The Church, The Culture and Politics

Had not scores of pastors and hundreds, even thousands, of
members of their churches in the 1700’s become vigilantly,
vocally, vibrantly, virulently, viably, even violently involved
in the politics of their day, there probably would not be a
United States of America today.

Many pastors were vigilant to know and tell their people what
the British were up to.  They did not think their only role was
to preach the vital Gospel. They were vivid and vibrant in
vocally using their pulpits to call out the British for their
oppressive rule of the colonies. Their virulent and viable
stances garnered them the name “The Black Robe Regiment”.
Some pastors became “violent” in their political involvement,
by taking off their Black Robe and donning a Continental
Army Officer’s uniform.  Several pastors proceeded to form
their own company, battalion or regiment.  The members of
such units were predominantly men of their own
congregations – and then their pastor led them into combat
against the British Army.

So, there is ample evidence in our history and in Scripture
that the Christian church, her leaders and members, are
to be ardently and winsomely involved in their culture and
in politics, especially when the existing government is going
counter to God’s Word and God’s Way.  To claim otherwise
is to deny the Christian Church’s proper, beneficial effect
upon the culture – to be Salt and Light…

There are two sides in this Battle between Good and Evil.
          If one side doesn’t show up for the fight,
              it is obvious who the Victor will be,
             unless the Lord Himself intervenes.

       So, now the Questions:  As a Christ-following
American Patriot…
Are you personally involved in bringing Goodness and
Light into our Culture?
Are you Vocal in Exposing Evil?
Are you Sharing the Gospel regularly?
Are you faithfully Praying for God’s Help
in all this (Proverbs 16:9)?

March 16, 2021

 

Divide & Conquer Politics

Divide & Conquer has been a successful strategy and tactic for the
military in fighting an enemy.  It is often a useful option to divide
an enemy’s forces into smaller elements – and then defeat or
neutralize each element in turn.  That strategy has been used by
the Democrat Party since the 1930s.  To implement that strategy,
their tactic has been to create and describe classes of citizens,
then create stories that cause one class or group of citizens to feel
underprivileged when compared to the other created class or
group of citizens.  Then the Dems suggest, to the class feeling
“shorted”, that by voting the Dems into office, the Dems will
correct this alleged terrible imbalance.

Over the years, these are the classes that the Dems have created:
Wealth, Race, Environment, Gender, Religion.  The classic division
by the Dems for decades is the rich versus the poor.  They
demonize the wealthy as though they should be ashamed of being
wealthy.  They completely ignore the inconvenient truth that most
of the wealthy worked hard and sacrificed early pleasure, leisure,
etc. – for their long-term goal of becoming wealthy enough to
become comfortable.  And the Dems always fail to mention that
the poor have the same opportunity as the wealthy, but that they
have to work for it also.  Instead, they lead the poor (some of
whom remain that way through sheer laziness or drug addiction)
to believe the right thing for the poor to do is to put the Dems in
public office so they can then “tax the rich” and give large gifts,
erroneously labelled “entitlements”, to the poor.  This tactic of
“rich vs poor” has been highly successful – bringing the nation to a
state of technical bankruptcy.

The latest use of this Anger-and-Divide tactic by Dems (some of
whom morphed into full-blown Socialist/Communists), with the
compliant help of the main-stream media, is the lie of widespread
Racism in the nation especially by cops on Black men.  The
Marxist, Anti-Liberty Antifa and BLM (Black Lives Matter) have
created another mythical great rift in America.  Pathetically, the
BLM folks fail to recognize their own lie about Black lives
mattering, because even though Blacks are 13% of our nation’s
population, Black Abortions are 34% of the nation’s total abortions
(source: Epoch Times, May 26, 2021).  So, one could ask “Do Black
lives really matter to Blacks?”

The Black Lives Matter movement is intent on creating/staging
Violent-Cops-on-Innocent-Blacks events.  By having the Main-
Stream Media firmly in hand, the BLM folks can spin almost every
tale of alleged wrong treatment of Blacks by Cops into a rush to
judgment of the Cop. A recent example is the Trial of Officer
Chauvin for the alleged murder of multiple-felon George Floyd.
The videos and the autopsy report, from a reliable source,
overwhelmingly suggest Floyd’s death was a self-inflicted overdose
of Fentanyl – a potent drug that, when overdosed, asphyxiates a
person by filling their lungs with liquid. Long before he was placed
on the ground, he was videoed saying he couldn’t breathe.  The
autopsy report showed no injury to his trachea or larynx. Absent
other evidnce, it appears Floyd killed himself.  Might it be a fearful
community felt, not thought, it had to find him guilty to prevent more
violence in the streets?

