[Originally written for my P.E.A.R.STM blog on 10/29/10]
The transformation of someone who has received Christ as Savior and Lord into the “likeness” of Christ is the bedrock of Christianity and the substance of eternal life. Pastors frequently encourage their congregations to emulate Jesus and be Christ-like in their behavior.
It is understood that Jesus, though embodied as a man when He was on earth and subject to all the same temptations faced by each of us, lived a sinless life of holiness and perfection. Moving to that same manner of living is what we are called to as well. (Matt 5:45, 1 Pet 1:15-16)
Fortunately, we don’t have to reinvent the wheel or engage in a trial and error approach to find a way to do that. The answer to the question, “how did Jesus do what He did?” is given to us in the Bible. The bottom line is Jesus wasn’t a “do-er” (in the sense of relying on His own power or abilities) but rather was a “be-er”. He rested and relied entirely on the strength and presence of the Father working through Him.
A 24/365 (24 hours a day/365 days of the year) absolute reliance and dependence on the indwelling of God the Father in Jesus is how Jesus did what He did.
The same is what is offered and is available to us through Christ and the Holy Spirit dwelling within us – as we grow in our understanding and acceptance of that reality with all our mind, all our heart and all soul as Christ did with the Father. It is God, not us, Who enables us to do whatever He calls us to do.
Our only responsibility is to “be” available to Him and to “be” willing to accept His power, love and wisdom in the place and stead of our human frailties and inadequacies. Such is the substance of a “be-er” in Christ.
P.S. For more on this, a great book to read is “The Saving Life of Christ” by W. Ian Thomas.
Have you ever worked yourself into a tizzy over some little thing, or perhaps gone the other way and convinced yourself that whatever you were doing or not doing was acceptable conduct?
I know for me personally, my emotions or desires will frequently lead my mind in either of those directions if I don’t filter the process through a litmus test of God’s Reality or carefully compare the tint and color to His Palette of Truth.
This is very important, because the rationalization capabilities of the human mind (if left to its own devices and not Spiritually guided) will all too often produce color blind results.
Most all of us have heard and/or used the following rationalizations:
“Everybody’s doing it.” (The “Aw, gee, Mom!” argument that somehow large numbers of participation (whether real or perceived) make it right.
“No harm, no foul.” (Well, God didn’t strike me dead, so what I did must not have been too bad.)
“Live and let live.” (He doesn’t bother me; I won’t bother him.)
“It’s not my place to say anything.” (It’s not in my job description.)
Recently, I listened to a dialog of pros and cons between members of a professional listserv to which I belong through my estate planning law practice. The question raised by one member was whether or not there could be legal consequences (maybe even criminal charges) brought against a client who married a third party just to obtain social security benefits as a “surviving spouse” when that party dies. This marriage of convenience was being considered, because the inquiring member’s client and the client’s real “spouse” were homosexual and not entitled to social security surviving spouse benefits from one another.
Within a short time, the dialog grew into a discussion with several members participating and quickly became an argument as to the “rights” of homosexuals with one side of the argument being that since 4-10% of the population (the accuracy of those numbers was also debated) is now homosexual, they should be recognized and given the same rights and benefits as heterosexual couples. If that were to occur, the argument went, there would be no need to fabricate a marriage of convenience to obtain social security surviving “spouse” benefits.
One of the elements of that argument was the human rationalization that: “Everybody’s doing it, so we should accept it and change our laws to accommodate it.” (It’s the “Aw, gee, Mom, all my friends are doing it, so that makes it an okay thing to do” argument.)
Though as humans we may want to rationalize in that direction and reach out to others in love as a commendable action, we have to remember that God is the One who provides the rules for living. For Him, the argument that “everyone’s doing it” or that the percentages of participation have increased will not cause Him to alter His holy ways.
Perhaps the two best known examples of this in the Bible are: “Noah and the Ark” and “Sodom and Gomorrah” found in Genesis chapters 6 and 19, respectively. Though virtually “everyone was doing it” (living a life style contrary to God’s teachings), the known world, except for Noah and his family, was destroyed in the first instance, and in the second, the entire population of two cities and the surrounding valleys, except for Lot’s family, were destroyed because of their iniquities.
In the latter, even Abraham used human rationalization during his conversation with God seeking to save those cities if just a few righteous men could be found (beginning with fifty and moving down to ten). Though God said he would spare the cities under those circumstances, it was not for the sake of the multitudes violating His laws, but for a few who might be found striving to live as God required.
A few years back (possibly even ten or more), I read an article in the Los Angeles Times arguing that the Bible needed to be re-written in order to be more tolerant of mankind’s society and culture. The writer’s position was actually one step past rationalization. Knowing that the Bible could not in any way be reasoned or interpreted as approval or acceptance of what the world has become, his solution was for mankind to write their own rules.
In other words, if the Creator and Ruler of the universe doesn’t suit your fancy, then declare and reason that you have the right and ability to be the creator and rule maker yourself. Such is perhaps man’s most egregious rationalization.
The second rationalization phrase set forth early in this P.E.A.R. is closely related to the first and need not be addressed separately. However, the third and fourth present a slightly different twist to the human mind’s rationalization process – somewhat like the flip side of the same coin. They’re similar, yet different from the first two.
