christ like.” I told him that numerous Church Fathers and other ancient Christian theologians, such as Firmicus, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Robert Bellarmine, Francisco Vitoria, and others, all believed that heretical and dangerous ideologies need to be outlawed.
He ignored all of this information and said that he was simply conveying the “teachings of Jesus.” I politely told him that Jesus Christ destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.
This is the key to dissipating this whole problem: Christian supremacy. Christ is King, He is our General, our Master, and His Holy Laws must be our priority and our goal, not some temporal and transient secular values.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33), this is what our Lord tells us. In society, we must seek His Kingdom; when warring with evil we must seek His Kingdom. Remember what the scribe told Christ: “there is one God, and there is no other but He.” (Mark 12:32)
There is only one God, the most holy and blessed Trinity, and He is to be supreme over our laws and our government. Remember what our Lord told the scribe after he said these words: “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” (Mark 12:34)
If we are to first seek the Kingdom of Heaven, then we are to shatter the other gods, and the other religions and ideologies that have so tainted Christian society. It will be then that we will come closer to the Kingdom of God, once indifferentism is destroyed, the flames of zeal finally rekindled, and the establishments of Christianity put back into their rightful positions.
The reason the Christians of Christendom held so tightly onto intoleration was because they took the Scriptures very seriously. They read the words of Solomon when he wrote that “A wise king sifts out the wicked, and brings the threshing wheel over them” (Proverbs 20:26), and declared that no doubt amongst the wicked are those who introduce evil and dangerous religions and ideas.
They observed how in ancient Israel, when true religion reigned the Orthodox kings did not permit freedom of religion, and thus Christian kings must do the same, “for the Church must not be arranged any worse than the synagogue was.” (St. Robert Bellarmine, On Laymen or Secular People, ch. 18, p. 85)
Vitoria, who stands amongst the most learned of theologians and one of the fathers of international law, said:
princes have enacted laws concerning moral goodness, such as prohibiting blasphemy, sodomy, and so on; laws must concern moral actions, or these would be invalid. (Vitora, On Law, ST I-II. 92, article 1, 122b)
The reason why we have a Muslim problem in the first place is because of religious liberty. This evil and wicked idea is the source of all these travesties. Every murder done by cultists, every abortion, every wicked edict that has ever been passed to give license to evil, are the consequences of religious liberty.
When this girl was burned alive, it was not just Muslims who killed her, there was another accomplice to the crime: religious liberty.
The Koran, alongside all other anti-Christian texts, must be banned and outlawed; the books must be burned and never allowed to have influence in society. Constantine decreed “that if any one shall be detected in concealing a book compiled by Arius, and shall not instantly bring it foreword and burn it, the penalty for this offense shall be death; for immediately after the conviction the criminal shall suffer capital punishment.” (The Emperor’s Letter, in Socrates, 1.9) If only such laws were enacted today, we would not have to deal with as many as the problems as we have now.
St. Gregory of Nysa once said, “The victory of true religion is the death and destruction of idolatry.” So let the victory of Christianity be established. Do not forget, that our civilization was founded upon no sodomite, no Muslim, no feminist wretch, no socialist and no atheist, our civilization was founded upon Jesus Christ, and it will be for, with, under, and in Jesus Christ and His most holy Cross, that we will have victory.
Christ is the foundation and cause of all justice, for St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans,
now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. (Romans 3:21-23)
And so when we fight for Christ and His most divine laws, it will be for justice. Anything against Christ is against justice, and so the destruction and the submission of such evildoers, for whom the ruler “does not bear the sword in vain” (Romans 13:4), is not done for the cause of evil, but for Jesus Christ, Who is the incarnation of Truth and Justice.
Jesus Christ said to His Father:
And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. (John 17:22-23)
How then do we obtain this unity and divine union with God? By keeping His commandment. For the glorious Son of God said:
If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. (John 14:23)
The highest state of love is indicated by obedience to God’s commandments, His Law. And so when a nation dedicates itself to Christ, they will unite themselves with God, and in their obedience, and their zealous exertion and effort and holiness, they will fight and combat the evils amongst them.
To uproot Islam, the sodomites, and every group and organization that wars against Christianity and the Divine Law, is to follow the Law of Love, and is ultimately the most beautiful expression of love for God and for neighbor, on which “hang all the law and the prophets.” (Luke 16:14)
It is love for neighbor because it protects him from harm, both spiritually and physically; it is love for God, for there is only one God and there is no other, and to say that all religions and ideas must be given equal opportunity, is to ask God to step down and to no longer be supreme.
The Apostle said, “the purpose of the commandment is love” (1 Timothy 1:5), and thus the law of God directs all men to acts of love, and this consists of slaying and punishing evildoers. St. Paul continues to say in the same epistle to the blessed Timothy:
But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust. (1 Timothy 1:9-11)
The law is not made for Christians, for we are made righteous through Jesus Christ, but it is to be imposed on all those who want to remove Christianity from the society, and most definitely this would include the Muslims and the disgusting sodomites. The ones who unite themselves with Christ, who have “been crucified with Christ” (Galatians 2:20), are the ones who partake in holy combat against the devil and his minions.
