An Examination of Biblical Precepts Involved in Issues at Hand
Japan's Nuclear Attack on the US,
Butler Under Investigation
Law and Transgression
Education, "The Great Textbook War", 1974
Disappearing America, Marxism in America
No Church Home?
Tremendous Impact of the First Christmas
Death to All
In the US
Love of Money
Surviving Ground Meat
Potato Chips With God
Why do we let them dress like that?'
U.S. teachers tell U.N. sex is a spectrum'
All articles by Bro. Need unless otherwise noted.
Disclaimer: I will present an extremely dire picture concerning the Fukushima Daiichi power plant problem. I certainly hope and pray that I have it overblown. Though I have tried to present the best picture I have been able to gather from the many sources, my nature is to look at the dark side of things. The US government, as well as other Northern Hemisphere governments and national news sources are treating the situation as though there is no longer any news there. Only by following leads on the web can one find out facts, and even then you can pick and chose between interesting facts, and facts that will "scare" the pants off of you. I must confess that I have leaned toward the "scary" facts. However, the situation cannot be ignored. If you care about your family at all, I strongly advise keeping up with the truth of what is happening. I refer to several web sites that present up-to-date accounts of the situation in Japan and in the US.
Preparing for the social turmoil expected as judgment, men arm themselves, remove themselves from population centers, hide in the deep forests or mountains, or move to a farm to become self-sufficient. But this judgment is from the sky, and there is no hiding from it. I am reminded of Revelation 6:16.
And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
Please pay attention: In the first artical, I make it clear that God alone controles all events in heaven and earth. Nothing happens without him.
The results of our national sins are quickly pressing upon us, so as soon as the funds became available, I got this out. In addition, the postage goes up the 17th, so I needed to send out what few hard copies we mail by then.
In the following, I hope to develop a Biblical view of some various things: just retribution, man's modification or influence of weather and other natural' events, nuclear power, blindness, antichrist, America slips into history. God is the one who shall choose our inheritance for us, whether that inheritance is judgment or blessing. Psalms 47:4.
We are facing the most devastating crisis in human history from Japan. I find it ironic that "we" forced Japan into attacking us in order to provide an excuse for "us" to join in WW II. (http://rationalrevolution.net/war/fdr_provoked_the_japanese_attack.htm)And then we "nuked" Japan twice in order to get them to stop the war that we started with them. Moreover, "we" have been using depleted uranium (DU) ammunition in our unprovoked and aggressive "wars" in the Middle East. (Have you seen the videos of the Army "Kill Teams" who film and then brag about killing unarmed civilians as one would kill and brag about a deer? Drudgeroport.com linked to several articles, and there are several posted on youtube.com) Now, Japan is "nuking" us, with a good chance of totally destroying our, and the world's, food supply. (http://www.naturalnews.com/031729_food_supply_radiation.html?asid=ccb4799a)
"But we did not do those nasty things like bombing Japan, using DU ammo, and killing civilians". Tell this to ancient Israel.
Lamentations 5:7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.
Noah's curse on Canaan fell on Canaan's children. Egypt perished for Pharaoh's sins. The Moabites and the Amalekites were destroyed for the transgressions of their fathers. Naaman's leprosy cleaved to Gehazin, and to his seed forever. David's sin was paid for by his grandson. The blood of all the holy prophets fell upon Jerusalem in AD 70. And the list goes on and on. God has ways of requiring nations to reap what they have sown:
Ezekiel 11:21 But as for them whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, saith the Lord GOD.
I have followed the Japanese troubles since the earthquake started the whole thing.
We have a very good customer in Tokyo who has used our images over many years. They publish a yearly book, "Famous Airplanes of the World" in which they use our color WW II "Warbird" images for the color section of that annual book.
They send us copies of the publication when they use our images. It is a top notch publication, but is all in Japanese. English would be nice. So we have more than a casual interest in what is going on there. I contacted our customer in Japan just after the earthquake, enquiring as to their welfare. This was his response some weeks later:
I apologize for this late reply.
Thank you for your concern. Our staff and family was all right. Anyway, it scared the daylights out of us. ...
Yutaka Yuzawa, Chief Editor/Famous Airplanes of the World
Here is another letter from a customer in Japan who contacted us for images. Pardon his English:
April 11, 2011
Eastern Japan aftershocks are continuing on a daily basis, there is a big earthquake, magnitude 7.1, this evening, several people have come out victims. Hukushima nuclear power plant of the accident processing that 50 minutes cooling power outage stopped. Japan is a state of emergency continues even today.
In response to my answer to his above letter, I received:
The government and TEPCO have been unable to control the nuclear power plant accident. The crisis did not leave yet, but things will continue to converge over the years. However, If there is a new incident could be caused by human error could result in serious damage.
Currently, radiation has been detected in the United States and other countries, the problem is not small amounts, so the human body. Rather, the residual radioactivity in the atmosphere by nuclear tests conducted during the 1960s and 1950s and the Chernobyl radiation level is better for nature. Have suffered serious soil contamination near a nuclear power plant is a region Fukushima.
The media cause excessive uneasiness to people to report this accident sensationally. In addition, I rather increase the uneasiness of people because the government does not announce the appropriate information for fear of a panic. We must not be confused by a false rumor.
When an accident happened once at a nuclear power plant, it was proved that it was an unmanageable thing for the human. Perhaps future incidents like this will happen again somewhere in the country in the world.
Masanobu Tokizane, Gakken Publishing Co.,Ltd
As I have followed the earthquake, I have encountered various conspiracy theories. Scripture does speak of conspiracies:
Jeremiah 11:6 Then the LORD said unto me, Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying, Hear ye the words of this covenant, and do them. 7 For I earnestly protested unto your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even unto this day, rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice. 8 Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of their evil heart: therefore I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do; but they did them not. 9 And the LORD said unto me, A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 10 They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers.
Though there are several conspiracies mentioned in Scripture, the conspiracy of the ages is the conspiracy to break the bands and cords of God's moral as well as his natural laws from those who desire to do evil. Psalms 2. (Of course, there is also a well-hidden conspiracy, and that is conquering the world for Christ and his Kingdom. Though it is hidden as yeast in a measure of meal, it is the one that will succeed.)
The conspiracy theorists see something behind every event, natural or man-made. I have heard several say that there is no big event on the national nor international scene that is not planned behind closed doors by the "powers that be". I have absolutely no doubt about that being true, e.g., Obama and his actions have been planned for many years, and he is simply doing what he is being told to do. Lindsey Williams, former Chaplain on the Alaskan pipe line (wrote, The Oil Non-Crisis) has been for the last several years saying publically what he had been told in private by powerful men he knew from his days as Chaplin. All the events concerning the various world wide events in recent years are taking place just has he has said they would some years ago. Check Alex Jones at www.prisonplanet.com. It has become a well known fact that the "invasion" of Libya was planned some years ago, and just now the time is "right" for the invasion and another war to be "fought"on the credit card.
All the presidents at least from Abraham Lincoln have simply followed orders, primarily issued by the bankers. (Documentation was presented in the 8/06 TBE: http://www.biblicalexaminer.org/w200608.html#anchor650141)
But the theorists go further, saying that machines have been developed that can cause earthquakes, as well as various weather abnormalities, including decreasing things like hurricane strength.
The theorists can point to man-made "natural" disasters, and the following air and water pollution that kill many thousands of people, and say, "They', the one world' crowd, are dealing with their idea of overpopulation of the earth".
In other words, man has developed means to influence "nature" do his bidding, which bidding is normally to fulfill his evil desires of getting rid of everyone except the select group of which they are part. Moreover, they' certainly have not tried to hide their desires of decreasing the world population.
We are told in Job 38 that absolutely everything in the realm of "nature" answers to God, as even the lightnings strike, the snows fall, the winds blow and the sea rages at God's direction. Though man may claim to have these "amazing" influences over natural events, God is the one who allows the influence to succeed.
The nuclear disaster following the earthquake has set off an unparalled world-wide nuclear pollution that is in the process of polluting the world's food supply, including the oceans. As the water pollution expands to the West Coast, and fallout clouds now expand over the US, it will continue to worsen until something is done in Japan to stop it (Chernobyl Option?). It is projected to be a 50-100 year problem, but by then will the Northern Hemisphere be inhabitable?
As I considered the implications of all that has taken place since the earthquake, I wondered where the man-made "natural events" might fit in, especially since scientists admit (brag?) that weather modification is now possible. (It is claimed that Katrina could have been made less destructive.)
(See Alex Jones, prisonplanet.com or infowars.com. His web sites have honest reporting of world events of the day, as well as live interviews and commentaries from 10 AM to 3 PM, CT. After his live broadcast, they continue to repeat 24/7. See also http://theintelhub.com/ )
Does Scripture address such conspiracies as weather modification?
The developments of the last month or so encourage reexamination and further development of a thought I presented in Examiner, 7/10.
Question "Can man influence nature in order to accomplish his evil desires?"
Paul tells us that there are two kingdoms at work in this world, the kingdom of his dear son, that is the Kingdom of Light, and the kingdom of the power of darkness. Colossians 1:13.
We are told by Christ himself that All power in heaven and in earth is given unto him, so the power of darkness must get its power from the Lord Christ.
So, can man influence nature to do his own evil will?
Genesis 11:6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
PBS presented a documentary, "Tesla: Master of Lightning", which is available from Netflix.
Nikola Tesla (Serbian: ...; 10 July 1856 7 January 1943) was an inventor, mechanical engineer, and electrical engineer. He was an important contributor to the birth of commercial electricity, and is best known for his many revolutionary developments in the field of electromagnetism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Tesla's patents and theoretical work formed the basis of modern alternating current (AC) electric power systems, including the polyphase system of electrical distribution and the AC motor. This work helped usher in the Second Industrial Revolution.
Born an ethnic Serb in the village of Smiljan (now part of Gospic'), in the Croatian Military Frontier of the Austrian Empire (modern-day Croatia), Tesla was a subject of the Austrian Empire by birth and later became an American citizen. Because of his 1894 demonstration of wireless communication through radio and as the eventual victor in the "War of Currents", he was widely respected as one of the greatest electrical engineers who worked in America. He pioneered modern electrical engineering and many of his discoveries were of groundbreaking importance. In the United States during this time, Tesla's fame rivaled that of any other inventor or scientist in history or popular culture. Tesla demonstrated wireless energy transfer to power electronic devices as early as 1893, and aspired to intercontinental wireless transmission of industrial power in his unfinished Wardenclyffe Tower project.
Because of his eccentric personality and his seemingly unbelievable and sometimes bizarre claims about possible scientific and technological developments, Tesla was ultimately ostracized and regarded as a mad scientist by many late in his life. Tesla died with little money at the age of 86 in a hotel suite in New York City. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla)
Though lacking a "formal education", Tesla invented Alternating Current (AC), wireless transmissions, including radio and transmitting AC without wires, microwave as used in wireless communication, the electric motor and generator, among many other things. Because of his lack of "education", the "elite" of the scientific community refused to recognize him, and stole and patented many of his ideas, particularly his development of the wireless radio.