“Live and let live.” (He doesn’t bother me; I won’t bother him.)
“It’s not my place to say anything.” (It’s not in my job description.)
The reasoning of the mind on these is basically this: if we can’t change something into what we want it to be, just ignore it and pretend it doesn’t exist. Don’t get involved.
When it comes to the Bible and God’s teachings, this is what I call Spiritual Malpractice.
Ken Sande in his book “The Peace Maker” puts it this way.
Any doctor who diagnoses cancer but fails to report it to a patient would be guilty of malpractice. After all, a patient can be properly treated only after the disease has been identified. Sin [all disobedience of God] works in the same way; left undiagnosed and untreated, it causes grief and spiritual deterioration – leading ultimately to death [eternal separation from God].
Every believer and follower of Christ is charged or entrusted (somewhat like a doctor) with a biblical Hippocratic oath of ethical conduct to save as many in the world from the disease of sin as they possibly can. It is part of their Christian job description whether they want to admit it or not. If they remain silent, they commit Spiritual malpractice and will be held accountable for their inaction on judgment day.
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Avoiding the errors of human rationalization (trying to make Reality into something we’re willing to accept) rather than honoring God’s Word, or stepping forward to be ambassadors of Christ and proclaimers of His Kingdom are not easy to do. Both will bring consternation from the world and charges of being intolerant, judgmental and self righteous.
So, what’s the answer?
Do it anyway, because that’s what God commands. Believers are to be watchmen and to warn those who are dying and if the believer fails to do so, the blood of those who could have been saved but were not will be on that believer’s hands. (Ezekiel 3:16-21).
Even exposing the darkness (speaking against conduct occurring contrary to the light of God’s Word) is an affirmative requirement. If action is not taken, a tacit acceptance or approval may be inferred. (Eph. 5:7-16)
Always speak the truth in love, however, with the goal of salvation not condemnation. Those who hear what you say may still take offense, and you may even feel that you bumbled the opportunity. Yet, the Holy Spirit will use it for good and perhaps be the beginning of a seed that leads to Life.
The bottom line is this: Whatever you do, don’t engage in human rationalization or Spiritual malpractice when it comes to God’s Word and commandments. Be the messenger and take the ridicule just as Christ did as that is your purpose on this earth.
The primary foundation of the Cancel Culture’s mindset are principles developed as an offshoot from Marxism known as the Critical Race Theory. CRT hates free speech, reason or debate, capitalism, facts, truth, history and God just as Marxism did – but CRT uses race, gender and other herd mentality divisive tools to attack Christian-Judaeo values and safeguards in our Constitution rather than the single, workers v. management approach of historical Marxism.
With its broadened points of attack through emotional rhetoric, fear tactics and bullying alongside censorship partnerships with big tech multi-media and liberal news organizations, the CRT’s propaganda has become an avalanche roaring down the mountain sides of America seeking to destroy everything in its path.
If you are not yet thoroughly aware of what CRT is, what it stands for, how it uses “identity politics” to create hate and division, now controls the-we-hate-America-platform of the democrat party, AND is actively striving to infiltrate every corner of our educational systems – please use the link in the endnote below to read a great, eye-opening overview published recently by The Heritage Foundation.
The article is a long-read, but well worth the time – for yourself as well as anyone else with whom you may wish to share it.
Although I expect to write subsequent articles and provide additional reference materials related to the subject of this P.E.A.R. ™, for now I simply want to paraphrase a poem I came across many years ago that succinctly expresses the primary difference between Christians and the CRT Cancel Culture:
Chapter 2-3: The Progressives’ Agenda: Hate and Destruction
by Robert E. Alderman, Jr.
I am anxious to get to the last chapter of the book in this review series, as that’s where the “answer” to the chaos and anti-God perspectives being ram-rodded by socialist Marxism in America is given by the author. Although there are short statements throughout the book pertaining to “strengthening what remains” of a righteous America, the last chapter is where he addresses that issue directly as to what is the correct viewpoint or counter-action for Christ followers during this time of darkness.
However, the middle chapters 2-9 contain important and valuable insights that every American should know, come to understand and recognize in order to avoid having their minds further deceived, AND to recover from the deceptions which have already engulfed us.
In those middle chapters, the author exposes the multi-headed agenda of the socialistic Marxist’s ultra-left/progressive mind-set which is one of hate for and the destruction of everything that constitutes the American way of life – especially its Judaeo-Christian foundation.
At the beginning of this series, I listed the author’s chapter titles that provide brief labels for their respective content. In the table of contents, he also adds a one-sentence description as follows:
Chapter 1: Title: How We Got Here – Description: A survey of the forces used to dismantle the core values that built up America.
Chapter 2: Title: Rewrite the Past to Control the Future – Description: The strategies being used to delegitimize our Judaeo-Christian past in order to make way for a wholly secular and Godless society.
Chapter 3: Title: Use Diversity to Divide and Destroy – Description:How harmful cultural ideologies are keeping the races in perpetual, endless conflict.
Chapter 4: Title: Freedom of Speech for Me, but not for thee – Description:The growing trend to stifle and shame those who uphold conservative or Christian worldviews.
Chapter 5: Title: Sell It as a Noble Cause – Description:How propaganda is used to shape a populations’s perception of reality so they will not change their minds even when confronted by compelling counter-evidence.
