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Wake Up America: While Good People Do Nothing… Evil Infiltrates

Wake Up America and Fight Evil -- Einstein

We live at a pivotal point in the history of the human race. Soon every living person will be required to make a decision to stand with the one true God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth and the father of our Lord Jesus, or with the ‘man of sin.’ Who that man if sin is has not yet been revealed, but that he is coming has been revealed.

II Thessalonians 2:3-5  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day [the Day of the Christ or Day of the Lord] shall not come, except there come the falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

Do you not remember, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

That ‘man of sin’ is coming and he will turn all who are not the ‘elect’ to a false God the Bible calls “the god of war.” This ‘god of war’ will behead anyone who doesn’t confess that god as the only true god and a certain someone as his only prophet. Christians will be beheaded by the millions — yes, I said millions — and 2/3 of Israel will die as well. This is nothing to laugh about and certainly nothing to ignore.

Right before us in the daily news we read about these things happening. The persecution of anyone who does not subscribe to this particular belief system includes beheading, burning at the stake, making sex slaves out of children and mass murder. To deny there is any spiritual aspect to this mayhem is blindness and total ignorance. While our president apologizes for Islam, ISIS continues to grow by the thousands. With little conviction to defeat and eliminate this threat from the face of the earth, it is only bound to grow like a cancer until it consumes the entire middle east and other countries of this world.

Alarmist?  Am I being alarmist?  No, I’m being sober-minded and reality-driven.  Positive thinking isn’t going to change things.  Thinking it will is also an example of total ignorance. The world is not getting better — it’s getting more spiritually polluted every day. An alarmist is one who evokes false fear in people over supposed dangers. What I’m trying to do is help people wake up to smell the death around them. This threat is both real and immediate and if our government is only willing to play lip service to eradicating it, the we the poeple ahve to do something about it.

Educate People About the Real Threat

This battle being raged is spiritual in nature. Spirits control the nations of this world — I know this because the Bible tells me so.

Daniel 10:12,13  Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that you did set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come because of your words.

But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days: and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

The ‘prince of Persia’ was the evil spiritual being guiding the ‘kings’ of Persia. There are other indications of this in God’s Word as well. Spiritual entities are in authority over earthly authorities. No man in any position of power is acting completely on his own will. This is the truth from Scripture.

The best thing you and I can do is to educate people about what is truly going on here on planet earth. What people want — peace, love, prosperity and happiness — they will not get from this world. They only get tastes of it — small samples of what it should be like — but they will never and can never receive those things in full from this world. When they turn to God, through Jesus Christ, they will begin to experience the true riches of the ages to come after all things are wrapped up and rectified with the return of Jesus Christ to the earth.

If you are concerned about what’s going on and are serious about doing something about it, I encourage you to get involved with other in your local community, or online if you cannot find anyone local. There are organizations committed to exposing the truth. Silence is golden but not when something needs to be said and heeded. Don’t be afraid to “rock the boat” because if enough people do not, we soon will not have a “boat” to rock.

God bless you all who are committed to the truth, awaiting our Lord Jesus Christ’s return from heaven. Let’s get busy and tell others what’s going on and what is about to happen. Now’s the time.

II Corinthians 6:2  For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

Get out there and speak up. Don’t be afraid of people or the adversary. It’s Christ in you — the hope of glory.  You can do all things through Christ who infuses you with inner strength. Go for it, he is within you and with you.

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Three Easy Steps to Build the Body

Spiritual Athlete

Body building — the athlete’s biggest endeavor — is also the Christian’s most important task. In God’s infinite Wisdom, He has chosen us, His children, to take on the most important job in this administration of Grace — build the body of Christ.  Are you involved in this task?  Do you want to know more about it?

First there are two aspects of building the body of Christ.

1) Geographically — called “holding forth the Word of Life”

Philippians 2:16  Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.

2) Spiritually — called “edification” of the saints.

Ephesians 4:11-13  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 

For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.

Now these verses talk about those with specific ministerial gifts (Greek: charismata), but in case you’re wondering, there are also verses that command every believer to edify others in the body of Christ. Here’s just one of them:

I Thessalonians 5:11  Therefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also you do.

