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This website is based on three self evident truths: 1) The Creator has endowed all people with certain unalienable rights.  2) There will always be people who want to restrict the free exercise of those rights and impose a dictatorship.  3) Divide and conquer is the primary strategy used by wannabe dictators.  In a letter to Colonel William F. Elkins dated Nov. 21, 1864, President Lincoln said: “As a result of war, corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong it’s reign by working upon the prejudices of the people, until all wealth is aggregated into a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.”  Check out the section on monetary policy in the pdf Knowledge is Power.

The Declaration of Independence states that our rights come from the Creator, not government.  Unfortunately, today’s political leaders only pay lip service to unalienable rights while working together to establish a dictatorial regime.  In the past, bipartisan leaders acknowledged God as the source of our rights.  JFK said “our rights do not come from the generosity of government, but from the hand of God.”  George Washington added “so help me God” to his inaugural speech.  During Lincoln’s 760 word (second) inaugural speech, he mentioned God’s name 14 times. Thomas Jefferson said the following in the Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.  That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and institute new Government….”   The liberty described in America’s founding documents is a moral concept, so freedom only exists within a moral framework.  God gave humanity a moral framework in the ten commandments and teachings of Jesus Christ.  This moral framework produces small governments that promote liberty because individuals who subject themselves to God’s law, do not need heavy handed government to control them.

In the Bible, Romans 13 says ruling authorities (governments) are ordained by God to be a force for good.  In America’s Constitutional Republic, private citizens (we the people) are the ruling authority, and they elect public servants to represent their interests.  When our God given rights are infringed upon, it’s the citizens duty to stand up for their rights.  Even the apostle Paul demanded his rights as a Roman citizen.  Had he not stood up for his rights, he would have been killed, instead, he was able to present the gospel before kings and the Roman emperor.  Paul, a Jew, had spent years starting churches throughout the Roman empire.  When he returned to Jerusalem, which was under Roman control, he was considered a traitor by Jews who rejected Christ. When the Jews tried to kill Paul, the Roman authorities intervened and arrested Paul for causing a riot.

Claudius Lysias was chief captain of the Roman army in Jerusalem.  He ordered his men to beat and interrogate Paul, but Paul asserted his rights as a Roman citizen, which changed everything.  Acts 22: 24-30 The chief captain commanded him to be brought into the castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging; that he might know wherefore they cried so against him. 25 And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman [citizen], and uncondemned? 26 When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman [citizen]. 27 Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? He said, Yea. 28 And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born.

29 Then straightway they departed from him which should have examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew that he was a Roman [citizen], and because he had bound him. 30 On the morrow, because he would have known the certainty wherefore he was accused of the Jews, he loosed him from his bands, and commanded the [Jewish] chief priests and all their council to appear, and brought Paul down, and set him before them.  Paul defended himself before the Roman authorities and Jewish council, but later, the Jews plotted to kill Paul.  A young man warned Claudius Lysias, chief captain of the Romans, of the Jews plot to kill Paul.  So Claudius made plans to move Paul from Jerusalem to Caesarea and appear before Felix, the Roman governor.  Acts 23: 22-30 So the chief captain then let the young man depart, and charged him, See thou tell no man that thou hast shewed these things to me. 23 And he called unto him two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night; 24 And provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe unto Felix the governor.

25 And he wrote a letter after this manner: 26 Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix sendeth greeting. 27 This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of them: then came I with an army, and rescued him, having understood that he was a Roman [citizen] 28 And when I would have known the cause wherefore they accused him, I brought him forth into their council: 29 Whom I perceived to be accused of questions of their law, but to have nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or of bonds. 30 And when it was told me how that the Jews laid wait for the man, I sent straightway to thee, and gave commandment to his accusers also to say before thee what they had against him. Farewell.

Because Paul asserted his rights as a Roman citizen, he eventually appeared before King Agrippa and the Roman emperor Caesar Augustus. Every time Paul defended himself, he was sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and advancing the kingdom of God.  Eventually, the Roman emperor beheaded Paul for sedition because he would not renounce Christ as King over all, including Caesar.  Paul spent the last two years in Rome under house arrest.  Acts 28:30-31 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, 31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.  Like Paul, American citizens must stand up for their Bill of Rights, which are ordained by God to be a force for good in the world.  However, America’s founding principles do not include equality of income or outcome, but rather, equality before the law.

