Monday, February 25, 2013

Arrogance


In today’s world, it does not take much awareness to see that many in power exhibit behavior and attitudes that are arrogant. The downside of this is that arrogance may be equated to deceit, wickedness, presumptuous and exaggerated pride and, even worse, actual evil.
Many people seemed enthralled by evil and regularly view its portrayal in TV drama. Few realize that repeated or regular watching of such programming is actually desensitizing them to the dark side of evil. Popular themes include vampires, zombies, and overt evil perpetrated by the characters in the dramas.
There seems something compelling and exciting about allowing ourselves to be frightened by horror. Ghost stories in the woods during a campout; the Twilight series of movies; TV series like the Munster Family with their lovable monster characters and whimsical behaviors; portrayals of witches and goblins in television series like Grimm act to desensitize viewers to the underlying evil portrayed in so entertaining a manner.
Movies showing violence for violence sake likewise serve to gradually wear down the natural intolerance for evil and replace it with an enlightened tolerance for evil. It is rare to find Hollywood movies showing violence in a context of good overcoming evil.
The world today stands in opposition to the story of God’s goodness. Believers are mocked and portrayed as weak human beings who just want to spoil the fun of the masses.
There are forces behind the evil that seek to destroy the creation of God. The apostle Paul exhorted the young church in Ephesus that they must remain aware of the source of the enemy behaviors and equip themselves to counter them:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints (Ephesians 6:10-18 NIV).
Paul clearly identified the enemy as “against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” He stated that the battle is not simply against human enemies, but, underneath it all, the “powers of this dark world.” These powers have seduced ignorant and corrupt people to accomplish their dark goals.
The seduced ignorant, corrupt people display arrogance, unjustified pride, boastfulness, and wickedness that results in the manifest evil that is increasingly revealing itself today in global initiatives: population control, global warming illusions, necessity of disarming responsible citizens, and irresponsible economic controls.
Scripture reveals the truth:
Psalm 73:1-28
  • Arrogance is wicked.
  • The wicked may prosper for a time.
  • The hearts of the wicked are callous.
  • Their minds issue forth evil conceits.
  • The wicked are scoffers, speaking with malice.
  • They are blasphemous.

Psalm 75:1-10
  • The wicked are boastful.
  • They speak with overweening pride and arrogance.
  • God will judge and rectify the sins of the wicked and arrogant.

Psalm 86:11-17
  • The arrogant are ruthless (without mercy or compassion).
  • God will give us strength to withstand the wicked.

Psalm 94:1-23
  • Evildoers are full of boasting.
  • Evildoers pour out arrogant words.
  • Yet God sees and will punish the evildoers.
  • God brings consolation to His followers.
  • God will destroy the wicked for their arrogance and wickedness.

Psalm 119:17-24 (Gimel section)
  • God rebukes the arrogant who are cursed and stray from His command.

Psalm 119:49-56 (Zayin section)
  • The arrogant mock without restraint.
  • The arrogant turn from God’s laws.

Psalm 119:65-72 (Teth section)
  • The arrogant smear believers with lies.
  • The hearts of the arrogant are callous and unfeeling.

Psalm 119:73-80 (Yodh section)
  • The arrogant will be put to shame.

Psalm 119:81-88 (Kaph section)
  • The arrogant dig pitfalls to cause the righteous to stumble and fall.
  • The arrogant persecute believers without cause.
  • The arrogant try to remove believers from the earth.

Psalm 119:121-128 (Ayin section)
  • The arrogant oppress believers.

Psalm 123:1-4
  • The arrogant ridicule believers.
  • The arrogant are contemptuous.

Proverbs 17:7
  • Arrogance is unsuitable to fools.
  • Lying lips in a leader is worse than arrogance.

Proverbs 21:20-31
  • The arrogant are proud and mock righteousness.
  • Liars will perish.
  • Whoever listens to a liar will be destroyed.
  • Wicked people put up a bold front, but will not succeed.
  • Victory rests with the Lord.

Isaiah 2:2-11
  • In the last days, arrogant people and the proud will be brought low (humbled).

Romans 1:18-20, 28-32
  • God’s wrath will be revealed against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness
  • The wicked are full of envy and murder.
  • The wicked are full of strife, deceit and malice.
  • The wicked gossip and slander.
  • The wicked are God-haters.
  • The wicked are insolent, arrogant and boastful.
  • The wicked invent ways to do evil.
  • The wicked are senseless, faithless, heartless and ruthless.
  • The wicked know, but refuse to follow God’s decrees.
  • The wicked continue in their sin and cheer on those who do likewise.

