Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Why I Believe Christians Should Vote For Donald Trump Today

Why I Believe Christians Should Vote For Donald Trump Today

I read the words of many Christians who have been attacking each other over the lead up to this election.  There is the "Vote for Trump" side, and then there's the "Vote only for a Godly person' side.  I have been tempted to weight in, but I'm usually smarter than that, since it's like getting in the middle of an argument between a group of drunken fools.  

Remember Israel during the time of the Judges?  "In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes" (17:6).  What was right in their own eyes, was evil in the eyes of God, rebellion, idolatry, etc.  Notice that the people did not need an evil king, to do evil in the sight of God.  If the people would have been godly, the absence of a king would not have hindered that godliness, likewise, if they had a godly king, they would not have been more godly, than if they had a wicked king.  The state of whether or not a nation pleases God, has little to do with its leaders, and everything to do with its people.  A wicked king, presiding over a godly people, should worry about God's judgement, and a wicked people, regardless of the king, should do the same.  We have become a wicked people.

Our, lying, abominable, leaders are not the reason the American people have tuned away from God, in fact, we have these reprobates in elected office, simply because enough people want them, it's basic math.  Our godless immoral leaders are a consequence of the American people's godless immorality.  We have taken for ourselves, leaders like ourselves, leaders that will give us what we want.  We, as Americans want no moral restraint, and we secure leaders that will lie, cheat, and steal, to assure that end for us.  Our rebellion against God is the cause of our national troubles, and the corrupt leaders we have been getting, are the effect.  

As Christians, we pray for godly leaders.  Why?  It's practically insane to do so.  Do the American people deserve godly leaders?  Would the American people even tolerate godly leaders?  We are getting the leaders that we should have, God is allowing for us the leaders that represent us as a whole.  No, I'm not being represented, no True Christian is, but we're not the majority, the majority of Americans are being wonderfully represented.

Maybe, instead of fighting amongst each other, proving our points, and severing relationships, we should be praying for the American people, and for the Church that should be reaching them with the gospel that transforms lives.  

Ultimately, God picks our leaders, but in America, He allows us to be apart of it.  

I have no reason to think that Trump is a Christian, baby or otherwise, and as it relates to this election, I really don't care.  He has displayed bad fruit, and according to Jesus, that's what I need to go by, in determining who is a follower of Christ, and who is not.  Besides, can anyone say, "Jimmy Carter!"

If you are a Christian that is just too righteous to vote for Trump, I will not judge your love or devotion for God, but I will judge your ability or willingness to reason.  Jesus didn't say to pluck out your eye because there are sinful things in the world that you will see, He said, "If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it into the fire."  Will Donald Trump as president cause you to sin?  Would a righteous president cause you to be more righteous?  If you would chop off your own feet, because you never wish to walk on unholy ground, there is something seriously wrong with your understanding of God, and your application of His word.  

Hillary Clinton seems to truly hate God, the things of God, the word of God, and those who try to follow God, and she has made it clear that she is going to do things to harm the Church.  I do not see any of these characteristics in Donald Trump.  I believe that if every Christian in America would vote for Trump today, he would win by a landslide.  This would not make America great, but it would give the Church in this country four years to realize that we almost lost America for good, and we better repent.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Changing, Changing, Changed

Or, Why America's Decline Just Happens to Parallel Obama's Fundamental Transformation of America 


1. America is Changing
The re-election of Barak Obama proved to be a major shift in the United States historical timeline, not so for the first.  The election of a black man has been inevitable since Lincoln, it was the racism of the Democrat party that made that seem to be an impossibility for over a hundred years since the Emancipation Proclamation.  So it was not that his first election was so monumental.  No, the real surprise, was that in 2008, Americans elected a Marxist to the presidency.  It can be argued that for the first election, not every voter knew that.  However, it is indisputable that for the second, they did, and they wanted it.  

2. Hope and Change 
Obama's re-election proved that the scale of the American character had tipped toward a desire for dependency on government, rather than a dependency on God, family, and/or self.  A Marxist worldview in America had out performed the Christian worldview of our founding.  The responsibilities associated with freedom and liberty under constitutional law, were too much to bear for the American electorate.  The demand that someone else should pay for it, overwhelmed those saying, "Don't tread on me."  The foundation to "Fundamentally Transform" the United States was not laid by Barak Obama, he only seized on what was already there.  The "Hope" was that the government school system had done its job by preparing the way for Obama to bring a about the change, and the change is an increasingly centralized and oppressive government, i.e., Marxism.  