There is a Truth about the larger issue of black crime that must be
heard – here are some facts, some Truths, to ponder:
Of the 328 million people in the USA, 41.4 million are Black,
which is 12.6% of the US population.
Blacks commit over 50% of the Violent Crime in the USA.
Ninety-three percent of Black homicides are committed
by other Blacks.
Nine unarmed Black men were killed by Police in 2019.
(“Unarmed” does not mean “innocent” or “not a threat”)
The number of unarmed Black Men killed by Police
is down 23% since 2015.
A Police Officer is 18.5 times more likely to be killed
by a Black Man than the other way around.
Above facts are from Brandon Straka of walkawaycampaign.com

The people of this nation know that there are occasional incidents
of bad behavior toward compliant apprehendees as well as bad
reactions by police officers to violent or disobedient arrested men
from time to time.  It is regrettable, of course, but from the
statistics, it may be in part due to the overwhelming amount of
violent crime by blacks, many on drugs, who refuse to obey the
instructions of the officers.  When a detained citizen starts running
away and is told to stop running or he will be shot, most people
would stop.  But some of the detained men apparently refuse to obey
and are shot, yes, in the back.  It’s sad, but there it is.

And one last word about our Police Departments.  To keep the
peace in any community, police are a necessity.  The Defund the
Police movement is absurd; actually it’s insane.  It should be
Refund, not Defund, the Police, meaning: increase funding and
training so that they can do an even better job of protecting the
law-abiding citizenry.

The Dems have almost mastered Divide & Conquer Politics to
cause unrest in the nation so that they can claim to the people
that the Dems can solve that issue if the citizens will just put them
into public office.  The truth is that the Dems never produce for
the country the rosy picture they paint during political campaigns.
Remember:  Divide & Conquer is a military strategy and tactic that
is used against an enemy.  The clear conclusion for many of us is
that the Dems since the 1930s have made war against their
enemy – yes, their enemy is the American people. Isn’t that
Sedition?  Again the proof of this regrettable truth is the
outrageous financial condition of our nation.  And, sad to see it,
the Dems have been joined by far too many Republicans who see
that we citizens have fallen prey to these socialist enticements
which put far too many of these anti-Americans into office.  Power
is what it’s about; not what’s best for a Faith, Freedom, and Free-
Market nation.

The Dems have formally identified their Divide & Conquer Strategy
as Identity Politics. Identity Politics is the Communist Left’s
constant attempt to Anger and Divide our Nation (Again, isn’t that
called Sedition?).  Communists always want us to believe that Full
Government Control and Central Planning is better for us than our
preferred Faith, Freedom and Free-Market Economy.  It is, of
course, a Myth and Lie, but for some reason (might the socialist
indoctrination of our young in schools have something to do with
it?) the young seem to believe Socialism/ Communism is the single
best way to be governed. History reveals that every Communist
nation has impoverished and enslaved its people.  Who in their
right mind wants that here?

In truth, none of us, regardless of skin color, wants violence in our
relations between us.  We should all, regardless of skin color,
stand strongly against all those who want to divide us and who fan
the flames of false narratives about some of us to others of us for
the evil purpose of keeping us stirred up against one another – to
divide us.  It’s time to say ENOUGH!

We have a way to go to get back to some semblance of good will
by each of us toward one another.  A good place to start is for
each of us to humble ourselves before our great God and begin to
daily pray fervently for God to Forgive us and to Revive the
Churches in America, to ask Him to give us another Great
Awakening – to bring us all back to the One who founded this
nation through our Founding Fathers some 245 years ago
.  We
need Him; He doesn’t need us.  So, we are the ones who must
bend our wills to His.  If enough of us really prayed with a
determined deep desire for Him to restore us to righteousness in
all we think, say, or do – God may just do it.  Worth a try,
wouldn’t you say?

In addition to concerted prayer, we must each always stand
against wrong-headed government proposals.  Every time you
read or hear of some wrong-headed, unrighteous thinking by one
of our elected officials, contact them right away by phone or in
writing, and tell them you stand against such a thing.  But we
must all commit to do this
.  Why?  Because most of the people in
government listen only to the mass response; it’s about power,
not necessarily what’s right.  So, a massive response by us to
them about something stupid will get them to act correctly.
Please commit to being one of the thousands who will stand up for
what is right by telling them so
.

Tom McDonald on July 4, 2021

America! A Total Reboot Is Possible!

This is a Vital Read for Every American and Worth Sharing, especially with the Young!  

America – Why Have You Gone So Far Astray?
You used to be noble, righteous, humble, though far from perfect, considering slavery.  We who now worship the God who made us a once-great nation, weep for you who have renounced God for the passing pleasures of unrighteous desires. To set America back on the right road to righteousness, we will need many millions of us Americans to come back to God – to put godly men and women into elected office at the national, state and local levels.  Those of us who love America, want to see her thrive once again as a nation under God, as stated in our Pledge of Allegiance.

What Is America’s Early History?
America was inaugurated in 1620 by the prophetic words of the Mayflower Compact, signed by every Pilgrim man before they left the Mayflower and set foot on the soil of their new nation.  They had been driven by religious persecution in the Old World (England and Holland) to establish a new nation on this continent “for the glory of God, and advancements of the Christian faith” (quote: Mayflower Compact).

Then on July 4, 1776, Congress declared to the world that the American colonies would from that day forward be free and independent states, no longer under the authority of Great Britain.  Our national founding document clearly states some remarkable precepts that set America on its path to God-centered greatness.  It stands as a classic example of Christians and the Church becoming deeply involved in Politics, as is expected of us.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
 that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness – That
 to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving
  their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

This was revolutionary thinking for our Founding Fathers.  To recognize that God would cause men to lead themselves by selecting leaders who were then accountable to them as a group to discharge that sacred duty and responsibility of governance, keeping always in mind to whom we are all ultimately responsible.

