July 2, 2010

The King of America

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

"We recognize no Sovereign but God and no King but Jesus."

I really hate to break this to you, but America was founded upon Christian principles.

OK, I'm messing with you; I do not hate to break it to you!

Despite the dishonest claims of leftists, atheists, secularists, and so on, America was founded on biblical principles.
Image source: US National Weather Service
One aspect of the "progressive" agenda in its quest to eradicate religion from life is to rewrite history. They attempt to minimize the words of the founding fathers in several ways:
  • They claim that statements attributed to the founders were taken out of context
  • They claim that the founders were "Deists", as if to minimize (or neutralize) their remarks
  • They claim that if the founders really did say those things, they were afraid of being ostracized (what a joke to anyone who knows anything about the character of these men)
  • They claim that the quotes were never really said at all
"I conceive we cannot better express ourselves than by humbly
supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world . . .
that the confusions that are and have been among the
nations may be overruled by the promoting and speedily
bringing in the holy and happy period when the kingdoms
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ may be everywhere established,
and the people willingly bow to the scepter of Him who is the Prince of Peace."

Samuel Adams

Guess what, Poindexter. America was founded to not only be a Christian nation, but to spread the Gospel. Let me give you a few examples of what I mean.

The "Fundamental Orders" of 1639 in Connecticut was the first constitution in America. It was a forerunner of the United States Constitution, and has many references to God and the Gospel. For example, the first paragraph contains: "...to maintain and preserve the liberty and purity of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus which we now profess, as also, the discipline of the Churches, which according to the truth of the said Gospel is now practiced amongst us..."

I like "The Old Deluder Satan Law". For one thing, I like the name. This was the first public school law. It seems that atrocities committed "in the name of Christ" were done under the religious power structure of the times before, and there was no Bible available in the language of the people. Now that the Bible was easily to be had, people were expected to learn to read, and then learn the Bible, so they could stop atrocities "in the name of Christ": "It being one chief point of that old deluder, Satan, to keep men from the knowledge of Scriptures, as in former times, by keeping them in an unknown tongue, so in these latter times, by persuading them from the use of tongues that so at last the true sense and meaning of the original might be clouded by false glosses of saint-seeming deceivers, that learning might not be buried in the graves of our fathers, in church and commonwealth, the Lord assisting our endeavours…" This law was passed by several states in 1642.

Do you know why Yale, Princeton and Harvard were established? I bet you can guess...

Harvard's original statement of purpose: "To be plainly instructed and consider well that the main end of your life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ...." One requirement of students was that "Everyone shall so exercise himself in reading the Scriptures twice a day that he shall be able to give an account of his proficiency therein."

How about this requirement at Yale? "Seeing that God is the giver of all wisdom, every student, besides his private and secret prayer, will be present morning and evening for public prayer."

Princeton did not kid around: "Cursed is all learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ."

What the heck, let's go back to that oldest of American documents, the Mayflower Compact. It has words that progressives hate, as well: "Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith..."

If you want to pursue this further, I have a couple of documents for you to look at. First, a PDF e-book from American Vision, The Case for America's Christian Heritage. You can get it $0.99 USD if you click here. There is another that is also free, but not expensive, either. I know the author and I'm acquainted with his work on other things. I purchased Founders Speak on that basis, and I'm telling you that it's a solid resource. Use both books, and you'll have a great start in being able to slap leather with those who sneeringly try to rewrite history.

I have to say that, although America was established to be a Christian nation, Christians have to fight to keep it that way, as there are many sidewinders who are whittling away our liberties. And yet, it is a free nation. You can believe or disbelieve whatever you want, and cannot be compelled by a federally-mandated law to join a particular church. It is indeed unfortunate that there are those who want to remove our rights to practice and express our faiths. Nobody's persecuting unbelievers in America; no atheist has been or will be burned at the stake for his disbelief.

In your Fourth of July celebrations, please take a moment to be thankful for those who have served, and are serving, to protect our freedoms.

July 1, 2010

Just Five More Minutes

Hebrews 10.31
For a long time, I have been attempting to get unbelievers to give God's message a fair hearing. Naturally, I meet with considerable resistance.