Moreover, "Big Money" literally buried his experiments, and thus his theories, about wireless commercial electricity in the ground. His theories would have resulted in very inexpensive electricity for everyone.
Though discredited as mad at the time, "his theories are being used today, including his theories of weather modification, which have been proven to work." (See http://www.teslasociety.com/teslawestinghouse.htm)
The wicked are using whatever means at their disposal to bring all of mankind under their control, and to accomplish their wicked design of depopulation of the earth by as much as 80%. See http://www.sovereignindependent.com/?p=16433
Their plans are not new nor unique. How long will God allow them to prosper?
Genesis 11:7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
Technology is solving the problem of different languages. How far will the Lord allow the wicked plans of the "One Worlders" to go before he will stop them as he did in the land of Shinar?
There is an interesting statement in Jeremiah 5:
6 Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased. 7 How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses. 8 They were as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbour's wife. 9 Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? 10 ¶ Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy; but make not a full end: take away her battlements; for they are not the LORD'S. 11 For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, saith the LORD. 12 They have belied the LORD, and said, It is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine: 13 And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them: thus shall it be done unto them.
Only fools expect God to overlook wickedness, and there are plenty of fools both inside and outside of the "church". God commanded the pagan man, i.e., Nebuchadnezzar, to do to his people what the false prophets were assuring the people that the wicked would not nor could not do.
Revelation 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. (See also Revelation 9.)
Revelation 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. (See all of the 13th chapter.)
All power belongs to our God, and he alone must give power to the wicked to carry out their evil deeds. Throughout Scripture, ending with the Revelation, we see our God giving power to the wicked to even perform apparent miracles. Why? To deceive them that dwell on the earth, so they will carry out their evil designs. (Maybe he deceives the wicked into thinking their wicked plans will succeed.)
The deceptions permitted by God, Jeremiah 5, Revelation 13, &c, have a purpose. That is, to promote blindness among those whom God will judge, i.e., judicial blindness. (Cf, John 12:40, 2 Corinthians 4:4.)
First, it prohibits men from seeing cause and effect, especially in their own lives. (Hosea 8:7, Galatians 6:7.)
Second, it prohibits men from seeing any need to repent, to turn or to obey his word. (2 Corinthians 4:1-6.)
The result of Judicial Blindness can be summed up: It is an escape from reality on the part of those who are blinded. Those who are not caught in Judicial Blindness are astounded at the blindness of those who, including God's people, are unable to see any cause and effect in their lives or in society.
Note: I have noticed no public concern over the nuclear fallout now overclouding the US, though it is increasing daily.
Judicial Blindnessa God-sent blindness so that either he can bring his righteous judgment against sin, or so sin can have its natural, destructive results in the church, family and in society in general.
It is a blindness that justifies God's righteous movement in judgment against a people determined to continue in their wicked ways as defined in Jeremiah 5:7-9.
(See Judicial Blindness, http://www.biblicalexaminer.org/w199207.htm#A For a more complete treatment of Judicial Blindness, see my comments on Exodus 5, http://www.biblicalexaminer.org/Com/Exo5.html.)
Question: Has anything happened in "nature" today that could justify those who believe Scripture to say to God, what doest thou, or "God is unjust", even as the man-made and natural disasters overwhelm us?
Why would we not think that God would give the wicked of our day uncommon power to accomplish his vengeance against the overwhelming, world-wide evils of our day? There is a total world-wide commitment to the false gods of self and mammon , even among God's people.
First, the myth of overpopulation has motivated many evil deeds, even among Christians who dislike children, as proved by small or no families and their use of abortion. "Men would not influence nature to kill so many people." The same people have encouraged the murder of multiplied millions of unborn babies. (See R.J. Rushdoony, The Myth of Overpopulation, Ross House Books.)
Second, we have the service to god of mammon. GE makes the nuclear reactors, which are heavily subsidized with "government" fiat money. GE reactors are commonly used in nuclear power generation. GE also owns a large portion of the news media. It is to GE's benefit to cover up and make nuclear energy acceptable to the public. However, GE's design is very flawed, and the "accidents" kill multitudes of people, cover the earth with nuclear pollution, and cause the number of cancer cases to soar. (http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/general-electric-defends-nuclear-plant-design/story?id=13184764)
"Fukushima: Mark 1 Reactor Design Caused GE Scientist to Resign in Protest in 1975." http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/fukushima-mark-nuclear-reactor-design-caused-ge-scientist/story?id=13141287&page=1
"In January, President Obama named General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt to head the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, an economic advisory board focused on job creation...." http://cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20047212-503544.html. Obama is "in bed" with GE as much as Bush was in bed with Monsanto. Consider what has happened to our food supply under Monsanto's leadership, and now under Obama's leadership.
Why are the California's nuclear power plants also built on that very troubled fault line?
Public acceptance, even among those who profess to be his people, of adultery, fornication whoredoms, abortion, &c, must result in God's vengeance, regardless of what the false prophets say.
There is an open and sustained attack upon marriage as God ordainedone man and one woman. That attack is supported by Christians who allow the sodomites to train their children in the state education institutions. Moreover, spouses lust after other's spouses, as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbour's wife, including males lusting after males, and females lusting after females.
Weather modification; earthquake generators, &c.
How can anyone who has any sense at all not think that God would allow, even give power to evil men that they may obtain their wicked devices against a world population that has gone whoring after other gods?
There are two kingdoms in this world: the kingdom of darkness and the Kingdom of Lightthe Kingdom of God. Since all power belongs to God, God is the One who must give the kingdom of darkness its power to accomplish its goals, and hold men in its grip of darkness, as he did in the Revelation. Yet men are willing captives to darkness.
Romans 4:15, the law which condemns cannot justify. Romans chapters 1-4, Paul established the fact that the natural man knows what the law is, and he knows that the law cannot justify. So the sinner's answer to his dilemma of the law and his natural lust is to dismiss the law, so he can justify his lust. Thus, men suppress the knowledge of God and his law, that is inborn in every man, in order to keep themselves in darkness. They want to continue their evil ways.
All of the earthly powers that are against God are part of the kingdom of darkness. Those in that kingdom hate God, and work to rule apart from his laws. Psalms 1 & 2.
The Word tells us that those who hate God love death:
Proverbs 8:36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
Proverbs 11:19 As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.
Sin is defined as neglect or contempt or rebellion against the Law-Word of God. (Hebrews 10:29.)
1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
Hate me... They reject God's law-word as revealed through Moses.
Love death; not necessarily directly nor intentionally. However, the consequence is certain death upon those who turn from God's law, which is life.
Psalms 119:142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Note that God provided the means of death for his Old Testament people who hated his law and loved death. Death came from Syria and Babylon. He is today providing the means of death for those who hate his law and love death, whether they profess Christ or not.
Hosea 13:9 O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help.
It seems that spirit of antichrist is in control, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. 1 John 4:3, 5:19. Thus, the whole world loves death, so the Lord is allowing the love of death to be fulfilled, as death even now works to cover the whole worldYou want to be your own god and determine for yourself what is good and what is bad. Go ahead. God will give you and others means, power and ability to fulfill your desire for death.
I mentioned previously that in 400 BC, Euripides, in his Greek play, Medea, was the first to say, "Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad" It has been proved true many times over. Any way you view it, those who are unable to connect cause and effect are mad.
Note there is no assurance that America will not pass into history as did Greece and Rome. Moreover, after a glorious period of godly prosperity, the distinctly Christian Byzantine Empire (306 AD to 1453 AD), finally fell to the sword of the Ottoman Empire, the Muslims. (The Edict of Milan was in 313 AD. The empire reached its greatest extent under the Christian Emperor Justinian, 550 AD.)
Babylon was a golden cup in the Lord's hands, and the nations of the world drank of her wine, and became mad, Jeremiah 51:7. Note that the only everlasting empire or nation is the nation of God, the Gospel Church, Acts 20:28, &c.
Can man influence the weather, earth quakes and natural disasters? Will evil men use the work of even good men to accomplish their wicked desires to throw off the bands and cords of God's law, both moral and natural laws, and replace Him with a one-world government? Hence, we ask,
Would God allow such things to take place?
The Scriptures give many accounts of the Lord placing in the hearts of wicked men to do evil things and then making available the power and authority to do those things. Yet he does not force them to proceed with their evil desires; rather, they are motivated by their own lusts.
Throughout Scripture, God offers the means, opportunity and the ability to the wicked to follow their own lusts for power. However, unbeknown to them, they are performing his vengeance upon those who will not have him reign over them through his law-word. Luke 19:14.
Though knowing that God says that those who hate The Truth (John 14:8) love death, they desire anything but the harsh truth. So God provides the deceivers who will support their own lusts, which leads to death. Proverbs 14:12, 16:25 1 Kings 22:13, Jeremiah 5:13, 2 Timothy 4:3, &c.
(Hate truth: Every pastor knows of this hatred first-hand. There are those in every congregation who will leave' when they are confronted face to face with the truth about a point they might hold dear. Every godly pastor has had his share of such people.)
God gives "free will" to men, so they can choose to follow, or not follow, the deceivers who have been given power and authority to lead others in the way of death.
1.) In Judges 9:23, it was the Lord who sent an evil spirit to encourage the already present spirit of rebellion between Abimelech and the men of Shechem, so Abimelech would be slain.
2.) In 1 Kings 22:19-23, it was the Lord who sent the lying spirit to encourage Ahab's determination to go to war against Syriah, so he would be slain.
3.) In Obadiah 1, it was the Lord who sent the ambassador to gather a literal army with spears and swords to move against a disobedient people.
4.) In Jeremiah 50:23, it was the Lord who used the pagan king, Nebuchadnezzar as his hammer of vengeance against a nation that turned its back upon the law of the Lord.
These men, and many others throughout history, were proud and lifted up. They hated God, and rejected his authority from over them. They loved death, so the Lord gave them the power and authority, as well as encouraging spirits, to pursue the ways of death, both to themselves and to those they moved against.
First, it was the Lord himself who permitted or sent the evil spirits to accomplish the death the people so longed for in their hatred of God. (Colossians 2:4, 1 Timothy 1:3-7, 4:1-7, 2 Peter 2:1-22, 3:16, 1 John 2:18, 26, 2 John 7, Jude 4, &c.)
Second, though Scripture places the time frame of the Revelation as 65 AD to 70 AD, the truths revealed there are for all time. God shows us that he gives unusual power, even miracle working power, to the ungodly so they can carry out their war against God's order, whether that order is moral laws or nature's laws.
Third, many times over, we are shown that deceitful spirits are not only permitted by God, but sent by God to bring judgment upon those who reject God's authority.
We are certainly living in a day when, world-wide, men have knowingly and willfully turned from the way of life to the way of death. It is a day like all days of the past, only we are there. (Us older folks can remember the TV series, "You Were There", as they acted out events of history as though the cameras were there recording those events: "It was a day like all days, except You Were There".)