Ultimately, freedom does not come from government, it’s the truth that sets us free, and the truth is a person, Jesus Christ.  Only Christ can free us from the shame, guilt, fear and condemnation resulting from sin.  John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me. John 8:31-32 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.  If you want to experience the freedom that can only be found in Christ, check out the post Bible verses to remember.  If you don’t believe God exists, you will find convincing evidence to the contrary at science disproves evolution.

Some say the U.S. was founded on racist principles.  But our founding documents are based on principles of Christianity, democracy, and representative government that originated in ancient Israel, Greece and Rome.  The aspirational principles expressed in our founding documents led to the abolition of slavery, the civil rights movement, and women’s right to vote.  America’s founding principles are timeless, so their relevance is not diminished by the passage of time, technology, or the current culture of corruption.

Like the founders, I believe the Creator, not government, has endowed all human beings with unalienable rights.  Tyrannical governments may be able to restrict the exercise of those rights, but whether slave or free, we still retain our unalienable rights.  So as stated in the Declaration of Independence, people create governments for the purpose of securing their rights.  Since America’s founding, all governments have adopted universally accepted notions of morality, i.e., they have laws prohibiting murder, theft, slavery, etc., but like America, keeping corruption in check is an ongoing challenge.  So the role of government is to provide and enforce a moral framework that secures the unalienable rights of its citizens. 

Legitimate representative government is based on the informed consent of the governed.  But both political parties use spin, a.k.a. fraud, to misinform, divide and disenfranchise otherwise engaged citizens.  This allows a small group of lobbyists and politicians to manufacture a false consent and implement illegitimate policies harmful to America.  Then the same group of deceptive insiders blame misinformed citizens for the problems facing our nation.  This has led to an endless cycle of bipartisan finger pointing where, by design, politicians and lobbyists (superpacs) are not accountable for their actions.  It’s a criminal bipartisan scheme to game the democratic process and eliminate Constitutional checks and balances.  America’s founders recognized the ongoing threat of tyranny, so the Declaration of Independence establishes the right of citizens to abolish governments that fail to secure their unalienable rights.

Bipartisan leaders work together to chip away at our unalienable rights.  Republicans used national security issues to implement the Patriot Act, Homeland Security, and warrantless wiretapping.  Democrats use social and environmental issues to continually increase government control over citizens.  They’re like tag team wrestlers, so no matter which party is in power, our freedoms are slowly being taken away.  Some say you can’t fight city hall, but that notion is spread by those who want citizens to give up their rights without a fight.

We admire sports teams who fight to the very end, even if the game appears lost.  Citizens must adopt the same attitude when fighting for unalienable rights.  A never give up attitude enabled Dr. Martin Luther King and his followers to achieve victory.  The founders ended the Declaration of Independence with these words: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor”.  They understood the price of freedom, and if we want to preserve the rights they fought and died for, we must make a commitment to organize and stand up for our rights.

In order to understand the challenges facing representative governments around the world, current events must be viewed in a historical context, i.e., there have always been, and always will be, corrupt elites who want to enslave the people.  And, since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, industrial economies have dominated the global economy because manufacturing generates enormous wealth in the form of jobs, technology and investment.

Bipartisan leaders and their “private” sector cronies prefer dictatorship to representative government so they’ve partnered with China’s communist regime.  By moving much of America’s manufacturing base to China under the guise of free trade, US leaders are subsidizing a totalitarian economic model and selling off the U.S. economy to foreign governments.  The objective of bipartisan leaders is to create a global economy dominated by totalitarian regimes, a.k.a. globalization.  The Wall Street Journal article “China’s Superior Economic Model”, demonstrates that many US leaders favor China’s totalitarian economic model.