Romans 11:17-21 (Cautionary word to Christians)
  • Avoid arrogance.

1 Corinthians 4:18-21
  • The arrogant are powerless, but refuse to stop talking about their use of power.

1 Timothy 6:17
  • Do not be arrogant.
  • Do not put your hope in wealth, but in God.

2 Peter 2:1-21
  • The arrogant slander heavenly things.
  • The arrogant are like brute beasts that will ultimately perish.
  • The arrogant are a disease upon mankind.
  • The arrogant never stop sinning.
  • The arrogant seduce the unstable.
  • The arrogant are experts in greed.
  • The arrogant have left the straight way of righteousness.
  • The arrogant mouth empty, boastful words.
  • The arrogant appeal to the lustful desires of sinful human nature.
  • The arrogant entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error.
  • While being slaves of depravity, they promise false freedom.

Summary
arrogance — wickedness — evil — pride — boastfulness
These attitudes or behaviors are inextricably linked. God does not honor those who exhibit these characteristics. Dire consequences await those who continue to behave or think in these ways.
Christian believers and people of principle and moral and ethical integrity must recognize the truth set forth in scripture and be prepared to strive against the evil that is being perpetrated. Ways we can strive include:
  • Making sure our lives conform to God’s instructions.
  • Keeping our lives righteous as best we are able.
  • Holding our governmental representatives accountable.
  • Preparing to resist tyranny.
  • Trust in the Lord and don’t try to reason it out.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Character of the Wicked


The following 56 characteristics of the wicked are described in scripture. Note how many seem to describe many who hold public office and many in corporate positions today. It would be a worthwhile study for those who would like to recognize evil in its true form. Note that these characteristics are embodied in the works of the devil.
  1. Abominable (Vile) Rev. 21:8
  2. Alienated from God Eph. 4:18; Col. 1:21
  3. Arrogant Psalm 5:5
  4. Blasphemous Luke 22:65; Rev. 16:9
  5. Blinded 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 4:18
  6. Boastful Psalm 10:3, 49:6
  7. Conspiring (Plotting, Scheming) against God's people Nehemiah 4:8, 6:2; Psalm 38:12
  8. Covetous (Greedy) Micah 2:2; Rom. 1:29
  9. Deceitful Psalm 5:6; Rom. 3:13
  10. Delighting in the iniquity of others (Rejoice in the perverseness of evil) Prov. 2:14; Rom. 1:32
  11. Despising (Mocking and ridiculing) the works of the faithful Neh. 2:19, 4:2; 2 Tim. 3:3-4
  12. Destructive Isa. 59:7
  13. Disobedient Neh. 9:26; Titus 3:3
  14. Enticing to evil Prov. 1:10-14; 2 Tim. 3:6
  15. Envious Neh. 2:10; Titus 3:3
  16. Fearful Prov.28:1
  17. Fierce (Violent, Brutal) Prov.16:29; 2 Tim. 3:3
  18. Foolish Deut. 32:6
  19. Forgetting God Job 8:13
  20. Fraudulent (Dishonest, False) Psalm 37:21; Micah 6:11
  21. Froward (Guilty, Willful) Prov. 21:8; Isa. 57:17
  22. Glorying in their shame Phil. 3:19
  23. Hard-hearted (Unwilling to listen) Ezek. 3:7
  24. Hating the light Job 24:13; John 3:20
  25. Heady and high-minded 2 Tim. 3:4
  26. Hostile to God Rom. 8:7; Col. 1:21
  27. Hypocritical Isa. 29:13; 2 Tim. 3:5
  28. Ignorant of God Hosea 4:1; 2 Thess. 1:8
  29. Impudent Ezek. 2:4
  30. Infidel (Unbeliever) Psalm 10:4, 14:1
  31. Loathsome (Wicked) Prov. 13:5
  32. Lovers of pleasure more than of God 2 Tim. 3:4
  33. Lying Psalm 58:3, 62:4; Isa. 59:4
  34. Mischievous (Schemer, Conspirer) Prov. 24:8; Micah 7:3
  35. Murderous Psalm 10:8, 94:6; Rom 1:29
  36. Prayerless Job 21:15; Psalm 53:4
  37. Persecuting Psalm 69:26, 109:16
  38. Perverse (Warped) Deut. 32:5
  39. Proud Psalm 59:12; Obad. 1:3; 2 Tim. 3:2
  40. Rejoicing in the affliction of saints Psalm 35:15
  41. Reprobate (Unfaithful) 2 Cor. 13:5; 2 Tim. 3:8; Titus 1:16
  42. Selfish 2 Tim. 3:2
  43. Sensual (Earthly things, Natural instincts) Phil. 3:19; Jude 19
  44. Sold under sin 1 Kings 21:20; 2 Kings 17:17
  45. Stiff-hearted (Obstinate and stubborn) Ezek. 2:4
  46. Stiff-necked Exod. 33:5; Acts 7:51
  47. Uncircumcised in heart Jer. 9:26; Acts 7:51
  48. Unjust (Wicked) Prov. 11:7; Isa. 26:10
  49. Unmerciful (Ruthless) Rom. 1:31
  50. Ungodly (Worthless, Scoundrel) Prov. 16:27
  51. Unholy 2 Tim. 3:2
  52. Unprofitable (Worthless) Matt. 25:30; Rom. 3:12
  53. Unruly (Rebellious) Titus 1:10
  54. Unthankful (Ungrateful) Luke 6:35; 2 Tim. 3:2
  55. Untoward (Corrupt) Acts 2:40
  56. Unwise Deut. 32:6
Those of us who call ourselves Christians must constantly measure our behavior against the standards of scripture to be sure we are staying on track. If our behavior and attitudes are described in the characteristics of the wicked, we have some repenting and revising of the way we act and think. Selah.
Rejoice if you've avoided the above attitudes or behaviors. Repent and seek God's forgiveness if any have crept into your life.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Character Traits of Truly Evil People—the Global Elite