The Rise and Expansion of the Christian Church

The book of Acts presents the rise and expansion of the Christian church in the first century. By ‘rise’ I mean the result of the edification of the saints and by ‘expansion’ I mean the multiplication of believers in quantity and geographic location.  The ‘rise’ in the body leads naturally and fuels the ‘expansion’ of the church.  Let me say from experience that when you are edified, you have little choice but to overflow with God’s love and grace which leads you to speak about Christ to others, leading to the expansion of the church. Make sure you get the order correct for best results:  Edification (rise) precedes multiplication (expansion).

The edification of the saints (rise) precedes and fuels the multiplication of the saints (expansion).

The greatest apex achieved by the first century church can be found in Acts 19:20.

Acts 19:20  So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

Notice what ‘grew.’  THE WORD OF GOD!  How does the Word of God grow?  “Mightily.”  Where does the Word of God grow?  In your heart.

Psalm 119:11  Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you. 

Out of the heart come all the issues of life.

Proverbs 4:23  Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

The word “keep” in the above verse from Proverbs means to “guard.”  Guard your heart by saturating it with God’s Word.  The ‘heart’ is figurative for the most inner part of your being — it’s what makes you “you.”  Out of the heart come blasphemies, murders, drunkenness, revelings and the like. Also out of the heat comes love, compassion and mercy. What’s emanating from your own heart? Is it positive or negative? Good or bad? Light or darkness?  If you’re like most of us there is a mixture there.

Luke 6:45  A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

Storing more of God’s Word in your heart plants the seeds that will sprout into good words and good works that glorify your Father in heaven. The more of God’s Word you store in your heart, the more protection you have from the onslaughts of the enemy. For good to triumph over evil in your own life, all you need is a solid foundation of God’s Word dominating your inner being. Give up control and let God’s Word take root. The spirit of God is within you if you have indeed been “born again’ so let it reign unto victory in Christ.

3 Steps to Build the Body of Christ

This leads us to the ‘how’ of building the body of Christ in the love of God. Let’s see how easy it is to do what God has asked us to do.

1) Trust What God Says with All Your Heart

It all begins with trust. When a parent asks a child to do something they aren’t experienced at, trust is what will take them over the barrier of disbelief into action. Do you remember the first time your parents tried to get you to swim?  Swimming is something we have to learn. To some it comes more naturally than others, but we were not born as fish.  Fish know how to swim intuitively because that’s what fish do — they swim. To teach a fish to walk would be very hard.  They don’t have the equipment they need to walk. Neither do humans have the same equipment as fish. We don’t have gills. We have to swim with our heads above the water most of the time, at least take another breath of air. So we have to learn how to swim.  When your child trusts you, they are more apt to just ‘go for it’ than if they don’t trust you.  Once you understand what God’s Word says, trust God with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

2) Act on What God Tells You to Do

Once you understand what God’s will is in a situation, simply act on what God has told you to do. Your first source of revelation, and that by which you judge any other ‘information from God’ is God’s written Word. God will never tell you to do something that contradicts His written Word.  That’s because God’s Word is God’s will. Acting on what God says in His Word is the evidence that you trust God whole-heatedly. Not acting but saying you trust God is just “lip service.” God’s not well pleased with those who feign trusting Him. Yes He still loves people who don’t trust Him but He can do little with them because they don’t act on what He says.

3) Believe God Will Do His Part

The third step is the easiest. Many think it’s the hardest. “Believing God” isn’t a mystical thing you have to develop physical or spiritual muscles for.  It’s built-in to your being. Did I really say that?  Yes, I believe it’s true. Believing God is built into your being. Let me explain.

There is a teaching that boils down to “name it and claim it.” It’s called, “the law of believing,” “positive thinking” and by other like terms. This teaching is false because you, with your mind, cannot even add an inch to your height.

Matthew 6:17  Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

What on earth am I taking about when I say believing is ‘built into”  you?

“Humans are programmed to believe in God because it gives them a better chance of survival, researchers claim.

A study into the way children’s brains develop suggests that during the process of evolution those with religious tendencies began to benefit from their beliefs – possibly by working in groups to ensure the future of their community.