Presidents Bush and Obama have told college students they’re competing with Chinese workers.  But working conditions in Chinese factories are slave like, so how can Americans compete with China without first becoming slaves?  China’s Vice President Xi describes the US/China relationship as a cooperative partnership, and partners don’t compete, they work together to achieve common goals, like bringing China’s totalitarian model to America.  Fortunately, when tyranny occurs we can look to the past for encouragement.  For example, many colonists felt defeating the British Empire was an impossible task.  But before the collapse of every dictatorship, the oppressed thought it would never end, and after the collapse of every dictatorship, they wondered how it lasted as long as it did.

Media propaganda is a serious threat to the unalienable rights of citizens.  It’s used to manufacture a false consent, therefore the powers exercised by our government are unjust and illegitimate.  Without propaganda, Hitler could not have convinced German citizens to follow him into hell, and propaganda, i.e., the fraudulent left/right narrative, is more sophisticated than ever.  Left, right and center media each contain fragments of truth but never connect the dots.  This propaganda technique is called compartmentalization.  It’s used to create factions that facilitate a divide and conquer agenda.  

If citizens want to know where the tyrants have buried the bodies, i.e., the corpse of  America’s prosperous Republic, look behind issues the fraudulent left-right media agree on.  A prime example is globalization and free trade.  Fareed Zakaria has a Sunday show on CNN, which most people consider leftist.  Fareed does a segment each week called “What in the World?“, which recently covered the topic of globalization.  Like right wing media, Fareed extolled the virtues of free trade and globalization, and said the Great Depression was exacerbated by the implementation of protectionist trade polices (tariffs).  But as usual, the facts about free trade and globalization don’t fit the fraudulent media narrative.

Now Obama is calling for fast track trade authority to implement a new “free” trade agreement, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).  The following text and next two paragraph are from the previous link.  What’s wrong with fast track?  For most of the past 200 years, Congress negotiated trade policy and wrote the laws to oversee trade, as required in the Constitution’s Commerce Clause.  This power was first transferred to the Executive Office when Nixon was granted Fast Track in 1974 as part of his consolidation of presidential power.  Fast Track expired in 2007

As far as President Obama is concerned, the TPP is entering the home stretch.  All he needs now is for Congress to vote to grant him Fast Track, also known as Trade Promotion Authority, and it’s a done deal.   Fast Track would allow the President to sign the TPP before it goes to Congress.  Members of Congress would then have a short time period to hold an up or down vote and would be prohibited from making amendments.  Without Fast Track, which was used to pass NAFTA and the World Trade Organization (WTO), it is unlikely that the TPP could be signed into law.

The Obama administration has been negotiating the TPP in secret for more than three years.  Unlike past trade agreements, the text of the TPP is classified and members of Congress have restricted access to it.  If they do read the text, they are not allowed to copy it or discuss any specifics of it.  However, more than 600 corporate advisers have direct access to the text on their computers.  The secretive negotiations creating the TPP are a threat to representative government and a usurpation of citizens rights. 

There’s a list of posts at the top right side of the screen, you can click on a topic that interests you or scroll through the posts.  As you read through them, you’ll find information from both sides of the media and political debate.  I’m a conservative, but getting the whole truth requires connecting the bits of truth that exist on both sides of the left/right debate.  There’s quite a bit of information overlap in the various posts because establishing a factual baseline is necessary for countering media spin.  Corrupt elites use media to divide and conquer because they know the pen and keyboard are mightier than the sword.  So the purpose of this website is to connect the dots, arm citizens with accurate information, and create a united citizenry.

Thank you for your interest in the challenges facing our nation.  Albert Einstein said “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them and do nothing”.  Stand up for your rights, i.e., use em or lose em!

Attention Parents and Students: Science Disproves Evolution

Public schools teach the theory of evolution as if it’s settled science.  But by definition, a theory is not settled science, it is an unproven idea.  So under the guise of settled science, evolutionary theory denies the existence of God and assumes that all life is the result of random events and chance.  Many Christian parents are concerned about the corrosive effect of evolutionary theory on the faith of their children.  The truth is, evolutionary theory is a form of religion because it requires faith to believe an unproven theory is true.  Because evolutionary theory is a faith based world view, and it’s promoted by public education, it equates to a State religion that violates the first amendment.  So evolutionary theory should only be taught in public schools within the context of world religions.