This new upstart of a nation had to fight a bloody war – our Revolutionary War – to make stick our resolve to be independent.  Our first President considered the father of our country, had this to say to all of us about “religion” in all of our affairs:

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity,
  religion and morality are indispensable supports.  In vain would that
  man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these
  great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of
  men and citizens.  …Reason and experience both forbid us to expect
  that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
   Washington – Farewell Address, September 19, 1796

“Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”
(Proverb 14:34) 

What Is America’s True Foundation?
When the majority of the citizens of America worshipped and followed the God of the Bible, as begun by the Pilgrims under their Mayflower Compact, and later formalized in our Declaration of Independence, we thrived as a people and became a great nation – perhaps the greatest nation ever on the earth.  However, after WWII we have seen a dramatic falling away of seemingly an entire nation from the solid virtues that made us once the envy of the world – our flourishing wealth; our honorable government; our excellent school & university system; our ingenious technologies; our strong military; our virtuous and generous people; our beautiful mountains, forests and lakes; our vast, rich farms and ranches; our hard-working people building wonderful new infrastructures and businesses.

It was the intangible, the spiritual in us that enabled that goodness, that foundation in Faith and Freedom which empowers us to build all that we see.  But when we, as a people began turning away from following and worshipping God, He began to take His hand of guidance and benevolence from us.  Left then to man’s wisdom, the Federal government began to control more and more of our lives, adopting socialistic systems of governance which have repeatedly destroyed other nations.*  The insatiable drive for power especially by the left is ruining the decent life that used to characterize America and our healthy personal relationships with each other.

What Is America’s Current Situation?
For the first two centuries we were a kind and gentle giver to, and defender of, the world, yet today we are not regarded well in the main, especially by countries dominated by dictators and Communism.  The not so strange thing about all this, is that many of these authoritarian governments* that opposed us have impoverished their own people, ruining their lives, while we have continued to thrive – until recently.

What Is Our Government’s Part in Our Decline?
Our US Supreme Court in 1962-63 stabbed the very heart of a moral America – they ruled that our young students could no longer pray to our God in schools. Social statistics reveal that decision set us on the slippery slope of sin and moral degradation as a nation.  Then in 1973 that same Supreme Court decided it was fine for us to murder babies in the womb, some 61 million so far.  Then in 2015, the same Court made another unthinkable decision.  They found that it was okay to allow same-sex marriage in America.  With that fateful decision, our Supreme Court challenged the very authority of the God of all Creation.  That same God gave us the Holy Bible to guide us away from such immorality and sin, so that by following its precepts, we could keep on the more narrow path of righteousness 

The insanity of telling God to “get lost” is now reaping us a whirlwind of calamities.  

What are Some of the Results?
Fewer of us now believe in God.  Fewer still are followers of Jesus Christ.  The
radical Left’s Humanistic-Secularization of several of our younger generations
in schools, universities and on social media is at the heart of why this has
happened.  Laws are being passed that restrict and even prohibit the
practices of moral activity.  Some laws and policies attempt to prevent
speech about morality – a growing antagonism toward anything Christian
or Biblical.  Our nation is technically in bankruptcy – hugely growing
liabilities grossly exceed total  assets. Our increasingly socialistic laws,
policies and regulations are driving America ever closer to the
bankruptcy that always – always – follows such incompetent governance.

Much of our industry and businesses are owned or controlled by
foreigners, Communist China in particular.  I use “particular”
because they have stated their goal is total world domination.
America is their greatest obstacle to accomplishing that Goal.

Many governments around the world, and at all levels in America,
are increasingly led by those whose personal and immoral interests
are placed above those of their citizens. (e.g. Marxists, Islamic
Supremists, and others with non-Biblical laws)

The events in late 2020 and early 2021 in America give many of us
a renewed foreboding of what is surely ahead for America – unless
we do a complete reversal of the way we manage our affairs at the
Federal level and other levels.

What Can Be Done To Return Our Nation to Biblical Righteousness?
It would do us well to remember that God allowed great calamity to fall upon His favored people of ancient Israel.  When immorality and sin became so bad in Israel that they would not listen to His prophets but insisted on becoming more evil – God brought terrible
calamities upon them to get their attention.  Later He would give them a leader who brought them back to God, for a time, until they strayed again, repeating the cycle. Perhaps we are in that spot now with God.  He demands righteousness and we have become increasingly immoral, even evil.  Worse yet, we have been in the business of exporting our immorality in music, movies, TV, books magazines, games, and the internet literally around the world.  According to some evidence just now being discovered, even the means of electing people in America’s political system may be compromised.  So the answer here is as clear for us today as it was for ancient Israel then – return to God and His ways of living righteously – or face an ugly end.