The findings of Bruce Hood, professor of developmental psychology at Bristol University, suggest that magical and supernatural beliefs are hardwired into our brains from birth, and that religions are therefore tapping into a powerful psychological force.”

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1211511/Why-born-believe-God-Its-wired-brain-says-psychologist.html#ixzz3SaT7SfIm

The Bible tells us God wrote ‘eternity’ in man’s heart:

Ecclesiastes 3:11  He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

The human heart naturally believes there is a God but cannot figure God out. That’s why God wrote His Word. God communicates Himself to us through His written Word which we call the Bible and through His living Word, Jesus Christ.

This third step, believing God will do His part is axiomatic to acting on what God says. By taking action you are emphatically stating in real terms, here and now, that you believe God will do what He says. That’s why it’s the easiest of the three steps.

Building The Body Internally and Externally

Building your physical body requires effort extended over a period of time. Nothing happens immediately. Those muscles have to tear through use and grow back stronger. Spiritually building the church requires extended effort also. A good study on the words “edify” and “edification” will yield a wealth of information on how to build your life on God’s Word, how to build others up in the faith and how to reach out to others to build the body of Christ in numbers and in other geographic locations.

Take consistent effort and do not worry about the results. It is God who gives the increase (step 3 above) as you just understand (step 1 above) God’s Word and act on it (Step 2 above.)

I Corinthians 3:5-9  Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? 

I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 

So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 

Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 

For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.

God is in total control.  Nothing has or will ever happen that He is not aware of and has not planned for in advance. God knows the end from the beginning (Issaiah 46:10) and nothing can thwart His plans (Issaiah 14:27). You are part of those glorious plans of our Father God and it’s your privilege and opportunity to participate in the grandest missions of all time — the reconciling of the world to God through Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:8 -10  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 

Not of works, lest any man should boast. 

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Philippians 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Have at it and have fun glorifying God or Father and our Lord Jesus Christ!  Be that spiritual athlete that exercises continually by learning God’s Word accurately, living it by acting upon it and reaching out to others with the love of God in your guarded heart.

 

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Is There a Holy War Against Islamic Terrorists?

 

Holy War

Is there a Holy War going on now? If you haven’t read the news in the past few years you might think not, but every day we are bombarded with news about Islamic terrorism, extremism, beheadings, people being burned alive and Jihad being declared against the West. From the information I’ve been receiving I’d have to answer a resounding, “YES — there IS a Holy War going on.” The war has been declared by the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, etc.) against Western countries, Christians, Jews and anyone who they come across that won’t convert to Muslim theology. The only people who question whether a holy war is going on or not is the present White House administration.

In an unprecedented move, Bill O’Reilly on Fox News has asked leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities to take action right now to combat this global threat. Thousands of responses of support are flooding in and this got me thinking of our part as Christians in this battle. Surely God has not called us to take up arms or swords and fight a bloody to-the-death battle. Didn’t Christ say to turn the other cheek? Let’s think about this a little before we get too hasty.

You’ve seen this verse many times on ChristianCultureCenter.com and I want to repeat it here to cement it into your mind and heart. It has to do with the real battle going on.

Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

We live in a spiritual world. God is over all and in control of all. It may not seem like that to our human eyes, but God knows the end from the beginning, and works all things after the counsel of His own will.

Isaiah 46:10  I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’

Ephesians 1:11  In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,

Whether we understand things from a spiritual perspective or not, it’s real and it’s happening 24 hours a day, every day of the year, every year of our existence. Spiritual warfare cannot be fought with physical weapons however the physical battles that ensue due to those spiritual causes can be.

What’s the Christian’s role in all this?  Fight or turn the other cheek?

As Christians we turn the other cheek to our enemies, but as Christians we also do whatever is in our power to check the enemy and defeat him. In our case we have civil government that has as its primary purpose to protect the people of our nation. Our Christian response therefore is to raise awareness of what’s going on and demand our government do something about it quickly.  Let me repeat that for clarity.

Our Christian response is to raise awareness of what’s going on and demand our government do something about it quickly.

If you preach or teach, talk about what’s going on with those in your congregations or homes. All of us should talk about it with our families, friends and fellow workers. We can all petition our Representatives in Congress to do the right thing. We can write letters and spread awareness of the present danger — and believe me, it is a present danger.

