IMMIGRATION

 

SILLINESS, HIDDEN AGENDAS, AND STUPIDITY

By

Al Cronkrite

 

Have we lost our minds?

How can anyone expect immigrants who enter a nation illegally to obey the laws of the nation they have entered?

The United States of America was founded as a nation ruled by law.  Now, portions of our population would encourage disobedience to our law so they can admit aliens and their children.

There is something wrong with the thinking of people who entertain the thought of breaking our law because they are concerned about the children of foreigners who are attempting to enter our nation by ignoring our immigration laws and who have the gall to bring their children along and complain because they are separated.

Obviously, they should not have attempted to enter our nation illegally in the first place.

Should law be administered with mercy?  — of course, it should.  But mercy cannot be described as ignoring what is right replacing it with sentimental compassion.

The press and media have been a powerful voice in criticism of the separation of children from their families.

The McCarran-Walter act of 1952 set forth a sane and helpful immigration code that served our nation well until 1965 when the Hart-Cellar act was encoded.  This latter legislation opened the flood gates and set the stage for the destruction of the American culture that has since occurred.

It is interesting that the United States with its liberal politics has been allowing this shocking amount of immigration when nations like Israel still have much more stringent policies.

The following paragraph is from an article by Martha Kruger published in the “Migration Policy Institute” July 1, 2005:

“Since Israel does not automatically grant citizenship to children born within its territory, many children of migrant workers born in Israel are effectively stateless. Citizenship in their native country may also be denied since these children cannot establish residency. If the parents come from different countries, each parent would be deported to his/her country of origin, breaking up the family.”

As for Mexico through which most of the immigrants come, they have an even more strident policy.  Quoting from an article in the “American Thinker”, September 1, 2016 by Daniel John Sobieski:

“Mexico has zero tolerance for illegal immigrants who seek to work inside Mexico, happen to break Mexican law or go on public assistance — or any citizens who aid them.”

“In Mexico, legal immigration is aimed at privileging lawful arrivals with skill sets that aid the Mexican economy and, according to the country’s immigration law, who have the “necessary funds for their sustenance” — while denying entry to those who are not healthy or would upset the “equilibrium of the national demographics.” Translated, that idea of demographic equilibrium apparently means that Mexico tries to withhold citizen status from those who do not look like Mexicans or have little skills to make money.”

Immigration law has been a boondoggle in America from the advent of our nation.  Paul Johnson in “A History of the American People” provides an excellent description of the contention between John Winthrop, an authoritarian New England Governor, and Roger Williams, an antinomian Christian and liberty backer.  Winthrop believed in Law and Williams believed in Liberty.  They were both talented leaders who in-spite-of their divergent opinions admired each other.  Winthrop was elected Governor and ousted because powerful people thought his dictatorial ways were inappropriate.  After being dethroned, he was re-elected in four different elections.

Williams was forced out of the colony and moved with his family to the wilds of Rhode Island where the Indians were his best friends.  Rhode Island became a colony where all religions were welcome but religion was not allowed in government.  The colony was considered riffraff by many New Englanders but Williams’ influence carried over to the Constitutional convention where religion was banned from government.

The colonies were domiciled in what seemed to them as an infinite mass of uninhabited land so dissent could be entertained in new surroundings when needed.  This is not the case in the United States of our time.  We need orderly immigration laws and we need to protect our borders.  We can hardly call ourselves a nation when our borders are porous.

Our press and media urge the antinomian policies of the Roger Williams colony while President Trump is seeking to follow Governor John Winthrop.  Israel, our sole partner in the Middle East, is a John Winthrop imitator but its people, many whom live in the United States, urge Roger William’s standards.

We need to be on the side of Common sense.  We are quickly losing our culture here in America.  I would be on the side of Patrick McCarron who in a speech before congress on March 2, 1953 said, “—-we have in the United States today hard-core, indigestible blocs which have not become integrated into the American way of life, but which, on the contrary are its deadly enemies.”

Much of this disregard for law is a result of change in the religious base of our nation.  We were a nation governed by God’s law; not specifically but in essence.  Courts tended to use the Ten Commandments as a criterion for right and wrong and society did likewise.  During the past several years the legal system has been changed to a Humanistic system that disdains set standards and instead depends on the opinions of power centers.  This change can be seen in our moral codes that now support homosexual marriage, abortion, and euthanasia.

Because they are no longer restrained by immutable law the courts become centers for making law and will often make decisions that are only backed by the opinions of the judge.

In-spite-of this fundamental change I would still pose the question:  Have we lost our mind here in the land of the free and the home of the brave?  Is all common sense gone?

We need to follow the legal standards of Governor Winthrop not the liberal, antinomian standards of Roger Williams!

Let President Trump do something right (he has done enough wrong) by stopping some of this illegal immigration.

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REDEEMING A PEOPLE

 

EZRA AND HEZEKIAH

By

Al Cronkrite

 

History documents the blessings of the rise of righteousness and the death and destruction that come with sin.  God made a Covenant with His people that if they obeyed Him He would bring them peace, prosperity, and joy but if they disobeyed Him He would bring famine, confusion, war, and captivity.  God’s commandments are the key to the quality of life in His creation.  If we obey His Law our lives will be like life in the Garden of Eden and if we disobey it will be like the Egyptian and Babylonian captivities.