    “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness
that 
guards the land.  I searched for someone to stand in the gap
in the wall 
so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no
one.” 
Ezekiel 22:30
 

So let’s do three things:

  1. Pray Humbly but  Fervently to our nation-founding God, to
    confess, repent and ask forgiveness for our many sins personally and nationally.  Then Ask Him to Revive His churches in America from
    Coast to Coast, so all preachers will once again be faithful teachers of
    His Bible, and will again “Thunder from their Pulpits” against the Evil in our Land, as did the vaunted “Black Robe Regiment” of the 1700s.
    Ask Him to provide us a strong, Christ-following National Figure who
    will be stirred by God’s Holy Spirit to lead another “Great Awakening”
    from Border to Border.  Ask Him to restore our government to righteousness, so that we are led to become a God-fearing, God-following government once again.  Ask Him to intervene and bring down the immoral, the profane, and the evil in our land.  Ask Him to
    cause us all to lower the temperature of our speech against one
    another, and to help us to show the Love of God toward each other
    and not the prevalent hostile attitudes.  The last line of the
    Lord’s Prayer asks God to “Deliver us from Evil”.  Ask Him to
    do just that!
  2. Speak winsomely but forcefully in Public against Political Immorality and Attempts to change our US Constitution.
    A book entitled “Politics According to the Bible” by Dr. Wayne Grudem, supports and explains Jesus’ own call for us all to be Salt & Light in a Decaying and Dark world.  As part of this, we must find, encourage, and
    support candidates for office who believe in America as founded
    and want to see her return to that greatness – for God’s Glory,
    not ours.  We must also speak against and vote against immoral
    laws, and policies counter to our US Constitution that abridge our
    Faith & Freedom.
  1. Share the Grace of the Good News of Jesus Christ in a Winsome
    way with more and more people.Especially with our elected and
    appointed government officials, as well as judges.Let us double and
    redouble our best efforts.  Even those who are not yet Christ-followers
    can see there is a need for change, but many are unaware of how to
    make it happen. Let us show them. And we must hurry – the time
    is perhaps short.

    Closing Thought
    :  I was forty years a heathen, now forty-five years a
    Christ-follower.  I clearly see that America’s many problems like absurd
    economics, corrupt politics, lying officials, corrupt Judiciary, inferior
    education, drug-abuse, porous borders, immoral entertainment,
    hedonism, etc. are only symptoms.  The Problem in America is we have
    stopped following God – even in some segments of the Christian Church!

We Americans must Repent and Return to God in Christ – or – we are DONE…

February 5, 2021

Note: There are five papers that will help you in these three purposes. They
are posted on this BLOG.  Titles of papers: The True Meaning of Christmas;
Insights; Am I Going To Heaven?; Pray for God’s Church, Our People, and
Our America; and Watchfire.  In addition, for a more detailed look at some
of “America’s Issues that Need Urgent Redress” (especially Education, and
Federal Financial Management Reform) consider ordering the 74-page
document America 2020 – A Call For Action To Restore Our Nation,
written by the America 2020 Coalition and published by BookLogix.com
for $7.76.

* A partial list of those nations that have succumbed to Communism since the late 1800s:
Argentina: The richest nation in the world in the 19th century; by the early
20th century unbridled socialism had bankrupted them.
Cuba: A fine nation in the Caribbean taken over by Fidel Castro in 1959 and
financially ruined by Communism within a decade.
Venezuela: This oil-rich nation in South America went very quickly bankrupt
under Communism.
Russia: Fell under Communist rule in the early 20th Century, ruining their
economy and enslaving their people.
China: Communism arose after WWII, ruining their economy and enslaving
their people; today it is resurging economically because they have adopted
carefully controlled Free-Enterprise, though the majority of their people still
live in poverty or squalor.
North Korea: Perhaps there is no better illustration of the diametric opposites
that Free-Enterprise and Communism are to each other than to observe two
nations of one people on the same peninsula in the Far East.  South Korea is
a thriving nation with a vibrant economy under the Free-Enterprise system,
while North Korea is a destitute, enslaved Communist nation.

It is inconceivable how a thinking person can want Socialism, much less, Communism.

The True Meaning of Christmas

The coming of Jesus the Christ into the World as a humble Teacher

though He was and is Lord of Lords and King of Kings

is the single greatest example of God’s Love

for the people of this World, His Special Creation.

And why did He come? 

To provide us, sinners all, a Way Home to God, our Heavenly Father,

through Jesus’ Great Gift of Love on that Cross where He paid the

Penalty of Death we each owe for our sin here on earth.

You may not be able to avoid the evil that some say is soon coming,

but by praying to ask Jesus to Forgive you and be your Savior,

you will insure God’s Heaven and not Satan’s Hell

as your final destination.

Making this Decision gives you a special Relationship with Almighty God.

You will have become His child, and He invites you

to ask Him for your Needs and to Deliver you from all Evil.

He promises to hear such praying … and will answer.

Insights!

When what you believe collides with Truth, what you believe is revealed as False – a lie.  Reasonable men do not want to lie, we inherently know it to be wrong.  Some of us resolve to change our thinking to no longer believe the False.  So we need the Truth.  We need to know where to find the Truth.

