The following is from Rusty Thomas, director of Operation Save America. Former director, Flip Benham, used to call the phenomenon described here as “the same fist, different glove.” There is no such thing as neutrality. Pluralism is a myth. You cannot beat something with nothing. Christianity, Islam and Western Humanism cannot all co-exist peacefully in the same culture.
Commentary on Muslim Attack on Gay Bar in Orlando
By Rusty Thomas
America now finds herself in a quandary. The two of the three most beloved groups that are cherished, protected, and adored have clashed (abortion advocates being the third). A Muslim committed a terrorist attack against a gay bar in Orlando, Florida. Tragically, there are many casualties.
Up to this point, abortion, homosexuality, and Islam have lived in relative peace. They have been united in one aspect, they all hate Christ and His church. The more they succeed, however, in attacking and marginalizing Christianity in our country, the barrier that separates them increases. Eventually, they will turn on each other and destroy themselves. This has happened countless times throughout the pages of Holy Writ.
When a nation rejects the God of the Bible and commits blatant idolatry, one of the consequences is He will lift His hand of protection and turn you over to the false gods and their violent, perverse tendencies. If the nation continues to double down in its rebellion to God, Civil War is the final hammer blow. We are well on our way to seeing this come to pass under our watch.
Psalms 9:17 warns, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” Isaiah 60:12 declares, “For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish, And those nations shall be utterly ruined.”
Is there an option? Mercifully, there is, “if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it” (Jeremiah 18:8). “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).
Christ or chaos, which will it be America? Choose wisely, the barbarians are at the door to provide your reward for all the abominations you have committed against the Lord your God! Repent and believe the Gospel. The Kingdom of God is at hand.
The Samson Syndrome
For Christians who remain silent and inactive when it comes to the abominations savaging our nation, may I humbly suggest that they have contracted the dreaded “Samson Syndrome.” While Samson was storming the gates of hell to deliver Israel from the tyranny of the Philistines, Judah bound their own champion and turned him over to their common enemy that was seeking their enslavement.
Perhaps, they felt he was too radical and had become an embarrassment to the established order. Regardless, it was this betrayal that inspired Samson to break his bonds and slay over a thousand Philistines with a jaw bone of a donkey. Their mentality was we tolerate the evil the Philistines were imposing on them.
“Besides, if the truth be known, it is Samson who is the actual problem. He can’t live like this and somehow we can, so do us all a favor, take him and leave us alone.”
When the church cowers in her duty to be faithful ambassadors of Jesus Christ to secure His interests in the earth, we inadvertently strengthen oppressors, prolong the suffering of victims, and place our brethren who are fighting the battle in greater danger. Our silence and inaction feeds the beast that is devouring our nation.
Theodore Roosevelt stated:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat (Citizenship in a Republic, “The Man in the Arena”).
It is time for the church to shake off the Samson Syndrome and awaken to our Kingdom responsibilities. We must arise to be salt and light in our depraved nation. Instead of spending our time criticizing the doer of deeds that is on the battlefield, how about we come down from the ivory towers of our church buildings and join the fray in Jesus’ name?
See more articles by Rusty Thomas at Operation Save America.
Adapted from the Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership
“Good people are obligated to support the lesser of two evils.”
Is this true? Should we support the lesser of two evils? No, for four reasons.
4. The lesser of two evils is still evil.
3. It rewards bad behavior. We cannot achieve victory by rewarding politicians who vote against our principles.
2. It demoralizes our own people. “There is no difference between the parties.” Therefore, non-voting is on the rise.
1. It simply isn’t true. In most cases, the alleged “lesser” evil actually is the “greater” evil because it is more of a danger to liberty and freedom.
If you find yourself, in your own estimation, not supporting a “good” candidate, but a “lesser evil,” you must ask yourself, “Is this lesser evil, really the lesser?”
It isn’t the devil with a pitchfork that you should fear, it’s the one who comes smiling, preaching in a suit and tie, telling you everything that you want to hear despite his past behavior. “No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” ~ 2 Cor 11:14
Which is more evil?
George W. Bush gave us
• Medicare Expansion
• Patriot Act
• No Child Left Behind
• Increased funding to Planned Parenthood.
This led to the loss of House and Senate GOP seats in 2006
Barack H. Obama gave us
• Medicaid Expansion
• Stimulus Bill
• Patriot Act
• Common Core
• Increased funding to Planned Parenthood.