Chapter 6: Title: Sexualize the Children:Description:How school curricula and popular culture are leading our children into sexual confusion and warped ideas of personal identity.
Chapter 7: Title: Capitalism Is the Disease; Socialism Is the Cure – Description:Why socialism is initially attractive yet ultimately leads to failure, and how capitalism can create wealth that furthers Christian work everywhere.
Chapter 8: Title: Join with Radical Islam to Destroy America – Description: Why and how two different worldviews are willing to set aside their differences to eradicate Christianity and capitalism.
Chapter 9: Title: Vilify! Vilify! Vilify! – Description:How disagreements today are no longer resolved with mutual respect and civility, but through shaming and outrageous denunciations.
If you have not yet obtained this book and have already read it for yourself, I continue to recommend that you do. It’s simply the age old wise advice: “to be forewarned is to be forearmed”. In other words, if we come to understand what we’re dealing with, we can then take proactive preventive measures or at least be better prepared to take the right action when we face the devil-prompted changes that are happening – and will continue to get worse if the train wreck speeding down the tracks of America is not heeded.
Again, the best way for me to express the substance of each chapter is to share a few direct quotes. In doing so, I will paraphrase the description of the chapter in a straight forward statement of the democrat party’s agenda covered by the author in that chapter:
CHAPTER 2: Lie about and erase American history in order to write a new and false history:
“The first step in liquidating[the word now being used in leftist politics and media is “reprograming”] a people is to erase its memory. Destroy, books, its culture, its history. Then have somebody write new books, manufacture a new culture, invent a new history. Before long the nation will begin to forget what it is and what it was.” [a quote in this book from “The Velvet Revolution of 1989”]
The secularists are insisting that we turn a corner so that we lose sight of the Judaeo-Christian influence of our past.
They know that if we lose our history, we will lose our future, a future they wish to control.
Standing in the way of the secularist agenda is the US Constitution…that guarantees our basic freedoms, the separation of powers and due process.
[The agenda by] The radical secularists is to establish a permanent grip on power in the government [by packing/altering the US Supreme Court from nine justices to fifteen or more and then appointing anti-Constitution/anti-God men or women to the additional slots; and attempt to increase the number of states – that would give them additional House of Representative and Senate and abolishing]… the Electoral College, which helps to ensure that all states have a voice in national politics.
[These changes would eliminate all the “checks and balances” created by the constitution and give them control of the government in perpetuity. We would then be a one-party-dictatorship-of-do-as-they-say-shut-up-or-else-country!]
CHAPTER 3: Seek to create a never-ending division between races, genders and income levels within the population through non-stop claims of racism, sexism, slavery, etc.
The democrat socialist battle cry is: Don’t solve problems, use them! Stir up discontent. Create Guilt.
Race is their pretext, power is their goal.
Their assertion is: If [people] in one group underachieves it’s the fault of the achievers; if one group is poor, it’s the fault of the wealthy.
Remember, the goal is not to foster unity or common ground, but to assign blame and ensure that people will be put into categories so that tensions between groups can be enflamed and maintained.
The German-American Marxist philosopher, Hebert Marcuse had a strategy for destroying the influence of Christianity…He proposed to exploit groups that were being depressed, then blame Christianity and capitalism for their oppression. This, he believed, would hasten the demise of the enemies of Marxism and help establish the Marxist state. In all of this, God was seen as the ultimate oppressor.
In the world of political correctness, arguments are resolved [not by rational debate of pros and cons, truth and facts, but]by social force and shaming [and violence].
[This agenda is being pushed under the “woke” banner (see End Note 1) whereby so-called injustices, racism, sexism, etc. are being “seen” and asserted in every nook and corner to the point of absurdity – all for the purpose of generating hate and destruction! Just during the time I have been working on this article, both Dr. Susses’ books and Mr. Potato Head are now being called racist and sexist!!! The extent of the democrat/progressive party’s hate and destroy mindset seems to reach a higher state of absurdity everyday.]
Surely the so-called hard sciences like math are objective, not subject to the social justice and race theories that are applied to disciplines such as sociology, history, and politics. But no more, these theories are now being applied to mathematics. [In Seattle Public Schools math is now considered and is being taught as oppressive whereby] a new ethnic studies curriculum will teach students that ancient mathematical knowledge has been appropriated by western culture. Math is accused of fostering a litany of more serious crimes: imperialism, dehumanization, and oppression of marginalized persons.
[The actions and words being used by the socialistic Marxist movement in seeking to carryout their agenda] …can be so intimidating that the fear of being misunderstood can tempt us to retreat into the safety of silence. This would be a mistake. Thankfully, most black leaders welcome honest discussion without pre-judging people because of the color of their skin. And that should be true of all of us.
[Bold wording and underling in the quoted text has been added by me.]
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Many more substantive statements from the author of could be shared from just these two chapters (2 and 3). However, I try to keep each P.E.A.R. to three pages or less.
I will continue in the following parts of this series to provide more of his disclosures.
In the meantime, buy the book; read it and share it with others – if you are not already doing all of that! Also, share with others the realities of what is playing out right in front of us and encourage them to follow the Fox News Network (and even some foreign news networks) where these realities are reported – that are otherwise being censored by the mainstream media.