I was very impressed with Franklin Graham (Billy Graham’s son) who voiced his concerns with the present Jihad publicly this week. He’s calling for Obama and his administration to get a grip on what’s going on, to clearly identify the enemy instead of sidestepping it, and do something right now to mount a death-blow to the Islamic State. Good for him, praise God!  We need more people in positions of influence to do the same thing.

There are some 35 verses in the Koran and their accepted writings that call for death to the ‘infadel.’ the ‘infadel’ is described as anyone who does not accept Allah as he only God and Mohammed as his only prophet. This forced belief system is completely contrary to God’s revealed Word and is the enemy of all righteousness. It’s father is the devil and it’s destiny is the Lake of Fire. Let no man deceive you by any means — he who confesses not that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God is an Antichrist and a deceiver.

I John 2:22  Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist–denying the Father and the Son.

There you have it — God said it, not me. I repeat only what He has already said about it.

I encourage people of all belief systems to get more vocal about the growing global threat of Islamic terrorism and Jihad. Their stated goal is to capture the entire world for Allah and they have committed to kill anyone and everyone who refuses to go along with them. You have been warned; now is the time to act. Get more information on what’s happening around you and join in with others who see it too. Do something to make a difference, but by all means, keep your sword in your sheath.

God bless you who stand for the truth against lies.

 

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What’s the Root Cause of Islamic Terrorism?

Islamic Extremism FBI

What is the root cause of Islamic terrorism, and why is the White House refusing to call it what it is? There are some interesting opinions circulating about this, and I’m deeply concerned something is amiss in the White House.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Monday night on MSNBC that ‘we cannot win this war by killing them, we cannot kill our way out of this war.’

Instead, she said, the administration should ‘go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups’ – including ‘lack of opportunity for jobs.’

‘We can work with countries around the world to help improve their governance,’ Harf insisted. ‘We can help them build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people.’

Denial At the Top, Brilliance, Plain Ignorance or Does it Go Deeper?

Statements like that and the obvious denial by the White House that any terror attack by Islamic extremists is Islamic at all has people seriously concerned with the present administration.  Is President Obama in denial, is he just ignorant or is there a deeper reason why he refuses to call a spade a spade? Or is he brilliant trying not to offend the majority of Islamic people who do not wage war against the rest of the world?

Retired top U.S. General Tom McInerney said, “I don’t know. Maybe we have some Islamists embedded in the White House,” McInerney said. “Whatever it is, it is absolutely bizarre. When Charlie Hebdo was attacked in Europe, everybody was calling it radical Islam except our president, who was calling it violent extremists.”

“What is the ideology of violent extremists? I don’t know,” he said. “Are they Irish? Are they Swedes? Who are they? I do know what the ideology of radical Islamists is. It is the Quran, the Hadith and Shariah law. Those are the things that we are fighting against.”

Is President Obama Compromised on the Real Threat?

Is Obama Secretly Muslim?

I’m not the first to ask this question. It’s obvious he is a supporter of Islam for whatever reasons he has. When I heard him say, “There is no future for those who insult the profit of Islam.” I was taken aback. That statement, which I heard with my own ears on radio news coverage, is actually a threat, is it not?  To me, this statement is so obviously pro-Islam that it shows to me that our President is compromised on the issue.

If indeed President Obama is compromised on Islam, he is not in any position to wage war against Islamic terrorists. He can’t even call them what they are — Islamic. This raises serious doubts about his ability and credibility to wage war on behalf of the United States against Islamic terrorism.

It’s interesting to note that Christian extremists who lead others are said to be a “Christian cult.”  Nobody runs around saying they are not “Christian” even if they are not. They are claiming to be Christian, hence they are called a Christian “cult.”

If those involved in terrorist activities claim to be Islamic, why are they not called an “Islamic cult.” They invoke the name of their prophet, they pray five times a day, don’t eat pork and do everything they do according to their Koran — including the 35 verses that call for killing those who do not accept Islam and their prophet.