Obama led to The GOP gaining seats. Insurgent candidates such as Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, Nikki Haley and Marco Rubio beat establishment GOP candidates.
The greater evil gives us something to organize against. The lesser evil causes us to accept the status quo and as a consequence lose influence. Remember that once most politicians are elected – especially most Republicans – their goal is to do as little as possible, to take no controversial stands and offend no one, in order to get re-elected. Special interest groups represent voting blocks that politicians use to hold on to their power.
Electing Donald Trump in 2016 would be a giant step backwards for influence of Christian principles at the grassroots level. Imagine Trump with a Democrat Congress negotiating and making “deals.” Now imagine Hillary Clinton with a solid resistance and a growing number of freshman Republicans in Congress who represent conservative Christian values.
The Biggest Lie in Politics is designed to separate legislative session from election season causing voters to forget the results this has always produced in the past.
“To achieve victory, first you must seek it.” ~ Howard Phillips
You may have seen this meme in various forms. Spurgeon isn’t talking politics specifically here, but he applies this principle consistently when he does venture into preaching on the political involvement of Christians.
Someone has asked: “Is politics dirty, then? Shall the Christian completely abstain? Stay out? Is there no hope?”
Well, yes and no. The conclusion Spurgeon comes to in the quotes below is that it is unusual to find a Christian politician, even in a nation with a state-church such as England, who will stand for the Gospel without compromise. The truth is that we can’t ever look to politics as a savior. If we do, we will always be disappointed. Salvation comes from personal regeneration. Then we should evangelize our family. Then we should work to build strong churches. Finally, the culture will be transformed and politics will follow. Our slogans should be, “No King but Jesus” and “Politics fourth!”
How do we apply this to the current election? Many Christians are going to support Donald Trump because it is “the only way of stopping Hillary” and “If we lose the Supreme Court, we lose our liberty for the next generation or more” and so on. Well no, we lost our liberty when we lost our salt and hid our light under a bushel. We lost our liberty when we lost our families. We lost our liberty the moment the church began preaching a compromised Gospel.
This isn’t an admonition to stay out of politics. On the contrary, it is a strong warning not to trust politics to be the answer. Even so, choosing the lesser of two evils when a third or fourth choice is the best representative of the Gospel in public life shows a idolatry of the political system. We must be more prepared to lose with the Truth — or the closest imperfect human representative of the Truth — than we are to “win” with the gross promise of first principles. It is only in standing for Truth as “Athanasius against the world” that we win in the long run.
Finally, I submit that we lose because many Christians have a pessimistic long term view. “The world is getting worse and worse. Why polish the brass on a sinking ship. And the only course is to run up our debts until the Antichrist takes over the world.” We have greater faith in Zeitgeist than in sound biblical hermeneutics.
The good news is we will win, but not in an instant. If we have faith in a mighty, conquering God, He will in time will put all things under His feet, not only when He returns, but progressively as His people obey His Word.
What follows are some excepts from Spurgeon’s sermons as quoted in this piece by Joel McDurmon.
But there were senators, there were forums of political discussion, there were the places where the representatives of the people make the laws, was there no room for Christ there?
Alas! my brethren, none, and to this day there is very little room for Christ in parliaments. How seldom is religion recognised by politicians!
Of course a State-religion, if it will consent to be a poor, tame, powerless thing, a lion with its teeth all drawn, its mane all shaven off, and its claws all trimmed— yes, that may be recognised; but the true Christ and they that follow him and dare to obey his laws in an evil generation, what room is there for such?
Christ and his gospel—oh! this is sectarianism, and is scarcely worthy of the notice of contempt. Who pleads for Jesus in the senate? Is not his religion, under the name of sectarianism, the great terror of all parties? Who quotes his golden rule as a direction for prime ministers, or preaches Christ-like forgiveness as a rule for national policy? One or two will give him a good word, but if it be put to the vote whether the Lord Jesus should be obeyed or no, it will be many a day before the ayes have it. Parties, policies, place-hunters, and pleasure-seekers exclude the Representative of Heaven from a place among representatives of Earth.
To what then do we look? We answer, we believe that national peace, and the security of our great cities, can only be guaranteed for a long future, by the recognition of the religion of Jesus Christ, and the wider spread of its principles.
In his Manifesto of 1848, Karl Marx wrote: "The theory of the communists may be summed up in a single sentence: Abolition of private property."
"You reproach us with intending to do away with your property. Precisely so: that is just what we intend."
Have We Adopted Marxist Ideas?