In spite of all this, every day is a day the Lord has made; we will be glad and rejoice in it! So…
Have a great week!
(And to my family, Love, DAD)
1. “WOKE”: First used in the 1940s, the term has resurfaced in recent years as a concept that symbolizes perceived awareness of social issues and movement. By the late 2010s, woke had been adopted as a more generic slang term associated with left-wing politics, progressive or socially liberal causes such as anti-racism, LGBT rights, feminism and environmentalism. It has also been the subject of memes, ironic usage and criticism for its methods and consequences. Its widespread use since 2014 is a result of the Black Lives Matter movement. (from Wikipedia)
In less than a month since President Bidden’s inauguration, he and his appointees have already set targets and even implemented several executive orders for the dismantling of America.
Prior to the election, too many American voters were blind to the democrats’ Marxism-socialistic agenda of what would happen if that party gained control of the presidency and Congress.
Perhaps this review of Chapter 1 in “We Will Not Be Silenced” by Erwin Lutzer will open more eyes to the realities at hand; explain a little bit of how we got here and give a glimpse of what we now must do.
In the first two paragraphs of chapter one, Lutzer provides this quick synopsis of where we are:
The secular left does not believe that America can be fixed; they say it must be destroyed.
[Their goal] is a future in which every one will be equal “on their terms” and the disparities [they claim exist] of the past will be read about only in history books [which they intend to re-write to depict only the “history” they want people to believe – but not the real history of America].
Those who resist this utopian vision are to be vilified, bullied, and shamed until they admit to the mistakes [claimed by the left to be reality] of the past and embrace the secular left’s great hope for the future.
The reality – as the author goes on to address – is that Marxist socialism never has been successful in any country at any time, but rather brings only suffering, poverty and loss of hope to the people.
He also identifies sources of wickedness that has brought us to this point and explains it is not something that has suddenly occurred, but has existed as a philosophy/faith beneath the surface of America for at least a century. The reason these “isms” have not been at the forefront of American politics until now is the fact that the strong Judeo-Christian principles upon which our country was founded and followed for two hundred years have previously kept them at bay.
Now that Marxist-socialism serves as the banner of the democrat party, their goals are exactly the same as what has always been the Marxist philosophy, namely: to establish state supremacy over all aspects of life for the people – by suppressing virtually all individual rights and freedoms.
This philosophical religion was first implemented around 1917 in Russia and subsequently failed (as have all flavors of socialism whenever and wherever attempted). Yet, its devil-based tenets were adopted by some individuals and organizations in America, existing under the radar for most of us until the turn of this century.
Except for the Fox News Network, all social media and news organizations by neglect or intention did not report its covert rise in the democrat party.
Chapter 1 is where the author identifies supporters of this movement, including some of their books and the processes, by which its infiltration gained control of our educational institutions, the minds of current democrat party leadership and their political platform.
He describes that platform – straight from the annuals of Marxist writings – as encompassing five “pillars” by which the functionality of any nation are defined and governed: social, political, educational, religious and, most importantly, family life.
Proponents of Marxism desire to become “god” over everyone of those pillars – either because they have zero belief in the one true God, or believing their wisdom is greater than God’s with respect to right and wrong, morals and how government should be structured and administered.
Thus, the current leadership of the democrat party have bought into Karl Marx’s philosophy that the five pillars of a free society (under which Judeo-Christian principles have made America great and the number one designation for immigrants world-wide for more than two hundred years) must be torn down before a nation can be changed into a new, anti-God economic, racial and moral culture.
Very, very briefly, here are some of the author’s commentary applicable to the Marxist agenda:
[It]…seeks to neuter the police force to destabilize the existing social order; they know that anarchy is an important step toward destroying capitalism and Western culture.
It emphasizes and tries to create a focus on victimhood through constant accusations and claims of sexism, racism, religious bigotry, etc. – not with the intention of bringing about reconciliation, but, instead to keep the races [and other cultural identity groups] in conflict with each other.
The biblical roles in marriage and faith in God are deemed obsolete and harmful [thus, it seeks] to give women the ability to be promiscuous and still be able to decide whether they want to bear children or not.
Illegitimacy would serve the Marxist cause well because out-of-wedlock children…can more easily be directed to secular values and state benefits.
Marxists believe one of the benefits of mothers joining the workforce is that their children must then attend state-sponsored day care centers and schools where they can be taught the errors [from the Marxist perspective] of creationism, the church and the Bible. Children can also be indoctrinated about the evils of capitalism and the benefits of socialism.
For this to become a reality, the education of children has to be taken out of the hands of the parents and surrendered to the state.
The doctrine that men and women are alike in all aspects (in fact, we are now told that even a man can give birth to a child) is now an article of faith that permeates the minds of many progressives.
[Thus] if biblical teaching about marriage can be redefined, then social order can be transformed.
Homosexual activists learned early on that the advancement of their agenda can be achieved through bullying, threats, and when necessary, violence.
…when it comes to cultural Marxism, science, history, biology and reason must be cast aside to maintain current orthodoxies. Freedom of speech and diverse opinions are strictly forbidden – or else.
[Organizations today that are dedicated to this agenda] includes black lives matter using a slogan that hides its real agenda…One of its cofounders admitted, “We are trained Marxists”.