3. When Did This Begin?
Incidentally, Joe McCarthy was right.  American government, academia, news media, and Hollywood, were infested with communists and communist sympathizers.  He was right that they were here, and he was right that they needed to be exposed and eradicated.  They won the political/media argument back then, and they're still winning it now.  The only difference between then and now, is that then, communist subversives hid like vermin, ran like cockroaches when the light was turned on, and lied about their loyalties and agenda.  Now their just a little more honest about what they believe, and what they want to accomplish.  Then they were Communist Party USA, now, they are loyal Democrats. 

4. "Useful Idiots" 
This type of "Fundamental transformation" cannot succeed without elitists pointing the way, nor can they gain ground without compliance from the masses.  Among the masses, there have always been dupes in our society, stooges that would fall in line at the promise of getting what they're told to want, in our case, it's something "Free."  They basically say, "Relieve my anxiety in this area of my greatest concern, and I will vote as you dictate, I will think as you dictate, I will give you as much power over me as you desire,   In return, I only require a remnant of liberty, the illusion of freedom."

During the early stages of this Marxist transformation of America, it was food and shelter that people truly needed.  The government-instigated-depression, i.e., the Great Depression, left so many hard working Americans destitute, that they didn't know where to turn.  Unfortunately, for relief, they turned to the very people that caused the problem in the first place, the federal government.  

As of October, 2016, I still credit FDR as being the worst, and most destructive, president of the United States.   Every president since, excluding Reagan, has taken what FDR started, even further.  In the case of Obama, a lot further.  

5. Dependence For All
I had a friend who was “Kept.”  She was a little embarrassed by it, but she didn’t deny it.  She had a great apartment, nice cloths, and pretty much anything she wanted, and what was best of all, in her mind, was that she didn’t have to pay for it.  She just had to be at her “Keepers” beck and call.  She was a weak person of low character.  She did not want to work hard, so she traded her freedom, her identity, and her dignity, for the material things she wanted.  She was able to get most of what she wanted, and someone else was going to pay for it.  Were those things she received really free?  No, the price was actually very high.  She eventually realized it, left, and for awhile, ended up worse off than when she started, but eventually regained her life.  

This is exactly what our federal government is like, and has been doing to millions of Americans since the New Deal.  It’s only been getting worse under the current administration.  

6. Traitors
In a representative democratic republic, it's not only the will of the tyrant, and the greed and weakness of the people, that are bringing about this change.  Those we elected to represent us have turned their backs on their constitutional responsibilities, as well as our constitutional rights as American citizens, in order to guarantee this fundamental transformation takes.  They sit on their hands while Obama mocks his constitutional boundaries with his pen and his phone.  Barak Obama, the majority of both houses of both parties, and most of the Supreme Court are traitors.  They are traitors to the Constitution, traitors to the American citizenry, and traitors to Liberty.  

7. Traitors to Liberty?
Simply defined, Liberty is freedom from government, freedom from tyranny, freedom from oppression.  But for Liberty to exist, there is a price to pay, and the reelection of Barak Obama proved that there are too few Americans willing to pay that price.   

Liberty includes the freedom to reap the rewards of hard work, it contains the freedom to take risks, and to make profit, as well as the freedom to take risks, and to fail.  There are no guarantees of outcome with Liberty, and many will have to learn the hard way, but neither are there guarantees of outcome with utopian government.  Americans, since the pilgrims, overwhelmingly preferred the risks of Liberty, to the guarantees of tyranny.  Sadly, this is no longer the case.  

The evidence that America has permanently turned, includes the success of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.  That either of these candidates have been taken seriously, proves that, not only were we betrayed by our leaders and representatives, but we have been betrayed by our neighbors, coworkers, and friends.  They may be wonderful people, but they are going to elect a Marxist to the White House, and are therefore, traitors to liberty.  

8. From Democratic Republic, to Democracy, to Anarchy, to Tyranny 
From the ratification of the Constitution until today, the United States has been becoming less of a democratic-republic, and more of a democracy of "useful idiots," viz., minions of an elitist class of oligarchs.

The main problem with true democracy, is that it gives the people the power to dismantle itself, to destroy its own society, to commit civil suicide, i.e., fall into anarchy.  They do this morally, politically, and culturally, and before too long, they institute tyranny.   

