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Lea does an amazing job putting together an air tight case for our founding as a nation.  It has always amazed me how much spin and so many lies are out there about our founding.  But just like everything, if you go directly to the source, our founding fathers letters and sayings and match up their written works with older text that influenced them, you will find the Truth.  It is out there, it is just most of us are too busy, distracted, or lazy to search.  Not all of this is our fault, it is the way our modern society has transformed, more is certainly not better in all cases, and that is one of our serious problems: more-itis.  We need to simplify our lives and return to our distant roots.

Some of my favorite tidbits from the article:

Political Science Professors at the University of Houston wanted to know the source of the Founding Father’s ideas. After assembling over 15,000 documents, quotes and writings from them this is what they learned:

Direct quotes (3,154) showed that 7.9% were from William Blackstone. Blackstone’s Commentary on the Law/span>, 1758 was the textbook for American lawyers and it contained direct Bible quotes referencing sources of laws; 8.3% were from Charles Montesquieu, a political philosopher; 2.9% were from John Locke, theologian and political philosopher; 94% were quotes from The BIBLE, of which 34% were direct quotes, and 60% were quotes from men who quoted the Bible in their writings. 

The Word: “In the beginning was the Word…” John 1:1.

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ! For this very reason, people of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity and freedom of worship here.” ─Patrick Henry’s, May 1765 Speech before the House of Burgesses

Take some time to read Lea’s full article below, you will certainly not be disappointed.

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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People are strange. And it seems that Christians can be the strangest. True freedom can only come through God. Our nation was founded upon God-given rights, or what is called Natural Law. These are rights that are given by our Creator and, not by any person or governmental body. They cannot be taken away.

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1).

It is unfortunate, then, that most of today’s Christians (at least in the Western world, particularly America) are as much in bondage as those who are not Christians. They are in bondage to traditions of men, liturgy and doctrine. They are enslaved much as the Pharisees enslaved Judaism from accounts we read in the Bible. Jesus spoke with passion and was “in-your-face” with the Pharisees about their “oral law.” These were their additional “rules” which they took upon themselves to add to that which was given by God to guide Israel.

This is very unfortunate, especially considering what we see unfolding not only across the world but here in America. This is a nation that was founded upon biblical principles and laws. Our founding fathers took these very seriously and crafted documents that reflect this. Despite what some “progressives” try to say in order to rewrite history, the facts are facts. History cannot be changed. But as we see from history, when a nation does not honor God, it is not blessed.

All Christians, particularly in America and especially pastors, should then be keenly interested in this and in being proactive by doing everything within their power to see that our nation isn’t tolerating the things God has told us not to tolerate. To call that which is good, good and that which is evil, evil─and not to care what the world thinks at all. That was Jesus’ philosophy.

One of the founding fathers was a minister. All of these brave men laid everything they had; even their very lives on the line in order to do what they did. They were, after all, committing a treasonous act. They were taking action against King George. They were standing in defiance against a tyrannical government. And Christians and ministers stood with them. Churches were a significant force in keeping communities informed of what was happening. Today, this is unheard of. The pulpits have fallen silent, with the exception of a very few.

Instead of teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ (which includes how to be a good citizen, if these teachings are taken seriously and followed), the Baptists are teaching how to be “good Baptists.” Methodists are teaching how to be “good Methodists” and so forth. Instead of understanding and teaching the great blessing and significant role God has played in this nation and therefore, how being a good citizen is also acknowledging what God has done for us, they are actually denigrating this. How? By teaching that Christians are “citizens of heaven” and therefore have no responsibility to their nation, state or community.

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Below are two articles that really hit at the root of what we are seeing done to our once great nation.

The current administration is gutting it and we are turning into a modern-day version of Rome.  Where the “republic” was for show only, the citizens were too “distracted” with daily pleasure, and an emperor or elite oligarchy ruled the land.

We really are seeing a combination of 1984 and Atlas Shrugged play out in real life.  If you haven’t had a chance to read those recently, you might consider it. (If you don’t feel like tackling the 1000+ pages of Atlas, the two recently released movies are excellent summaries.)