We are living in a day of idolatry, i.e., covetousness, Colossians 3:5, a day of rebellion, witchcraft and immorality among both pagans and professed "Christians". 1 Samuel 15:23.
The natural man hates The Truth, and therefore loves death. That love of death, hatred for God's law-word, is almost as prevalent among his people as it is among the pagans. So both the desire and power has been given by God to the wicked to fulfill the world-wide death-wish.
Abimelech, of his own free will, followed the rebellious spirit from God to his own destruction. Ahab, of his own free will, believed the lying spirit from God to his own destruction. The nations, of their own free will, formed an army to go against Edom in Obadiah. Nebuchadnezzar of his own free will, moved his army against God's rebellious people in Judah. And the list goes on and on, as God allows us to follow our own free will to our own justly deserved destruction.
Past or present, God forces no man nor nation into self-destruction. He only provides the means to do what they are already determined to do. The responsibility falls squarely upon them who follow their wicked desires.
Proverbs 1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. 8:36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
God is providing the death for those who love death.
I am a firm believer in free will. God gives man the free will to destroy himself. Genesis 3:5.
[Free Will? In political speech, I "miss-spoke" in the last mailing concerning "free will". (Miss-spoke is a term that allows me to avoid responsibility : ] ) Let me define that a little as I believe Scripture does. All men are far from free, but are in bondage to sin from birth. All of his actions and thoughts from that time forward reflect that bondage. So, far from being free, he is in bondate to the lusts of the flesh, lust of the eye and the pride of life.
His evil deeds reflect that bondage.
However, through faith in the Son, he can be made free through the new birth. But that freedom cannot be freedom to serve the flesh, eye and pride, or he is back in bondage. His freedom is freedom to do right. However, that desire and power is God's grace at work.
In other words, there is no such thing as "free will"; one is either servant to sin or a servant to the Lord God. There is no "neutral" ground.]
Abimelech, Ahab and Nebuchadnezzar made up their own minds as to what they wanted to do, and found the support and power they needed to fulfill their evil desires. Jehoshaphat wanted and knew the truth, but he went to war to aid Ahab anyway.
God permitted the deceiving spirits; he gave the men the power and authority to pursue their own paths of death. God provides wicked men with "miraculous" powers to fulfill the death-wish of those who desire to throw off the bands and cords of God's law.
James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
God provides the means for man to pursue his own lusts, but he certainly does not force the man to use those deadly means. The result is death by suicide.
We who know the truth must obey the truth, or we deceive ourselves to our own destruction. The means of our own destruction is not left up to us. Rather, it is God who chooses the means of judgment and destruction. Psalms 47:4.
Though the whole nuclear situation is totally out of control in man's eyes, it is not in God's eyes:
Psalms 76:10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain. (That is, the wicked desires of men will praise our God!)
Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
Daniel 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! 34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? 35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? 36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
Jeremiah 8:22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?
Certainly there is, and it is provided in Christ:
Ezekiel 18:30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. 31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? 33:11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
Repent, and turn from transgressions and back to his law-word through the new Spirit in Christ.
By His Sovereign Grace Alone,
Date: Sunday, April 3, 2011, 8:25 PM
INDIANAPOLISButler's run in the NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship Game may be tarnished after reports surfaced today that all 13 players on the roster are being given good educations in an effort to help them find good jobs after they leave the school. "It's important to remember that right now these are only allegations allegations that we are looking into," said NCAA president James Isch.
"But, obviously, if true, this would be very disappointing.. The NCAA has certain expectations and standards. It's not fair for players at one school to be given good educations while athletes at other member schools receive basic, remedial instruction that is worth essentially nothing." According to documents seized from the school's registrar's office, Butler players have received an education worth $38,616 per year totaling more than $150,000 over a four-year career.
Compare that to player at a school like Kentucky , where tuition is set at $4,051 but with an actual value far below that. "We don't want to say too much until these reports are confirmed," said Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari. "But we're talking about almost $140,000 difference in education per player and that's even if my players stayed four years or graduated, which many of them do not. Then these Butler players are reportedly stepping into good jobs after graduation while my kids, if they don't make the NBA, have absolutely no job prospects or life skills. It's far from a balanced playing field. They are buying the best players by giving them a high-priced education."
In addition to the allegations that they were given an expensive education, many Butler players have been spotted around campus holding books, studying and engaging in interesting conversations. Others have been seen with people who are known to not be tutors. Butler point guard and Kentucky native Ronald Nored, who is reportedly a secondary education major, denied allegations that the Bulldog program is cheating.
"The discourse on this matter is fatuous and inane," he said, implicating the program further.
In Romans 4:15, Paul continues his destruction of all hope in the law for justification. He establishes that the law can only point out sin to the sinner, making him more aware of his rebellion and sin against God.
Observe: Where no law is, there is no transgression is the reason people seek out preachers who will not preach the law. They do not want their sin exposed before others and to themselves. forcing them to deal with that sin.
The article in the last Examiner, "John Piper: Desiring Rick Warren", offended some people enough to ask to be removed from the mailing. "My mind is made up; don't confuse me with the facts". It is their loss. As I have said in the past, I am an equal opportunity offender.
So, while reviewing the next lesson (lesson #8), some things again were brought to my attention from Romans 4. Romans 3:21 reads,
But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
The Jews accused Paul and Silas of teaching unlawful things; that is, things contrary to the Jewish customs of the day.
Acts 16:21 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.
Accordingly, throughout Romans, Paul continually points out to the Jews that the doctrine he is teaching is not new, but had already been clearly taught in the Old Testament. The New Testament (Covenant) was new in the sense that it was put into effect and sealed with the blood of Christ, whereas the Old was put in effect by the blood of animals.
I noticed that the preachers who draw a crowd use many homey illustrations to hold the attention of their hearers. Paul uses Old Testament illustrations. Those who have "followed" me know that my favorite illustrations are from the Old Testament.
In chapter 3, Paul used Old Testament illustrations to show that the law would not nor could not make one righteous before God.
In chapter 4, Paul uses the two most famous men of the Old Testament to make his point that justification comes not from the law, but from faith. He uses Abraham and David to show that man has no part in obtaining God's righteousness. Everything comes from God.
Abraham is mentioned first. Abraham was greatly reverenced as the father of the Jewish nation, though he was not a Jew, nor was he even an Israelite. He was a Hebrew. The name Israel was given to Abraham's grandson, Jacob. The term Jew was not used for Israel until 2 Kings 16:6, when Rezin, king of Syria, drave the Jews from Elath... Rezin reign ended about 731 BC.
However, the old Israel as a nation, and the Jews as a race ceased to exist in 70 AD.
Paul has already made the point that the Jews of his day were proud to be the descendants of Abraham. Though they considered Moses' law too difficult for them, they were confident that God would at least bless them because they were descendants of Abraham.
John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 33 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? 34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.
Abraham had the promise of Genesis 12:1-4, which was confirmed and expanded on throughout Genesis, and they considered themselves to be the legitimate heirs to that promise through Jacob-Israel, simply because they were circumcised.
(See, http://www.biblicalexaminer.org/Com/NT/Galatians%203.html, http://www.biblicalexaminer.org/w201009.html#Blessing)
Observe: Ussher places Abraham's birth 1976 BC to 1801 BC. The Jews claimed heirship to Abraham through Isaac and then Jacob. (What do the modern Jews claim?) The followers of Mohammad claim heirship to Abraham through Abraham's first born, Ishmael. Paul claimed heirship to Abraham through faith. That is, Christ is the total and complete fulfillment of the covenant God made with Abraham in Genesis 12, and throughout Genesis.
The problem: Many Christians reject Paul's words that heirship to Abraham must be through faith in Christ; Rather, they say that the modern Jews are the legitimate heirs to the covenant based upon...
Galatians 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
But when the truth of Paul's words are taught in the average Christian Church today, the speaker is treated as was Paul and Silas:
Acts 16:21 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.
In the first place, a man is not invited to speak if he is suspected of not teaching the accepted customs concerning the "Jews". Then the speaker is not invited back if he does not teach the prevailing custom concerning the "Jews".
Genesis 12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
The prevailing custom says that "I will bless them that bless thee" means that God will bless those who bless the modern Jewish nation, and provide funds for them to kill their neighbors. In other words, many Christians have bought the idea that the modern "Jew" is somehow a continuation of the Jews of Christ's and Paul's day.
In doing so, they have cut themselves off from the truth that they are the true heirs to the promised blessings in Christ.
Their mistaken theology concerning the modern Jews leaves them open to the claims of the Mohammadins who claim heirship to Abraham through their race. The Mohammadins are enforcing their claim with the sword, while the mistaken Christians are denying the Mohammadins' claim through Ishmael while saying that the true heirs are the modern Jews.
So Christians reject one claim as false, which it is, as they tenaciously claim to another false claim when they accept the customary teaching concerning the modern Jews that started in the early 1800s.
However, Paul destroys both physical claims. Neither the modern Jews nor the Mohammadins have any claim on Abraham's promise thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Both expect the Lord to prosper their false claim while suppressing the other false claim. The Lord seems to be cursing the Christian false claim by exalting the Muslim false claim.
V. 3, Paul could not make a stronger case; the claim on the Abrahamic covenant is by faith, not by any works Abraham did, nor by any works that any man since Abraham can do.
In other words, the misguided Christians of our day who believe the Old Testament Jews or the modern followers of the Jew's religion have any physical claim on Abraham's covenant have no grounds to condemn the Mohammadins for their physical claim on Abraham. They are both false claims. (Those Christians who support the prevailing custom act and speak as though they hate those who do not follow their false claim as much as the followers of Mohammadins hate those who will not follow their false claim. (Hate = murder.)
Added note. We cannot even imagine that the rise of Mohammad and his followers caught God by surprise, for the Lord alone raiseth up the poor out of the dust. Psalms 113:7. Why has God exalted Mohammadism? Is it in judgment against Christian support of a murderous pagan nation, Israel? Only he knows that answer.
Our responsibility is to accept Scripture over any prevailing custom.
The last issue had some terrible misspellings in the personal column. The fault is mine. I added some things at the last minute, and did not even read them over myself. Moreover, the Lord provided a good proof reader for me in my wife, Bettie. She proofed my articles, but I added to my personal column, and did not let her read it.
So the fault is mine.
For some reason, that last issue kind of quickly "put itself together", so I left out an article as well as failed to have the final draft proofed.
I am working at getting as many images up as possible at ww2color.com. My goal is 10,000. Then my next goal will be 15,000. There are over 9,500 up now. There is a good market for high resolution images for publication. A publisher in Japan uses a good number of our color images every year, though he missed us last year.
I have them digitized, and send the full size images (100+ megs each) over the web to customers, such as magazines and text books, as well as prints for personal use. (Reiman Publishers, a subsidiary of Readers Digest uses them also.)