9. Election 2016
Whether it's Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, or some surprise waiting for us, the winner of this upcoming election will not change the hearts of the people in America, and so our decline is certain.  In our hearts we have turned from God.  We want to be like the other nations, and have therefore, demanded a king.  In our case, the king is us.  It's our own sinful lusts, it's our desire for no sexual boundaries, a moral revolution, no God to give us a standard to live by, or to tell us of sin and hell.  

A nation can survive civil war, world war, and nuclear war, it can survive political and military failures, but it cannot survive moral collapse.  America cannot survive this moral decline, America will not survive this moral decline.  

Monday, October 3, 2016

For the Christian struggling with whether or not it is morally permissible to vote for Donald Trump

For the Christian struggling with whether or not it is morally permissible to vote for Donald Trump

First off, truth matters.  Donald Trump is not a "good candidate with flaws."  Abraham Lincoln was a good candidate with flaws.  Ronald Reagan was a good candidate with flaws.  Ted Cruz was a good candidate with flaws.  By framing it that way, is to imply that constitutional conservatives are demanding a candidate without flaws, a perfect candidate, and I don't think that it's fair to suggest that.  Donald Trump is not a good candidate with flaws, he is a bad candidate, and perhaps even the worst of the original batch trying for the republican nomination.  However, in light of Hillary Clinton, he is a gem.  First off, I have no reason to believe that he will try to destroy Christianity in America, I believe Hillary will.  Secondly, he's not a Marxist, she is.  

My reason for even mentioning my opinion on this, is because I think Christians should labor through this decision (as Dr. Grudem does, see link at bottom), and not just mindlessly fall in line.  If we just conclude, "Not Hillary, therefore Trump," we are really no different that the opposition, but we are better than that.  

I have come to despise the Republican Party, because it now is a den of traitors.  They have betrayed this nation, the Constitution, and my children.  What they have done, and are continuing to do, I've always expected from American Marxists, i.e., the democrats, but not my party.  I distrust Donald Trump, and believe many of his followers to be mindless drones.  Not because they like him, but because many have ceased to be thinkers. They drank the Kool-Aid early on, and are just like the Bernie/Hillary supporters.   I am no fan of Trump, not because of of his moral flaws of the past, but because of what I believe to be a moral flaw of the present, I believe he's lying to us, saying at every moment what he thinks people want to hear, trying to appeal to Bernie supporters, instead of constitutional conservatives.  All those things Grudem lays out sound wonderful, but each time I've gained a little confidence in Trump, he changes his mind on something important.  

But in the end, I will vote according to my conscience.  I will go into the booth, pray for God's mercy, and if there are no major changes between now and then, I will vote for Donald Trump. Why?  Because when I'm trying to explain to my grandkids what happened to this once great nation, I can tell them that I did all I knew to do, but it was sadly, just not enough. 

http://m.townhall.com/columnists/waynegrudem/2016/07/28/why-voting-for-donald-trump-is-a-morally-good-choice-n2199564

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Voting One's Conscience (pt2)

Voting One's Conscience (pt2)

"Where is your faith, what informs your conscience?"

"The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.  Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.” (Proverbs 21:1-2)

Notice who's really in control.  The heart, the will, and the intentions of the King, president, or tyrant, is like a little puddle of water in God's hand.  "The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord."  This is why we are to pray for our rulers, because God is sovereign, and the puddle only flows in the direction God allows it to flow, within the boundaries God dictates, and only for as long as it is part of, or does not interfere with, God's plan.  Eventually, God will dry His hands, and so He tells us to be obedient, to trust Him, and to pray.  

It is important to understand that Obama, his administration, and the countless others who adhere to a Godless agenda, have done nothing to America that God did not foreknow, or that God did not allow.  The question for Christians is, does the turmoil of today, and uncertainty of the future, bring us to our knees in humility before God, does it cause us to seek God more genuinely, or do we allow ourselves to degrade into despair, fear, or anger?  In practical day to day living, do we take comfort in the power, truth, and sovereignty of God, or instead, do we seek Man for deliverance?  

God is sovereign, and we must remember that God alone is our Savior and Deliver, not Man, not government.