What is Truth?  It is ultimate reality – what actually is, is Truth. A great man once said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Some other men did not like what he said, so they had him arrested, found him guilty in a rigged court trial, severely beat him, and then executed him in the presence of a large crowd.  But he proved he did speak the Truth by coming back to Life three days after being put in the grave.  In fact, he walked about on the earth for some forty days (seen by hundreds) and talked about the Way to Heaven before He was called up to sit at the right side of God on His throne in Heaven.

So – if you are tired of the Way things are going and want the Truth of eternity about the better life, then you simply tell God you’re sorry for your lies and sins and want His Son, Jesus the Christ (the “man” I mentioned earlier) to be your Redeemer.  God will forgive you and will regenerate you, transform you into someone who delights in the Truth and gives up the lies and sins.  If you do this, you will have become a Truth-seeker, a Christ-follower, which makes you a child of God.  And you will have secured your ultimate destination with Him in Heaven – when your time on earth is done.

If you don’t accept Jesus’ forgiveness of your sins, you’ll not go to Heaven when you die – you’ll go to a horrible place of eternal suffering in Hell, instead of the eternal joy in Heaven.  This may help: a clever sign on a message board in front of a church in the north Georgia mountains says it all:

Eternity.  Your Choice!
Smoking or Non-smoking?

Am I Going to Heaven?

Have you ever casually, or even seriously, wondered about that?  Is there an answer to such a seemingly unanswerable question?  You bet there is!  Jesus Himself told us how to insure we join Him for eternity after our physical death.  The following words written by the Holy Spirit through John and Luke carry Jesus’ own answer to that vitally important question for all of us.

 

“I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”1  Anyone who believes* in God’s Son has eternal life.  Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.2  “For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes* in Him will not perish but have eternal life.  God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save** the world through Him.3  So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’4  I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one can come to the Father except through me.”5  There is salvation in no one else!  God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.**6 Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved**, along with everyone in your household.7

 

He was equally candid about our going to Hell if we reject His message of salvation.  Right now might be a good time to pause and let you satisfy any lingering doubts you may have about there being a real Hell and a real choice.  Read in the Bible what it says in Matthew 5:22, 29, 30, 10:28, 25:41, 46; Mark 9:43; Luke 16:24-31; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 2 Thessalonians 1:8, 9; 2 Peter 2:4; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:2-4, 8, 27; 22:11.  So you see, there is a choice. Make sure you choose eternal life in Heaven rather than eternal death (separation from God) in Hell.

 

What Do I Do?

You must admit to God that you are a sinner, and all of us are, whether it’s pride, lies, adultery, covetousness, selfishness, self-indulgence (drunkenness, drugs, overeating, sex, gambling, profanity), self-righteousness, self-pity, idolatry (money, self, another person, things [your smartphone, for example]). (1 John 1:10)

 

You must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God – and that as a perfect man He took upon Himself all our sins (past, present & future) to die in crucified agony in our place – and that through His triumphant rising from that death to eternal life with God, the Father, He secured victory over Satan forever – for you, but only if you will believe it and act on it. (John 3:16,18)  In a deliberate act of your will, you must surrender yourself to Jesus, the Christ.  This act of yielding to God through Christ is done simply by praying to Jesus, saying that you know you are a sinner and asking Him to forgive you, and to come in to lead your life forever. (Romans 10:9-10)

 

Not incidentally, of all the founders of the various faiths and religions of this world, only Jesus claimed to be God, andonly He rose from the dead, later seen by hundreds, as documented in the Bible and in other books of the time, to prove He was and is the only true God. As taught by Jesus in scripture, Christianity is not a religion; it is a personal relationship with God Himself in Christ Jesus.  And do not be deceived by the doctrines and dogmas of the religions of this world (Colossians 2:8). If any tenet held by any religion cannot be supported by God’s Word (His Holy Bible), then it is false and will mislead you, no matter how “religious” it seems.

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Footnotes (New Living Translation):
1John 3:3     2 John 3:36     3 John 3:16, 17     4 John 3:7     5 John 14:6    6 Acts 4:12    7 Acts 16:31
Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance is source for these definitions:
*    Believe (+):  From Greek Pisteuo meaning to entrust, to commit (especially one’s spirit to Christ).
**  Save (+):  From Greek Sozo meaning to deliver, protect, preserve, make whole.

God’s Guarantee
If you have just prayed that prayer with heartfelt commitment, your spirit has been reborn and regenerated by the Holy Spirit who now lives in you.  You are now saved from death (eternal separation from the God who made and loves you) and sealed by the Holy Spirit as one of God’s family.  How do you know for sure?  Because God does not lie.  He said if you believe* in Jesus, you will have eternal life (1 John 4:15 and 5:11-13).  You are now the true Christian son or daughter of God, the Father, that He longs for you to be.  You are assured of joining Him in His heaven after your mortal death (John 11:25,26) and of enjoying here a growing personal friendship. Your praise and thanks for this true miracle go to God alone (Father, Son & Holy Spirit)!

One final thought to ponder…. God has provided only one way home – Jesus.  Please don’t turn your back on the only way to Heaven.  If you are thinking of putting off your personal acceptance of Christ Jesus as your Savior, please read 2 Corinthians 6:2; James 4:14.  Accepting Christ as Savior is the only Total Surrender in which there is Total Victory!  So pray now to receive Him as your Savior and Lord!