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The conclusion to chapter 1 in the book is given on four pages, (36-39) the substance of which is found in the following excerpts – including an introduction as to the purpose for which he has written this book as well as what he sees as America’s future:
The purpose of this book is not to inspire us to “take America back”. We have neither the will nor the clout to reverse same sex marriage laws or to halt culture’s obsession with destroying sexual norms and erasing our shared history.
It’s highly unlikely we will ever reverse the laws that restrict religious freedom in the military or return public education back to the control of the parents rather than school boards that proudly adopt the most recent sexually liberalized curriculum.
So, I write not so much to reclaim the culture as to reclaim the church….I want to inspire the church to courageously stand against the pressures of our culture that seek to compromise our message and silence our witness.
This is not a time for us to hide behind our church walls, but rather to prepare ourselves and our families to stand bravely against an ominous future that is already upon us.
It’s vital for us to understand that behind the headlines is a raging spiritual battle that can be confronted only by prayer and repentance followed by action in keeping with repentance.
The America we thought we knew is no more…we might not recognize our true condition until we wake up and realize our wings have been severed.
I write this book for anyone who has a burden to “strengthen what remains”, as Jesus told the church in Sardis. Revelation 3:3 … that is what the last chapter is based on…[and] I believe it is with Jesus is saying to the church today.
The underlying philosophies and attitudes advocated by radical secularists are so dominant in our society that they must be identified and seen as a threat to our freedoms and the strength of our churches.
I pray that you will become better informed, more challenged to speak up for your faith, and more willing to act on the conviction that the day of complacent Christianity must come to an end.
We know that only God can rescue us from coming to destruction. We must call on Him as never before.
One of my long ago, collected “quick thoughts” seems applicable to the current waive of censorship and attacks on free speech by the so-called progressive movement of the extreme left:
Two men were arguing an issue when the first man said to the second:
“Think as I think or you are abominably wicked; you are nothing but a toad!”
The second man after careful thought regarding the options that were given to him, replied:
“I then will be a toad.”
[I have no source for this, but the propriety of the reasoned conclusion is self-evident.]
In America, we have always had the right to be “toads” – i.e. incognito “princes”.
Without the free and constant right to engage in free speech, through arguments, disagreements, debates, everyday conversation and elections, neither side nor third party-on-lookers are given the opportunity to truly evaluate, learn and grow – either in the direction of modifying or becoming more confident in their current perspectives.
Gregory Koukl in his book “Tactics” expresses it this way: “…when arguments are few, error abounds.” And: “Those who refuse to dispute have a poor chance of growing in their understanding of truth.”
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Since and even before America declared its independence, the never unwavering, until now, pillar of free speech – the centurion of all other rights – has been summarized in this proclamation known by all of us – even the extreme, progressive left:
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it!”
Unfortunately and sadly, the progressive left leaders – currently in political control of America creating ever expanding censorship and banning free speech pertaining to their platforms and objectives – have: a) no rational support for their positions (otherwise they would not be opposed to argument on such and would, in fact, welcome it); b) are not interested in Truth, and c) want to preclude everyone else from pursuing it as well.
Anyone in this country who still thinks the democrats’ “cancel culture” agenda of hate will be directed against only a few, big targets and never against heretofore law abiding and God fearing American citizenship needs to think again, and again and again – until they wakeup to the writing on the wall and reality as to what is happening in America!
The ugly head of progressive-socialist-Marxism has already begun – faster and more hateful than most people may have expected.
This includes Parler being shutdown as a social media conduit for free speech; music artist Pink having his contract cancelled for simply being present at a Trump rally; big tech and media executives acting as self-appointed, quasi antichrist czars totally disregarding the provisions of our Constitution and biblical principles; book publishers engaging in censorship by breaching their contracts with conservative and/or Christian authors; and companies discriminatorily terminating or threatening to terminate employees as well as seeking to block all prospects of future employment to anyone who has supported Trump or in anyway stands-up for moral decency, individual freedoms and absolute truth.
The January 2021 issue of “DECISION” magazine has several articles addressing this issue. I touch on two of them in this P.E.A.R.™ – one on the darkness of socialism and one on the Light of God.
The Darkness of Socialism – is made clear in “The Coming Socialist Storm” by R. Albert Mohler, Jr. – and needs to be fully grasped in the minds of all Americans:
“Socialism…is a false faith…which has its roots in Marxism. …one of the deadliest and most destructive ideologies ever to effect humanity. It produces poverty, not wealth. It undermines human dignity and destroys economies. Promising utopia, it delivers disaster.
True socialism requires state [government] ownership as the means of production, the means of distribution and the assignment of labor. Socialism sacrifices liberty as it promises equality. But the equality never comes. The only winners in a socialist system are the bureaucrats in the vast, all powerful government that socialism requires.
Socialism contradicts or subverts everyone of [God’s] economicprinciples: …the dignity of work (Eph 4:28), that those who refuse to work should not eat (2 Thess 3:10), …affirms private property (Ex 22:7), condemns theft (Ex 20:15), covetousness (Ex 20:17), Saving (Prov 13:22), land ownership (Acts 4:34-37), investment (Matt 25:27) and that the laborer is worthy of his wages (Luke 10:7)
[The progressive left] may say they only want a welfare state, but the policies they now champion, like the “Green New Deal” or a national health care system, actually require some form of hard socialism and socialism means taking someone else’s money and sacrificing individual possessions…[Thus] they cannot escape demanding policies that lead to human misery, economic deprivation and denial of liberty.