There is an ultimate God-directed outcome of world events that will come to be, and nothing we do, vote for, accomplish, build or destroy, will thwart that outcome.  This however, does not relieve us of our responsibilities to try to influence the outcome.  As Christian citizens, we have certain government-recognized  unalienable rights.  We currently have the freedom to express our political opinions, we have the freedom to use our opinions try to influence others, and we have the freedom to vote.  Likewise, we can freely express our spiritual beliefs, as long as we keep them abstract.  We can freely share our faith with others, as long as we don't offend someone with a good lawyer, and we have the freedom to live a biblically moral life, unless our morals can be successfully argued, as being restrictive to another persons government-assigned civil rights.  

The reality in America, is that the Christian biblical worldview is being replaced by a new form of materialistic paganism.  As biblical Christians, we are more and more being restricted in expressing our beliefs.  We can legally share the gospel in many contexts, but for how long.  How many of us will still be committed to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, if we lose that freedom.  How many of us share the gospel now?

Liberty is a two-edged sword.  On the one side we have certain freedoms, while on the other, we have accountability.  If God allows some of us to go to prison for our faith, we will have much less freedom for which to be accountable, and would have to answer to God for how we used the limited freedom we did have, i.e., did we use it for the glory of God.  In other words, we will answer to God for what we did with all of what God allowed us have.  So, to the degree we have the ability to influence the direction of our country, we have the responsibility to use that influence.  Therefore, It is my contention, that as Christian citizens of America, if one candidate is more likely than the other to help preserve Christian Liberty, then it is for that candidate, that we must vote.
  
Knowing full well, that the Vote does not give the American people the absolute power to determine the future of our country, remember that little puddle of water in God's hand, "He turns it wherever he will,"  the right to vote gives us the responsibility to use that influence, however limited, to guide this country in the direction of godliness, but in the end, God's will will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  

Where is your heart?

Does your love of God overpower everything else?  Does your faith in Him influence you most?  For too many Christians, it's not love and faith that guide them mostly, it's fear.  This is why so many are angry.  Not only are they angry at those politicians that have betrayed us, but they are also angry at other Christians that may not want to vote as they.  

Regarding faith, fear, and conscience, is there any greater influence than these?  It is, in part our conscience that helps us keep to our convictions and to stand by our faith.  When it is said, "You should vote your conscience," how is it that Christians would object?  For conscience is tied closely to our faith.  If you so despise my use of conscience, by what personal influence are you guided?  Fear?    

Regarding this or any election, as well as any decision we need to make, we are on the safest ground when we want what God wants, when we seek His will with a true and humble heart.  "Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.”  So, what is in your heart?

Remember, we are to live according to the reality that we are in this world, but not of it, our true citizenship is in heaven, and we are just passing through.  But while we are here, we are to bring glory and honor to Jesus Christ, we are to make disciples as we go about our lives, and we are to be salt and light.  In other words, we are to influence others.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Voting One's Conscience (pt1)

"What is your conscience saying?"

Barack Obama has been one of the most successful presidents in American history, and it was the republican lapdogs, the turn-coat traitors, we elected to oppose him, who have been his most helpful allies.  Obama could not have succeeded, in his fundamental transformation of America, without them.  

These same republicans are now embracing Donald Trump, and it can only be for one of two reasons.  Either because they expect him to lose, which will enable them to remain as they are, with the power they currently enjoy, or because they know he will fall in line, which will enable them to remain as they are, with the power they currently enjoy.  

Trump and his followers have been saying that Trump cannot be bought.  But he's already been bought; his price was just different than guys like Christie, Bush, McCain, or Romney; his price was credibility, and power.   The Trump as "Outsider" is gone, and he's now the, all in, inside player, and I believe we are being sold out once again.

All the speeches and promises about fixing all the wrongs brought about by the current administration, is all just slight of hand, smoke and mirrors.  Most of what Trump is saying, the things we want to hear, could have all be done already, since the republicans have had the majority of both houses.  The only reason Trump had any glimmer, was because he is/was saying what many were already thinking, he was despised by the republican machine, and we believed he was different than they.  He is now one of them.

This is the point of a call to vote your conscience.  The sad reality, is if elected, Trump will likely deliver on nothing he says he will do, and in fact, it is quite probable that he will do the exact opposite of some of what he says he will do, as can be seen in some of his already changes of mind.   I believe that a president Trump will not be the savior of America, but instead will be a great disappointment, even to the most faithful of his drones. 