If you want to explore anything here more thoroughly, just talk with one of the Christians around you.  We all want to help introduce you to Christ Jesus, your only way to Heaven.

From a Christ-following soldier & servant, in Christ’s Love and Service!  _______________________________________________________________________
Original written Oct 79, renewed Dec 2000, condensed in 2019.  Accurate use by others is joyfully granted.

Now, a special word to those who are church-goers
There are many good, church-going or bible-reading people who say, “Sure, I believe all of that, so I’m a Christian.”  The truth is that they may be using the word “believe” as it’s defined in a dictionary, “to accept as true or real.”  In James 2:19 it says even the devil and his demons believe in Christ and shudder.  But as the footnote for believe* says, the writers of the New Testament, empowered by the Holy Spirit, meant much more than intellectual agreement for believe*.  They meant “to entrust, to commit, to yield” to Jesus.  Anything less does not meet God’s only condition for your entering His kingdom.  “For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it” (Matthew 7:14).

So now it should be clear.  You must understand with your mind and heart that we humans are utterly incapable of earning eternal life in heaven by doing or being good, such as going to church, giving to charity, tithing, singing in the choir, visiting the sick, etc (Titus 3:5-7).  We simply have to “get it” that what God wants is our acceptance of His Love and Grace (means unmerited favor) by surrendering our lives to Him through His Son Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-10).  Which isn’t asking much considering that He asked His Son Jesus to voluntarily shed His blood as full payment for the penalty for our sins. Surely gratitude alone for the price He paid should compel you to accept that magnificent, unconditional Love by yielding yourself to Him.  You will then be assured of being His child and of entering His kingdom now and forever! Your eternal life and deepening personal relationship with Him starts here and now if you choose to make it so.  No gift is yours until you accept it.

We hope all this has helped you see The Truth.  We are not Human Beings on a Spiritual journey.  We are Spiritual Beings on a Human journey.  And Jesus wants to see us all safely back in Heaven with Him someday…

Pray for God’s Church, Our People, and Our America

Pray for God’s Church, Our People, and Our America *

 

Our Father in Heaven, we humble ourselves before You. Forgive us our sins. Cleanse us of all unrighteousness – that we may approach You now with pure Hearts and clean hands.  Please hear the anguished cry of our hearts – for Revival of Your Church in America to Holiness, for another Great Awakening to Your Spirit for all our people, and for Renewal of America to Righteousness.

Your church, our people, and our nation are in desperate need of Your Grace, Your Forgiveness and Your Cleansing Touch.
Help all of us in America See and Repent of our Sins.  We plead with You to remove the apostasy in Your church, and rid our nation of aborticide, drug abuse, materialism, racism, secularism, socialism, and sexual perversion. Expose and

destroy false religions, but in your mercy, save the lost souls. We plead with You to visit us – to Revive all Your churches in America so that not just some, but all will Embrace, Teach and Live Biblical Holiness for the benefit of all in our nation.

Call all your shepherds and the sheep of their flocks to spend more time with You daily – in Your Word and in Worship – through Prayer, Praise and Service.  And we ask: Is it not time to replace all Your under-shepherds who will not bend to Your will?

We ask for Your blessings of Wisdom and Courage for the President and all leaders in his Administration – for Justices and Judges, for Congressmen and Senators, as well as for all Governors, State Legislators, Mayors and

County Commissioners – and for leaders in Business, Education, Law, Media, Medicine and Entertainment.  Help all of us see our need for You and to ask You for Your help.

Protect the President, Vice-President and those called to staff their administration.  Allow no weapon formed against them to prevail.  We ask You to move them to use the teachings of Your Bible as their daily guide to righteous governance.  We ask You to roll back the dark cloud of evil over our nation’s capital by the power of Your Presence.  What we ask here is impossible for us – but not for You. 

You say in Proverbs 21:1 – “The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; He guides it wherever He pleases.”  We ask You to so direct our president. Help him choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong – and to never be content with a half-truth when the whole can be won.  Help him become an inspiring, strong, righteous leader.

Over the last five decades You have sent America many interim judgements in the form of natural and other disasters, but none were acknowledged as such by our leaders.  Please, God, in your abundant mercy, withhold Your Final Judgement upon America; give our leadership more time to bring us back to You.  Cause us all to be ashamed of what we have made of our nation today.

“Help us, O God of our salvation! Help us for the Glory of Your name.  Save us and forgive our sins for the Honor of Your name.” (Ps 79:9, NLT)

Revive us, O Lord!  Save America! 

Now help each of us to gratefully treasure what You have given us and to never take for granted anything from You ever again.  Help us hold to Your standard of Righteousness in all we Think, Say, or Do.

In Jesus’ mighty name we ask that all this be done to the Unending Praise of Your Eternal Glory!   Hallelujah Forever!      and Amen

*rev 8/28/21 – tbm

 

Watchfire!

WATCHFIRE def: “a fire kept burning at night as a signal or
for the use of those staying awake to watch, or guard.”