Though most of the images are 35mm slides, there are a few hundred of the most beautiful 4x6 color transparencies from the pre-war and war era you can imagine. (#08917-09112 at this point, with many more to add.) Those require about 5 min each to scan.
I have a couple of men, one in England and one in Florida, who are filling in the details on them, which I cannot do other than what Jeff had with a few of the images. I must still go in and put details as well as the location of the slides and transparencies in our files. It is the only site in the world that provides color images with the war time details with most of the images.
After I get up all 18,000 or so color images, there are probably another 20,000 B&W prints to scan. The task is daunting, but one at a time will get it done.
The week of 4/4 was an interesting week. For several days, I sat as an observer in a tax trial, the IRS vs. Troy Beam before a 12 person jury. The jury was carefully screened by the IRS to make sure that no self-employed nor self-thinking individual was on it. The IRS certainly did not want anyone on it that might think for themselves.
Troy is a very successful businessman in Shippensburg, PA, not far from our son's home in Newburg. (He had been employed as an auditor with the state of PA, obtained his CPA certification while working for the state, and built houses on the side. He resigned from the state job, and began land development and building in the early 90s.) The trial is being held in Harrisburg, PA. His lawyer became sick, and the trial has been interrupted until sometime next week. I will give the outcome in the next Examiner.
Troy has everything in offshore trusts, mainly in the Caiman Islands, which is British, and out of US jurisdiction. That is where all big money goes.
While a pastor in Indiana, 1983-2003, I heard a great deal about offshore trusts being used for tax avoidance. (Not to be confused with tax evasion. The tax code is written in such a manner that avoidance is "legal", but evasion is not. This assumes the tax is legal in the first place.)
Troy caused many hard feelings in Shippensburg because, among other things, he would not allow either state or federal "officials" on his various properties without a court order or search warrant, as required by law. And of course, the IRS is the means of retaliation against those who will not submit to the whims of those in authority.
Having read and understood the terribly convoluted tax code, he placed all his business and personal properties in the offshore trusts. A trust need not file 1099s, 1040s, nor other tax reporting documents to the IRS, especially when the trusts are offshore.
However, the IRS was trying to prove that income for the various trusts were actually personal income for Troy, and, therefore, taxable.
One of the things that stood out to me is this: The IRS subpoenaed records from various companies, particularly title companies. Troy sent letters to those companies pointing out that the records were not to be released without a court order. He quoted and referred to various court decisions and laws that supported what he was saying. In every case, not one lawyer looked into the law and court rulings concerning the release of records without a court order. Rather, they sought advice from others, and quickly turned over the records.
Also, any letters quoting the law to the IRS, even IRS rules and codes, are totally ignored. They mean nothing to the IRS, nor to any government agency, as far as that goes.
Over the years, I have heard speakers refer to laws which protected various rights of citizens. It was made clear in this trial that law means nothing to and is totally ignored by those determined to oppress the "lower class" for their own cause.
Since all of our running around is pretty much done with, we are home with not much going on, except getting and splitting wood for winter 2013, 14. I like for it to cure for at least two yearsmakes it burn very good in our catalatic wood stove.
Strange weather, April 2, 2011. For all this week, it has snowed enough overnight to turn the ground white, but it melts by the afternoon. May is time to get ready for garden. Bettie starts her plants from "heirloom" seeds in a small indoor greenhouse we picked up two years ago from Lowes. We are trying black plastic this year. That is, cover our raised beds (ground to rocky to plow up for a garden) with black plastic, and when the time is right, cut the plastic and put in the new plant. That is our first trial of such method, though we see many greenhouses that do that for their outside plants.
3/24/11. Fluoride spill eats through concrete at Rick Island, IL, water treatment plant:
Fluoride has finally been admitted to be an extremely poisonous industrial by product, causing cancer and bone degeneration. Many people have been "preaching" this danger for a good number of years.
One of our church men heard an excellent NPR account of The Great Textbook War of 1974.
October 31, 2009 · Charleston native Trey Kay examines the 1974 textbook controversy in the radio documentary, "The Great Textbook War."
In 1974, Kanawha County was the first battleground in the American culture wars. Controversy erupted over newly-adopted school textbooks. School buildings were hit by dynamite and Molotov cocktails, buses were riddled with bullets, journalists were beaten and surrounding coal mines were shut down by protesting miners.
Textbook opponents believed the books were teaching their children to question their authority, traditional values and the existence of God.
Textbook supporters said children needed to be exposed to a wide variety of beliefs and experiences, and taught to make their own decisions.
Listen or downloadable at http://www.wvpubcast.org/newsarticle.aspx?id=11860
Or I will send a cd of the 60 minute program.
Don't confuse me
Two folks canceled the Examiner over the Pifer article. Idols fall hard. "My mind is made up; don't confuse me with the facts".
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) W.G. "Jerry" Boykin Video
In this video entitled "Marxism in America" General Jerry Boykin discusses his background and training in understanding Marxist insurgencies and how current government actions parallel Marxist tactics.
America must put first things first. The sovereign, holy, Jehovah God and His Word is square one, point of beginning. God's message to America is Repent or perish.'
[That is, the tax non-Muslims must pay to their Muslim overlords.] I mentioned the word a few issues ago, and there is an e mail circulating, "New obama Word for the Day".
We hear many justified complaints against ObamaCare. However, "committed and faithful Christians" have no grounds for complaining, for there are Christian healthcare ministries that are affordable and exempt from this particular fraud from Obama and his crowd. The following is an ad for Samaritan Ministries:
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At the very least, check it out. Notice that if your pay is being deducted to cover your "healthcare", this may be much less expensive than your employer is paying. Get his money in your check, and put the difference in precious metals every month.
How about your church? Are they paying high premiums for you? Save the money.
I was under a different Christian health needs sharing program for 18 years. When I turned 65, they informed me that I would no longer qualify for their program, since I was eligible for Medicare. I did not want to join a government program which pays for abortions, so I searched for an alternative. Samaritan Ministries does not force 65 year olds to join Medicare, and even gives a discount to the elderly. I was also impressed with the fact that Samaritan Ministries is staffed by men, not women who should be home with their families. My son recommended Samaritan to me, and I have been very satisfied with the ministry's prompt and cheerful response to all my questions. Sending my monthly check to another Christian family every month, and praying for them, increases my love for the body of Christ. What a great way to bear one another's burdens! (Bettie Need)
If you do decide to go with Samaritan, please mention Bettie Need, which will give us a free month or so for each one who joins under her name.
I received this link below from a friend in Tennessee. Certain browsers have this "geo-location" feature in their product; providing location details of your computer. I use Firefox browser, which does. This link shows you how to disable it. It seems Internet explorer doesn't have this feature yet (the only redeeming value IE has IMHO). You may want to check all computers in your home and disable this feature, i.e. if this troubles you.
How to Disable Geo-Location on your computer
Would you like to join our service via Skype? If so, send me an e mail.
By Thomas Williamson
"He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
"He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
"He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he hath sent empty away.
"He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever." -Luke 1:51:55.
As we wind down from our annual observance of Christmas, now would be a good time to reflect on the deeper theological implications of the birth of Christ.
The above passage is from the Magnificat, which was spoken by the Virgin Mary as she considered the great things that would be accomplished as a result of her giving birth to the Son of God.
How literally was this prophecy fulfilled? Who were the mighty that were put down from their seats, the hungry folks of low degree, and the rich that were sent away empty?
Was this a prophecy of future events at all? Mary spoke in the past tense, as if these things had already happened. Was she predicting the course of future events, or merely rehearsing what God had already been doing through the centuries of Old Testament times?
Mary's language is reminiscent of that found in the Song of Hannah, 1 Samuel 2:4-10, as she exulted over the impending birth of Samuel:
"The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength.
"They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased - so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble.
"The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.
"The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.
"He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princees, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD's, and he hath set the world upon them.
"He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.
"The adversaries of the LORD .shall he broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed."
The Old Testament is, to a great degree, a record of the fulfillment of Hannah's prophecy. Does Mary, in Luke 1, merely rehash that record of God's mighty acts in the past, or does she also predict more of God's activity in history as a result of Christ's birth?
Adam Clarke's commentary sees a future fulfillment in Mary's words: "She praises him for what he had done, and would do, against the oppressors of his people, Luke 1:51- 53. . . . She praises him for what he had done, and would do, for his Church, Luke 1:53-56."
Concerning 1:52, Clarke says, "And as Mary spoke prophetically, this saying may also allude to the destruction of the kingdom of Satan and his allies, and final prevalence of the kingdom of Christ."
Ray Pritchard comments concerning this verse, "How can [Mary] speak in the past about what Christ will do in the future? The answer is that Mary is using what the grammarians call the prophetic aorist.' Sometimes the prophets would look into the future and be so certain of what they saw that they would use the past tense to describe what was for them an absolutely certain future event. She is so utterly convinced about what her Son, the Lord Jesus, will do when He comes, that she speaks of it as if it had already happened. In time, it is yet future; in Mary's mind, it is an accomplished fact because God has willed it to happen."
John MacArthur's commentary says, "The reason for [Mary's worship extended to what God would do for others. She is not only thrilled about His work in her life, but look at verse 50, And his mercy is upon generation after generation toward those who fear Him.' . . she's praising God for what He's going to do in the future to bring the same salvation to all who fear Him.... She is worshiping God not only because of her own personal experience of salvation, but that which will come in the future."
It is reasonable to understand the Magnificat as a prediction of future events in history, as a result of God's intervention into the course of history by sending His Son to be born at the First Christmas.
How literally should we take this prophecy? Some interpreters cringe at the thought that Christ's birth, death and resurrection would make any notable difference in the course of history, even though Christ said in Matthew 28:18, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth."
There is the school of thought that maintains that Christ's Kingdom will not be manifested in any meaningful way until after His Second Coming. Those who think that way would tend to spiritualize Mary's prediction.
For instance, William Arndt says concerning Luke 1:52, "In my opinion, the meaning of the words of Mary is exclusively spiritual. The coming of Jesus did not abolish political tyrannies and earthly poverty."
On the other hand, R.J. Rushdoony sees a dramatic fulfillment, in past and present history, of Mary's prophecy: "The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) is a triumphant affirmation of faith concerning history. Mary views the coming birth of her son as a triumph in history. She exalts the name of the Lord because He is fulfilling His promises made unto the forefathers. Through the Messiah, God is preparing to dethrone all His enemies, avenge His suffering saints, and show the strength of His arm. . . . Mary has described what the coming of the Son does to history: it is nothing less than the total overturning and redirection of all things. The major step in this overturning is the coming of the Son; after that, all things else follow inevitably in the course of time, so that they can be spoken of as in effect already accomplished....
"So must we beware of the unbelief of sniveling preachers who reduce the relevance of the Virgin Birth to the spiritual realm, who deny its relevance to history, for the Magnificat declares that God has brought salvation to the whole world of man, material and spiritual, religious, political, and economic, and let those who deny this confess their unbelief."
