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Christians and pseudo-Christians
Open your hearts and minds to what you will read herein. Most Americans are unaware that no less than 20-million Christians fail to vote. I ask every professing God-fearing Evangelical to stand firm for God principles and to start exercising your civil rights of citizenship – and make a copy of this article to give to your church leaders too. It’s time you register to vote and make your voice heard!
Are You a Christian?
Saying you’re a Christian does not make you a Christian, especially if you will passively sit by and allow altars to be erected in high places. Have you been so brainwashed that you believe what the secular-humanists and progressive Marxists have been dictating; and do you really believe this is acceptable in God’s eyes? Thomas Jefferson warned us:
Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed the conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?
Socialism, and especially Marxism, is and always has been contrary to God’s Word. That makes it incompatible with Christianity. These so-called pastors are nothing but wolves in sheep’s clothing. They tell you that you are not of this world; therefore, you should not participate in worldly politics.
You live in this world, And what kind of world you live in depends upon you. These reprobate pastors have sold their souls not to make waves. They tickle your ears with false hopes in what can only be described as Sunday love fests. Yet, these shepherds readily allow Caesar to trump God’s word without even a whimper. Sort of reminds you of the Pharisees in the Old Testament.
The Declaration of Independence says: “…the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God”. Each day our religious freedoms are being taken from us; yet we ignore the wisdom of our founding father, John Hancock, who reminded us:
Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual…Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.
The Bible tells us, of what happened to Israel when they allowed “altars” to be erected in high places, God cursed the land, do any of you who refuse to participate in government truly believe the United States has some kind of special dispensation? Or it’s acceptable for God to be removed from our schools and all public places.
Where are the Watchmen on the Wall?
Ezekiel 33:6 states:
If, however, the lookout (Pastors) sees the enemy coming and does not sound the alarm, the enemy will come and kill those sinners, but I will hold the lookout responsible for their death.
It’s time every Pastor starts to discuss politics from the pulpit. Our 1st Amendment right talks about our right to worship without government interference. The words “separation of Church and State” do not appear in our 1st Amendment or in any of our foundational documents. God forbid we adhere to five unelected hoodlums in black-robes who have elevated themselves above God’s law and the Constitution of these United States! Activist judges ruled we must have separation of church and State and created law where none existed. They completely perverted the meaning of the 1st Amendment to protect the State from the Church, when the 1st Amendment protects the Church from the State. It is time the church heeds the words of President Andrew Jackson and tells the judges to try and enforce that ruling. There comes a time for civil disobedience if said law violates God’s laws. We have seen the results of being passive: pray at sports events; stand and pray before all meetings; let them know we are here and we are not going anywhere.
Sodomy became a virtue when our courts redefined marriage. It’s considered intolerant or homophobic if you refuse to accept marriage between sodomites. Even some misguided Christian dominations have openly allowed gay couples to preach God’s word – altering direct biblical precepts. Cicero tells us:
The first bond of society is marriage.
Abortion is a woman’s right, so 5-unelected hoodlums in Black-robes have allowed over 5000 babies to be killed every day! Can any Christian let this go on? Have they forgotten that our Declaration of Independence clearly states that governments are instituted among men to protect our God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?
I could go on, but I believe you are getting the picture.
The Supreme Court and our Christian Nation
I remind you that the Supreme Court of these United States in 1892, held:
This is a Christian Nation.
And it says of the separation of church and state in the Revolution that it
was neither conceived of nor carried out…. Far from being left to itself, religion was embedded into every aspect and institution of American life.
The simplistic progressive has perverted the standard of right and wrong. Their rallying cry is to scream that religion is the enemy of freedom, reasoning that obedience to the law of God hinders their ill conceived belief that any reliance upon religious authority inhabits their natural freedoms. Adam and Eve believed something similar in the Garden of Eden. They were wrong then and the progressives are wrong now.
Any reasonable person would ask: why the deep vicious hatred towards God? It is simple, they want to be their own gods and decide what is right and wrong according to their own reasoning. They claim it’s about their freedom. But – they are already free. No! The freedom they aspire too is freedom from all restriction, which has always resulted in anarchy. Just ask the ancient Greeks – with all their intellectual prowess, their Golden Age only lasted 50 years. And, of course natural reason and religion deify the state. Dostoyevsky’s character Ivan said in The Brothers Karamazov:
…if there is no God, then everything is permitted.
America has been blinded by the Marxist’s enlightenment, which is nothing more than an intellectual ploy to gain power over the gullible. It’s time for every Christian to stand up and say:
As for me and my family we will serve the Lord!
Ronald Reagan left us with a profound warning:
If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
Register to vote, get your friends and family out there, say “no more” to the State.
Lastly, I encourage every reader to pray, and to read II Chronicles 7:14:
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land.
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First of all, the founding fathers did not intend for this to be a Christian nation. yes, the Declaration of Independence mentions God, but that document us not the basis for any laws.
The Treaty of Tripoli could not be any clearer when it reads that the United States is not founded in the Christian nation.