The policies they are proposing are more radical than most voters realize.
It ismarket capitalism, not socialism, that since 1990 has lifted more than a billion people worldwide out of extreme poverty.
[We] need to also recognize that socialism thrives on driving antagonism throughout the culture…packaged often…as a movement toward unity. That is a lie. It’s a call for class warfare in the United States.
In his courageous 1978 commencement address at Harvard University, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn declared that “socialism of any type and shade leads to a total destruction of the human spirit and to a leveling of mankind into death”.
[Underling and bold emphases added]
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The Light of God:
Yet, even in the coming darkness of socialist Marxism, every person having a personal relationship with God has the assurance and joy of God’s inextinguishable Light – expressed by Robert J. Morgan in his article “An Unstoppable Church in an Unstable World”:
“I have found comfort in a handful of words spoken 2,000 years ago by a non-Christian. His name is Gamaliel, a leading Jewish rabbi in New Testament days …who watched as thousands of people began turning to Jesus [when the governing rulers then were also trying to restrict and control Christians].
Paraphrasing famed preacher Vance Havner’s words [who expressed the perspective of Christians as they endured the persecution witnessed by Gamaliel]:
They can’t take away our wealth, because it’s stored up in Heaven. They can’t take away our freedom, because we’re freein Christ. They can’t take away our happiness, because our joy is within us. They can’t defeat us, because we’re more than conquerors. They can’t silence us, because the Word of God cannot be chained. They can’t kill us, because we have eternal life.“
This is why “In God We Trust” has been and always will be the Truth, the reality, the ultimate strength and hope of Americans living as spiritual aliens in this country whose supreme citizenship is the kingdom of heaven.
[Preface: This P.E.A.R. TM was originally written and published in 2013 – prior to the existence of this blog. In light of 2020 and the in-fighting occurring in America and likely to escalate in 2021 in our political arenas and against individual freedoms, its content seems even more applicable now.]
Have you ever had a day, a week or longer when you just got hammered by life but you couldn’t seem to figure out why? Or, maybe you’re currently going through a period of time in which the dice of living keep coming up snake eyes.
This can be especially true – actually even more so – if you’re trying seriously to find your way to Christ and to live as His disciple, because there’s a war going on for your soul. And, whether you’re ready or not, you’re at ground zero of that battle!
You’ll understand a little more about the what and the why of the happenings in your life by taking a moment to briefly review the history of the world and the battle that’s been raging for eons within it between God and the devil. It’s a battle in which the human race (you, me and others) serve as both the focal point of the battle as well as potential warriors for one side or the other.
The existence of this war is why Walter Henrichsen in “Disciples Are Made Not Born” says that Jesus “invaded” the world of human history. It’s also the reason Jesus said Himself, “Do not think I came to bring peace on earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Mt. 10:34)
A short explanation of why and how this war began is found in Revelation 12:1-5, 7-8 and 17:
A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red Dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads… The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child at the moment it was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter… And there was war in Heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the Dragon, and the Dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven… Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring – those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.
Thus, the devil became the Prince of darkness and ruler of earth bent on making war against those who are drawn to God and seek to follow Christ. Because of that, the world (until Jesus frees it) is “enemy territory” – with much of mankind caught in the devil’s prisons of deceit and lies – designed and intended to prevent us from receiving the treasures of life with Christ.
This is why Jesus said (John 10:10), “I have come that they [meaning you, me and all others who accept the message of the Cross and follow Him] may have life to the full.” His purpose is to make available to us that which we can never have in the prisons of Satan- where, the thief [the devil] comes only to steal, kill and destroy.”
It was in the Garden of Eden that the red Dragon (the Devil) used his lies, trickery and deceit to take Adam and Eve as his first prisoners. From there, he moved on to their children and all who have been born into this world since then; continuing thereafter with his same successful strategies in all aspects of our lives today.
This is the war, ready or not; want it or not, that we’re in; fighting not for earthly direction – which is trivial and of short duration – but for the eternity of our souls.
John Eldredge in “Waking the Dead” (with “dead” being what we are spiritually in our souls if we’re not living for Christ) reminds us that having life to its fullest is not only what God intended for us in the Garden of Eden, but also is what He offers to restore to us through His invitation to join the Army of Christ. It is because of that invitation that the war exists.
The devil’s attacks against us will happen not only after we’ve joined God’s Army, but also in the very process of our recruitment – because the devil, as the Enemy of God, wants to impose different marching orders and a different destination for our lives.
In this war, Jesus’ plan or purpose was foretold in Isaiah 61:1 which reads: “God has sent me… to heal the brokenhearted; proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to the prisoners.” Mankind, (you, me and others) are those prisoners, captives and brokenhearted. So long as we remain in the grips of the devil held by the invisible bars of lies and deceit that he speaks to the thoughts of our minds – just as he did in Eden – believing that we don’t need God or can do quite well without Him, the devil is perfectly content to leave us alone.
However, if you try to escape for yourself or to lead a rebellion to free others from his prisons, the devil will come hard against you.