Those who tend to believe that the Church Age is meant to be a time of failure and decline of true Christianity will minimize the value of the Magnificat, as far as any literal fulfillment in this dispensation is concerned. Those who take an optimistic and victorious view of the impact of Christ's Kingdom and His reign will see this passage in literal terms, as a prophecy of past and present victory for God's plans and purposes in this age.
Does the Bible give us any clues as to how we should understand and interpret Mary's joyous explanation of what her Son's birth would mean to a suffering world?
Isaiah's prophecy of Christ's birth is quite optimistic as to the results of Christ's first coming (not His second coming): "Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: . . . Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and justice even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this." - Isaiah 9:6-7.
The various references in Luke 1-2 prophesy a successful ministry for Christ. We are told that he will "turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." (Luke 1:I7)
We are told in Luke 1:32-33 that He will be given the throne of David and rule over Jacob forever. Peter in Acts 2:30-36 tells us that this prophecy had been fulfilled as a result of Christ's resurrection.
Zacharias in Luke 1:68-74 describes the promise of God's redemption and deliverance of His people as a done deal, as a result of Christ's coming. Simeon was ready to depart in peace, since he had now seen Christ who would bring salvation to Jews and Gentiles, Luke 2:29-32. All signs pointed to a successful mission for Christ as He came to earth on the First Christmas.
How literally should we take Mary's statements about mighty people being overthrown and the rich being sent away hungry? While we would not presume to limit the fulfillment of this prophecy to the First Century, it should be noted that the established order of rule by the various secular and religious Jewish authorities was completely overthrown as a result of Christ's coming and His decree of judgment against the nation of Israel, Matthew 21:43-45, Luke 19:42-44, etc.
Josephus, in his "Wars of the Jews," gives a detailed account of the overthrow of the Jewish rulers by the Romans who destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD. Among other sad details, we learn of the destruction of the food supply of the besieged city of Jerusalem, as a result of infighting between various Jewish factions. The city was reduced to famine, resulting in cannibalism and desertions to the Romans.
This episode is an example of many events in the course of history, in which the mighty have been overthrown and the rich sent away empty, in the providence of God. As John MacArthur has said, "God overturns the natural order. You see, all the most powerful, all the wealthiest, all the proudest intellectuals cannot withstand the purposes of God. God has torn them all down and given mercy to the humble, the lowly, the hungry, the outcasts, a wandering slave people called Israel. . . . And as long as you're going to be proud, self-sufficient, and you're going to trust in your riches, and in your throne, your achievement, your exaltation, God is going to tear you down."
It would appear that Mary's words apply to God's activity on behalf of Israel in Old Testament times, to His overthrow of the Jewish state in 70 AD, and to God's providential working in history in our day and age. There is no need to spiritualize Mary's prophecy or to defer its fulfillment to a future age.
Ray Pritchard describes the impact of Christ's coming as a "revolution" that turns the world upside down: "The ups and downs of history are really the hand of God at work. One man rules, then another, then another replaces him. And behind the seemingly impersonal flow of history is the very personal hand of God -suddenly pulling down a proud man (or nation) and replacing him with someone else. Those movements which seem to upset society are all regulated by God with unerring justice....
"Mary's heart is filled with praise, because she knows the world will be a different place because Christ has come. He will pull down the proud. He will lift up the humble. He will fill the hungry. And the rich will be sent away empty. This is the ultimate reversal of fortune.... What God started in Bethlehem was a spiritual and moral and economic revolution whose effects are still being felt today. Nothing in all history can match what God did when He sent His Son to the earth."
I have probably been spending too much time following the nuclear disaster in Japan. The results here in the US are kept unknown to the general public, but the information is available for those who want to know.
The national media is ignoring the nuclear problem from Japan. What can be done to protect the population of the second largest city in the world, Tokyo, and what can be done with the overwhelming population on the West Coast, and the rest of the US as the radiation covers the Northern Hemisphere?
I certainly do not like to be an "alarmist", but what is going on in Japan and how it effects us is to the extreme Past Alarming!!
Those of us who have tried to follow the social planners know that their goal for some time has been to reduce the earth's population by as much as 80%. Is this a step in their wicked attempt?
However, we do know that the Lord is in control, and the wicked simply work in accord with his plan, though we certainly do not understand it.
Psalms 76:10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain. (That is, the wicked desires of men will praise our God!)
Our God rules in the kingdom of men.
There is little doubt that massive nuclear fallout is now in the USA and Canada, and the longer the reactors remain out of control, the more radiation will arrive. The water being used in the failed attempt to cool the nuclear reaction is seeping into the ground, and is polluting Japan's deep aquifer.
The US government, as well as Japan's, many years ago promised the people around the nuclear facilities that proper disposal would be provided in a few years. It has not been provided. The problem of disposal, was pointed out to the nuclear industry over 25 years ago, but their response at that time was that they had "faith" that some satisfactory new technique would be developed, by the government of course and at taxpayers' expense, before it would be necessary to initiate long-term storage. Obviously, that has not happened and we are now faced with a nuclear waste disposal problem that has no fully satisfactory solution and probably never will have.
GE's solution? Store the unimaginably large number of tons of spent (and the yet unused) yet extremely hot and radioactive rods in cooled water pools on top of the reactors. The Japanese explosions released tens of thousands of tons of those nuclear fuel rods that were being stored on top of the reactors that exploded.
Nuclear expert Fuksushima 1000 Time Worse Than Engineers Ever Anticipated
Arnold Gundersen discusses the Fukushima Accident: Three Mile Island, information coverup, what can we do.
In the US
Fukushima Exposure Levels Going Up Everywhere
Radiation is continuing to leak out of the reactors, the situation is not stable at all, radiation continues to leak, says Dr. Michio Kaku, professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York and top graduate of Harvard. We are looking at a ticking timebomb. It appears stable but the slightest disturbance, a secondary earthquake, a pipe break, evacuation of the crew at Fukishima could set off a full scale melt down at three nuclear power stationsfar beyond what we saw at Chernobyl. (4/16/11)
EPA Real Time Japan Nuclear Radiation Monitoring For Every Major City In The Entire US can be found at:
Radiation Water: California has 180 times safe limit; Idaho 80 times
There is an active map at the above location showing the radiation spread over the US
Radiation Detected In Drinking Water In 13 More US Cities, Cesium-137 In Vermont Milk
Jeff McMahon, Forbes. April 10, 2011
Radiation from Japan has been detected in drinking water in 13 more American cities, and cesium-137 has been found in American milkin Montpelier, Vermontfor the first time since the Japan nuclear disaster began, according to data released by the Environmental Protection Agency late Friday...
Note: Check this website for the radiation facts that are not being reported to the public. It includes radiation levels in CO, NT, PA, OH, NJ, MI, AL, AK, ID, NV, as well as HW, CA, FL, UT, Guam and Saipan.
Radioactive seaweed found south of Seattle in Puget Sound.
Containing iodine 131 from Fukushima
This site also has an active map showing the movement of the radiation over the US:
As the radioactive water continues to pour into the Pacific Ocean, all of the fish from that ocean will be unfit to eat.
The radiation fall-out has reached very serious levels on the West Coast, yet nothing is being said to the public, in order to prevent both a panic and a public outcry against nuclear power. Rather than admit that life-threatening conditions are coming and are here in the US, the EPA is raising its published "safe" level of various radiation exposures. Example:
EU secretly ups cesium safety level in food 20-fold
Fukushima radiation taints US milk supplies at levels 300% higher than EPA maximums
Read the article, which contains radiation readings, at:
To Tell the Truth
Fukushima Is Horrifically Worse Than You Have Been Told :
Richard Sauder, the Intel Hub, April 5, 2011
Fukushima is a kind of global "kill shot," make no mistake about that. The situation is dire in the extreme. The global nuclear industry is trying to kill you, and Fukushima is their latest broadside, aimed at the whole planet. The entire nuclear complex, from uranium mining, to nuclear weapons (including depleted uranium munitions), to nuclear electrical generating plants, to research reactors, to so-called "nuclear medicine," has to go.
Does any rational person seriously think that such total destruction can be fixed or repaired? That it is only a question of reconnecting the electricity and turning the pumps back on?
The reactors and spent-fuel-rod-cooling-pools have been shredded. It's a war zone, and I mean that literally. The nuclear industry has turned this planet into a giant nuclear war zone that targets the entire human race, and Fukushima is its latest battlefield.
Believe me, the situation is worse than bad, it's worse than dire, it is history-altering horrific. A lot of people are going to die from what is happening in Fukushima, into the millions for sure, that is not in question. The only question is how many millions. If we are "lucky," only one or two million persons will die. And if we are unlucky, well, things could get really grim, unimaginably hellish, on this planet we call home.
Here's how bad it really is:
* There are up to 1,000 dead bodies in the countryside around the Fukushima nuclear reactors that can't be collected, because the corpses are too radioactive. (1)
* The cesium fallout levels now rival the levels recorded when the Soviet nuclear reactor at Chernobyl exploded in 1986. (2)
* As of this past week, three of the reactors at Fukushima are in a state of melt down, and if they can't be stopped, the radioactive result may be "permanent dead zones" in Japan. (3)
* It may take many years, perhaps as much as 50 to 100 years, to bring the reactor cores back under control. (4)
* The Japanese government is bringing in the world's largest concrete pump from the USA, to spray water on the melting-down nuclear reactors. (5)(6)
Even the Japanese Prime Minister admits that the Japanese government is in a state of "maximum alert." (7)
As well he might, given reports that, "Various embassies in Japan are passing out potassium iodide tablets " to their citizens (8)
That suggests that the embassies know that harmful radiation is spreading more widely from the reactors.
The hard truth is that even low levels of radiation can hurt you badly, even kill you.
You don't have to believe me. Listen to Jeff Patterson, DO, immediate past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility:
"There is no safe level of radionuclide exposure, whether from food, water or other sources. Period. Exposure to radionuclides, such as iodine-131 and cesium-137, increases the incidence of cancer. For this reason, every effort must be taken to minimize the radionuclide content in food and water." (9)
Entire article with the documenting foot notes is here:
Editor's Note: http://theintelhub.com/ has more information than you want to know about what is being kept from the public about the Fukushima disaster, (and other world-wide events) and its effect on the US. The fallout is obviously going to pollute all of our food supply to a very dangerous level. The entire news media is ignoring the most horrific event in human history since the Flood.
Effects of nuclear radiation on the human body can be found here:
4/12/11, Drudgereport, "REPORT: Average coal plant produces 100X more annual radiation than comparable nuke facility..." Behind the Money, on CNBC, Nuclear Power Fears at New Heights Despite Safety, Viability (http://www.cnbc.com/id/42539862) It quotes a 1978 "study" that was done by a nuclear facility (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) to calm the public's concern about nuclear safety. The article tells how bad coal and gas fired generation is for the environment, particularly in the light of "global warming", and how good nuclear generation is for the environment. Read the article. The spin on the nuclear disaster and how it is harmless, is amazing.