Fortunately, scientists like Douglas Ell are using science to disprove the theory of evolution.  Mr. Ell is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  His undergraduate studies were in physics and mathematics, followed by graduate studies in theoretical mathematics.  As a child he believed in God, but as he progressed in his scientific studies, his belief in the Bible as the source of truth ceased.  But at age thirty his first child was born, and at the baptism, he noticed that Christians possessed a quality of life he lacked.

The Christian life sparked his curiosity but he could not believe in God unless his existence could be scientifically proven.  So he embarked on a search for God that included molecular biology.  After reading how proteins combine with amino acids to produce cells, he did a quick calculation to determine the possibility that this could occur by chance.  He discovered that the chance creation of a cell was virtually impossible, and he could no longer doubt the existence of God.  As he continued his studies, he documented many recent scientific advances that demonstrate the existence of God and disprove evolution, i.e., the notion that life and matter have occurred by chance.  Check out this interview with Douglas Ell where he discusses his book “Counting To God”.  MIT invited him to speak about his book, and none of the attending scientists could dispute the science he used to prove that random events could not have produced life as we know it. 

Andrew Wommack runs a large Christian ministry based in Colorado. He did a series on creation vs. evolution which includes interviews with Dr. Carl Baugh and Dr. Grady McMurtry.  Both are former atheists who believed in evolution, but like Douglas Ell, they eventually realized that scientific evidence supports the existence of God and creation.  Dr. Baugh has doctorate degrees in education, theology and biblical archaeology.  Dr. McMurtry has a science degree from UC Berkeley and a doctorate in Divinity.  The following link has the first five shows from Andrew Wommack’s series “Observing All Things”.  The three shows dated July 16-18 have interviews with doctors Baugh and McMurtry, who present compelling scientific evidence supporting creation.  Dr. McMurtry’s website is Creation Worldview and Dr. Baugh’s is Creation Evidence.

Many people believed in God as children, but after entering the university system, belief in God seemed contrary to reason.  For those who demand a logical approach to believing the Bible, Jim Warner’s story is particularly helpful.  Jim graduated from UCLA and became an LA detective specializing in cold case homicides.  As a staunch atheist hostile toward Christianity, he eventually had to admit he’d never taken an honest look at the evidence.  After applying the rules of evidence used to solve homicide cases, he came to believe the Bible was true and accepted Christ as his savior.  Now he pastors a church and gives interviews like this one on the Leon Fontaine Show.  During the show, Jim explains how rules of evidence used to build a legal case, can actually prove that the Bible, and New Testament in particular, are true.

Another good source for believers and skeptics alike is Ravi Zacharias.  In order to “make thinkers believe and believers think”, he combines Christian evangelism with apologetics.  You can find a number of his videos at itbn, Trinity Broadcasting Network’s video on demand website.  As a young evangelist, Mr. Zacharias helped spark a Christian revival in Vietnam.  Many years later, while living in Toronto Canada, he received a call from the Vietnamese interpreter who traveled with him in Vietnam.  They hadn’t spoken to each other in seventeen years and he told Ravi the following story.

After the communist takeover, the interpreter was accused of being a spy and imprisoned.  The only books allowed were Marx and Engels and nothing written in English.  As time passed, he began to lose faith in Christ.  The day after he decided to give up prayer, he was ordered to clean out the latrines.  While removing a bucket of feces and paper, he saw English words on a piece of paper and put it in his pocket.  Back in his cell, he cleaned off the paper and it was a page from the Bible, specifically, chapter eight of the book of Romans.  He began sobbing and thanking God for not letting him go a single day without prayer.  Hungry for more of God’s word, he volunteered to clean the latrines, and each day he found a few Bible pages a guard had used for toilet paper.