The preface to the Book of Nehemiah in my New American Standard Bible records this description: “The key to the Old Testament is the covenant, which is its theme and unifying factor.  Israel’s history can be divided according to the nation’s obedience or disobedience to God’s conditional covenant: blessings from obedience and destruction from disobedience”

The return of a remnant to Jerusalem in the Fourth Century B. C. is interesting as a saga and has an equally interesting background.  Ezra was a Priest and Nehemiah was a cupbearer for King Artaxerxes.  The cupbearer was responsible for sampling the Kings wine making sure he was not given poison, Nehemiah was also a governor skilled in political and moral reform.  Between them, Ezra and Nehemiah accounted for two-thirds of the three spheres  of responsibility – the government and the church – as they are outlined in God’s Word.  The third realm is the family.  Both Ezra and Nehemiah were men God had selected and converted for His work. They were men of integrity who were dependable and who loved and obeyed Him.

Out of a total Jewish population between 2 and 3 million exiled in Babylon only about 50 thousand (49,879) decided to take advantage of the God created opportunity King Artaxerxes gave them to return to Jerusalem and work to repair the Wall and rebuild the Temple.  There was strong opposition to the restoration.  Wealthy Jews were oppressing the people by causing them to fall into debt and mortgage their property.  Many were forced to sell their children into slavery.

Opposition to the work was so intense that Nehemiah decided to protect the workers by arming half of the people and giving them the task of protecting the workers.  Even with this construction impediment the entire Wall was restored in 52 days, a feat recognized even by its enemies as miraculous.  As Nehemiah constructed the Wall Ezra and his companion, Zerubbabel rebuilt the temple and began working with the people to restore their spiritual strength.

Rebuilding the spiritual strength of a fallen people is not an easy job even with God’s miraculous aid.  It requires His direct intervention and a people with willing hearts.  Ezra and Nehemiah were chosen by God for this work and it consumed their lives.  They prayed and wept before God over the condition of HIs people.  As God intervened in the hearts of the people they too shed tears over the depths to which they had fallen.

If the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, our Christian God, could redeem His fallen people in Ezra and Nehemiah’s era He can also redeem His people in our time!

What is required to redeem a modern nation?  God must give His assent to a miraculous revival, and it must begin with God-chosen, obedient, Spirit filled men; who depend on God while encouraging and leading others.

God’s people had settled into Babylon and were willingly living in its secular world.  They had forgotten God and were satisfied with quiet evil.  The revival began with an incredible change of heart in Babylonian leaders who became willing to allow their captives to return to their land and rebuild their society.  Apparently, the minor number of Jews who were willing to begin the work of restoration was a gage of its popularity.

We have a similar situation now in the United States of America.  Our society is a cesspool but most of our citizens seem satisfied with quiet evil; they work, earn money and spend it on the latest electronic gadgets that have overwhelmed our culture and created an electronic prison for unsuspecting users.

So far there has been no Godly leadership that might create a defense against the rising tide of Satanic evil.   As in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah wealthy agenda-driven Americans deride every feeble effort to preserve righteousness.  Contemporary Christians seem not to be aware that if we join a fight to preserve righteousness He will fight on our side.

Nehemiah armed half of the citizens and gave them the responsibility of defending the workers who were rebuilding the wall.  Defenses are needed in our time as well.  Attempts to return America to the righteous behavior it once knew would be met with lethal force.

If the juggernaut of satanic evil is ever to be challenged Christians must pray for leadership that will live by and defend righteousness by obeying God’s Law while fighting the evil laws that our satanic leadership is encoding.

There are pockets of resistance but like in Josiah’s time we need to discover God’s Law and understand that our disobedience to it has led us into bondage.  Disobeying was evil then and is evil now.

We, in the USA have been guilty of some heinous sins and probably paramount in this mountain is the sin of pride – we have never repented for the sins of our own generation let alone those of our fathers.  The Biblical pattern begins with righteous leadership.  We can pray for righteous leadership.

Right now, we are dropping a lethal bomb somewhere in the Middle East every 12 minutes.  These bombs kill innocent people who live in nations that have never threated the United States of America.  Our citizens live as if none of this is going on but it is our taxes and the debt being accumulated in our name that makes this killing of innocents possible. GOD HOLDS US ACCOUNTABLE FOR THIS ATROCITY even though it is unrecognized and unapproved.  In the back of our minds we know about it, but are doing nothing to stop it.  We are responsible.  It is our government the sends our troops and our military!

This, and the entire blanket of evil law must be peacefully contested.  Violence is not God’s method of warfare.  The fight is for righteousness and leaders who would engage the enemy must do It with peaceful persistence.

Righteous leadership has not yet appeared in the United States and it will be difficult to recognize it when one does appear because righteousness is banned from our national media.

Righteous leadership is not politicians who claim to be reborn or who only support ending abortion.  Righteous leaders are men that are sold out to God.  They are men of humility and prayer who know their own frailty and the power of our Great God.    God’s commandments govern their lives and they are willing to “stand” on righteousness.  They would not confirm a sodomite, they could not confirm a sodomite; they are God’s men.

Can real revival come the United States of America and the rest of the Western World?  It can!  God can do anything, but He often waits for His people to seek it and so far, the prayer warriors are missing and Satan’s warriors are advancing quickly with no opposition.

PRODUCT OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

TROJAN HORSE IN USA

By

Al Cronkrite

 

In the Sixth and Seventh Centuries AD, the religion of Islam developed in the Arab commercial towns of Mecca and Medina.