Walter Henrichens (again in Disciples Are Made Not Born) calls this war “a battle against the gates of hell”. To succeed in that battle or war, we need (as the Apostle Paul tells us in Eph. 6:11), “to put on the full armor of God so that you’ll be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.”
The reason we need the armor provided by God is because this war is not of the flesh, but of the spirit (it’s a battle for our souls), and thus our weapons cannot be of the flesh (of our own making and effort) for our flesh and strength are weak. Instead, we need weapons of divine power to destroy the devil’s fortresses. (2 Cor 10:4)
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In closing this P.E.A.R., it’s important to remember that we are not on this earth to kill time. We are here with the opportunity to keep our souls from being killed – and then to serve in God’s Army to free others as well.
Satan desires to keep us from knowing that and, thus, to keep us from fighting this battle. He would be perfectly content to have us stick our heads in the sand and pay no attention to the war. If that doesn’t work and we begin leaning toward God, the devil sends his demons and warriors to discourage and intimidate us. At other times, he will try to entice us into his snare or to sweet talk us into believing this is not our war to fight.
Do not let him do that (to you or others you know). Wake up and dress yourself in God’s armor and join the fight for your life and your soul. Because…ready or not, you are at war.
I found it interesting as well as encouraging that Mike Huckabee, a previous governor of Arkansas, authored an article (See endnote 1) in “DECISION” Magazine – December 2020 related to this P.E.A.R.S™ series and its underlying, battle of the mind focus.
Roughly in the middle of the governor’s article, he summarizes the current battle in our country (continuation of the freedoms on which America is built v. the Progressives’ push for socialism with a Marxist replacement government) stating:
“These are huge issues that go right to the heart of the First Amendment. Christians need to wake up and understand that we’re not talking about slight differences between the [political] parties; we’re talking about a restructuring of our country that would fundamentally change how we view our basic human and fundamental constitutional rights.
Some Christians in November’s elections appear to have based their votes on personalities rather than the policies of the candidates. They may get what they wanted, but they may not want what they get.” (Underlining added)
Meaning, many Americans have had their minds emotionally deceived by the democrats’ progressive element and most news medias – rather than mentally identifying and evaluating the realities of what the elections are really about.
Governor Huckabee is essentially, echos the detailed “Foreword” to “We Will Not Be Silenced” by Dr. David Jeremiah titled: “Why You Should Read This Book”:
“Recently, while sitting at the breakfast table, I told my wife that I felt like I was living through the dismantling of America. We talked about the horror of watching the news each night and seeing this country that we love being destroyed before our very eyes. How could this be happening? What does it mean? Where is it leading? What can we do?
These are the cultural questions that are being asked in almost every setting you visit today. Unfortunately, almost no one is providing any answers.
But Erwin Lutzer, in “We Will Not Be Silenced” is responding. And what he has written about what is happening in our nation is the most complete, the most honest, and the most understandable explanation I have encountered.
I agreed to write this foreword because I believe you need to read this book – not just the first few pages but every page, every paragraph, every word.
If I could, I would put “WeWill Not Be Silenced” into the hands of every Christian in America. But it is already in your hands, and I want to tell you why you should read it.
This book exams every cultural issue we are facing. Nothing is left out. It addresses diversity issues, racial issues, gender issues, social justice issues, media issues, issues of free speech, and issues rooted in socialism and Marxism. Most importantly, it covers issues related to the church and how it is responding to all of this.
“We Will Not Be Silenced” examines all the above and much more. But it doesn’t just examine them, it explains them. Why are these things happening? How did we get to where we are without noticing where we were headed? Recently we have watched as criminal mobs have ravaged our cities, burned down buildings, and declared war on the police. What has been most troubling has been the attempt of these organized rioters to tear down moral and spiritual values as well. Why are they doing this? It is not just random civil disobedience. Nor is it lawful protest going awry.
Erwin Lutzer explains that behind all this distractive behavior is the determination of the Marxists to destroy America’s history so that it can be replaced by a new Marxist “history” that is being inculcated into our children’s minds from kindergarten through graduate school. They’re not just tearing down monuments, they’re trying to destroy the very foundation upon which our nation was founded. They understand that “he who controls the past controls the future”.
This book traces every secular cultural expression back to its roots. These things are not just happening; they have been orchestrated. They are not random individual occurrences; they are all part of a carefully scripted and produced overture to the destruction of America.
Finally, this book does not just examine what is happening and explain why it is happening. It exhorts us to respond to what is happening. Lutzer asks, “How do we live courageously in a culture where people who shout the loudest win the argument? How do we live during a time when Christianity is openly being remade to blend more comfortably into a secularized culture?
Here is Lutzer’s hopeful answer for you, for me, and for all who call upon the name of the Lord:
I want to inspire us to have the courage to walk toward the fire and not run away from the flames. God has brought us to this cultural moment, and our future cannot be taken for granted. As has been said, “In a time of universal deception, telling the truth is a revolutionary act”.