It is obvious that the disinformation spin machine is going full blast in order to protect the "bottom line". All the facts tell us that the disinformation will cause untold birth defects and deaths.
Japan finally admitted that the situation is worse than Chernobyl.
According to the maps and wind currents, the entire Northern Hemisphere is contaminated and will continue to be for 50-100 years unless the Chernobyl Option is applied, which the Japanese appear unwilling to do. Why?
Our common problem is that because radiation pollution cannot be seen, smelled, heard, nor tasted, we find it very difficult to believe there is a problem, and the government continues to assure us that there is no problem. We are being told what we want to hear.
Though I have intentionally painted the bleakest picture possible, I have not begun to describe the seriousness of what is in store for the Northern Hemisphere.
We certainly must do something, but what? We cannot change the jet stream that is carrying and will continue to carry the fallout to us. We cannot stop the "sky from falling" on our food and water supply, particularly water that is held in reservoirs.
1. The first answer, and the one that will be accepted by most people is, listen to what we are being told (or not told), and believe all is well because the sun is shining and nothing can be detected. Radiation is no problem.
2. Move to the Southern Hemisphere. Bettie has a sister and a daughter who both live South of the Equator, but with the family here, that is not an option.
Costco does carry meat from Argentina, if you can afford it. Argentina and Brazil are South.
We must conclude that about the only thing we can do is attempt to detox our own selves, and those we love, and thus try to hold down the results. Zeolite is one means of detox from radiation.
Concrete and Zeolite were used to entomb Chernobyl, and zeolite was fed to the people and animals around Chernobyl to detoxify from the radiation.
A man who mines the Zeolite called in to Alex Jones (4/12/11), and said he offered, at no charge, enough Zeolite to entomb the reactors as was done at Chernobyl, and asked the US government to provide shipping. His offer was ignored by both TEPCO and by the US. I guess I am too suspicious, but it does not sound good. Of course, anyone can call in on such a program.
Food quality Zeolite has been used for some time and with some success to detoxify the body from radiation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeolite
A good source for food quality Zeolite: http://www.zeohealth.com/?ON12429
4. Bentonite clay
Bettie's son, David, is an IT contractor from his home in PA. He is quite good in his research of various issues. He graciously forwarded to me his findings:
I've also found in my research that bentonite clay is widely used to detox from radiation and used in nuclear facilities to protect workers. It can be used as a foot bath, as a bath soak and taken internally. Here is a link to that information: http://www.magneticclay.com/radiation_clays.php
That article mentions that Zeolite and bentonite clays are both used to protect against radiation. However, there are some warnings about Zeolite vs bentonite. Read this: http://www.clayfacts.com/articles/zeolite%20vs%20bentonite.htm
And that article links to this: http://www.cqs.com/zeolite.htm
He specifically warns that the clinoptilite zeolite is aluminum based and may contain heavy metals. That's probably why it is so much cheaper. He does say the powder is better than the liquid, but the warning about clinoptilite is probably a good one to heed so we don't toxify on aluminum.
We have a fair amount of food grade bentonite clay on hand from Aztec Secret. We have used it for tooth paste and for stings and rashes. Now we're taking it internally and I think we'll continue to go with bentonite clay given the recommendations found above.
Vitamin Shoppe sells it for $7 / lb which isn't the cheapest, but the others at $5.50 / lb come out about the same after shipping. I had free shipping with Vitamin Shoppe so getting the Aztec Healing Clay there was slightly cheaper since there was no shipping.
Hope that helps, David
I contacted him about some bentonite clay power I found on Amazon for a little less than $2 a pound. (Frontier Bulk Clay, Bentonite Powder, 25 lb. box, $42.99.) Here was his response: "Yes, great price and a very good brand. Go for it!"
The link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0012BQN1G/ef=asc_df_B0012BQN1G1486255?ie=UTF8&condition=new&tag=nextagusmp0389013-20&creative=395165&creativeASIN=B0012BQN1G&linkCode=asm
Actually, go to Amazon.com and search for Bentonite Power.
5. Supplements shown to help prevent effects of radiation fall-out
Of course, the least we can do is watch our water. Running spring or well water should be OK, for now anyway. I also read that RO water may filter out some of the radiation. Walmart sells RO water. They will sell you jugs, but take your own for a good savings. Also, all of the crops grown in the West will be polluted. But the canned goods currently on the shelves should have been canned before the nuclear holocaust from Japan.
Because the danger is not noticeable through the natural senses, we are inclined to believe there is no problem. But nothing could be further from the truth in this case.
Certainly, God takes care of his own. But consider:
Being a Christian protected no one from Rome's destruction of Jerusalem. Rather, the Christians heeded God's warning (the Revelation), and took the necessary precautions before Rome locked down the city.
I was in the US Navy Seabees for 4.5 years. The Seabees at that time went through the Marine Corp's Camp Lejuene for Advanced Infantry Training, ITR, every two years. An experience I will never forget was the "gas house". In the tear gas tent, everyone, officers included as they went through the ITR with the enlisted men, had to remove their gas masks. Know what?? Being a Christian protected no one from the effects of the unseen gas.
"God will take care of me" without me dong what I can is presumption. We ignore warnings to our own destruction.
By The Late Derry Brownfield. NewsWithViews.com, March 22, 2011
Just before Christmas I received a beautiful book from C.J. Hadley titled, "THE RED MEAT SURVIVORSA century of cowboy memories." It's a collection of stories of those who are enjoying long lives in the American West. These people settled the Western United States and are still living in their 80's and 90's, several have passed the century mark. They all ate more than their share of beef. These old time ranchers admit they ignored the problems of cholesterol and they believe that red meat is good and they have proven it by their long, active lives. I recently celebrated my 79th birthday and still consume vast amounts of beef and pork. At "Bury Derry Day," I doubt that the cause of death will be "lack of cholesterol."
I'm sure the red meat survivors in C.J.'s book didn't buy their meat at Wal-Mart or Kroger or Albertsons. The beef these folks consumed was born, raised, butchered and processed locally. Today the beef we eat is a totally different product than it was just a few decades ago. The old-fashioned method of handling beef was to slaughter the animal, wrap it in a shroud and hang it in a cooler for a week or longer. This allowed the meat to age and take on a totally different flavor than it had the day of slaughter. The carcass was then transported in a refrigerated car and delivered to a butcher that cut it into steaks and roasts and ground the trim into hamburger.
Today, the giant beef packers slaughter, cut the beef into primal cuts, put the product in boxes, load them on trucks and quickly the meat is on the way to retail outlets all across the land. If a high-dollar restaurant wants to offer its customers a prime rib or truly fine dining, they must age the meat themselves. The typical consumer never gets to taste the quality of beef that once adorned our American kitchens.
To add insult to injury, or to add profits to the packers, the industry is now putting what was once dog food into people food. It's a new process called "ADVANCED MEAT RECLAMATION." It all began when Eldon Roth invented a process to remove every ounce of meat from the bone. He took his idea to the CEO of IBP, Robert Peterson. In 1980 IBP was the nation's largest beef processor and Eldon Roth approached Peterson with the hopes of selling him his newly invented equipment. Peterson was not interested in buying Roth's equipment, but wanted to sell Roth his bones. It's easy to remove the meat from the long bones, but a fair amount of meat exists in the backbones, which is nearly impossible to extract. The back bones also contain the spinal cord and, up until Mr. Roth came along, the vertebrae were processed into dog food.
Mr. Roth had a better idea. He founded a company called BEEF PRODUCTS. His new company began mixing the entire vertebrae, spinal cord and all, along with what the industry calls 50-50 (trimmings and fats), grinding it into a mixture of pink froth, adding ten percent anhydrous ammonia to kill pathogens such as E-coli and salmonella and selling it to Cargil, McDonald's Corp, Burger King, the school lunch program and anyone wanting to cheapen the cost of hamburger. The use of this product lessens the cost of a pound of ground beef by about three cents.
One major problem existedthe concoction smelled like ammonia. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) had given Roth permission to add 10% percent ammonia, but without letting anyone know, the ammonia mixture was cut to the point that it wasn't strong enough to control the pathogens. Large recalls of ground beef took place and the USDA determined that "at least some of the product was no longer receiving the full lethality treatment." The FDA had okayed the use of ammonia saying, without labeling, it was safe when used as a processing agent.
The Medical Dictionary describes ammonia poisoning that may occur from swallowing or breathing ammonia, which is found in household cleaners, liniments and fertilizers. The Medical Dictionary didn't mention ground beef. Symptoms of ammonia poisoning include fever, cough, severe chest pain, temporary blindness, lip swelling, stomach pain and vomiting. "Damage is related to the amount and strength of the ammonia." Our government (FDA) tells us to go ahead and consume this ammonia treated pink slime, but a "little dab will do you."
Several USDA microbiologists have raised warning flags concerning the approval of the treated beef for sale without obtaining validation of the safety risk. Gerald Zirnstein, one of those microbiologists, called the processed beef "pink slime" and said, "I do not consider the stuff to be ground beef, and I consider allowing it in ground beef to be a form of fraudulent labeling." This mashlike substance is frozen into blocks and used in a majority of the hamburger sold nationwide. BEEF PRODUCTS reported its production is approximately seven million pounds a week and suppliers of national restaurant chains, as well as the government's school lunch program, use the product.
McDonald's has been using this reclaimed beef since 2004, which like Wal-Mart's ground beef, can contain up to 20 percent "advanced meat reclamation." During the last school year the school lunch program used 3.5 million pounds.
I do consider myself a RED MEAT SURVIVORNOT A PINK SLIME SURVIVOR, therefore, in order to continue surviving on red meat, I no longer plan to eat any ground beef that does not come from someone I know.
Derry Brownfield was born in 1932 and grew up during the depression. He is a farmer and a broadcaster. Derry attended the College of Agriculture at the University of Missouri where he received his B.S. and M.S. degrees. He taught Vocational Agriculture several years before going to work as a Marketing Specialist with the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Derry served as Director of the Kansas City Livestock Market Foundation at the Kansas City Stockyard prior to establishing himself in farm broadcasting.
Derry started farming when he was 16 years old and received the Future Farmers of America State Farmer degree in 1949. Since that time the Brownfield Farm has grown to over 1000 acres maintaining a herd of 200 registered Charolias cows.
In 1972, Derry and his partner established the Brownfield Network which now serves 250 radio stations throughout the Midwest with news and market information. In 1994, Derry started his own syndicated radio talk show and he is one of the most popular radio talk show hosts in America. The Derry Brownfield Show can be heard on approximately 80 radio stations in 23 states. With his entertaining sense of humor and witty commentary he has captured audiences for over 30 years. His ability to present an informative talk show while being light and colorful is why he has a large loyal listening audience.
Derry Brownfield is a practical farmer, a practical business man and a very entertaining speaker. He travels extensively throughout the country speaking about his common-sense point of view.