Islam is a patchwork of Christian foundations and the revelations of the Prophet Mohammed.  By Christian theological standards it is a cult.  Like Christianity it worships a single deity.  It recognizes several Old Testament prophets and considers Jesus one of them.  Allah is the single, remote god of Islam.  The Trinitarian Christian God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is foreign to Muslims. Jesus, our Christian Savior, is considered a prophet.  Allah is the recipient of Islamic prayers but he is not a responsive deity.

Christianity depends upon God to convert and enlighten His people. Islam, particularly in the first few decades, used military force for much of it’s expansion.  During the Ninth and Tenth Centuries its control stretched from the borders of China and India through central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Sicily, and the Iberian Peninsula. Muslim aggression was called Jihad and was amazingly successful for several centuries.

To this day, Jihad is still popular and several major European nations are currently in chaos from the militant demands of Muslim immigrants.  Among these nations are France, Italy, Sweden, and Germany.

Islam is a serious threat to the United States.  Its quick appeal to jail inmates and to the underclass allows it to quietly grow under the radar in our polite, profane society.  It is not limited by its appeal to the underclasses it also is attractive to some intellectuals.

Few Christians understand the dangers that exist in Muslim Mosques.  Revolutions and armed conflict can be planned with impunity.  Many Islamic segments are peaceful but the option of using force is in the Koran and no one knows when it will hatch.  One of the tenets of Islam is to peacefully agree with the power structure until the accumulation of power can succeed in overthrowing it.

The sect of the local Masque in my town is described by Wikipedia.  This branch may be peaceful but the potential for militant terrorism exists and could be a problem at any time.

At this point Muslims have no significant adversaries.

I always have an unsettled feeling when Christians and others in our society spend their time fighting the results of the new world order agenda when the real enemy is the power structure that creates these threats.

We make a serious mistake when we devote too much time fighting the implements of the satanic group that is attempting to destroy Western civilization.  They are working to create chaos around the world and will offer the tyranny of world government as the antidote.  We need to contend with the shadow government that is creating these programs.

There is strong support for abiding by the United States Constitution but the Constitution is a secular document which has been and can be amended by its human creators. Social change can only be accomplished under the immutable commandments of God.

Of the two choices available many Americans have chosen wrong:  The two choices are to live by God’s Law or to live by erratic human opinion and under the tyranny it always brings.  With the assent of most of our citizens the United States of America has chosen to live under the chaos of humanistic law.

Islam is a cultic competitor to Christianity.  It is the fastest growing religion in the world.  Its appeal is to the masses of people around the world who have been insulted, tortured, murdered, robbed and oppressed by the arrogance that has accompanied worldwide, White, gentile supremacy.  It gains quick interest among American Blacks and from nations that were oppressed by the British Empire.  It offers hope that they might overcome the power structure, murder their oppressors and set up a government of their own.  As with all cults the followers are fanatical.

Tal Brook’s “SCP Journal” has published a couple of excellent articles written by a talented woman who was married and divorced from a U. S educated Marxist Muslim. She experienced Islam first hand and writes about it in detail.  There are two articles in the latest SCP Journal, “The Radical Islamic Agenda” and “The Radical Islamic Mind”.  They bring the reader into the Muslim world with rare understanding.

She writes, “I saw the world from the perspective of those who sit at the bottom of the food chain, the untold millions, half of them Muslims, who live below the absolute poverty line and who believe they have been victimized by the more affluent West.  I am writing today from the view of those who eventually get recruited to radical terrorist Islamic cells and target the heart of our civilization.”

“We face enemies who hate us so much they are willing to sacrifice their own lives and even the lives of their children to get even with us for what they perceive as hundreds of years of oppression.”

Muslims and Arab Marxists often use this mantra; “First comes the Cross; then comes the gun” Their experience indicates that Christianity is a weapon of imperialism!

The writer, now a Christian, believes we need to bring a repentant spirit to an honest discussion of our involvement as a Christian nation in the affairs of the world.  How have we represented the God of the Bible?  Did we error?  Can we do it differently and better?  Can we address the murderous heart of Islam with the legally supported honesty of our God?  We are involved in a battle for control of the world.  It is a religious battle.  The major players are Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.

As I write, Islam is growing faster in the United States than Christianity.  Christianity has become irrelevant.  Men are seeking structure and discipline, Islam provides both.  While there is nothing wrong with praising the Lord as Charismatics it is not total Christianity any more than is Evangelism.  Christianity is not a religion of regimentation but does require discipline.  Our God is the most powerful God in the universe.  The Bible relates event after event where He fought on the side of His people often against great odds always winning the battle.  This is the God that we worship.  First, we must obey His commandments then we can expect His assistance in winning the fight against evil.

New Christians tend to overemphasize Grace and downplay obedience.  According to the writer in the SCP Journal knowing Jesus is often confused with knowing about Him.  She emphasizes a “personal relationship” with Christ as the basis of Christianity explaining that Allah’s will is limited to obeying Sharia law and that “Grace does not play a part in this essentially legal, judgmental system.”

She is right, but……

For over fifty years I have worshipped a personal God who chose me and saved me as an act of Grace.  He saved me when I hated Him and He has guided, blessed, and prospered me and my family in ways that no human endeavor could even understand let alone employ.  He is personal, He is intimate, and He loves us as His children and as His soldiers.  He created the Universe, the world and everything in it.  He is omnipotent and omnipresent; a supreme ruler Who knows both the beginning and the end.

It is our great God, the only God, that stands above all the cultic religions of our world and offers us His blessing, IF WE OBEY HIS COMMANDMENTS.  Christianity is a religion of Grace and obedience.  We are saved by Grace and we obey by Grace.  But Christians who fail to follow His commandments do not and will not receive His full blessing.