Whatever You Call it, It’s Source is Spiritual

There  is a lot of press about Obama’s refusal to call Islamic terrorism what it is. It’s long been known that to fight your enemy you have to identify him first. Without a clear identification, you can’t know the best way to counter him. The enemy here is spiritual. It’s name is Islamic Jihad, which is the systematic taking over of the entire world politically, economically and spiritually. Every Muslim is called to worldwide Jihad though, thankfully, only a relative handful have engaged so far.  Those numbers will increase and this threat will not vanish. They will continue to infiltrate the countries of this world, multiply at an exponential rate compared to natives of the countries they move into, and demand Sharia law wherever they go. They will never integrate and assimilate fully.

Ephesians 6:12  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

We live in a spiritual world. God is over all and in ultimate control of everything. He is working all things to fulfill His own will which is “the restitution of all things in heaven and on earth.” Often we cannot make the connection between what is happening in this world and how it fits in God’s overall Plan, but we can be assured that it does. God will indeed make His name and power known to all in due time.

As we get closer to the return of Jesus when all will be set right, we must remember that the battle being played out in the physical world has its counterpart in the spiritual. Its cause is spiritual, while its effects are manifest in the physical realm. The devil wants to eliminate, that is kill, Jews, Christians and anyone who won’t bow down and worship him, whether it be through a false religion, a false prophet, a compromised business person or compromised White House official. Jesus Christ is the dividing line and we get to choose which side we are on — his or not his.

For More Information

For more coverage of this subject, see the following articles:

http://www.wnd.com/2015/02/top-general-islamists-embedded-in-white-house/

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/02/16/white-house-terror-summit-missing-the-mark-on-islamic-threats

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2957350/State-Department-says-win-war-against-ISIS-killing-Obama-administration-avoids-mention-Christian-beheading-victims-religion-launches-new-hashtag-diplomacy-effort.html

 

 

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Profound Revelation: God Revealed Christ Before He Even Made Mankind

The Star of Bethlehem

The Star of Bethlehem has perplexed saints and scientists alike for nearly two thousand years. The Bible describes some sort of star that the Magi from the East saw which motivated them to travel hundreds of miles by camel to visit the newly born Savior of the World, Jesus. So what was the star they described and why was it so significant to all mankind?

The answers to those questions have now been answered. There are several clues in the Bible about it, but it takes a good study of ‘stars’ in the Word of God to grasp the whole picture. Modern technology also helps as software can now pinpoint where the stars, planets and other heavenly bodies were in previous times. By using this software and following the clues in God’s Word, researchers have now been able to identify what “the Star of Bethlehem” was and when it appeared.

You can see it all by watching The Star of Bethlehem DVD which you can find here:  visit http://www.bethlehemstar.net/ for more information.

I won’t give you all the research here because the DVD is done so well I’m hoping you’ll watch it instead. But I will summarize this most important point or “take away” if you will about this finding.

The stars were made before God even made man as we know man to be on this earth. The stars preceded Adam and Eve according to the Biblical record. Here’s the amazing fact that should shake up just about everyone’s theology today:

God revealed Christ in the stars before He made man on earth!

This tells us that God indeed knows “the end from the beginning” and that everything that has happened has been by design not by chance. God is indeed in control of all things. He was not surprised by Adam’s choice to disobey him. He was not searching for some kind of solution because things went wrong. I can certify from the Scriptures that God is in complete control of everything that has ever happened or will happen in this Universe and beyond — are we willing to accept that?

Isaiah 46:10  I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’

Now think about that for a while and rejoice in the fact that God is not scrambling trying to fix things that went wrong, but that everything that’s happened has happened for a reason. Before anyone blames God for sin and evil in the world, just remember this:  He has a purpose in everything He does and it is for His glory and our salvation. It will all work out in the end. Don’t believe me!  Believe God and His Word.

 

 

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States Want Constitutional Convention to Reign in the Feds

Constitutional Convention

24 States have called for a Constitutional Convention and 15 others are considering it. It’s my humble opinion that the States of the Union should join together to demand a Constitutional Convention as early as possible to handle several issues that need to be addressed in order to keep our President and lawmakers in check and focused on We the People. We have to be clear and concerned about who controls the outcome of such convention if it is indeed held.  As one of “We the People,” you should get acquainted with this as soon as possible so your voice can be heard.

