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California Senator Richardson Report

By Editorial Staff
Published April 1, 1988

When a president is sworn into office, he places his hand on the Bible and swears before Almighty God to uphold the duties of that office.

It is reported that when the first four presidents of the United States were sworn into office, the Bible was opened to Deuteronomy 28. Very significant. The first 14 verses tell of the blessings that will accrue to a nation that honors God’s laws. Then, from verse 15 to 68, we are told, in no uncertain terms, of the punishment that will befall nations that ignore God’s commandments; 14 verses of good tidings, then 54 verses of pain!

It is quite obvious that the vast majority of American politicians give nothing but lip service to the laws which governed our forefathers’ actions. God, for all practical political purposes, is extinct. Reference to Scripture is literally nonexistent, and when someone does broach the subject of religious morals, their comments are politely or humorously ignored.

During a recent discussion with my colleagues regarding billions of dollars of bonded indebtedness the California Legislature intends to offer the public, I asked if someone would comment on the moral justification for saddling future generations with a debt of such monstrous proportions. One of my colleagues jocularly responded, “I can’t give you a moral reason, but I can give you an immoral one.”

Everyone laughed and that ended the subject. No one felt an obligation to address the moral implications of spending borrowed money now and placing the cost upon our children and grandchildren.

Morals are laughed at, not only by those in office but by those who elect them. We are a nation that has turned away from God, and it is manifested in our every action from the office of the President on down. We cavort with our deadly enemies while we ridicule our friends. We treat Gorbachev, one of the world’s great criminals, as a respected leader and fawn over brutal Marxist dictators, while ignoring the blood that drips from their hands.

Proverbs 17:15 states, “He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.”

Scripture also tells us that God is “slow to anger,” but, to paraphrase, when pushed too far, His wrath is awesome. Also, those who He has favored He holds especially accountable, and to them His anger should be terrifying. America, take note!

Why is this politician sounding like a preacher delivering a sermon? Because I believe in the Lord and I’m trying to do what Scripture commands me to do. Ezekiel 33 instructs me to warn the people even though the warning may fall on deaf ears. My duty is to obey the Lord, and to the best of my limited ability, I intend to do so.

America is in for terrible judgment … and nothing less than national repentance can save this nation from the trouble that is just over the horizon. We are destined to wallow in our foolishness and pay the price for our stupidity. We have been given signs, but the warnings have gone unheeded. Sackcloth and ashes most assuredly are not a part of our national policy agenda!


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Frank Schaeffer Will You Please Shut Up! (Book)

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A Reasonable Response to Christian Postmodernism

Includes a response to the book Christian Jihad by Colonel V. Doner

The title of this book is a misnomer. In reality, I am not trying to get anyone to shut up, but rather to provoke a discussion. This book is a warning about the philosophy of “Christian postmodernism” and the threat that it poses not only to Christian orthodoxy, but to the peace and prosperity our culture as well. The purpose is to equip the reader with some basic principles that can be used to refute their arguments.

Part 1 is a response to some of the recent writings by Frank Schaeffer, the son of the late Francis Schaeffer. This was originally written as a defense against Frank’s attacks on pro-life street activism – a movement that his father helped bring into being through his books, A Christian Manifesto, How Should We Then Live? and Whatever Happened to the Human Race? These works have impacted literally hundreds of thousands of Christian activists.

Part 2 is a response to Colonel Doner and his book, Christian Jihad: Neo-Fundamentalists and the Polarization of America. Doner was one of the key architects of the Christian Right that emerged in the 1980s, who now represents the disillusionment and defection many Christian activists experienced in the 1990s and 2000s. There is still great hope for America to be reformed according to biblical principles. As a new generation is emerging, it is important to recognize the mistakes that Christian activists have made in the past even while holding to a vision for the future.

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Over the past 100 years, however, startling discoveries in biblical archeology and scholarship have all but vanquished the faulty assumptions of these doubting modernists. Regrettably, these discoveries have often been ignored by the skeptics as well as by the popular media. As a result, the liberal view still holds sway in universities and impacts the culture and even much of the church.

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Go Stand Speak (DVD)

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Does the Bible really call church pastors, leaders and evangelists to proclaim the gospel in the public square as part of obedience to the Great Commission, or is public preaching something that is outdated and not applicable for our day and age?

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The Silent Scream (DVD) Eight Languages

“When the lives of the unborn are snuffed out, they often feel pain, pain that is long and agonizing.” – President Ronald Reagan to National Religious Broadcasters Convention, January 1981

Ronald Reagan became convinced of this as a result of watching The Silent Scream – a movie he considered so powerful and convicting that he screened it at the White House.

The modern technology of real-time ultrasound now reveals the actual responses of a 12-week old fetus to being aborted. As the unborn child attempts to escape the abortionist’s suction curette, her motions can be seen to become desperately agitated and her heart rate doubles. Her mouth opens – as if to scream – but no sound can come out. Her scream doesn’t have to remain silent, however … not if you will become her voice. This newly re-mastered version features eight language tracks and two bonus videos.

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Abortion Clinic 911 Calls (DVD)

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Although the content is emotionally gut-wrenching, these videos have been used in church seminars and small groups to educate Christians on the abortion issue and to lead people toward a pro-life position. Contains 2 hours and 40 minutes of materials that can be shown separately.

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