God’s law is the structure of the Christian religion.  It is the guide to behavior that God can bless and that we can thrive under.  We must be particularly careful that our hate of Sharia law does not allow us to discard a major portion of the Biblical narrative and support a religion that is subject to the inexplicable whims of humanism.

The law contained in our Bibles is in some ways similar to Sharia law; but there is a major difference. Biblical law is to be enforced with mercy.  Read about the woman taken in adultery (John 8 1-11) and King David’s sin (2 Samuel 12).  We worship a merciful God Whose intention is to provide us with blessing.  He has provided the formula for this blessing in His Word.  We must read it and understand the power and Truth it contains.  There will always be a price that must be paid for sin but Christians are not expected to enforce the letter of the law. There are instances that require mercy.

PS: As I write this essay the elite of the world are meeting at the annual Bilderberg Convention this year in Turin, Italy.  The agenda includes, “populism” in Europe; “inequality”; “the future of work”; artificial intelligence; the “US before midterms”; free trade; “US world leadership”; Russia; quantum computing; Saudi Arabia and Iran; “the ‘post-truth’ world”; and current events.  These men and women, along with the major money centers that finance the governments of nations, accompanied by the owners of our major businesses, the press and the media are working to subvert our civilization.  They are the enemy.  Immigration, dangerous religions, open borders, moral depravity, inflation, war, weather control, and wayward governments are results of the power of the enemy.  We can waste time fighting them and they will continue to offend or we can begin to challenge them as enemies.

First Agree to Obey Him

THEN ASK THE FATHER

By

Al Cronkrite

 

“Then Asa called to the Lord his God, and said, ‘Lord, there is no one besides Thee to help in the battle between the powerful and those who have no strength; so help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in Thee and in Thy Name have come against this multitude.  O Lord, Thou art our God; let not man prevail against Thee.”  2 Chronicles, 2:11.

I grew up during the 1930s.  I lived with my parents and two sisters in a small town on the Illinois River.  The embers of an outwardly Christian society were still warm.  There was no flame only a mild glow.  “Good” and “Bad” were recognized in the behavior of people and children were urged to be good.

There was a common assumption that people who lived a moral life would go to Heaven and those who did not would not.  A moral life was loosely connected to the Ten Commandments but the connection was seldom specific.

To many, Christianity was an inherited religion that was good as-long-as it did not go too far.  Sermons were preached to good people and bad people were not easily tolerated in the better circles of small-town churches.

The word “Sin” was seldom heard and if a poll was taken most members would think of themselves as “Good” people who deserved to go to Heaven.  Sinners were those who were hedonistic, living a life of fleshly pleasure and not attending church.  They were headed for trouble!

Church Bible studies were popular.  They were not exactly Bible studies but rather tended to be critiques and expressions of what the studier believed about the Bible passages being covered.  Questioning the Scripture was a mark of an active intellect and was viewed favorably.  Few of those that called themselves Christian read the Bible as the Law-Word of God.  It was just another book that was not as interesting as many of the new books in the library.

In the little Methodist Church that my family attended preachers were called to the pulpit to preach sermons that confirmed and amplified the opinions of the congregation.  Occasionally a converted (chosen by God) pastor would be called but authority and evangelical or Biblical confrontations were not acceptable to church leaders and zealous upstarts were soon asked to leave.

In the late 1950s and the 1960s a revival of sorts began in some American Christian circles.  It was one of many that have come to our nation.  Pat Morley’s Blog lists some of the historic revivals that God has brought about in his church.

As with the Charismatic revival of the 1950s and 1960s, all-of-these revivals were spiritual, intense, and had one thing in common – they died out too quickly and failed to bring lasting change to God’s Creation.

Please allow me to pose some questions!

Tell me Christian Americans, how is it that when copies of The Word of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are numerous and easily available that His Word is not read and mass repentance has not occurred in our time?  How is it that our God, the God of Christians, His own chosen people, is not obeyed and as a result cannot bless His creation?  How is it that we are on the brink of grinding tyranny and none of us repents admitting that we have been worshipping the foolish god of the intellect and ignoring the merciful and powerful God of the Bible?  How is it that none of our ministers and preachers have opened this pivotal book and repented?  Why do we continue to put our faith in political systems and sinful men to return us to righteousness when we know in our hearts they cannot?  Has Satan closed our minds and made us consider the foolishness of man superior to the all-powerful wisdom of our God as it is clearly outlined in His Word.  Throw off Satan and begin to read and understand His Word and act in ways that please Him.  He promises peace and prosperity to those who obey Him and in His Word, He provides example after example.

Anyone who takes the time to read through the Bible, will quickly understand that the God we worship seeks and obedient people.  If we obey our God we will be blest but if we disobey Him we will be cursed.  Over-and-over again ancient Israel’s kings set the tone for the nation.  Judah, the Southern Kingdom, saw the reign of 20 kings during a roughly 400-year period from 900 to 500 BC.  Of these twenty kings eight were obedient and brought peace and blessing to the nation.  The Northern Kingdom, Israel, went through 20 kings in a 200-year period.  Of these twenty kings only one was partially righteous. Read here.

Wars and captivity often followed disobedience.  The line between being blest for obeying and being cursed for disobeying is readily discernable.

For those who decide it is prudent for Christians to read through the Bible and actually begin to do so:  Do not skip over parts that humanistic Christians have decided are no longer applicable.  All the Bible is applicable!  Keep in mind that the object is to learn about the character of our God and find out what pleases Him.  Remember He does not change; His character it is the same in both Genesis and Revelation and all the 64 Books in between.  If He seeks obedience in Genesis He will continue to seek obedience in Revelation.  God changes His mind but He never changes His character.  He blesses obedience and curses disobedience.  He always does this!

