CHRISTIANS! YOUR CITIZENSHIP IS IN HEAVEN NOT IN THE U.S.
By Charles Carrin
CHRISTIANS! YOUR CITIZENSHIP IS IN HEAVEN NOT IN THE U.S.
By Charles Carrin
Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame who set their mind on earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. Philippians 3:17-21
The White House is currently being packed with anti-American idealists. They overwhelmingly endorse the political philosophy of Russian Marxism, Chinese Maoism, and Islamic Jihadism. Outcries against them are ignored and the danger denied. Much public media defends them.
A decade ago our nation watched in horror as two of its most magnificent buildings exploded in flames from deliberate Moslem attack. Thousands of innocent lives perished in that destruction. For a short time the nation fell on its knees, sought God for grace and recommitted itself to Him. The commitment was short lived perhaps only a matter of days. Today, there are plans for the building of a thirteen story Islamic Mosque and Cultural Center near ground-zero where those iconic buildings once stood. Such an intent spits in the face of every conscientious American. Even so, the project has support from many non-Moslem backers. Astoundingly, New York City s Jewish Mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg, is one of them.
As one who will soon be 80 years old I can tell you without hesitation that Americans of my childhood would never have permitted such an insult. With one voice the Nation would have been screaming its outrage. But that is no longer the case. Our borders have been overrun with non-Americans and our native-born youth have had their patriotism diluted by false concepts of history. The crown is fallen from our head: Woe unto us that we have sinned. Lamentations 5:16.
Since our Nation s establishment--the Revolution in 1776 and the ratifying of the Constitution in 1787--a shift has occurred in American political attitude that is totally alien to our Founding Fathers. The noble perspective our ancestors held, and which separates them from modern legislators, is this: Today s liberal politicians are more concerned about their own short-term success than they are of the Nation s long-term survival. In contrast, the Founders pledged their lives, fortunes, sacred honor, in defense of freedom; before the Revolution ended many lost everything they owned. British troops chased John Hart through the swamps of New Jersey, forcing him and others to live like animals. Of the 55 framers of the Constitution, at least 50 were practicing Christians. James Madison, a guiding influence in the drafting of that amazing document, boldly declared at the conclusion of their work:
"We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government but upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."
That same Constitution which Madison declared was dependent on the Ten Commandments for the governing of the people has now been abortively interpreted to forbid the display of those Commandments in American Courts. Beyond that, a false interpretation of the Constitution now intends to forcibly remove all references to God from National consciousness. That invasive political position is totally hostile to the intention of the Founding Fathers. Even before the Constitution, in 1776, when the last delegate put his signature to the Declaration of Independence, Samuel Adams exclaimed: "We have this day restored the Sovereign. He reigns in heaven, and from the rising to the setting of the sun, may His kingdom come!" Identically, President John Quincy Adams said of the Declaration: "It laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity." He spoke prophetically when he later declared,"Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other"
The political crisis America now faces is living proof of Adam s words: Presently, our Constitution is wholly inadequate for anyone except a morally strong, spiritually-awakened people. The true intent of that Document s God-breathed message cannot be understood or appreciated by a spiritually-dead mind. The inadequacy rises wholly from within the people and not from the manuscript. But Madison went on to say, "The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: It connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity." These men would be horrified to know that American public life had degenerated to the degree that homosexual marriage had become a constitutional issue.
Patrick Henry said, "America was not founded by religionists, nor on any religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ." In 1892, the United States Supreme Court declared, "Our laws and institutions must necessarily be based upon the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind." This statement by the Court was in harmony with the favorite political philosopher of the Founding Fathers, John Locke, who said,
"As men, we have God for our King, and are under the Law of Reason; as Christians, we have Jesus the Messiah for our King, and are under the law revealed by Him in the Gospel."
Locke s sentiment re-appears in the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence which says: "... We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." The Declaration also said: "We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right out to be, Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved." The document concludes with these words:
"And for the support of this declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, and Fortunes and our sacred Honor."
With those words, the Liberty Bell was rung, and was followed quickly by the shot heard around the world. Later, in 1787, when the Revolutionary War had ended--but disagreement threatened the Republic s Constitutional Convention--Benjamin Franklin rose and addressed the Convention with these words: "And have we now forgotten this powerful Friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance? ... The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: `that God governs in the affairs of men.' And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable than an empire can rise without His aid?" Franklin then called upon the Assembly to pray, they did so, and from that point on their efforts were wonderfully blessed.