24 States Call-For Constitutional Convention

 

 

(Please note that there is no clear constitutional provision for rescinding a State’s call for a Constitutional Convention)

A Constitutional Convention Allows the States to Amend the Constitution

Mark R Levin has written a book called, “The Liberty Amendments:  Restoring the American Republic” that deserves a serious read by anyone concerned with what’s happening in America right now. We are on a gradual slope to loss of freedom, property and free speech and the only thing that is going to stop it is for the States to exercise their rights to limit Federal power.

I quote from The Liberty Amendments sales page on Amazon.com below.

“For a century, the Statists have steadfastly constructed a federal Leviathan, distorting and evading our constitutional system in pursuit of an all-powerful, ubiquitous central government. The result is an ongoing and growing assault on individual liberty, state sovereignty, and the social compact. Levin argues that if we cherish our American heritage, it is time to embrace a constitutional revival.

The delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and the delegates to each state’s ratification convention foresaw a time when—despite their best efforts to forestall it—the Federal government might breach the Constitution’s limits and begin oppressing the people. Agencies such as the IRS and EPA and programs such as Obamacare demonstrate that the Framers’ fear was prescient. Therefore, the Framers provided two methods for amending the Constitution. The second was intended for our current circumstances—empowering the states to bypass Congress and call a convention for the purpose of amending the Constitution. Levin argues that we, the people, can avoid a perilous outcome by seeking recourse, using the method called for in the Constitution itself.

The Framers adopted ten constitutional amendments, called the Bill of Rights, that would preserve individual rights and state authority. Levin lays forth eleven specific prescriptions for restoring our founding principles, ones that are consistent with the Framers’ design. His proposals—such as term limits for members of Congress and Supreme Court justices and limits on federal taxing and spending—are pure common sense, ideas shared by many. They draw on the wisdom of the Founding Fathers—including James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and numerous lesser-known but crucially important men—in their content and in the method for applying them to the current state of the nation.

Now is the time for the American people to take the first step toward reclaiming what belongs to them. The task is daunting, but it is imperative if we are to be truly free.”

It couldn’t be stated any clearer.

We the People need to take control of our federal government before it has complete control of We the People.

An article on the ACLU web site states the following:

“We’re hearing from our ACLU affiliates about a new trend in state legislatures: proposals to call for the convening of a constitutional convention. This would be a fairly radical step: although clearly provided for in the Constitution, a constitutional convention has never been convened in the history of our republic.

Many of the proposals are centered on attempts to alter the Constitution to require a federal balanced budget amendment, and in some cases to impose term limits on federal officeholders. So far we’ve heard of such proposals in Arkansas, Idaho, Nebraska, Virginia, and West Virginia. Apparently, these bills are based on a common model bill circulated by ALEC, the conservative-leaning American Legislative Exchange Council. From the other side of the political spectrum, legislatures in several states including CaliforniaIllinois, and Vermont have already called for a constitutional convention to address campaign finance issues.

Under Article V of the Constitution, there are two methods by which the Constitution can be changed. The first, which has been repeated 27 times, requires approval of a specific amendment by two-thirds of the House and Senate and three-fourths of the states. The other, never-before-used method is the convening of a convention, which Congress “shall call” upon “the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the states.” Any changes to the Constitution passed by that constitutional convention must then be approved by three fourths of the states.”

(Source:  https://www.aclu.org/blog/technology-and-liberty/calls-constitutional-convention-heating-states

The Fox News Channel reports the following:

“WASHINGTON –  Momentum is building behind what would be an unprecedented effort to amend the U.S. Constitution, through a little-known provision that gives states rather than Congress the power to initiate changes.

At issue is what’s known as a “constitutional convention,” a scenario tucked into Article V of the U.S. Constitution. At its core, Article V provides two ways for amendments to be proposed. The first – which has been used for all 27 amendment to date – requires two-thirds of both the House and Senate to approve a resolution, before sending it to the states for ratification. The Founding Fathers, though, devised an alternative way which says if two-thirds of state legislatures demand a meeting, Congress “shall call a convention for proposing amendments.”

The idea has gained popularity among constitutional scholars in recent years — but got a big boost last week when Michigan lawmakers endorsed it.