He changed His mind about Israel when the High Priests called for the crucifixion of His Son, Jesus.  Jesus was sent by God to redeem His Chosen People.  It was an act that lighted the character of our God like no other.  God sacrificed His Only Son in a merciful attempt to redeem His chosen people.  When the high priests call for His crucifixion they rejected the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and opened the door to Gentile Christians.  Henceforth no man shall come to the Father but through the Son.  Prayers by heretics and blasphemers will not be heard.  Only those of Christians reach the Father’s ears.

The Protestant Reformation brought lasting change to the world while the series of religious revivals that marked history seldom lasted or changed the world.  The difference was in the foundation.  Social change waited on the sound Christianity that resulted from revival based on the Word of God.  Heretical revivals, though intense and spiritual, do not endure

When we disobey God, we begin a vicious cycle.  Disobedience brings war and strife.  War and strife destroy the peace and righteousness that obedience creates.  The United States of America has been fighting and endless war for over one and a half decades.  Satan has held sway in our nation destroying what little righteousness there was left and creating a hate for everything Christian.

Government is not entirely to blame for the deterioration of the moral fiber of America.  Much of the blame must be shouldered by citizens who have voted to elect representatives they knew would not support Godly government.  And citizens who personally support a secular agenda because they are not Christians.

Now we have brought our nation under the judgement of God and we are experiencing the same conditions ancient Israel endured when they disobeyed Him.

In our secular society it is difficult to believe that God is alive and that He is active in the affairs of His creation.  Most of our churches are full of people who are attempting to manipulate the Creator into granting them a blessing of one kind or another.  There are a precious few who seek to serve God, who understand their duty is to carry the message of the birth of a Savior to a hungry world and urge those whom He has selected to begin to obey Him and bring the leaven of obedience to the Creation.  It is on those few that the responsibility rests.

“To investigate what obedience to the law requires, what initial steps in obedience must be made, is not easy, but we must never let the difficulty deter us from this effort.  The difficulty is not with the Law, but with us, on account of our lingering sin, our fondness for autonomy, our resistance to yield to Him who, with and by His Law – always inseparably accompanied by His Gospel – envelops and penetrates us with His mercy, and with the power and gentleness of His grace.”  “A New Day of Small Beginnings” Pierre Courthial, Pg. 277, Emphasis, mine.

First Agree to Obey Him

THEN ASK THE FATHER

By

Al Cronkrite

 

“Then Asa called to the Lord his God, and said, ‘Lord, there is no one besides Thee to help in the battle between the powerful and those who have no strength; so help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in Thee and in Thy Name have come against this multitude.  O Lord, Thou art our God; let not man prevail against Thee.”  2 Chronicles, 2:11.

I grew up during the 1930s.  I lived with my parents and two sisters in a small town on the Illinois River.  The embers of an outwardly Christian society were still warm.  There was no flame only a mild glow.  “Good” and “Bad” were recognized in the behavior of people and children were urged to be good.

There was a common assumption that people who lived a moral life would go to Heaven and those who did not would not.  A moral life was loosely connected to the Ten Commandments but the connection was seldom specific.

To many, Christianity was an inherited religion that was good as-long-as it did not go too far.  Sermons were preached to good people and bad people were not easily tolerated in the better circles of small-town churches.

The word “Sin” was seldom heard and if a poll was taken most members would think of themselves as “Good” people who deserved to go to Heaven.  Sinners were those who were hedonistic, living a life of fleshly pleasure and not attending church.  They were headed for trouble!

Church Bible studies were popular.  They were not exactly Bible studies but rather tended to be critiques and expressions of what the studier believed about the Bible passages being covered.  Questioning the Scripture was a mark of an active intellect and was viewed favorably.  Few of those that called themselves Christian read the Bible as the Law-Word of God.  It was just another book that was not as interesting as many of the new books in the library.

In the little Methodist Church that my family attended preachers were called to the pulpit to preach sermons that confirmed and amplified the opinions of the congregation.  Occasionally a converted (chosen by God) pastor would be called but authority and evangelical or Biblical confrontations were not acceptable to church leaders and zealous upstarts were soon asked to leave.

In the late 1950s and the 1960s a revival of sorts began in some American Christian circles.  It was one of many that have come to our nation.  Pat Morley’s Blog lists some of the historic revivals that God has brought about in his church.

As with the Charismatic revival of the 1950s and 1960s, all-of-these revivals were spiritual, intense, and had one thing in common – they died out too quickly and failed to bring lasting change to God’s Creation.

Please allow me to pose some questions!

Tell me Christian Americans, how is it that when copies of The Word of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are numerous and easily available that His Word is not read and mass repentance has not occurred in our time?  How is it that our God, the God of Christians, His own chosen people, is not obeyed and as a result cannot bless His creation?  How is it that we are on the brink of grinding tyranny and none of us repents admitting that we have been worshipping the foolish god of the intellect and ignoring the merciful and powerful God of the Bible?  How is it that none of our ministers and preachers have opened this pivotal book and repented?  Why do we continue to put our faith in political systems and sinful men to return us to righteousness when we know in our hearts they cannot?  Has Satan closed our minds and made us consider the foolishness of man superior to the all-powerful wisdom of our God as it is clearly outlined in His Word.  Throw off Satan and begin to read and understand His Word and act in ways that please Him.  He promises peace and prosperity to those who obey Him and in His Word, He provides example after example.

