The 500 Year Old Question!

 

Arminianism vs Calvinism…

  Cut to the chase!

Calvinists say Its God’s choice and I can live with it.

Arminians say Its my choice and I can’t live without it.

Either God IS all-Powerful or He is not.  If my choice over-rules His it is obvious He is not!

Where does Scripture say we have free will?  Indeed it says we are captives to sin until the Lord sets us free and those whom He sets free are free indeed!

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How Smart Are We?

 

If I asked you ‘Do you believe you are more intelligent than Benjamin Franklin?’ what would your reply be?  Seriously, not smart-alecky, but honest truth!  How about Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, John Hancock, or any of the other signers of the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution, do you believe you are more intelligent than they were?

Even if you were able to prove that you are, does that mean that you, without taking the time to study and think about what government is supposed to be and do, and without taking the time to thoroughly understand what their ultimate goal was in creating this nation for their children and yours, are you qualified to judge the moral and ethical virtue of what they accomplished?

The true test of your humility as an AMERICAN is your desire to know why those men came to the conclusions they did and were willing to make the sacrifices they did.  Until we have walked in their shoes, at least conceptually, and looked at the world systems through the lens of historical truth, there is no way we can judge whether their work is worth preserving.  There is no way we can pass it on to our children as something of transcendent value if we fail to treat it as such.

Scripture says seek wisdom as gold and precious gems.  The opposition to that idea makes up nearly half of our government today. If we are not governed by men and women who seek wisdom and believe that ALL men (women included) are created equal; if we are not governed by those who know that equality is not measured by material possessions or governmentally guaranteed sameness; If we are not governed by those who FEAR the Lord; we will be governed by despots who think they ARE the Lord!

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the truth that our Founders knew first hand.

The book of Genesis Chapter 6 verse 5: And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Has The God of Creation, the Father of Jesus Christ, changed His mind about the state of mankind’s heart since before the flood?

Jeremiah 17:9 says: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

The Words of Jesus in Mark 7:21-23:

20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

The Israelites demanded a king, just like all the other nations had. The Founders knew that power corrupts and did all they could to delay that happening to their children.  Are we smarter than they?  Aren’t we crying for our president to be king and ‘just fix it’!  Be very careful what you wish for, you just might get it!

 

Of Compassion and a Snake!

Ya know, this is supposed to be a free country. That means that people are generally free to pursue their own happiness as they see fit…AS LONG AS, that pursuit does not bring harm to others. The ideology of Christianity does NOT call for the destruction or forced subjugation of any and all who do not agree with what we believe. The laws of this nation are constructed around that ideology. As an American I am free to voice my beliefs and you are free to either agree or disagree as you see fit. An ideology (Islam) that calls for the forced subjugation or elimination of all who do not agree cannot peacefully coexist in a nation where we are free to disagree with that ideology.
President Trump tweeted a video today:
A lady came upon a poor half frozen snake in the road. She picked it up and held it to her breast and warmed it and gave it strength. As soon as it was able it bit her trying to kill her. She didn’t understand and asked the snake why it had done such a thing. The snake answered back, What did you expect? I am a snake!
The law of Islam is Sharia. The law of the USA is Judaeo-Christian. The two cannot peacefully coexist. It is up to us civilized people and NOT barbarians, as humanely as possible, to refuse to allow ourselves to fall victim to that which has already shouted from the rooftops that it will kill us as soon as it has the strength to do so.
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Mosques?

QUESTION: Should Trump close mosques? Answer: NO! Charges should be brought against any group that supports sedition and treason and makes an ongoing effort to undermine the Constitution by violence or promotion of same. Then the leaders and instigators can be brought to trial, receive their just and Constitutional right to a fair trial and when found guilty, be sentenced to the maximum penalty the law allows. IT IS NOT TRUMP’S JOB TO CLOSE MOSQUES! It is the job of WE the people, as citizens, to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, whether we have formally taken the oath to do so or not! We have laws on the books to do so. Let us USE THEM now that we seem to have an administration that believes in what America was FOUNDED FOR!

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Cherishing Liberty

Those who have no opinion to express will be RULED by those who do! You could be ruled by those with whom you disagree anyway, but if you have no opinion you don’t really disagree OR AGREE with anyone, do you?
If you refuse to use your Freedom of Speech to express your opinion, What good is having it to begin with?
If you are unsure what opinion you SHOULD have on a particular issue, why not EDUCATE yourself so you have an opinion to EXPRESS and are able to DEFEND IT?
I’m sorry. Is my frustration showing?
Truly cherishing Liberty requires that I try to pass on the passion required to KEEP IT! For making an effort to do that I shall NEVER apologize.

The Left’s anti-Americanism

Oh! The Left isn’t anti-American?  How could anyone  look at the actions, leadership, ideological expressions, methodology, all that has come to look like an almost pathological opposition to the ‘Right’, how could anyone look at all this with real objectivity, and with an eye toward the ultimate goal of their political agenda, and come to believe otherwise?  My guess is that the habitual denial of truth is what ultimately leads to this irrational thought process.

To defend this thesis I offer the the following examples and the truths they deny.

  1.  The effort by the Left  to delay and obstruct the acceptance of the legitimacy of the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States.  This began the night of the election and has continued through efforts to get rid of the electoral college, recounts of votes, unfounded claims of foreign interference and hacking, violent protests, and Congressional foot dragging.  All in an effort to deny the truth that we have a duly elected President who has the right and obligation to form a cabinet of advisors and begin to accomplish all the promises he made to get him elected.  And the truth that ALL elected officials are there to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, not entrench their party in political power at the expense of all those who might disagree with their political ideology.
  2. The visible disdain shown to the duly elected President and by extension all those who elected him by refusing to stand when he entered the House chamber to address the Joint assembly of Congress.  The truth they deny is that it is the office that deserves such respect because the man occupying it represents ALL Americans, both those who voted for him and those who did NOT!  Denying that truth says that they do not recognize that responsibility of the person occupying that office, NOR their responsibility to aid in responsibly carrying out their oath of office in doing all they can to uphold and defend the Constitution both in cooperating with him as called for and opposing him as necessary!
  3. The complete dismissal of the rule of law when one of their own is obviously engaging in illegal activity i.e. HRC using a private server to conduct government as well as personal communications, sharing classified information with others not cleared to view it, accepting campaign funds from foreign contributors when others have been tried and convicted for lesser infractions of the same types.  The truth of the American Republic is that NO one is deemed to be above the law most especially those who are in a position to betray the public trust.

These truths they deny as well as many more I have not mentioned help  define Americanism.  They are the structural bones of the ideology that is Americanism.  So I leave it to the reader to decide whether or not the Left’s anti-Americanism is evident.