I want to encourage you to prayerfully and carefully read this book. Take good notes, highlight the key passages, write in the margins. And when you have finally wrapped your mind and heart around these truths, don’t be silent!“
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The following parts of this series will overview one or more of “We Will Not Be Silenced” ten chapters under titles identifying the Democratic Party’s progressive/socialist.Marxist agenda:
“1. How We Got Here, 2. Rewrite the Past to Control the Future, 3. Use Diversity to Divide and Destroy, 4. Freedom of Speech for Me, but Not for Thee, 5. Sell It As A Noble Cause, 6. Sexualize the Children, 7. Capitalism Is the Disease, Socialism is the Cure, 8. Join with Radical Islam to Destroy America, 9, Vilify! Vilify! Vilify!, 10. Wake UP! Strength What Remains!“
If you not well acquainted with the Marxist/socialism objectives (the Progressive movement) in America compared to the conservative counter perspective, Dan Crenshaw (previously Navy Seal and now a U.S. Congressman) provides, these simple descriptions in “FORTITUDE – American Resilience in the Era of Outrage” – published April, 2020
“…progressivism is an aggressive, statist philosophy that rejects the Constitution – and the checks and balances it protects – as outdated and no longer suited for a complex modern society…[whose supporters] have long believed in a powerful central government that is unrestrained by limiting principles, unburdened by state’s rights and individual liberties, able to implement a vision for society that is defined [by the government].
I fully reject their ideology as unsustainable, inherently anti-liberty, and naive in its utopian pursuit.
I reject [it] for yet another reason, which is that it is a false god.
[The other major camp driving politics today is conservatism which] we can define…as an approach to government that values individual freedoms, personal responsibility and moral virtue as a bulwark for that same freedom. Conservatives believe in a limited role for government, fiscal discipline, and an understanding that government exists to protect our inalienable rights, among them, life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Government does not exist to end your suffering, it exists in order to create the proper structure based on equality and justice, so you can pursue your own happiness.“
Keep your mind alive and working. In addition to being the guardhouse to our hearts, it is also our primary, faculty in the pursuit of true happiness.
Have a great week!
(And to my family, Love, DAD)
1. “A Wake-up Call for the Church – will the Church rise to the challenges before it?”
It is so easy to be drawn into the ways of this world; to be deceived into believing what we hear on TV, read in political propaganda, or just react in a knee jerk manner to our emotions – rather than digging deep for wisdom and truth before making a decision.
The battle against our minds has been a 2020 focal point through the political misuse of the Corona Virus to oppress us preceded by four years of increased anti-God, anti-America hate and blatant lies since Donald Trump was elected president.
(I find that somewhat ironic since 20/20 vision for truth should be the ultimate objective for a righteous people.)
In fact, God created our minds to be guard houses for our hearts. We are supposed to use our minds to gather facts and honest information, then sort, evaluate and reason – in a form of war and battle – before we make decisions.
If we don’t do that, if the windows and doors of our guard houses are boarded up (whether we do it to ourselves or allow others to do it to us), we are resigning ourselves to being mentally blind, lead around with rings in our noses and deceived (essentially taken captive and enslaved) by the empty philosophies and traditions of the world) by men seeking to set themselves up as god.
So, how do we fight this battle, how to do we win this battle; where do we find the real truth, and then…, most importantly, what do we do with what we find and learn?
WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED published in November this year by Erwin W. Lutzer (see endnote 1) is the scariest yet, most enlightening and positive overview I’ve read regarding the when, where, why and how of what is now happening in America. Most importantly it identifies the ultimate extent and manner to which we need to engage our minds – not just to protect our hearts or possibly slow the downward spiral of America, but to find the personal courage to share these realities with others whose eternal souls depend on it!
In other words, this is a book that, in my opinion, is not merely a helpful side note to be tucked away in some corner of our minds, but rather is urgently needed and invaluable to every American who is truly interested in understanding what the forefathers of our country envisioned and desired by the words “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” – of the people, by the people and for the people (ALL the people) – based on the vision of limited government with a biblical balance of checks and balances – which are now targets for destruction by the so-called progressive left, who will succeed IF we remain silent.
If you search out this book to obtain a copy to read for yourself – which I highly, highly recommend – don’t be concerned by the narrowly scoped subtitle pertaining to the progressives’ assault on Christianity. The book goes well beyond the issue of religious freedom – to cover and explain in equal depth the escalating attacks in America seeking to destroy freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, American history, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and to replace them with a form of slavery under the guise and false promises of justice, equality, socialism and marxism. And, every chapter is supported by independent, endnote sources – nearly 300 total.
In this P.E.A.R. series, my first in a long time, my intent is to make every article relatively short as a post to my Facebook and Linked-in pages – for everyone desiring to participate in this review and/or perhaps share it with others.
Additionally, the articles will be automatically available by activating an RSS feed through my website: thegreatestlaw.com under the ‘Follow” option if that is desired. (At least, I’ve been assured by the providers of that plug-in that it is now operational. If you find that not to be the case, please let me know.)
In Part 2, I will post the book’s Foreword by Dr. David Jeremiah titled: “Why You Should Read This Book” – as further encouragement to obtain a copy, as I think it is that important and will be more eye opening to you than merely reading my review summations.
Have a great week!
(And to my family,
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Endnote 1: Erwin E. Lutzer is Christian pastor, teacher and author; born in Canadian in 1941; served as the senior pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago, Illinois, from 1980 to 2016 and still provides radio broadcasts around the world on issues pertaining the to mind, heart and soul of every human being.