(Excerpt from a February 19, 2013 article by Brandon Smith in Personal Liberty Digest)
The first dangerous mistake the average person makes is the assumption that “evil” is a kind of subjective concept... What frightens the average American today is not the abhorrent action of criminality; rather, it is criminality without rationality….  Our society is desperate to make excuses for the monsters of our era, perhaps because we would rather not entertain the possibility that there is a dark side to humanity that, if allowed, could take control in a deliberate and calculated way. ... This is why the greatest crimes of our time often go ignored by the public. … Most catastrophic cultural policies and tragedies can be traced back directly to a subset of people who use their positions of influence for ill purpose and who knowingly engineer calamity not just for personal gain, but also for the gain of their social class.
[These who see themselves as the Global Elite view themselves as a cut above the average person.]
Here are some of the character traits and beliefs that make these people easy to identify.
Xenofascism 
Global elitists tend to see themselves as a separate breed of human being, a superior class with superior faculties, born to rule over the rest of us. … They see the rest of humanity as a blank canvas and themselves as the artists. We are to be molded, and our social dichotomies are to be manipulated.
Their ability to mold society is derived entirely from their extensive capital and their complete lack of morality.
Zero Conscience
Elitists believe that conscience is a hindrance to success, instead of a worthwhile virtue. … They further attempt to avoid the fact of their own dysfunction by trying to elicit criminality in others.
Promote Collectivism
Top globalists . . . see conscience as a restriction on their personal freedom and rebel against it as if rebelling against enslavement. … The elitist’s insane ideal of pure individualism without self-discipline is a private matter they rarely discuss. In public, they constantly promote the collectivist lifestyle and admonish individualism in common people. . . When we have no faith in our own individualism and self-responsibility, we will automatically seek protection, usually from a nanny government or dictatorship.
Collectivism is the gathering of people by threat of force or loss, for the purpose of consolidating power into the hands of a few.
The Noble Lie
Elitists are very adamant about the idea of the noble lie, the use of a lie to attain a positive goal.
Population Reduction
One of the centerpieces of the globalist religion is the concept of population reduction. … Overpopulation today is an oversold myth that has been disproven in many scientific circles. … They want population reduction because first, they are eugenicists who see some people as genetically inferior to others, and second, because a culled population is easier to dominate.
The Source of Our Pain
Globalists are not the only source of our social pain. We bear some responsibility. When we are not vigilant, when we deny our own ignorance and refuse to learn, when we lie to ourselves and when we cater to personal superficial desires rather than taking the future into account, we open the door for the devil. Evil, like conscience, resides in us all. [The underlying source is the strain of sin that resides within all human beings since the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden. Today it is manifested in the list of sins in 2 Timothy 3:1-5.]
[See full article in Personal Liberty Digest.]
[Global elitists today include (but are not limited to): Barack Obama, George Soros, Saul Alinski, Nancy Pelosi, Diane Feinstein, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Hillary Clinton, members of the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission, and Al Gore.]