The darkness of immorality and evil in the world is seen in the
vile deeds of men without conscience.  We see the corruption
in the leaders of nations, congresses, courts and churches.
Some of America’s governments embrace practices specifically
forbidden by God in His Word, the Holy Bible. Then
our highest court calls some of that evil “good”.

Why has God’s Church in America failed to rise up and say,
“Enough of this evil. We demand a return to Righteousness.”?
Because the Church cannot help America get right until it first gets itself,
meaning all its people, back on God’s righteous path.

All who follow the one true God, Adonai-Elohim-El Shaddai, in America,
must wake up!  Pray with Holy Spirit passion for the Revival to Holiness
of His Bride, the Church.  We must become desperate for God to tear out
the darkness in His churches in America, to replace it with the Light
of His Holiness!  We must also pray for the renovation of America
into what God wants us to become.

 Some Christians are lighting Watchfires to stand guard
to pray every week against this spiritual darkness and
for the dawn of His righteousness in all areas of life!

Therefore it’s our view that every Bible-believing,
Christ-following church in America will benefit from a permanent
Watchfire Prayer Team to steadfastly pray for
a Revival in every Christ-follower and Church in America,
a mighty Awakening to the Spirit of God by every American, and
Restoration to Righteous Governance in all things.
The purpose of Watchfire, then, is to pray fervently for:

1)  A Full-Blown Revival by God’s Presence
in us, in our homes, in our church, and in each Christian Church in America,
from Coast to Coast and Border to Border.

2)  A Renewal of Righteousness in our National, State, and Local
Governments, with special emphasis on righteous Judges at all levels.

3)  The Awakening of Hearts to God all across America that will transform Government,
Business, Education, Medicine, Industry, Military, Media, Law, Entertainment, etc.

4)  Peace in Jerusalem and for Israel

5) The Salvation of all God’s enemies – or
the complete neutralization of their immoral and evil influences and effects.

“I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land.
I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land,
but I found no one.”  Ezekiel 22:30

The Truth About America’s Only Hope

 Since the beginning of time God has made His great creative and sustaining power plainly known to all of mankind. Yet many refuse to believe Him as God or even that there is a God. In His inspired Word, Psalm 53 clearly states, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”

America was established by our Founding Fathers as a nation whose people were primarily Christian or Deist. There is ample evidence in the Federalist Papers and in their many other writings to support this fact. Yet there has been a steady erosion of the principles and processes of the Holy Bible in the governance of America by persons, organizations, and governments (judicial, executive, and legislative) at the national, state and local levels.  We were never perfect, but we were never in all our checkered past as truly bad as we are today.

Laws in a righteously governed nation are for the purpose of promoting morality or prohibiting immorality and other harmful behavior. Many of our nation’s leaders make not even a pretense of righteously governing this nation. They pass laws or find “strange authority” in our once-hallowed US Constitution (or even in foreign law) to ban prayer in classrooms, to force immorality upon the nation, to ban the symbol of Christianity from our public lands, to allow citizens to sue others frivolously with impunity, and even to ban the display of the Ten Commandments in courts and schools. Such defiance-of-God behavior has emboldened the highest court in our land to legalize same-sex “marriage”.  Our leaders rightly condemn terrible mass killings such as those in Aurora, CO and Newport, CT but wrongly condone the more horrific murder-in-the-womb of a million plus children each year.

Our leaders rightly make it clear that freedom of religion means that all peaceful religions are welcome to practice their faiths here. Yet, as a further assault on our heritage as a moral people, they increasingly hobble the practice of the one and only Faith upon which this nation and its morality were founded – Christianity and the Holy Bible. That hypocrisy has become the handmaiden of evil.

Make no mistake; this is a defiant mocking of God who has made His standards abundantly clear. The Bible says in Galatians 6:7, “Do not be misled – you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.”  Unrepentant evil-doers are punished after death. Nations have no after-life; God punishes them in this life. Such terrible punishment is revealed in His Word for the nation of His special people, the Israelites, as well as for many gentile nations – of which we are now a modern one. Therefore, the root of America’s problem is not absurd economics, corrupt politics, corrupt Judiciary, poor education, aliens, drug-abuse, unnatural disasters, lying officials, incompetent government-run organizations and schools, etc.

It is the disintegration of morality in our culture and, sadly,
in some segments of the Christian church, as well! 

                          Our problem is – SIN…
“that hideous monster we so much dislike hearing about, and
which we are so ready to gloss over and excuse.” (Rev A.W. Pink)

 The proof of this bold assertion is simple!  When most of our people and especially our leaders worshipped, prayed to, and followed the God of the Bible, we became the greatest nation ever on the earth. When we began to chase after other gods (money, power/self, sex, hedonism, alien ideologies, etc.) we tipped over and began our now precipitous fall.

“What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil,
that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is
bitter. What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes and
think themselves so clever.” Isaiah 5:20,21 (NLT)

Is it too late for America? Emphatically NO! If we, the people and the leaders of America, confess our sins to God, turn from them in genuine repentance, humbly ask His forgiveness, and ask Him to become our Savior, God, and guide again – He promises He will do all that and more. He will help us become a more righteous people and a Godly nation again – for His Glory, not ours!