The Constitution is the basis for our nations laws. how many times does it mention God? Oh right, a whopping zero. Either the Founding Fathers made a very serious error or they left out mysticism intentionally, since it has no place as a basis for law.
The Supreme Court of 1892 was a century after our nations founding. Thomas Jefferson thought that the seperation of Church and State was so important that he had it placed on his tombstone instead of a mentioning of his presidency.
You say that Christians should refuse to follow rulings by the Supreme Court. So the rule of law should be suspended because of your personal interpretation of a book written by Bronze Age goat herders.
Review your history. Classical Greece lasted for 200 years, and Hellenistic Greece for another 150, followed by the takeover if the Romans. Many historians agree that a major cause of the downfall of ancient Rome was because of their conversion to Christianity.
I have read the Jefferson tombstone. The words “separation of church and state” do not appear on that object, either.
Exactly Mr. Hurlbut, religious freedom. And what Mr. Purpura is advocating for is not religious freedom at all, and it scares me to see statements like this coming from a conservative site.
As I’ve mentioned in a past article, I am an American citizen, but I am Jewish like my parents were and like my sons are. And I love this country and everything it stands for, because is one of the few places of the world where we live with our faith without fear or discrimination.
But when I read statements like these I can’t help but worry. Because Mr. Hurlbut, are you telling me I should teach my sons that this is not their country because they are not Christian? That they should not serve in the military or aim for a public office if they wished so, because this is a Christian country and to it’s eyes, their faith is lesser than Christianity?
Hopefully you can understand my worry. I know well Mr. Purpura didn’t had any ill intentions, but this kind of mentality is dangerously close to destroy the safe religious haven that America is.
Your fears are misplaced. In fact, you should fear Obama, not Nick Purpura or me. If anyone hates the Jews, in this country and worldwide, it’s Obama. Ask yourself: why couldn’t Obama find time to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu, at a moment as critical as this, while he could sit down with four silly women on a morning television show?
I don’t fear Mr. Purpura, instead I commend his legal battle against the juggernaut of the federal government, and I am glad to see the support this site shows for Israel and its right to exist (Which was what led me to the website in first place), and I throughly enjoyed the Ayn Rand world series. And I have no sympathy for Barack Hussein Obama, or his policies or the way he destroyed the economy.
What I fear is the belief that this country was founded exclusively under Christian principles, and should have an absolute tie to the Christian faith. This is troublesome for me (And for many in my community) because it sooner or later will lead to the belief that the only “right” religion is Christianity. Both ends of the spectrum can be equally dangerous.
I had a personal experience with this back when I was a kid no older than 10, on a music class where the teacher asked everyone to say a prayer. I did not of course, and this ended with this teacher, a fully grown woman hurtfully poking a boy’s chest and yelling while saying “The fact is that Jesus Christ is our savior. Do you accept him yes or no?!”
I don’t want my sons to endure that kind of thing just because they are loyal to the faith of his ancestors, and I am sure every Jewish parent feels the same. I hope you understand my position Mr. Hurlbut and why I strongly disagree with Mr. Purpura’s statements.
To abuse a child as your music teacher abused you, is no act of Christian charity or witness. (It’s also unlawful today, especially poking you with your finger as she did.) Any teacher who did that at the school that my church keeps, could consider herself fired. Such conduct is disgraceful. And I could cite you multiple chapters and verses by Paul of Tarsus, in his many Letters to early church communities, that say that you do not do that if you expect to persuade anyone of anything.
I normally hesitate to speak for a contributor. But I can assure you, from my personal knowledge of Mr. Purpura, that he never intended to suggest an “establishment” of Christianity. Furthermore, part of being a Christian, again quoting Paul of Tarsus (see especially his Letter to the Romans), is never boasting about “getting it” or speaking slightingly of or to any Jew on this account.
The tension between Judaism and Christianity will likely remain until events—which I maintain are galloping toward the “consummation” that the prophet Daniel spoke about—force Jews and Christians to stand together, one way or the other. See especially the Prophets Nahum, Habakkuk, Zechariah, and Malachi, in addition to Ezekiel and Daniel, for details. And even before those events unfold, neither Mr. Purpura nor I have any wish to make this tension any worse than it already might be.
Concerning some of the other subjects you mentioned: the Land of Israel will always have a special place in my heart. That goes double since the journey I made to the Land, eighteen months ago. If the Mitnadvei Chutz La’aretz enrolled broken-down middle-aged Gentiles, in addition to young Diaspora Jews, I’d try to find a way to get over there right now, as a war correspondent. But I don’t expect them to. They’ve got enough on their plate right now.
The Ayn Rand World series is not finished. I’ll have more of it in a few weeks.
“Ask yourself: why couldn’t Obama find time to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu, at a moment as critical as this, while he could sit down with four silly women on a morning television show?”
Because there is nothing critical at all about this moment. Iran’s nuclear ambitions, whatever shape they may take, are no threat to the region in the near to middle term and no threat to the USA ever.
“I have read the Jefferson tombstone. The words “separation of church and state” do not appear on that object, either.”
Correct. If you want to read “separation of church and state” you need to be looking at TJ’s letter to the Danbury Baptists.
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