[Also, McDonald's chicken nuggets are 50% chemicals and artificial food, making them the worst possible "meat" to eat, though they taste good. The only safe meat that is good for you is grass fed. Look around... There will be sources.]
Ever have lunch with God? Stephen "Fuzz" Brown of Lake Isabella, CA tells a long story which I have shortened of a little boy who left home to have a meeting with God. He packed a little suitcase with some potato chips and several cans of root beer. He traveled all of six blocks from home when he saw an old woman sitting on a park bench. He sat down alongside her. He offered her a chip, which she took and smiled. He then offered her a root beer, which she also took with a smile. They sat there all afternoon, occasionally looking at each other and smiling.
The boy got up from the park bench and started home, he suddenly wheeled around and ran back to the lady and hugged her. As he arrived home his Mother was near frantic with worry. She asked where he had been. He said, "I had lunch with God and she had the most beautiful smile I have ever seen."
Meanwhile the old woman wondered back to her home, where anxiety was ruling; her son asked, "Mom, where have you been? Why are you so happy?" She stated, "I had potato chips with God in the park. You know he is much younger than I expected."
You never know how a simple touch, a kind word, a small act of caring can make a difference in a person's life. "Fuzz" knows the truth of this from experience.
While Fuzz was serving time in a California prison, near the end of his rope, another prisoner lived so "above his world" that Fuzz took serious notice and a very important part of his ultimate surrender to Christ was accomplished via the Christ life of Inmate Charles D. Watson. Many of you recognize the name, it will dawn on others when Charlie's nick name is mentioned, "Tex", Tex Watson, one of the followers of Helter Skelter Charles Manson. While Manson has spent the last 40 some years living a little lower than a raving maniac in prison, Tex Watson was delivered by Christ and in a dark world shines as a bright light with the glory of Christ's redemption working in his life. Truly, where sin abounded, God's grace abounded much more. He, as prisoners often say, "Talked the talk and walked the walk." Now Stephen "Fuzzy" Brown does the same through his ministry, So Blessed Ministries, P.O. Box B Lake Isabella, CA 93240.
Steve uses a saying that I have over used for years, it is true when Christ is in charge:
"I'm not what I was, and I'm not what I should be, I'm not what I want to be, but praise God I'm not what I used to be."
Paul put said the same thing, with eloquence in 2 Corinthians 5:17:
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
This is true for Tex, Fuzz, Larry and all who are in Christ. Care to join us?
Larry Lilly Copyright (C) 2011 Use with credit
Dr. Karen Gushta - Guest Columnist - 4/13/2011 10:40:00 AMBookmark and Share
How do 12- and 13-year-old girls dress for a party? In "mini-dresses, perilously high heels, and glittery, dangling earrings, their eyes heavily shadowed in black-pearl and jade," says Mrs. Jennifer Moses in a recent Wall Street Journal article. (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703899704576204580623018562.html) "They look like a flock of tropical birds." Then she asked the question many are asking: "Why do so many of us not only permit our teenage daughters to dress like this like prostitutes, if we're being honest with ourselves but pay for them to do it with our AmEx cards?"
Mrs. Moses provided little analysis of this phenomenon in answering her own question before giving own opinion. Her theory "It has to do with how conflicted my own generation of women is about our own past, when many of us behaved in ways that we now regret. A woman I know, with two mature daughters, said, If I could do it again, I wouldn't even have slept with my own husband before marriage. Sex is the most powerful thing there is, and our generation, what did we know?'"
Moses continues, "We are the first moms in history to have grown up with widely available birth control....We were also the first not only to be free of old-fashioned fears about our reputations, but actually pressured by our peers and the wider culture to find our true womanhood in the bedroom. Not all of us are former good-time girls now drowning in regret I know women of my generation who waited until marriage but that's certainly the norm among my peers."
But following that "norm" did not produce happiness. Speaking of her own friends, Moses says, "I don't know one of them who doesn't have feelings of lingering discomfort regarding her own sexual past. And not one woman I've ever asked about the subject has said that she wishes she'd experimented' more."
Mrs. Moses' article opened up a forum in the WSJ for over 600 comments in response. Some of them addressed the moral values implicit in her question. One person wrote: "Why do we let them dress like that? We don't. It's important to emphasize the differences between beauty and attractiveness at a young age. Being more involved in our children's lives will strengthen various values, it will also (hopefully) put us in the position to be the role models we need to be and provide us with a better chance to block negative influences."
Another wrote: "It is sad to see girls give away something so precious. Our daughters need our loving guidance toward living well-adjusted lives away from the call for promiscuity from all over. They need to enjoy being young women of character. It is hard for a teenager to look to her future life, but parents must guide them to protect that future by how they present themselves now. If we require modesty in the workplace, why can't we require modesty in our most precious young daughters?"
A homeschooling parent wrote: "The socialization offered by the public and by public school is exactly what we are trying to avoid....The [popularized] view of the opposite sex as sex objects is the central social message of public school children, the mainstream-media, movies, and most TV. It may be the single most destructive thing many Christian homeschoolers are trying to avoid, and rightly so....maybe you can't control who your children become, but while they live in your home you can do your best to protect them from this destructive message and group-think."
This is exactly the message that I've been sharing at recent homeschool conventions homeschooling provides the best cultural medium for parents to protect their children from the toxic effects of a media and entertainment culture that produces hyper-sexualized and often obscene materials.
The most recent example of this hyper-sexualization showed up in the marketing of Abercrombie Kids, a division of Abercrombie and Fitch that markets specifically to 8- to 14-year-olds. Their latest swimwear includes the "Ashley Push-Up Triangle," a triangular-shaped bikini top that comes with thick padding (see related article, http://www.onenewsnow.com/Business/Default.aspx?id=1320698). Human behavior expert Dr. Patrick Wanis called this "disturbing and dangerous" on Fox News, asking: "Are we sexualizing young girls to get the attention of men or to encourage women to use their daughters to compensate for their own lack of sexual appeal by living vicariously through their daughter?"
The latter question is one that Jennifer Moses pondered as well. "What teenage girl doesn't want to be attractive, sought-after and popular?" she wrote. "And what mom doesn't want to help that cause? In my own case, when I see my daughter in drop-dead gorgeous mode, I experience something akin to a thrill especially since I myself am somewhat past the age to turn heads."
Mrs. Moses wrote from her personal experiences and that of her friends. She could have found dozens of books to support her view that something happened in her generation (and mine) that caused the moral compass of our nation to shift from "true north." Diana West has written compellingly in The Death of the Grown-Up of how as a culture we've been taught to "let it all hang out." In Slouching Towards Gomorrah, Judge Robert Bork described the changes in ideology in the 60s that led to celebrating personal freedom and moral anarchy.
This flag of "personal freedom" was the banner both young and old marched under as they threw off, "all thought of God's constraint" wrote Dr. D. James Kennedy in How to Have a Joyful Home. They "completely rebelled against their Creator and Lawgiver," he observed.
In rebelling against our Creator and Lawgiver as a society, we've also lost the recognition that "Our loving heavenly Father knows the best way for us to live," wrote Dr. Kennedy. "By following God's laws and living as a disciple of Jesus Christ, our lives will be as blessed as they can be in this sin-cursed world. God is on our side, and He wants what is best for us."
Sadly, many Christians, have a mistaken idea of what "God's best" is. Too often we think that happiness should be our goal. But, as Dr. Kennedy wrote, "God's best for us is holiness."
Many people equate "holiness" with legalistic restrictions that for all practical purposes seem impossible to keep. The "holy life" is possible, however, wrote Dr. Kennedy, "with the help of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us."
Holiness and purity go hand in hand. When Christians seek holiness, we will not let our daughters dress like prostitutes, and we will be diligent in teaching them about purity. For what truly makes a young women attractive is, as the Apostle Peter described in his first letter, "the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God."
Dr. Karen Gushta (Coral Ridge Ministries)
U.S. teachers tell U.N. sex is a spectrum'
Advocate mandatory classes to free students from religion'
Bob Unruh, March 05, 2011, WorldNetDaily
"An advocate for explicit sex education who is attached to the National Education Association has told a hearing at the United Nations that mandatory classes" are needed to free children from the morals of religion.
More at http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=270893#ixzz1FjSltip0
by Scott Smith
[Admittedly, the following is another attack against, "Honest Abe" who is looked upon by the education establishment as "god in the flesh", and the "saviour of America".]
Recently by Thomas DiLorenzo: False Virtue: The Politics of Lying About History
The Daily Bell is pleased to present an exclusive interview with Thomas DiLorenzo.
Introduction: Thomas James DiLorenzo is an American economics professor at Loyola University Maryland. He is also a senior faculty member of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and an affiliated scholar of the League of the South Institute, the research arm of the League of the South, and the Abbeville Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Virginia Tech. DiLorenzo has authored at least ten books, including The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War, Hamilton's Curse: How Jefferson's Arch Enemy Betrayed the American Revolution and What It Means for Americans Today, How Capitalism Saved America: The Untold History of Our Country, From the Pilgrims to the Present, and Lincoln Unmasked: What You're Not Supposed To Know about Dishonest Abe. DiLorenzo lectures widely, and is a frequent speaker at Mises Institute events.
Daily Bell: You're prolific and widely read. So please excuse the repetition of our questions. Tell us a little bit about your background and how you became interested in economics.
Thomas DiLorenzo: I was an economics major at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, where in my first semester the professor used as a "supplementary text" a little book of essays on current economic events by Milton Friedman. They were a collection of Friedman's Newsweek magazine columns, which he wrote in the 1970s. I loved how he used economics to explain just about everything about the economic world and economic policy. I also admired his very persuasive writing and speaking styles, and spent years in school trying to emulate it (and that of others who had similar talents). I also discovered The Freeman magazine, published by the Foundation for Economic Education, while a freshman in college, and reading through the back issues introduced me to the whole classical liberal tradition of scholarship, especially the free-market economists like Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, Israel Kirzner, Friedman, and others. I earned a Ph.D. in economics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where one of my professors was James M. Buchanan, who won the Nobel Prize in economics for being one of the founders of the "Public Choice" School, which uses economic theory and methodology to analyze politics and political institutions. One of the textbooks I used in my first semester at VPI was Human Action by Ludwig von Mises. That course was my real introduction to Austrian economics, which I then pursued mostly on my own.
Daily Bell: You're a valued member of the Mises Institute. When did you join?
Thomas DiLorenzo: When I was an assistant professor of economics at George Mason University in the early 1980s I received a flyer in the mail from Murray Rothbard and Lew Rockwell announcing the creation of the Mises Institute. I sent them a check for $35, which I suppose made me a "member." I soon began sending them articles for their monthly publication, The Free Market, and presented papers at some of the early Mises Institute conferences. I've been teaching at the week-long Mises University that is held every summer for almost twenty years now. In short, I've been associated with the Mises Institute from its very beginning.
Daily Bell: How did you arrive at your insights about Lincoln? Explain, in a short summary if you can, what they are.