Eventually he was released and decided to try escape the oppression in Vietnam.  One day, four communist soldiers confronted him and accused him of planning an escape.  He lied and they left.  Feeling guilty for lying, he prayed a pray he hoped would never be answered.  He said to God, if you want me to tell the truth, send the soldiers back and I will confess.  Well, the soldiers returned, roughed him up, and again accused him of trying to escape from Vietnam.  The interpreter confessed and to his surprise, the soldiers wanted to join him.  During the boat ride to freedom, a great storm arose, and if not for the expert seamanship of the soldiers, they all would have died.  When he called Ravi, he was in California planning to marry a beautiful Vietnamese girl.  God is good, all the time!

In the following verses, Paul says the eternal power of the invisible God has been revealed to all people through the creation made by God.  So those who deny God’s existence are without excuse, and having relied on the wisdom of man, they became as fools.  Romans 1:16-23 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 

20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

PRESIDENT OF CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY SUPPORTS CHINA’S TORTURE OF CHRISTIANS

Nazi war criminals were executed for crimes that are being committed by Chinese officials.  In 2012, a Congressional Commission exposed the Chinese government’s heinous crimes against women and children.  There aren’t enough wives for Chinese men because 100 million girls have been killed by sex selection and forced abortion policies.  Commission Chairman Frank Wolf said China has jailed many Catholic bishops and protestant pastors, and cited Chinese dissident Yu Jie who said “China is a greater threat than the Soviet Union ever was”.  Yu Jie had been tortured and said America needs a strong leader like Ronald Reagan who will stand up to the Communist dictators.  Congressman Smith said Americans need to become much more aware of the “systematic use of torture” in China, which is a “dictatorship” with “no due process of law”. 

Unfortunately, many Christian leaders focus on Muslim persecution of Christians while ignoring communist China’s crimes against Christians.  This seems strange because in the past sixty years, China has imprisoned, tortured and killed more Christians than all Muslim countries combined.  Billy Wilson is the President of Oral Roberts University (ORU) in Oklahoma.  On September 13, 2014, he hosted an ORU video about China and Chinese Christians.  His pro China commentary could have been a propaganda piece put out by China’s communist government.  Mr. Wilson’s politically correct white wash of China’s brutal abortion policies, and torture of Christians, was repulsive.  He characterized the Chinese government’s persecution of Christians as a good thing because it is “purifying” the church.

Throughout the Bible, God used for good what others intended for evil.  When Joseph’s brothers beat him, threw him in a pit, and sold him into slavery, he described their actions as evil even though God used it for good.  Joseph was speaking to his brothers in Genesis 50:20  But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.  Jesus described the persecution of believers as evil, but said God would bless them because they suffered for their faith.  Matthew 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  So God works all things together for good to those who love him, but the Bible also warns against calling evil good.  Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  In President Wilson’s video, he clearly portrays China’s evil communist regime as doing good.

What would President Wilson do if his wife and children were subject to forced abortions, imprisonment, and torture for their faith?  Would he say to them: “Honey, I know you want me to help you, but I won’t because torture is good for the purification of your soul.  I love you and am praying for you.”  This would be a cruel and sadistic response to a loved one in need, and yet, that’s President Wilson’s response to Chinese Christians enduring brutal persecution.  While in prison, the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy about Christians like Billy Wilson who abandon their persecuted brethren.  2 Timothy 4:16  At my first answer (legal defense) no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.

Billy Wilson’s report on China was in stark contrast to a recent interview with Protestant pastor Bob Fu.  Pastor Fu fled persecution in China with his wife and runs China Aid, a foundation in America that helps Chinese dissidents.  On September 18, 2014, he was on the Catholic network EWTN, this was five days after Wilson posted his report on China.  Pastor Fu said the Chinese government crackdown on Christians is the “worst since the cultural revolution” under Chairman Mao.  On July fourth of 2014, a prominent Chinese pastor was sentenced to 15 years in prison for preaching the gospel.  Another Chinese Christian who converted from Islam, was given a 12 year sentence for preaching the gospel. 