We must PRAY for our nation’s wayward churches and our secular leaders to turn around to prosper with God – or continue to wither and die without Him. The choice is that stark!  In the Bible, nations like Nineveh that repented and turned back to God were redeemed. That same God will redeem America – if we repent and return to Him – His Word guarantees it.  God has not and will not lie.

The great problems and evil in America are at their center spiritual issues.  It will take a strong spiritual stand by our President to root them all out. To think that mere man can correct the mess that we created by listening to voices other than God’s, is the kind of self-centered ignorance that got us into this terrible jam in the first place.  Millions of us believe without a doubt that only God can right our ship, our nation.  And our leaders must recognize that fact and act accordingly – quickly.  America has a monstrous spiritual problem and it can be successfully dealt with only in a spiritual manner!

It is instructive to examine how God dealt with nations in the Bible.  Two examples:  A king of Judah, Jehoshaphat, prayed to God before all his people to deliver Judah from certain defeat from an army twice the size of his; God did so in amazing fashion.  King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, knelt and prayed to God before all his people to dedicate the newly completed Temple in Jerusalem to God and to refresh Israel’s pledge to walk with God in wholehearted devotion.  God  appeared to Solomon one night and told him, “… if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”   God blessed King Solomon’s reign with peace, power and wealth because he followed God, if imperfectly, but God was His guiding light.

The God whom King Solomon and all his people worshipped and sought great help from is the same God we claim to Trust; many of us are still His people, called by His name – Christian. Both President Roosevelt and General Eisenhower knew that: when they led the nation and the Normandy Invasion troops, respectively, in public prayer before that great invasion – God gave us the amazing victory in Europe in WWII.  If any of our leaders prayed for victory in subsequent wars, we never heard about it – and we have never won a clear-cut victory again.

Therefore, it seems very reasonable for us now to ask our President to call the nation to pray to God for deliverance from the evil idolatries in America.  We believe our President should:
1) call all like-minded leaders, Congressmen and judges/Justices
in Washington, DC as well as any like-minded Governors
of States to come to the National Cathedral.
2) then stand before all these people, proclaim the solemn purpose of
the gathering to be to confess and repent of all our sins,
3) then turn and kneel humbly before God with all the assembly –
acknowledging Him with much Praise to be the great Creator,
Sustainer and Redeemer of all mankind and all the universe.
4) admit to God our sins of commission and omission, and ask
God Almighty to forgive us, to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness, and to set us on God’s right path again.
5) ask God to help him and all those leaders gathered with him
to rid the nation quickly of all wickedness.
6) ask God to Revive the Christian Church in America to Holiness
so as to become once again the beacon of light to all our people.
7) ask God to Restore America to Righteousness, and to certainly
give him and all the people gathered there with him, the
knowledge to govern with His mercy and wisdom…

“Turn to the Lord now while there is time. Give Him your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping & mourning.  Return to the Lord your God, for He is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.  He is eager to relent and not punish.” Joel 2:12,13

We must become a God-fearing and God-following nation again – or we will die a nation gone wrong! “Neither a nation nor a house divided against itself will stand.” (Mark 3:24,25 paraphrase)

Why Be A Christian?

 In a letter to believers in the early days of the church, Jesus’ brother, James, wrote, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that — and shudder.”

A Christian is more than a person who believes in God. He is a person who trusts in Jesus Christ for all things including his own future life in heaven. To have life after death with God requires that we be holy and perfect because He is holy and perfect. And we can never do that on our own. We need God’s help.

The Bible teaches that as descendants of Adam, none of us is perfect. As imperfect people, we all sin … even Mother Teresa sinned. There is nothing we can do on our own that could save us from hell because no matter how much we improve, we can never be totally perfect. To live with God after we leave this world, we must be found perfect – that means without any sin, no matter how small, because God is holy and cannot live with any sin.

The “Good News” is that God no longer sees anyone’s sin after they accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Why? Because God sent His Son Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God, to shed His blood to save us – a momentous event foreshadowed in Egypt when the Lord passed over each Israelite home that had the blood of an unblemished lamb on the doorway, saving their first-born from death. God the Father had Jesus Christ (God the Son), the perfect Lamb of God, crucified on a cross, one time, for all of our sins, past, present and future so that we may be saved from paying the penalty for any of our sins.

The penalty for unforgiven sin is eternity in hell, which is eternal separation from God. Frankly, eternity in heaven with God is the only rational choice, wouldn’t you say?

God’s plan for our salvation is found throughout the Bible in the Old Testament, by events like the Exodus, as well as in the New Testament, where it is explained in detail by Jesus, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul and others. Jesus said, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no man comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6).

God does not save me because I live a good life, or go to confession, or am baptized, or sing in the choir, or teach Sunday school. Instead I am saved by God’s grace through my faith. The Bible’s Book of Hebrews tells us that Abraham was saved only by faith and all who came after him were saved only by God’s grace through their  faith. And we are saved by Grace through Faith in Jesus Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8,9), when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. For “without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6). Check out Romans 10:9, 10 and John 3:36, as well. Read His Word; be blessed!

Are you saved? Ask Christ to become your Lord and Savior now – you’ll be glad you did – eternally!