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sword or “Assault Weapon”


An attempt to reconcile our current world situation with obedience to scripture
This was a study to determine an appropriate and biblical Christian response to gun control efforts by the government of the United States President.
Summary
  • Our first responsibility is to obey the Lord.
  • We should obey all legal laws that conform to the Constitution of the United States of America.
  • If we choose to resist conforming to any illegal laws, we need to be prepared to pay the price.
  • The bottom line is that the Lord will protect His believing followers as long as they conform to His rules.
  • Even if the government exacts the ultimate price the Lord will receive us to His bosom.

Scriptures which seem to apply
Matthew 10:31-39 — Jesus came to bring a sword
  • Jesus said He came not to bring peace, but a sword.
  • Though one loses their life, for Jesus’ sake they will find it.
  • IMHO this is our fallback position. God’s got our back!

Luke 22:36-40 — Buy a sword if you don’t have one
  • Jesus said for us to buy a sword if you don’t have one.
  • IMHO we should arm ourselves sufficiently to protect ourselves, family, friends and the helpless.

Matthew 26:47-52 — There is a right time to use a sword
  • When it became time for his followers to use a sword, Jesus reminded them that drawing a sword will result in death by another’s sword.
  • IMHO I agree, but in the end, God still has our back.

Romans 8:35-39 — Nothing can separate us from God’s love
  • Paul reminded believers that neither trouble, hardship, persecution nor famine, nakedness, danger or sword would not separate believers from the love of Christ.
  • Paul recorded his assurance that nothing (death or life, angels or demons, the present or future, or any powers could separate believers from the love of God.
  • IMHO this is how the Lord has our back.

Romans 13:1-5 —  We must submit to those laws that are legal
  • Troubling though it is, Paul asserts that believers must submit to authorities because they are established by God for the good of believers and to rebel against the authorities is to rebel against God.
  • This submission is not just to avoid punishment, but should be done out of a good conscience.
  • IMHO we should obey as long as the authorities are issuing legal rules and laws. As long as they are themselves violating the Constitution, we are free to disobey them, but never the Lord.

Nehemiah 4:9-15 — The Jews protected themselves while rebuilding the temple
  • Nehemiah faced a hostile surrounding world, so he posted guards over the work of rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem.
  • Nehemiah exhorted the leaders to fight for the people— they remembered that God was great and awesome.
  • IMHO there is a need and the right to defend and protect ourselves.

2 Chronicles 20:1-30 — God’s protection for Israel under Jehoshaphat
  • Though Jehoshaphat had a standing army of 1,160,000 warriors, he still called a fast & inquired of the Lord.
  • Jehoshaphat prayed and asserted his trust that the Lord would deliver Judah and Benjamin.
  • God assured Jehoshaphat that He would prevail and told them that the battle was not theirs but His.
  • Jehoshaphat sent the choir out ahead of the army praising God.
  • God set ambushes against the attackers and they killed one another off, leaving only the plunder to be retrieved by Jehoshaphat’s troops.
  • IMHO Jehoshaphat got it right. Good example to follow.

2 Chronicles 7:11-16 — Importance of Solomon’s Temple
  • The Lord told Solomon to exhort the people to humble themselves at the temple, seek God’s face, and turn from their wicked ways and then He would forgive them and heal their land.
  • IMHO while the temple is not there right now (but will be during the end times), the principle is transferable.

James 4:7-10 — First submit to God
  • Submit to God.
  • Resist the devil.
  • Come near to God and He will come near to us.
  • IMHO we need say no more; just do it.

Psalm 44:1-8 — Don’t trust solely in your weaponry
  • God is the one who conquers our enemies.
  • Don’t trust in your weapons to bring you victory.
  • IMHO good point. See 2 Cor. 10:4-5

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 — Our true weapons are more powerful than the world’s
  • We are at war and must be prepared to fight.
  • Our true weapons are not the ones the world is aware of.
  • The weapons we use are more powerful than those of the world.
  • IMHO we should keep this in mind as we buy our guns, knives.