Thomas DiLorenzo: As for my research and publications on Lincoln, Civil War history was a hobby of mine for years, and I began thinking about how I could combine my profession, economics, with my hobby and get a few things published. I was struck by the fact that for his entire adult political life Lincoln was almost exclusively devoted to Hamiltonian mercantilism high protectionist tariffs, other forms of corporate welfare, a central bank modeled after the Bank of England to pay for it all, and political patronage and matching politics. It made no sense at all that his ascendancy to the presidency had nothing to do with these issues, as America's court historians say, or that these issues had nothing to do with the reason for the war. In fact, in his first inaugural address he literally threatened "invasion" and "bloodshed" (his exact words) if the Southern states that had seceded refused to continue to pay the federal tariff on imports, the average rate of which had just been doubled two days earlier. The entire agenda of Hamiltonian mercantilism was put into place during the Lincoln administration along with the first income tax, the first military conscription law, and the creation of the internal revenue bureaucracy, among other monstrosities.
Daily Bell: You write about Lincoln from an economic perspective. Shouldn't more history be written this way? It seems a natural marriage.
Thomas DiLorenzo: Most historians generally know nothing at all about economics, but that doesn't stop them from writing book after book on economic topics, including the economics of the Civil War. There are a lot of books out there in university libraries that contain the facts about Lincoln, but these facts rarely make it into the textbooks that American children use. Education is dominated by the state, after all, and the state only criticizes past politicians who were not sufficiently statist (like Warren Harding, for instance). Being an economist and a libertarian gives one a very different lens with which to look at this information. Historians simply don't understand the importance of how the American political economy was transformed by the Lincoln regime, and most of them are rather buffoonish, excuse-making court historians when it comes to Lincoln who is, after all, the face and image of the American empire.
Daily Bell: Was it difficult to write a revisionist history about Lincoln?
Thomas DiLorenzo: As a libertarian, I saw it as my duty to spread the truth about what a horrific tyrant Lincoln was, with his illegal suspension of Habeas Corpus and the imprisonment of tens of thousands of political dissenters in the North; his shutting down of over 300 opposition newspapers; his deportation of the leader of the congressional opposition, Democratic Congressman Clement Vallandigham of Ohio; and his purposeful waging of total war on civilians. He destroyed the voluntary union of the founding fathers and destroyed the system of federalism that was the hallmark of the original constitution by using military force to "prove" that nullification and secession were illegal. Might makes right. Unlike England, Spain, France, Denmark, Holland, Sweden, and other countries that ended slavery peacefully in the nineteenth century, Lincoln used the slaves as political pawns in a war that both he and the U.S. Congress declared to the world in 1861 was being waged for one reason only: to "save the union." But as I said, he really destroyed the voluntary union of the founders.
Daily Bell: Was the Civil War popular in the North? What did people think of Lincoln in his day?
Thomas DiLorenzo: Lincoln was immensely unpopular during his time. How could he not have been, with having imprisoned tens of thousands of people in the North without any due process, shutting down hundreds of newspapers, handing thousands of Northern men death sentences in the form of military conscription, and generally ruling as a tyrant. Even with the South out of the union he only won the 1864 election with 55% of the vote, and that was after federal troops were used to rig the elections by intimidating Democratic voters at the polling places.
The Civil War was immensely unpopular in the North. That's why Lincoln had to imprison so many dissenters and shut down most of the opposition press. It's also why he resorted to the slavery of military conscription. There were draft riots in New York City and elsewhere. In the July, 1863 New York City draft riots Lincoln sent 15,000 troops who fired into the crowds, killing hundreds in the streets. Entire regiments of Union Army soldiers deserted on the eve of battle again and again, and tens of thousands probably more deserted.
Slavery could have been ended peacefully as all other nations did and as the Northern states did in the nineteenth century. There were still slaves in New York City as late as 1853. The real purpose of the war was to end once and for all the ability of American citizens to control the federal government by possessing the powers given to them by the Tenth Amendment, including the power of nullifying unconstitutional federal laws, and secession or the threat of secession. Thomas Jefferson believed that the Tenth Amendment was the cornerstone of the Constitution. Lincoln, who was the political son of Jefferson's nemesis, Alexander Hamilton, removed that cornerstone by orchestrating the murder of some 350,000 fellow American citizens, including more than 50,000 civilians according to historian James McPherson.
Jefferson's dream of an "empire of liberty" was ended once and for all, and America was on the road to becoming just another corrupt, mercantilist empire like the British and Spanish empires.
Daily Bell: We notice that municipal corruption began right after the Civil War. Were eruptions such as Tammany Hall mere coincidences or a symptom of something deeper?
Thomas DiLorenzo: It was no mere coincidence that the post-war Grant administration became notorious for political corruption associated with the government subsidization of the transcontinental railroads. American politicians had debated the constitutionality of granting taxpayer-financed subsidies to corporations ever since 1789. The biggest opposition to the subsidies came from the South: presidents Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Jackson, and Tyler all opposed them, or insisted that the Constitution be amended first to permit them. Northern politicians were always the biggest supporters of corporate welfare.
Daily Bell: Did the Civil War mark the end of the US as a republic and the beginning of the US as an empire?
Thomas DiLorenzo: In The Real Lincoln I quote the historian Leonard P. Curry as saying that after the war there were no longer any "constitutional scruples" about squandering taxpayers' money on corporate boondoggles. The railroads were only the beginning of what is on display today with multi-trillion dollar bailouts of Wall Street, General Motors and Chrysler, and even now the Greek banks (which Wall Street must be heavily invested in).
Daily Bell: Did British and European bankers secretly back the North during the Civil War even though the perception was that Britain was sympathetic to the South?
Thomas DiLorenzo: There was no secret conspiracy of British bankers to support the Lincoln regime. The Lincoln administration financed the war with tax revenue, the printing of "Greenbacks" (which created massive inflation), and borrowing, including borrowing from European bankers. It was all out in the open. This is how governments always finance wars.
Daily Bell: Why didn't the South just stand down? There's a theory that if the South had simply declared its independence and walked away that there would not have been much the North could do. Why did the South willingly embark on a shooing war?
Thomas DiLorenzo: The South did not "embark on a shooting war'" Lincoln did. The states were sovereign, and therefore had a right to secede, as they do today. Article 7 of the Constitution proves this by stating that the Constitution is to be ratified by political conventions of the states. No human being was harmed, let alone killed during the bombing of Fort Sumter. South Carolinians considered the fort to be their property, paid for with their tax dollars, and erected for their protection. Lincoln responded to Fort Sumter with a full-scale invasion of all the Southern states that ended up killing some 350,000 Southerners. For this he is hailed as "a great statesman" by our court historians.
Daily Bell: Still, there are those who believe it was a mistake for the South to have initiated hostilities at all.
Thomas DiLorenzo: Lincoln had sent warships to Charleston Harbor, and successfully duped the South Carolinians into foolishly firing on the fort. Afterwards, Lincoln wrote a letter of thanks and congratulation to his naval commander Gustavus Fox for assisting him in getting the war started in this way. It was the biggest political miscalculation in American history: Lincoln (and many other Northerners) believed the war would be relatively bloodless and last only a few weeks or months.
Daily Bell: It was a terrible tragedy and still evokes strong emotions today. Have you brought anyone in mainstream academia over to your side?
Thomas DiLorenzo: There are many American academics who have thanked me for writing my books on Lincoln, and they are using them in their classrooms. But the "Lincoln Cult," as I call it, is a lost cause. These are people whose human capital is entirely wrapped up in the spinning of fairy tales and myths about Lincoln; revealing the truth about the real Lincoln destroys their life's work, so I am not the least bit concerned about persuading any of them. My books are written for the general public, students, and open-minded academics who don't have a financial stake in maintaining the false Lincoln myths.
Daily Bell: Has American academia become at least a little more evenhanded as a result of your exposes?
Thomas DiLorenzo: The Lincoln myth has deified not only Lincoln but the American presidency in general. The poet and novelist Robert Penn Warren once wrote that the war gave the North a "treasury of virtue" because of all the myths that were fabricated after the war. In war, the victors always write the history. This false virtue has been used ever since to portray American foreign policy as benevolent, selfless, and saintly. Thus, there are many people with careers, income and wealth dependent upon the propping up of the American foreign policy establishment with the myth of "American exceptionalism." Anything "we" do is right and just, simply because it is "we" who are doing it.
Daily Bell: Why was Lincoln assassinated? Did he break with the monetary backers of the Civil War in your opinion?
Thomas DiLorenzo: As for why Lincoln was assassinated, I suspect it was simply an act of revenge for having micromanaged the murder of hundreds of thousands of fellow American citizens from the Southern states; burning many of their cities and towns to the ground; and plundering tens of millions of dollars of private property. Southerners also knew that Lincoln had attempted to have their president, Jefferson Davis, assassinated by Union Army soldiers. (Look up "The Dahlgren Raid" on the Web).
Daily Bell: Is the US really several nations? Do states have the right to secede today?
Thomas DiLorenzo: I think secession is not only possible but necessary if any part of America is every to be considered "the land of the free" in any meaningful sense. As Thomas Jefferson said late in life, if the country becomes several different republics, "they will all be our children." He meant that they would all still be Americans, and he wished them all well. His view of secession was the exact opposite of Lincoln's tyrannical "pay up or die" declaration from his first inaugural address.
Daily Bell: Has the Internet helped publicize your work? Would your work have received as much attention without the Internet?
Thomas DiLorenzo: One only has to look at the Web site of the Mises Institute to see that there is a great deal of research and publication going on by scholars who are educated in Austrian economics and who consider themselves to be defenders of a free society. My friend Thomas E. Woods has published two New York Times bestsellers (The Politically-Incorrect Guide to American History, and Meltdown), and a survey of Mises.org will introduce readers to such authors as Robert Higgs, Robert Murphy, and free-market/libertarian "revisionist" historians. What is being "revised" are the lies and misconceptions that plague the obsessively politically-correct history profession. Much of the writing of authors like these is on the Web, which has revolutionized the world of scholarship whereby the politically-correct "gatekeepers" of the Official Truth are routinely ignored and openly ridiculed.
Daily Bell: What other books and resources would you recommend to our readers?
Thomas DiLorenzo: My latest book project is tentatively entitled "False Virtue: The Myths that Transformed America From A Republic to an Empire." It will be about what the federal government did with all that "virtue" after the Civil War, such as its war of extermination against the Plains Indians, subsidies to the transcontinental railroads, so-called "reconstruction," the Spanish-American War, etc.
Daily Bell: Thank you for speaking with us. It has been most informative.
Thomas J. DiLorenzo [send him mail] is professor of economics at Loyola College in Maryland and the author of The Real Lincoln; Lincoln Unmasked: What You're Not Supposed To Know about Dishonest Abe and How Capitalism Saved America. His latest book is Hamilton's Curse: How Jefferson's Archenemy Betrayed the American Revolution And What It Means for America Today.