Anyone who takes the time to read through the Bible, will quickly understand that the God we worship seeks and obedient people.  If we obey our God we will be blest but if we disobey Him we will be cursed.  Over-and-over again ancient Israel’s kings set the tone for the nation.  Judah, the Southern Kingdom, saw the reign of 20 kings during a roughly 400-year period from 900 to 500 BC.  Of these twenty kings eight were obedient and brought peace and blessing to the nation.  The Northern Kingdom, Israel, went through 20 kings in a 200-year period.  Of these twenty kings only one was partially righteous. Read here.

Wars and captivity often followed disobedience.  The line between being blest for obeying and being cursed for disobeying is readily discernable.

For those who decide it is prudent for Christians to read through the Bible and actually begin to do so:  Do not skip over parts that humanistic Christians have decided are no longer applicable.  All the Bible is applicable!  Keep in mind that the object is to learn about the character of our God and find out what pleases Him.  Remember He does not change; His character it is the same in both Genesis and Revelation and all the 64 Books in between.  If He seeks obedience in Genesis He will continue to seek obedience in Revelation.  God changes His mind but He never changes His character.  He blesses obedience and curses disobedience.  He always does this!

He changed His mind about Israel when the High Priests called for the crucifixion of His Son, Jesus.  Jesus was sent by God to redeem His Chosen People.  It was an act that lighted the character of our God like no other.  God sacrificed His Only Son in a merciful attempt to redeem His chosen people.  When the high priests call for His crucifixion they rejected the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and opened the door to Gentile Christians.  Henceforth no man shall come to the Father but through the Son.  Prayers by heretics and blasphemers will not be heard.  Only those of Christians reach the Father’s ears.

The Protestant Reformation brought lasting change to the world while the series of religious revivals that marked history seldom lasted or changed the world.  The difference was in the foundation.  Social change waited on the sound Christianity that resulted from revival based on the Word of God.  Heretical revivals, though intense and spiritual, do not endure

When we disobey God, we begin a vicious cycle.  Disobedience brings war and strife.  War and strife destroy the peace and righteousness that obedience creates.  The United States of America has been fighting and endless war for over one and a half decades.  Satan has held sway in our nation destroying what little righteousness there was left and creating a hate for everything Christian.

Government is not entirely to blame for the deterioration of the moral fiber of America.  Much of the blame must be shouldered by citizens who have voted to elect representatives they knew would not support Godly government.  And citizens who personally support a secular agenda because they are not Christians.

Now we have brought our nation under the judgement of God and we are experiencing the same conditions ancient Israel endured when they disobeyed Him.

In our secular society it is difficult to believe that God is alive and that He is active in the affairs of His creation.  Most of our churches are full of people who are attempting to manipulate the Creator into granting them a blessing of one kind or another.  There are a precious few who seek to serve God, who understand their duty is to carry the message of the birth of a Savior to a hungry world and urge those whom He has selected to begin to obey Him and bring the leaven of obedience to the Creation.  It is on those few that the responsibility rests.

“To investigate what obedience to the law requires, what initial steps in obedience must be made, is not easy, but we must never let the difficulty deter us from this effort.  The difficulty is not with the Law, but with us, on account of our lingering sin, our fondness for autonomy, our resistance to yield to Him who, with and by His Law – always inseparably accompanied by His Gospel – envelops and penetrates us with His mercy, and with the power and gentleness of His grace.”  “A New Day of Small Beginnings” Pierre Courthial, Pg. 277, Emphasis, mine.

INSOUCIANT

 

AS OUR UNDOING APPROACHES

By

Al Cronkrite

 

As I have gotten older my sense of balance has, along with other things, failed me.  I used a cane for over half a decade but after falling several times I began using a walker.  The best modern walkers are light and strong.  I carry one in the trunk of the car and am able to remove it when needed. The walker keeps me mobile and independent; without it, I would have difficulty leaving the house.

Civility is declining in our society.  The words “excuse me”, “please”, or “after you” have become archaic; forgotten by most of our population.  But being old and using a walker has helped restore my faith in humanity.

People are quick to open doors for me and hold them until I get through.  Sometimes two people will rush to hold the door at the same time.  Doors, particularly spring-loaded doors, are difficult for my walker and me to negotiate.

I began to wonder why this altruistic act is so quickly offered in a society that kills its babies, murders its citizens, destroys friendly nations with bombs, assassinates its presidents, imprisons too many of its people and expresses little interest in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Why are the citizens of such a callus nation eager to help the handicapped?

I concluded that part of the reason is that everyone has become so self-sufficient that we seldom need each other.  It also occurred to me that with husband and wife working, paying for children in day care, and hurrying to find time to spend with them, there is no time left for time consuming altruism.

Each of us is made in the image of God.  Before Adam ate of the forbidden fruit of the tree of the “Knowledge of Good and Evil” thinking of others was a natural inclination.  As time and the Evil One has eroded our willingness to do good to others we have become more self-concerned; less inclined to squeeze out time for widows, orphans, or single mothers.

Ironically, if we did get involved, I wonder if we might find that widows and single mothers are just as eager to be self-sufficient as we are.

Opening a door for me is a quick way of being a blessing to a person who needs it and accepts it with gratitude.  I guess there is enough God given graciousness left in us to jump at this kind of opportunity.  It is an overt testimony to the character of God’s created beings and a minor blow to the satanic forces that are at our door.