Ephesians 6:10-18 — We are participants in a spiritual war
We are at war, so
  • Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 
  • For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 
  • Put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Don the:
  • Belt of truth
  • Breastplate of righteousness
  • Footwear of peace
  • Shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one
  • Helmet of salvation
  • Sword of the Spirit
  • Spiritual prayer
Note
IMHO = In my humble opinion


Friday, February 15, 2013

Perception = Reality = Truth (Not)



While originally used to describe psychological warfare, the term Perception Management has drifted into common business and political language.
Politicians, businesses, and the media have all caught on to this trick and are employing it in campaigns, marketing and selection of what to print or publish on the web.
Seems to me I remember something in the Bible about satan going around “looking for someone to devour.”
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8 NIV)
Politicians
Today’s politicians have honed perception management to a high degree. If we can but understand that just because someone with a well-known name says something, does not necessarily make it true. Likewise, frequently repeating it does not establish that it is true.
Scripture firmly establishes that the truth of all things must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. (See Deut. 17:6, 19:15; Matt. 18:16, 2 Cor. 13:1; 1 Tim. 5:19; and Heb. 10:28) The implication in these passages is that the second and third spokesmen are driven not just to parrot what another has stated, but to ethically and with integrity of purpose affirm the statements made.
Certainly any intelligent person capable of critical thinking will understand that just because you read something posted on the Internet, does not solely, by itself, make it true.
Yet, surprisingly, many sheeple have been trained in school to uncritically look to published sources as speaking truth. Like sheep they go along with so-called conventional wisdom and are being led astray. Nothing illustrates this better than the recent election. Voters (eligible or not, alive or not) chose to vote as they were told by popular candidates to. This past election was so corrupt as to be laughable.
So-called Assault Weapons
Using the tragedies of Sandy Hook and the Aurora, Colorado theater shootings, politicians have advocated strongly for a gun ban or (better yet in their biased eyes) a total disarming of Americans through forced or voluntary gun confiscation. Ignore the historical fact that at no time in history has that worked except to allow tyrants to rule over the disarmed people. Perception and not reality is key in the current gun violence debate. If we are not careful as a nation, we, like the Frog in the Kettle, will unwittingly see the erosion of the rights and responsibilities that formerly made our nation great.
Even the term assault weapon is a false, politically generated description of firearms kept and used for lawful purposes by law-abiding citizens as provided by the founders of this nation. Weapons described as assault weapons may resemble those used by military forces, but are functionally unlike military weapons. Magazines capable of carrying more than ten bullets do not by themselves make an weapon an assault weapon. Guns capable of accepting larger magazines are no greater threat than smaller magazines. All the violent criminal has to do is carry more of the smaller magazines. The time to switch out magazines is inconsequential. Guns typically sold to the public are of the semi-automatic variety which require a trigger pull to fire each bullet. Military weapons are capable of allowing selection of fully automatic firing of bullets.
The government is complicent in providing an environment of gun-free zones that encourage criminals to violate the rights of citizens. Disarming citizens denies them the means of protection for life and liberty.
Guns themselves are only inanimate devices which may be used by either law-abiding people for good (hunting, sports, or self-defense) or by criminals in their criminal enterprises. Guns by themselves are not evil, but evil people may use them for evil purposes.
The 2nd Amendment of the Constitution acknowledges the rights and encourages citizens to bear arms for protection and resistance to the tyranny of government.
“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
Much has already been written about governments that have disarmed their citizens in the past to the detriment of the lives of those citizens and so I will not rehearse those same situations in this article. Suffice to say that we had better pay attention to world history and avoid repeating those same mistakes.
2013 State of the Union Address
President Obama made many unsubstantiated statements in his address that cannot be backed up by facts. He promised many programs for which he did not identify a source of revenue to pay for, but assured the audience that, not to worry, they would not be a burden on the country.
He promised jobs would be created, but did not identify just how that would happen. Maybe he is just planning on adding government jobs.
As long as we don’t get too technical, many of his promises sounded good, except for minor details about just how they would manifest in the coming year.
How do we know a politician is lying?
Because their lips are moving! This is painting with a broad brush and is certainly untrue of some politicians. The ethical decline of America unhappily has resulted in far too many in politics departing from their integrity and personal responsibility for truth.
What is truth?
In February 1970, renowned country singer Johnny Cash released a song entitled What is Truth? It was amazingly prescient and the words of the song are even more applicable today.
In the lyrics, Johnny has an elderly gent lament over the disappearance of the old songs and the “funny music” the young folks play. He moves on to a teen sitting in Sunday School learning about dying and reflects that this young man may himself give his life before another year is out. Another young man doing his civic duty is vilified and ignored because he doesn’t dress like others. He closes with a deep reflection that, “Yeah, the ones that you're calling wild are going to be the leaders in a little while. This old world's wakin' to a new born day and I solemnly swear that it'll be their way. You better help the voice of youth find; "What is truth?" 
In today’s educational climate of unbridled tolerance, anything goes. Millennials don’t have a clue about the true history of our nation and the values which undergird it. Truth is whatever celebrities and politicians tell them it is. Critical thinking has gone on hiatus! We train our children and young adults to take tests, not to think critically.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Important concepts lacking in government today