That same year, 1787, as the world was watching the rise of America s Republican Government, another gentleman in Scotland, Alexander Tyler, a history professor at the University of Edinborough, wrote dire warnings about our experiment in Government Of the people, By the people, and For the people. In comparing the fall of Greek s Athenian Republic some 2000 years before to the American Dream, he said:
A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the worlds greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence. From:
Bondage to spiritual faith. Spiritual faith to great courage; Courage to liberty; Liberty to abundance; Abundance to complacency; Complacency to apathy; Apathy to dependence; Dependence always leads back into bondage.
The following statistic is not new. But its message is critical. Nationally we have passed into a far more dangerous era. The facts presented by another professor, Joseph Olson, of Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota are eye-opening. In the Presidential Election between George W. Bush and Al Gore, 2000, these danger signs showed the nation s direction:
Population of counties won by Gore: 127 million. Bush: 143 million
Square miles of land won by Gore: 580,000 Bush: 2,427,000
States won by Gore: 19 Bush: 29
Murder rate per 100,000 in counties won by Gore: 13.2 Bush: 2.1
These statistics by Professor Olson are gravely important. They cast light on the observations made by Professor Alexander Tyler in 1787. Professor Olson explains:
In aggregate, the map of the territory Bush won was mostly the land owned by the tax-paying citizens of this great country. Gore s territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off government welfare ... Olson believes the U.S. is now somewhere between the complacency and apathy phase of Professor Tyler s scale of democratic failure. While Gore lost by a margin of 16 million from a potential of 270 million, the alarming truth is that his support came from that 40 percent of the nation s population that has already reached the governmental dependency phase. Need professors Tyler and Olson say more? Can we read the handwriting on the wall?
While this information is frightening, we are not without hope. In Derek Prince's book, Praying For The Government, he says: "The truth is that Christians are not held responsible by God to criticize their government, but they are held responsible to pray for it. So long as they fail to pray, Christians have no right to criticize. I Timothy 2:1-4. God promises blessing to a government whose officers fulfill two great basic moral requirements. He demands that they be "just and God-fearing". Wherever possible, Christians who respect God's requirements should make it a principle not to vote for any man who is not just and God-fearing, no matter what party label he may wear. If Christians ignore God's requirements and vote for men who are morally unworthy, they are actually inviting God to make those men, if elected, agents of His judgment against the very people who voted them into office." II Samuel 23:2-4. One of the historic hymn writers prophetically describes our plight in these lines. Read them carefully:
Surely once Thy garden flourished;
every part looked gay and green.
Then Thy Word our spirits nourished,
happy seasons we have seen.
But a drought has since succeeded,
and a sad decline we see,
Lord, Thy help is greatly needed;
help can only come from Thee!
Lord Revive us!, Oh, revive us,
All our help must come from Thee!
God has not withdrawn His offer: If my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14. America! Get on your knees! The day of national grace is soon to end. Turn back to God while there is still time. Amen!
Note: This Ministry and its official publication, Gentle Conquest, do not endorse any political party or candidate. Our only advice as you approach this November s election is: Pray and obey!
WHO OWNS JERUSALEM AND THE PROMISED LAND? ISRAELIS OR PALESTINIANS?
1. Israel became a nation in 1312 B.C. Two thousand years before the rise of Islam.
2. Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the modern State of Israel.
3. Since the Jewish conquest in 1272 B.C., the Jews have had dominion over the land for one thousand years with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years.
4. The only Arab dominion since the conquest in 635 A.D. lasted no more than 22 years.
5. For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital. Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. Even when the Jordanians occupied Jerusalem, they never sought to make it their capital, and Arab leaders did not come to visit.
6. Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in Tanach, the Jewish Holy Scriptures. Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Koran.
7. King David founded the city of Jerusalem. Mohammed never came to Jerusalem.
8. Jews pray facing Jerusalem. Muslims pray with their backs toward Jerusalem.
9. Arab and Jewish Refugees: In 1948 the Arab refugees were encouraged to leave Israel by Arab leaders promising to purge the land of Jews. Sixty-eight percent left without ever seeing an Israeli soldier.
10. The Jewish refugees were forced to flee from Arab lands due to Arab brutality and persecution.
11. The number of Arab refugees who left Israel in 1948 is estimated to be around 630,000. The number of Jewish refugees from Arab lands is estimated to be the same.
12. Arab refugees were INTENTIONALLY not absorbed or integrated into the Arab lands to which they fled, despite the vast Arab territory. Out of the 100,000,000 refugees since World War II, theirs is the only refugee group in the world that has never been absorbed or integrated into their own peoples' lands. Jewish refugees were completely absorbed into Israel, a country no larger than the state of New Jersey.
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