As time goes on and the claws of tyranny close, graciousness will disappear.  We will begin to experience the hopelessness that is the fate of all secular social orders.

We have ignored the warning of God’s messengers and failed to act when right actions might have saved us.  Now, that time may be gone. Our people are beginning to understand what is happening to our nation but the noose is already about our neck and beginning to tighten.

Judgment of ancient Israel was regularly a result of the actions of a national leader.  The people suffered because of his rebellion and disobedience. Our leaders are seldom godly men.  Mostly they are opportunists with big egos and hidden sins.  For decades they have been puppets to powerful individuals who are managing the world for their private benefit.

The American electorate has been manipulated from the beginning.  The economic pattern that resulted from the Industrial Revolution stacks the deck against the worker who is employed by a facility that only hires individuals whose work provides them with a profit. (no-profit, no employment).  When the worker uses his earnings to purchase goods made by companies owned by the wealthy class he provides an owner with additional profit on the goods he or other workers have produced.  The wealthy make a profit on both ends:  on the worker himself and on the goods the worker produces.

This built-in earning discrepancy allows the wealthy a source of ever increasing income and when this is coupled with a government that caters to the moneyed class, the discrepancy is compounded.

The doctrine of separation of church and state has given us a humanistic government that places reason above the law of God.  Even natural law, a humanistic system not pleasing to God, is seldom mentioned in our public affairs.  The opinions of the power centers have become the law of the land.

Even though we have lost control of our government, we must remember that we still vote and voting spreads responsibility for the actions of our nation onto us, the people, as well as our leaders.

Invariably, God’s judgment took the form of a weakened Israel being defeated and living under the authority of stronger nations.  From the time that many Jews migrated into Egypt until Pharaoh enslaved them and used them as his labor pool, they lived in Egypt.  Ultimately, God heard their cries, took pity on them, and arranged their miraculous escape.  In the mean-time there was much suffering.

The citizens of the United States of America have allowed the nation to become the tool of evil forces that are using its people and its resources in-an-effort to control the world.  This captivity has occurred because we have been disobedient to the Commandments of our Christian God.   We forsook Him and began serving idols that are often heretical, truncated images of the Great God of All Creation.  Politics is another of our major idols; it has replaced dependence on the all-powerful Creator and put it in an evil political system.

Instead of working to bring the creation back under the control of the Creator many of us work up a sweat.

“Christians infected with Humanism exhaust themselves in their militantly aggressive engagement of the public sphere (politics, economics, social concerns etc.) but their efforts are directed toward advancing Humanistic ideologies and their laws, not the law of God as it applies to these areas.”

In a newly translated book “A New Day of Small Beginnings”, Pierre Courthial maintains that Humanistic Christians spent their energies in militant aggressive confrontation of the public sphere – politics, economics, and Social concerns – attempting to install Humanistic law of their choosing – not the Law of God.  All Christians need to understand that without God’s law the Christian religion is a toothless tiger unable to confront the satanic forces that threaten our nation.

Our pulpits preach the idolatrous truncated image of god fearing that the genuine Christian religion is too confrontational and might drive away their nominally Christian congregations.  Their concern is centered on the size of their church, they give little thought to their fidelity to the Gospel.   This formula has destroyed the Christian Church.  Read here.  

Placing human reason above the sovereignty of God is not necessarily an angry rebellion but is often the subtle giving in to the desire of every sinner to be independent and to think for himself.  It is the force behind cults that like weeds have always gown up in Christian cultures.  It spurred Professor Jacob Arminius to bring human decision into the conversion process, and it supported the Dispensational Movement which through the efforts of Cyrus Scofield, John N. Darby, Harry Ironside, and others has robbed the Christian religion of its ability to challenge Humanism.

Karol Józef Wojtyła, Pope John Paul II, is turning the Roman Catholic Church in a more Liberal direction by condemning the death penalty, supporting the new mass and regularly making liberal comments to the press and media.  When leaders begin to add to, take away from, interpret, or show particular favor for certain passages in the Word of God, humanism has taken root and it will grow like the weed it is.

When Humanism is allowed in the church it soon becomes a cover for the entrance of Satan. We, in America, are living in the culmination of a little bit of Humanism in the Christian church; now, Satanic spirits control our entire nation.

Yes, the Rapture might occur before a looming tribulation but it is secularism to give it the great emphasis it now enjoys.  God tells us that no one knows the time.  The proper mission of every Christian is clear:  We are to obey God’s commandments and spread the Gospel throughout the world.  First, Christians must begin to obey and only then can they challenge the culture.

The United States of America is in deep trouble, trouble that only a major revival can curb.  Can there be revival in an insouciant people?

“The law, which works its way deeper and deeper into our lives over time as the righteousness of Christ, always imputed, is infused into us, addresses our faithfulness, calling it into obedience.  Always renewed, the Gospel provides the motive (gratitude) and the power (grace) to obey – to take the first steps of obedience, and to begin over and over again.”   “A New Day of Small Beginnings”,  Pierre Courthial, Pg. l98

America and the Death of Liberty

This was written over a decade ago when we might have been able to change the trend.

AMERICA AND THE DEATH OF LIBERTY

EVERY REBELLIOUS ELEMENT HAS BEEN ENERGIZED

By Al Cronkrite

 

Just what is happening to our society and what is causing it?

 

Out of the corner of our eye we can see the United Nations rushing toward us with a promise of world peace under the felicity of world government.  Marching alongside with their menacing guns cocked are the cryptocrats who orchestrate power.