One of the biggest excuses I get from people when I talk about us loosing our freedoms, is that our military would never turn on our citizens, there are too many God-fearing members in positions of authority and with strong moral compasses.

Well the below two articles show exactly how that is changing.  They are driving the religious and moral members out.  With the repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell and the persecution of Christianity, what type of military will we have in 2-3 years?  Notice the openness of the activity that is driving the persecution and the penalty.  It is insane and goes against everything we were founded on.  A man should never have to give up his faith to serve his country.

You pair this with previous articles on how the Gangs are infiltrating our military ranks, how male on male attacks have increased and are making up the majority of the sexual harassment complaints, and the extreme growth of the TSA/Homeland Security through contractors, we have two extreme cases for how our own military could turn on segments of our citizens.

It is sickening to even think of it.  We must get support for these honorable men and women that are volunteering and sacrificing to protect us and the freedoms we still enjoy.

God Bless our brothers and sisters in the military and stand strong for your beliefs.  Remember, we are not of this world, but our home is with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the next.

Maranatha, Lord Come quickly!

myblessedhope

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Obama Threatens Veto of Religious Protection for Military
Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) passed an amendment in the House Armed Services Committee protecting religious speech of service members in the military. President Barack Obama has now threatened to veto the bill if it passes the full House and Senate.

Congressman: Christian Soldiers Being Singled out for Punishment
A Midwestern lawmaker is calling on his colleagues in Congress to offer cover to an Army soldier under fire for his conservative political views and religious faith, and accusing the Obama administration of “creating a tyrannical culture of political correctness in the military.”

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Click on the article title for a link to full original referenced article.

In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile.  He writes:

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5

What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law.  But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.

“That 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.” – Romans 10:9

Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved.  It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.

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This is really the trifecta of articles I have read in the last hour.

I am amazed at how deceptive this ad can be in stating it is the Catholic Bishops that are the threat to Religious Freedom, when the exact opposite is true.

Whether you believe in the Catholic point of view on religion is beside the point, they should have the freedom from being forced to support something their faith preaches against.

Then in her statement she says she is a “cultural catholic”, that she is no longer a believer and even wrote a play on the matter called “Letting Go of God.”?

How does that work?  Is this a growing phenomenon? Apostasy?  A falling away?

And then the closer, join our cause to help keep the bishops from forcing their dogma on everyone (Who is forcing who here?) and help keep church and state separate (Who is joined with who again?).

Unbelievable deception…

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Former SNL Star Calls Bishops ‘Real Threat to Freedom’ in Atheist Group’s New Anti-Catholic TV Spot

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is known for creating a stir, particularly among people of faith — a cohort the group so regularly targets. In recent months, the atheist non-profit has set its sights primarily on Catholics, first running a New York Times ad that read, “It’s Time to Quit the Catholic Church.” Now, the FFRF has released a new television spot slamming what co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor calls the ”Catholic Bishops’ war against contraception.”

Julia Sweeney Appears in FFRFs Anti Catholic Ad

Coincidentally, the 30-second ad, which features former “Saturday Night Live” actress and comedian Julia Sweeney (she played the popular character “Pat”), will run from June 21 through July 4. Interestingly, this is the same time frame during which the Catholic Church’s “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign is going on (yes, an intentional action on the part of the atheists).

On the FFRF web site yesterday, Gaylor praised the ad’s placement throughout mainstream and cable media:

The 30-second spot featuring personable Julia Sweeney is running approximately 1,200 times over a two-week period on a variety of national TV — but in regional markets. Those who may view the ads have the following TV or cable carriers: Dish, DirecTV, Cox, Comcast, Verizon and Viamedia.

We’re getting a lot of phone calls at the FFRF office in response. Some callers are giving our female receptionists a hard time, making unprintable comments. But others are our kind of folks, such as a grandmother in Pennsylvania who said she was raised Catholic but is “98 percent atheist,” and is disgusted by the Catholic Church’s attempt, as she put it, to “put canon law over civil law.”

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