To this end, he advocated:
- Abolition of property rights and application of all rents to the state.
- A heavy progressive graduated income tax.
- Abolition of all rights of inheritance by taxing inheritance.
- Confiscation of the property of emigrants and all rebels to the state.
- Centralisation of credit in banks of the state, by means of a national bank with an exclusive monopoly on money supply.
- Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.
- Factories and instruments of production to be owned by the state; wilderness areas to be nationalised by the state.
- Equal obligation of all to be put to work by the state.
- Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
- Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country, by more equable distribution of the populous over the country.
- Free and compulsory education for all children in state schools.
Abolition of Religion
Karl Marx wrote: "The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of man is a requisite for their real happiness." In the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx wrote, "Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion and all morality."
Marx wrote: "I wish to avenge myself against the One who rules above."
"I shall build my throne high overhead,
cold, tremendous shall its summit be.
For its bulwark – superstitious dread.
For its marshal - blackest agony."
Karl Marx wrote to his father: "New gods have to be installed."
In his drama Oulanem, he wrote:
"The hellish vapours rise and fill the brain,
till I go mad and my heart is utterly changed.
See this sword? The prince of darkness sold it to me.
For me beats the time
and gives the signs
evermore boldly I play the dance of death."
Marx loved to quote the words of Faust: "Everything in existence is worth being destroyed."
"If there is a something which devours,
I'll leap within it, though I bring the world to ruins
– the world which bulks between me and the abyss,
I will smash to pieces with my enduring curses."
"Without violence, nothing is ever accomplished in history."
Chosen for Hell
"Thus Heaven I've forfeited, I know it full well. My soul, once true to God, is chosen for hell."
To Bring This World to Ruins
In his poem, Human Pride, Marx, wrote:
"With disdain I will throw my gauntlet full in the face of the world,
and see the collapse of this pygmy giant whose fall will not stifle my ardour.
Then will I wander god-like and victorious through the ruins of the world.
and, giving my words an active force, I will feel equal to the Creator."
Karl Marx's good friend, Frederick Engels wrote: "Karl Marx is a monster possessed by ten thousand devils."
Robert Payne, a friend of Karl Marx, wrote: that Karl Marx "had the devil's view of the world and the devil's malignity. Sometimes he seemed to know that he was accomplishing the works of evil."
God is Our Enemy
Karl Marx wrote that he wanted to: "Hurl gigantic curses on mankind." Marx quoted positively from Paris Communard, Flourens, who declared: "Our enemy is God. Hatred of God is the beginning of wisdom."
The Family of Karl Marx
Karl Marx's family life was a disaster. He had seven children by his wife, Jenny, and another by his housemaid Helen Demuth. One of his daughters, Eleanor, married Edward Aveling, a Satanist known for his blasphemous lectures on "The wickedness of God", and for his poem to satan. Three of Karl Marx's children starved to death. Five of his children died prematurely. Two of his daughters committed suicide, as did his wife. Karl Marx wrote that he did not love anyone and that he was entirely comfortable with hatred.
He referred to the Slavic people, like Russians, as "ethnic trash" and prophesied that: "their very name will vanish." He dismissed Mexicans as "lazy", and Negroes as "frozen at pre-historic levels" who would never contribute anything worthwhile to society.
War Against the Family
In the Manifesto, Karl Marx wrote: "We destroy the most hallowed oblations, when we replace home education with social."
Atheism and Hatred
Marx's dedicated disciple, Vladimir Lenin, declared: "Atheism is the natural and inseparable part of Communism. We must hate. Hatred is the basis of Communism".
War Against God
Under Vladimir Lenin, one of the slogans of the Soviet Union was: "WE FIGHT AGAINST GOD to snatch believers from Him." A prominent slogan of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union was: "Let us drive out the Capitalists from the earth, and God from Heaven."
Hatred of God
Alexander Solzhenitsyn declared: "The world has never before known a godlessness as organised, militarised and tenaciously malevolent as that preached by Marxism. Within the philosophical system of Marx and Lenin, and at the heart of their psychology, Hatred of God is the principle driving force, more fundamental than all their political and economic pretensions. Militant atheism is not merely incidental, or marginal, to Communist policy; it is not a side effect, but the central pivot. To achieve its diabolical ends, Communism needs to control a population devoid of religious and national feeling, and this entails a destruction of faith and nationhood. Communists proclaim both of these objectives openly, and just as openly put them into practice."
"They promise them freedom while they themselves are slaves of depravity." 2 Peter
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