"Why do they resist you, Uncle Bob?"
  • Blind, unreasoning hate. Although some will say that it is personal, that they hate me because I'm a bad guy, it's really because I believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ (John 15.18-19). Because of this, nothing I say on any subject has value in their eyes. I might feel badly if I cared about their opinions of me, but they are not the one I want to please (Galatians 1.10).
  • Pride (James 4.6). They think that they do not need God or his Word, that they are sufficient in and of themselves. Actually, it is idolatry, because they make themselves as little godlings, and worship themselves. Who wants to admit that they're a miserable sinner? I don't like it, but I admit that I'm a miserable sinner, saved by the grace of God. He didn't have to do it, you know.
  • Stupidity. Disciples of Richard "Daffy" Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and others will gather their information from each other's unintelligent sites and think that they are clever (Luke 6.39).
  • Fear. I think that, deep down, some of them know full well that they are wrong. As it stands now, in their deceived, hateful minds, there is no God, there is no sin, there are no repercussions for your attitudes and actions if you do not get caught; you warrant what you can get away with. But if there really is a God...
When I have recommended that unbelievers will check out the links on apologetics that I have supplied, they are seldom clicked. In one case, I had the singularly absurd response that he knew what those sites would say, so he did not need to check them out. Another had a lame excuse about calling CARM and debating Rev. Matt Slick... but if he was so clever, you would think that he would jump at the chance of putting that stupid Christian apologist in his place. Agonizing!

As I have said before, I have been pretty much away from my faith for about fifteen years, having recommitted myself to Jesus in April. I'm lacking in the "Christian love" area ("Jesus loves you. Me, not so much").

And yet, I still have to try. So, I'm asking for just five more minutes. Actually, a bit less. Let Dr. Charles Stanley, who has more experience and compassion than I, lay things on the line and give you God's personal invitation:

If you want to hear the entire message (about 25 minutes), you can
click here and listen to the embedded mp3. If you want to talk further, contact them at InTouch.org.

June 30, 2010

Atheists Will NEVER Learn

You Just Can't See It

Buon giorno. I have read many discussions where people will attack the "believer's" position because it involves faith, the soul or spirit of man, and deeper meanings of the Bible. I will not attempt to explain faith, having read books about it and being unwilling to write one here and now. Nor will I attempt to define soul or spirit, especially since philosophers and theologians have been hashing it out for centuries. What I will do is state that if something does not fit into naturalistic and materialistic philosophies of science, that does not mean that those things do not exist.

But I will go after the question of the deeper meanings of the Bible. Essentially, "Sorry, Salvatore. You are unable to understand them." Now, come on, get off your high horsie, Pilgrim. I am not being insulting. It is a statement of fact according to God.

Work with me here so you can understand this point of view.

When someone actually belongs to God and has a personal relationship with him, then they start to understand the things that are "spiritually discerned" (1 Cor. 2.14). This does not apply to "posers" or "religious" people (they "have their religion", but do not actually know Jesus) because, frankly, they do not have a relationship with God, capice?

Here's a rockin' tune for you that might help clear things up:

"Blinded Eyes"
by Petra
from the album "Not of This World", 1983
Words and music by Bob Hartman, Lead singer Greg X. Volz

Don't know where you're going but you think you know the way
20-20 vision but you can't see the light of day
Road is wide or narrow but you can't tell which is which
Blind will follow blind and you'll both end up in the ditch
Can't you see - you can't see? Don't you know - you don't know?

Blinded eyes can't see the light
When it's glowing in the night right in front of you
Blinded eyes can't see the truth
When it's written on the wall out in plain view
Blinded eyes can't see the Son
Or the work that He has done out of love for you
Blinded eyes

Groping in the darkness searching for the missing switch
Come up empty-handed try to scratch the endless itch
There is only one light that can penetrate your mind
Just one look at Jesus, your eyes could leave their scales behind
Can't you see - you could see? Don't you know - you could know?
Blinded eyes can't see the light
When it's glowing in the night right in front of you
Blinded eyes can't see the truth
When it's written on the wall out in plain view
Blinded eyes can't see the Son
Or the work that He has done out of love for you
Blinded eyes

Based on Matthew 15:14, 1 Corinthians 4:3-6, Ephesians 4:18
Also see John 8.43-45, 2 Corinthians 4.4

If you want to be sure that you are in a right relationship with Jesus, click here. Don't let your pride, opinion, religion or whatever stand in your way, I implore you.

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