Michigan matters, because by some counts it was the 34th state to do so. That makes two-thirds.

In the wake of the vote, California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter pressed House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday to determine whether the states just crossed the threshold for this kind of convention. Like Michigan lawmakers, Hunter’s interest in the matter stems from a desire to push a balanced-budget amendment — something that could potentially be done at a constitutional convention.

“Based on several reports and opinions, Michigan might be the 34th state to issue such a call and therefore presents the constitutionally-required number of states to begin the process of achieving a balanced budget amendment,” Hunter wrote.

“With the recent decision by Michigan lawmakers, it is important that the House – and those of us who support a balanced budget amendment — determine whether the necessary number of states have acted and the appropriate role of Congress should this be the case.”

If two-thirds of the states indeed have applied, the ball is presumably in Congress’ court to call the convention. ”

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/02/rare-option-forcing-congress-to-meet-change-constitution-gains-momentum/

The Main Issues The States Need to Address

The number one issue troubling We the People is the out-of-control spending by the Federal government. With deficits running in the hundreds of billions of dollars, we have very little time before out required interest payments on the debt we have are greater than the revenue we bring in. Financiers have estimated we could hit that mark within a decade if current spending trends aren’t curbed. So the first thing on the debate table is a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget.

I learned in grade school that if you constantly spend more than you bring in you end up broke and you can easily lose everything you might have. It seems to me the so-called brilliant leaders we have never went to grade school. Spend, spend, spend is all they can think of as a way to get us out of financial trouble, but it only ends up with limited immediate results and throws us further into debt which is the real problem. A constitutional amendment forcing the US government to run on a balanced budget would not only help straighten us out financially, but will curb many other issues related to overreach.

A second pressing problem regards executive orders. Our US Constitution limits power in all three branches of our government by providing checks and balances. Executive orders are being used to override Congress’ will of We the People. Just what rights does a President have before he overreaches and acts as a King or a Sovereign on his or her own? This is a major issue that needs correction. If you do a Google search on past executive orders you will, I’m sure, be shocked by the vast rights our Presidents (from both parties) have surrendered, for example, in the case of undefined “emergency.” These orders range from giving control of our military over to the United Nations to the President having the right to take whatever ‘natural resources’ he wants from We the People in the state of an emergency. While our constitution ensures checks and balances to prevent these kind of things, executive orders can easily and instantaneously bypass those checks and balances if they are not held in check. This issue needs to be addressed immediately.

There are some dozen other issues that States want addressed at a Constitutional Convention. Term limits for Congressmen would go far to eliminate the ‘pork’ in the budget as politicians would be less tempted to satisfy greedy businesses and organizations in order to keep their positions for a longer period of time. Career politicians are more apt to favor keeping their career intact than to serve We the People.

You can check online for the other issues a modern Constitutional Convention could address.

States Might Not Be Able to Control the Constitutional Convention

However there is a big question looming and that is, “Can the States control the outcome of a modern Constitutional Convention?”

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has this to say:

“ALEC and its allies assert that states can control the operations and agenda of a convention and sharply limit the actions of their delegates.  But there is no consensus on this question among constitutional scholars or others who have studied the question carefully; the selective quotations that convention proponents cite from the 1780s do not reflect a consensus among the Framers of the Constitution and do not have the force of law.  Even more importantly, no court or other body exists with the authority to enforce any such rules and to override the decisions of a constitutional convention.”

Source with more information: http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=4165

Care has to be taken by the States to perform due diligence to make sure they can control the outcome of a modern Constitutional Convention; if they cannot then it might bring more harm than good. The preservation of our Constitution is of utmost importance; only amendments that take care of well-known issues should be proposed and passed.

Are We in the Hands of Fools?

I remember a song from my teen years called “Twentieth Century Schidzoid Man.” A verse in the song states, “I’m afraid our future lies in the hands of fools.” It sure seems that way to me as I’ve observed politicians from all over the world doing what they do. I would trust none of them with my business nor would I trust that their were truly working in my interest. Power corrupts human beings, and the love of money is indeed the root of all evil.

But we are not in the hands of fools.

There is a sovereign Creator in control of all things.

Romans 11:36  For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.