They will establish His holy commandments, and fight against the forces of evil for the glory of God and His Kingdom. They will eschew the world and cling onto God, for “No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life” (2 Timothy 2:4). This is the wonderful and sublime outcome of the divine union with the Holy Trinity; this is the aspiration of the warrior monk and the faithful knight; this is the goal of the Christian. As St. Gregory Palamas said:
Thanks to this remembrance, he will come to posses a divine disposition, and cause the soul to progress towards the highest state of all, the love of God. Through this love, he will accomplish the commandments of Him whom he loves, in accord with Scriptures, and will put into practice and acquire a pure and perfect love for his neighbour, something that cannot exist without impassibility.” (Gregory Palamas, The Triads, 1. ii, 19, trans. Nicholas Gendle)
When the holy Moses slaughtered three thousand people for worshipping the idol of the golden calf, it was an act of love. Before he unsheathed the sword he said, “Who is on the Lord’s side? let him come unto me.” And then, “all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.” (Exodus 32:26) The priests gathered to him, and that is, the teachers of the Law. So when Moses killed for God, he did so for the love of God, and thus for the whole of the Law. St. Gregory of Nyssa affirmed this interpretation, for he rendered the verse as, “If anyone wishes to be the friend of God, let him be a friend of me, the Law”. (St. Gregory of Nyssa, Life of Moses, 2.207) And the purpose of the Law, is love, as the Apostle Paul tells us.
When King Josiah “removed the idolatrous priests” (2 Kings 23:5); when he destroyed “the houses of the sodomites” (2 Kings 23:7); when “he brake in pieces the images, and cut down the groves, and filled their places with the bones of men” (2 Kings 23:14); when he put away “the workers with familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the images, and the idols, and all the abominations” (2 Kings 23:24); when “he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech” (2 Kings 23:10) — when he did all of these noble deeds, they were the highest expression of love.
So then, Christians, do not unite with politicians, but unite with God — unite with your Lord and Master, unite with the Warrior Who won victory for you on the Holy Cross! Unite with the Holy One, obey His commandments, and fight the evildoers so that no longer they will be able to corrupt and attack the Christian foundation of your society.
Will there be suffering? Yes. God Himself suffered for our sakes, and so what makes us so special that we cannot say with St. Paul, “I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus” (Galatians 6:17)? There will be suffering, but this will only be obedience to the Apostle said when he said, “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” (1 Timothy 2:3)
Let us remember the words of Pope Pius II when he, in 1463, cried out against the Christians who were so careless before the face of the Islamic horde:
O stony-hearted and thankless Christians, who can hear of all these things, and yet no wish to die for Him Who died for you!
Will there be martyrs? Yes, there will be many martyrs. But let us remember that when the saints are struck, zeal increases. Keep into your hearts what David said:
It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. (Psalm 119:21)
Through suffering, we become closer to God, and through martyrdom we obtain divine union with God. When the Jews wanted to kill St. Stephen, he
being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, 56 and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” (Acts 7:55-56)
He saw God, and was united with Him, crying out before his blessed death was completed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” (Acts 7:59) The divine union for those Who suffer and die was promised by our Master when He said, “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:10)
Those who suffer in the spiritual battlefield will see the Kingdom of Heaven, for they abide by what Christ said, “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). This commandment is the solution to all the travesties that our civilization is now enduring. If we pursued the Kingdom of Heaven and not callous politicians, tell me, would we have Islamic terrorism? Would we have the murder of unborn infants and the onslaught of the sodomites?
No, for these evildoers would receive the sword before they could even inflict their bloodshed. Because in a society where the Kingdom of Heaven is sought out for first and foremost, any idea that is not of God, but of the Antichrist, would be extirpated before their fanatic followers could gain any sort of license for their wickedness and violence.
So I tell you now, Christians, forsake your tolerance and your indifferentism, and pursue the Light, that you may “shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16), and with its holy illumination, dissipate the darkness so that no more may it try to eclipse the bastions of the Holy Faith.
Let error be destroyed, and let Christian supremacy be established. Let us carry with us the goal of the monastic military Order of Santiago, “to fight under the banner of St. James for the honor of the Church and the propagation of the faith.” (See Michael Walsh, Warriors of the Lord)
Ron Paul's State of Liberty 2015
Watch Ron Paul deliver his new speech on the state of liberty in the US.
If Americans were honest with themselves they would acknowledge that the Republic is no more. We now live in a police state. If we do not recognize and resist this development, freedom and prosperity for all Americans will continue to deteriorate. All liberties in America today are under siege.
It didn’t happen overnight. It took many years of neglect for our liberties to be given away so casually for a promise of security from the politicians. The tragic part is that the more security was promised — physical and economic — the less liberty was protected.
With cradle-to-grave welfare protecting all citizens from any mistakes and a perpetual global war on terrorism, which a majority of Americans were convinced was absolutely necessary for our survival, our security and prosperity has been sacrificed.