But on the other side of this terrible coin, a president Hillary will likely deliver on much of what she says she will do, and will fearfully be as successful as her predecessor.  So it's with this in mind, with no clear good and bad candidate, but instead, only a bad and worse, I have to ask, what does my conscience tell me to do?  What does your conscience tell you to do?  

With no jest, and with no exaggeration, I would greatly prefer an American citizen chosen at random, by lottery, than either of the two major candidates.  I believe the odds of gaining a constitutional conservative would be in our favor.  But since this would not be constitutional, we will have to choose from one of only four options.  We can vote for Hillary, and participate in the collapse of western civilization, we can vote for Trump, and slow down that collapse, we can vote for someone else, or we can stay home (options one, three and four being equal in outcome).  The problem with voting for Hillary, staying home, or voting for a third-party or write-in candidate, is that Hillary will win, and we do not need a prophet to foretell the course and outcome of a Hillary presidency.  Even for the least Christ-minded conscience, this has to be the most ungodly conclusion of this election.  

I will vote according to my conscience, and will encourage others to do the same, because with such pathetic choices, this is a decision only one's conscience should make.  So the question for you is, "What is your conscience saying?"

Sunday, March 6, 2016

What Is the Gospel?

What is the Gospel?

“In Him (Jesus) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7).

Notice we are redeemed (bought) by the sacrificial blood of Jesus, and we are forgiven by His grace, not by our works, nor by any other religious system. Also, notice that the concept of redemption is that of ownership, we become God’s possession, like the bride is to the husband, we can be His.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).

This is the gospel in a nutshell, the whole of Scripture in two verses. This is the point! God loves mankind so much that he sent Jesus to pay for our sins, and by His grace, through faith, we can be saved from the penalty of our sin. Jesus took our place, by paying for our sins on the cross. His payment was sufficient for the sins of the world. He must be the object of our faith. No saint can add to what Jesus has done, and no church can administer His merit. When we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone, he gives us His grace, all of it!

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

All means All! You, me, and the rest of mankind, from the beginning of creation until Jesus returns. We cannot meet God’s requirement for righteousness on our own. We need Christ’s righteousness to apply to us. That is what takes place when we put our faith and trust in Him alone.

“But unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3).

We must be willing to turn from sin, toward Christ and His righteousness. We can’t live in the darkness and in the light at the same time. We must choose.

“Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1Corinthians 3-4).

This is the fundamental doctrine of the Christian Faith. Notice, “according to the Scriptures.” This is referring to prophesy from the Old Testament prophets. The death, burial, and resurrection of Christ was not an afterthought or accident. It was the plan of God since before creation. God was well aware of the Fall, Original Sin, my sin and your sin, and He loved us anyway, and put the plan of salvation in place.

“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says,“Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame” (Romans 10:9-11).

Believe in your heart, i.e., have faith & trust, this is “Heart-Belief.” I believe that the Saints are playing the Bears tonight (12/10/08), but that’s just on the surface of my mind. That information has not penetrated my heart. Unfortunately, many “Christians” have this kind of belief of Jesus. There is a difference between “I believe in Jesus,” and, “My faith is in Jesus.” It’s the element of trust that escapes many people. I believe that politicians exist, and will serve in our government, but my faith/trust/heart-belief is not in them. Make it known what you believe in your heart, this is not a private matter. Notice the last part, all of our sin is wiped out, there will be no shame as we stand before God, because our faith leads to righteousness.

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

The thief can be seen as any one, or any system, that will say there is another way to eternal life with the Father. Jesus came to offer us an abundant life. He is sufficient.

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3).

Jesus is going to return, maybe sooner, maybe later, but He will come back for His people. Notice the Father’s house has many rooms. Those dwelling places are for His children, those who have received the righteousness of Jesus Christ by God’s grace through faith. Just imagine Jesus preparing a place in heaven for you and your family. Religion, without a personal relationship with Christ, only leads to emptiness and eternal death. Christ, and Christ alone, leads to the Father and eternal life.

You can receive God’s complete forgiveness of your sins right now. You can Know that you have been saved, and have confidence that you are part of the family of God; you don’t have to wait until you die to find out. The person and work of Jesus Christ is sufficient for our salvation, and it is by the authority of Scripture that we can know this. Trust Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. Form this desire into a prayer to God, express you repentance of sin, your need of forgiveness, and your want of a personal relationship with God through Christ. There is no magic in a prayer, but if these words express what is in your heart, you are saved, and part of the family of God.

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