No matter what happens or does not happen, we are God’s and He is in control. Your future is as bright as the promises of God in his Word. Rest assured God our Father knows what’s going on and is guiding everything according to His predetermined will and He will complete the work He sent His Word to do.

Rejoice my friend. And in the meantime, let’s pray our States stand up against federal tyranny.

God bless you.

 

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A Sprinkle of Salt Helps Wherever It Is Found

Salt of the World, Light of the World

Should a Christian go into the entertainment business knowing it’s controlled by non-godly people who are actively promoting misinformation, sensuality and downright deception?  That’s a good question. Many of us have had questions like this as we seek jobs and relationships with other people.

We know what the Word of God says on this subject.

II Corinthians 6:14-18  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 

And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

That’s pretty clear. We’re not to be “unequally yoked.” If you have two mules pulling a cart and one is twice as strong as the other, the cart is going to go around in circles. That’s an example of being unequally yoked. But do these verses mean we cannot work in an industry that is dominated by darkness? Does it mean we cannot work for a company that isn’t Christian owned and operated?  I don’t think so.

Let’s look at some more Word on this subject before we draw our conclusions.

I Corinthians 5:9-12  I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: 

Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. 

But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 

For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? 

But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

Here’s the heart of the matter. Paul makes the distinction between Christians and unbelievers. He plainly says we are not to keep company with a Christian who is indulging in the works of the flesh. He’s careful to say he doesn’t mean unbelievers because if he did that means we couldn’t be a viable spiritual force in the world as we go about living life, sharing God’s Word and building relationships.

Here’s another verse for us to consider.

I Corinthians 15:33,34  Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 

Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

The NIV says it this way:  “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” The idea is that if we hang around with corrupt people, we stand the risk of being corrupted ourselves.

With all this solid, good Word of God to go by, what is the answer?

Matthew 5:13-16  Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 

Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

You Are God’s Asset

Think of yourself as God’s asset. He purchased you with the price of His only begotten Son. He has sent you into the world to sprinkle it with salt and to enlighten it. You are the light of the world. Have you the boldness to say that out loud?  Say it now!  “I am the light of the world.” Did you say it?

I’m thinking you either didn’t say it or you hesitated. I know I hesitated. Jesus is the light of the world; it almost sounds sacrilegious to say I am the light of the world.  But Jesus said I, Richard Golko, am the light of the world because I represent him in this world. I am a light-bearer. Are you?

Sprinkle Your Salt Everywhere You Are, Whatever You are Doing

Let’s look at Jesus’ heart on this matter.

John 6:6-17   I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 

Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 

For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 

I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 

All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 

I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 

While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe byc that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 

I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 

My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 

They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 

As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 

For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

We are in this world but not of it. We are sent into this world to bear witness to Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. If we take ourselves out of every place the devil has a stronghold, we cannot take a stand for our Lord Jesus Christ in those places. A little sprinkle of salt goes a long way where none can be found. You are that salt. You are that light. Don’t fear and don’t make yourself so self-righteous that you cannot possibly enter such a place. Keep your identity in Christ in the forefront of your renewed mind and be a Christian wherever you are.

I’m obviously not talking about getting into industries that are totally corrupt such as the porn industry. Those things that are expressly prohibited by God are not an option for Christians. I’m also not talking about subjecting yourself to temptations you know you have a hard time resisting. If you have a history of temptation in a certain area, you’re silly to put yourself into situations where you are tempted. Don’t be childish in your understanding of these things, be mature and use the Word of God as your guiding light.

Romans 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

You can work for any company you want unless God specifically tells you not to. You can enter the entertainment industry, you can work at a company that has a Satanic symbol in its logo, whatever. God needs people everywhere and you can go where angels fear to tread. The key is keeping your spiritual head on. If you find that you’re in a situation where the temptation is too great  or the things being done are too ungodly for you to sustain your renewed mind and try to make a difference, then I’d say at that point you need to do whatever you need to do to keep yourself in fellowship with your Father God and your Lord Jesus Christ.

Rely on the spirit of God within you and renew your mind to God’s Word. Take a stand for Jesus wherever you are and be that salt, be that light. God bless you in Jesus’ name.  Stand!

 

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