 

The social terrorists are more immediate.  Their minions have already destroyed the structure of our society, now upheld by a porous shell.  We watch our youth as they mature into an immoral, hedonistic, and undisciplined culture which is new, and fascinating.  With no reference point and no alternative, by rote, it is freely accepted.

 

Our seniors are living together.  Their children, the parents of our youth, have forsaken marriage to shack up with the best available.  Rife with sex for pleasure, we fail to reproduce ourselves and thereby contribute to the demise of our culture and of civilization itself.

 

Legislators pass volumes of laws (The Federal Codes reportedly require 26 feet of shelf space.).  Much of the legislation is frivolous, tyrannical, and downright stupid.  Florida recently entertained a Constitutional Amendment that would require a proper amount of free space for pregnant sows.  Though this has not been codified we have laws protecting animals that are just short of suffrage.

 

This generation will never know freedom as it was early in the twentieth century.  They will never experience the Godliness which was everywhere.  Yes, there was sin.  But the legal structure of America was still mostly Christian.  All of the stores were closed on Sunday.  Homosexuality was illegal, as was adultery and fornication.  Cohabitation was almost nonexistent.  Husbands were the respected heads of their homes. Spit balls and chewing gum were the main rages of teachers. You could shoot your dog, drown your cat, own a fire arm, hunt while still in puberty, and drive a car at age thirteen.

 

America has been destroyed by the acquiescence of the Christian Church and the resulting deterioration of the Christian family structure.

 

Arminianism (free will) and antinomianism (Faith without obedience to Law) have built American Christianity on a foundation of sand and the rains of pagan law have washed it away.

 

The idea that The Great God of All Creation, by Whose Word the earth and everything in it was created, has made each of His human creations into little gods by granting them free will, is the essence of humanism.  It is the antithesis of Calvin’s theology which was accepted orthodoxy for several centuries and was affirmed by the major councils and the creeds they produced.

 

God’s people without His Laws are afloat in the boat of Grace on the sewer seas of humanity without a compass and the Church is bereft of the world changing Laws by which our Creator intended it be governed.

 

Law – pagan law – is the wrecking ball of the house that God built…….

 

When divorce is difficult, marriages tend to be stable.  With no fault divorce, we have made it easy and prevalent.

 

When man is head of his home with his cherished wife as his helpmate, the family structure is intact and harmonious.  Beginning with women’s suffrage, Feminism struck at the very heart of marriage.  With unsurpassed cognitive dissonance, the Cultural Marxists fed a mislead quest for equality that has swept women into untenable and deleterious positions destroying the family structure and deteriorating the quality of society.

 

God intended that families not only provide companionship for the marriage partners but produce a solid base for the nurture of Godly children who were to be prepared to populate and subdue the earth under His legal code.  It was contraception that first began to erode the intentions of The Creator.

 

Children produced by a healthy and orderly family were to be both nurtured and educated in the home and as they grew into adulthood and their parents aged, they were to become producers of wealth and caretakers of the wealth the family had already produced.  Parents were to be honored and their advise sought in order that the exuberance of youth might be tempered with the wisdom of age.  In our time, children are raised in day care, parents spend their children’s inheritance, wisdom is forgotten, mentors are forsaken, and everyone does what is right in his own eyes.

 

God hates rebels.  The Biblical remedy for obdurate rebelliousness in children is stoning.

Though outrageously cruel to our maligned sensibilities, it was part of the Love of God for it brought great pressure on a child’s sinful nature to conform to the family structure and by its existence contained the recalcitrant taint.

 

Ten percent is God’s levy on the income of His people.  This ten percent is to come off the top of His blessings to us.  The Biblical outline for government outside the family includes protection of the people, administration of the civil law and little, if any, else.  Godly government can be financed with ten percent.  High taxes inhibit the ability of families to accumulate wealth and thus interfere with the family structure.

 

Law forms the religious base of society and the humanism we are living under today is a result of tumult in the laws by which we are governed.  Though the Decalogue is inscribed on the walls of our meretricious Supreme Court, pagan judges appointed by pagan presidents (from both political parties) have, with the assiduous help of the ACLU, tyrannically and illegally removed every vestige of Christianity from our culture.

 

In place of the historic Christian legal structure they have codified the decedent laws of the pagan.  Divorce is easy and prevalent; our unborn babies, the potential wealth of our families and the propagation of the race, are legally slaughtered by the millions; our culture is being maligned under the aegis of diversity by being infused with the world’s heathen; the Biblical abomination of sodomy has been legalized and seeks to rape us; legal pornography fills our media and stares at us from eye level shelves in the check-out line.  Every rebellious element is being energized and turned loose with legal backing.

 

As the Christian bulwark of society crumbles, individual restraint ebbs, laws to confine anarchy multiply, and our jails fill.  We have more people in jail in America than in any other nation in the free world.

 

Our downfall has been aided and abetted by the Cultural Marxists who have burrowed into our government and our schools system.  These rebellious societal predators abounding in a danger free environment and with minimum resistance have craftily instituted godlessness wherever there was pregnant inclination.

 

Rebellious women filled the feminist ranks.  Rebellious homosexuals became militant and dangerous.  The racial prejudice mantra quickly turned a relatively friendly black community into a prejudiced, hate filled, white menacing mob.  With a flint stone, class warfare ignited.  Gramsci’s tenets were easy to foster.  Politicians pandered to evil and increased sinfulness.

 

Without brakes, the American bus careened down the mountain leaving devastation in its path.

 

The wheel lock to this disaster was the Christian Church.