It was all based on lies and ignorance. Many came to believe that their best interests were served by giving up a little freedom now and then to gain a better life.
The trap was set. At the beginning of a cycle that systematically undermines liberty with delusions of easy prosperity, the change may actually seem to be beneficial to a few. But to me that’s like excusing embezzlement ................
You can find the complete text of his speech here. http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives...
Interpretation Number One: Sexual Immorality
Let’s look at the first interpretation suggested of who the great harlot is. Recently a well known Messianic leader in Israel taught on the Book of Revelation and commented that the great harlot “obviously [is referring to] a spirit of sexual immorality.” He went on to describe the great harlot as something coming out from the West, with its center in Hollywood. This seems very logical at a first glance. The great harlot must of course refer to sexual sins and temptations that we must flee from. But the question is if the interpretation really is that simple. Is sexual immorality all that the Book of Revelation refers to when it talks about the great harlot? Let us take a look at the text itself to see.
“Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, ‘Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.’
“So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
“I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.” (Rev 17:1-6) We see here that the first word in the name of the great harlot is the word “mystery.” This indicates that the great harlot is referring to something that is not so obvious. Furthermore, we see in verse 6 that when John saw the great harlot he “marveled with great amazement.” Both these facts speak against a plain and obvious interpretation of who the great harlot is.
If we take a look at how the word harlot generally is used in the Bible, we find that in the prophetic writings the word is always used in the context of spiritual rather than sexual infidelity. Isaiah 1:21 is a typical example, “See how the faithful city has become a harlot!”
The first time after the exodus from Egypt that the word harlot is used is in Exodus 34:12-16. This is a good example of the basic use of the word in the Bible.
“Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it be a snare in your midst. But you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images (for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God), lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they play the harlot with their gods and make sacrifice to their gods, and one of them invites you and you eat of his sacrifice, and you take of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters play the harlot with their gods and make your sons play the harlot with their gods.”
Even though spiritual and sexual unfaithfulness usually go together, the primary usage of the word harlot in the Scriptures is not to describe people who are living in sexual immorality. The image of harlotry is used to describe the spiritual unfaithfulness of the people of Israel or of a city like Jerusalem, Samaria, Nineveh, and Tyre.
In Bed with the World
There is a very good book published in the United States called Intoxicated with Babylon – The Seduction of God’s People In the Last Days, written by Steve Gallagher. This book basically defines the great harlot in the Book of Revelation as the lukewarm, backslidden church in the last days that has fallen in love with the world. We heartily agree with the message. James 4:4 clearly states that friendship with the world is called adultery, “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?” 1 John 2:17 defines the world as “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.”
This broader definition of the great harlot that includes more than just sexual immorality is more in line with the Scriptures. Numbers 15:37-41 explains that to break God’s commandments is to live in adultery and spiritual prostitution.
“The LORD said to Moses, ‘Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel. You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the LORD, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by going after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes. Then you will remember to obey all my commands and will be consecrated to your God. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the LORD your God.'”
Yet, when we look at the description of the great harlot in the Book of Revelation something more than worldliness seems to be involved. When the Apostle John who was very familiar with the basic concept of harlotry in Scripture, and had written the solemn warning to not loving this world saw the harlot he was very amazed. It seems that he was seeing something that he had not seen before.
One of the outstanding features of the harlot that John saw was that she was drunk with the blood of the saints. This does not fit the general picture of the backslidden church in the West. Backsliders who live in sexual immorality or who have fallen in love with this world and its lusts, usually do not go around and murder people. The great harlot in the Book of Revelation seems to involve something more. We need to continue to seek for a more satisfying answer to our question of who the great harlot is.
Next post will be on Interpretation Number Two: The United States of America
If more Republicans begin to model themselves in Trey Gowdy’s image, there might be a serious shift of momentum domestically.
After leading the investigation on Benghazi and then denouncing Obama’s executive order on the House floor last week, Gowdy decided to unload on Obama after his SOTU address.
Nary a Republican can deny the former prosecutor is firing shots over the bow. Hopefully they learn from his example because it just might work.
Last year, the President promised he would use his pen and phone to ignore the legislative branch and push through his agenda by executive fiat. We have witnessed one executive power grab after another, setting a dangerous precedent and eroding the constitutional balance set forward by our Founders.
“As the President himself once said, elections have consequences. The most recent one being he must work with the Republican-controlled Congress, rather than spout recycled, failed ideas from past speeches. Americans are looking for leadership. They want solutions. The President has the opportunity to put aside politics and engage with the new Congress. We hope he will.
It’s hopeful that the rest of the congress would take up the cause to live by the constitution.
Yes, the recent number of Republicans elected into office signals the American people wants something to change…but it’s up to our elected officials to hold true to their promises.
The saddest part is seeing how cozy many of the established Republicans have become with Democrat leadership.
Yes, partisanship helps, but when it comes to standing up for the law of the land there should be no debate, the constitution wins every time.
Who cares if it ruffles feathers, Republicans need to fight for freedom!
Gowdy’s leading the pack, and it’s great to see.
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