Painting with a broad brush, one can describe the government as significantly lacking in these two qualities: rectitude and verisimilitude.
The Merriam-Webster defines rectitude as:
  1. the quality or state of being straight
  2. moral integrity : righteousness
  3. the quality or state of being correct in judgment or procedure

The Random House Dictionary defines rectitude as
  1. rightness of principle or conduct; moral virtue: the rectitude of her motives.
  2. correctness: rectitude of judgment.
  3. straightness.

Synonyms for rectitude include:
  • Righteousness
  • Morality
  • Goodness
  • Correctness
  • Decency
  • Integrity
  • Uprightness

Merriam-Webster defines versimilitude as:
  1. the quality or state of being verisimilar
  2. something verisimilar

Random House Dictionary defines versimilitude as
  1. the appearance or semblance of truth; likelihood; probability: The play lacked verisimilitude.
  2. something, as an assertion, having merely the appearance of truth.

Synonyms for rectitude include:
  • Truth
  • Credibility
  • Authenticity
  • Reliability
  • Plausibility
  • Likelihood

When we have a senator like Diane Feinstein telling us that gun control will stop gun violence and that the amorphously-named assault weapons are solely responsible for gun violence, it is clear that the government in Washington D.C does not get it!
Statistics and narrative evidence clearly illustrate the idiocy of the assumptions being proffered by legislators in the nation’s capital.
Australia, Great Britain, and Chicago are exigent examples whose crime statistics show not a decrease but rather an increase in gun violence upon implementation of gun control through disarming law-abiding citizens and requiring registration of firearms.
Criminals do not comply with laws and are thus empowered to continue or even escalate their gun violence.
Common sense is sadly lacking in our elected legislators. If a nation disarms its citizens, tyranny and increased criminal activity will result as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow!
Focusing on the size of semi-automatic firearm magazines shows an abject ignorance of equipping to accomplish the evil intent of those bent on intentionally doing harm to others. If the size of gun magazines is limited, all it means is that the shooter will bring more of them to the event. It only takes a second or two of time to change out an expended magazine with a full one.
So, the question should be: Are our legislators just stupid or do they have another agenda? What benefit do they get out of passing legislation that restricts the Constitutional rights of Americans to bear arms? Are they benefitting in some other way from high jacking the Constitution? Are they yielding to lobbyists and special interest groups that have an agenda intended to emasculate our country and prepare it for takeover by foreign powers?
Are they buying in to the incipient ethos of the global society that wants to drain our national resources for the benefit of those who never developed or earned them?
The one thing our nation has done since its inception is to share our resources and ideology with the rest of the world. We have not tried to conquer the world, but rather have tried to work with the citizens of those countries to improve their own ability to prosper by teaching them to use their own resources more efficiently.
From the beginning of the formation of the thirteen original colonies into the United States of America, God’s blessing was evident because of the covenant relationship of its citizens to God and adherence to biblical principles of government. Overall as a nation, we have shared those blessings with the world. Today, just as the Israelites did, we have veered from that course and have become tolerant of the pagan principles of the nations of the world. Without repentance and turning back to Bible values, we are moving out from God’s canopy of protection. Rectitude is no longer a value we cling to.
Yes, mankind has veered from God’s intent since the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden, but when returning to obedience, blessings have returned to those who make the bold choice to do life God’s way.
American philosopher George Santayana once made a chilling comment about those who forget the lessons of history, saying: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
This describes out nation today. The apostle Paul wrote to his disciple Timothy:
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them (2 Timothy 3:1-5 NIV).
The apostle Paul also wrote:
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths (2 Timothy 4:3-4 NIV).
As we, like the Jews and the early Christians, turned irrevocably away from our core values? Are we in the end times? World events that I discussed in my book, Spiritual Tsunami: Bible Prophecy and World Events are Converging, may indicate that we are in times that are drawing near to Christ’s return. However, scripture clearly says that no man can know the time. (See Mathew 24:36-39). All we can do it remain on watch for the signs and not be like the five virgins who let their lamps dim prior to the arrival of the bridegroom. (See Matthew 25:1-10).