In 2012, Pastor Fu testified before the Congressional Commission on human rights abuse in China.  He talked about the torture of Christian lawyer Gao Zhisheng.  Gao’s wife also testified and said Chinese authorities burned his eyes with cigarettes and put toothpicks in his testicles.  During his recent interview on EWTN, pastor Fu said Gao has been tortured so badly “he cannot speak one complete sentence”.  Li Jing also testified before the Congressional Commission.  Her husband is a Christian professor serving a ten year prison sentence for promoting democratic reforms in China.  Representative Chris Smith responded to Li Jing’s testimony saying China is holding “tens of thousands of political and religious prisoners”.  If you listen to Billy Wilson say China’s policies are good because they’re “purifying” the church, and then listen to pastor Fu’s interview on EWTN, you will be shocked.

President Wilson’s video is approximately 28 minutes long.  A little after 11 minutes Mr. Wilson says “capitalism has taken over China”.  This is a blatant lie as the communist government owns a controlling interest in most major industries. The following paragraph is an excerpt from a Financial Times article titled, “Hu rejects calls to reform state’s role”.

China’s President Hu Jintao rejected calls for change to the state’s dominant role in the world’s second-largest economy on Thursday in an address to past and present leaders of the Communist party.  With just one week to go before he steps down as the party’s general secretary, Mr Hu insisted China would “unswervingly” adhere to “the basic economic system in which public ownership is the mainstay and economic entities of diverse ownership develop together”.  In his speech to mark the opening of the Communist party’s 18th National Congress, he also said the party and government “should steadily enhance the vitality of the state-owned sector of the economy and its capacity to leverage and influence the economy”.

And China’s government continues to make large acquisitions of hard assets in the U.S.  At 15:08 into the video, Wilson says “pressure is purifying” the church and he repeats this at 18:57, followed by “many Chinese feel it’s an honor and a privilege to be incarcerated”.  Wilson also says the Chinese church is “purified of a lot of the stuff we find in Christianity in other parts of the world”.  Wilson never mentions torture or forced abortions, let alone opposition to them.  If he believes these things purify the Chinese church, I shudder to think what he would tolerate in America.

Many Chinese Christians are being beaten, imprisoned, tortured and killed for their faith.  When Muslims persecute Christians it’s a cause for war, but when Communist China does it, US leaders reward China with “free” trade deals that funnel Trillions of dollars into the hands of communist dictators.  As a result, large parts of America’s economy are being sold to the godless communist government of China.  If US leaders were selling Trillions of dollars of U.S. assets to the government of Iran, it would be considered treason.  So why isn’t it treason to sell large chunks of America’s economy to a communist regime?  Republicans rightly condemn policies that allow U.S. government ownership of domestic industries, but they fully support foreign government ownership.  Hmmm?  Because of the Supreme Court’s decision regarding campaign finance (Citizens United), Chinese State Owned Enterprises can influence U.S. elections and legislation

Raymond Arroyo is the host of EWTN’s “The World Over”, which featured the interview with pastor Bob Fu.  Raymond began the segment saying we hear a lot about Muslim (ISIS) persecution of Christians, but nothing is said about the “savage” persecution of Christians in China.  This media bias poses a serious threat because in the past 60 years, China’s government has imprisoned, tortured and killed more Christians than all Muslim countries combined.  The 700 Club and Pat Robertson continually report Muslim brutality, meanwhile, they ignore China’s crimes.  But Mr. Robertson doesn’t just ignore China’s crimes against Christians, he, like Billy Wilson, runs stories portraying Communist China in a positive light.  Speaking of light, we should recall the apostle Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Billy Wilson and Pat Robertson are staunch supporters of Israel.  As such, they would denounce anyone saying terrorism directed at Israel is good because it’s purifying the Jews, so why the double standard when it comes to Chinese Christians?  Billy Wilson doesn’t just say persecution of Chinese Christians is good for the church, he implies that nothing should be done to stop the brutality.  The apostle Paul had a similar experience when no one stood with him at his trial. The New Testament apostles said trials and tribulations refine our faith, but Wilson’s cover up the communist regime’s evil deeds demonstrates deceit and tacit support.   Mr. Wilson’s tacit support for China’s brutal policies should concern American Christians because he’s in charge of “educating” young people at ORU.

During his testimony before the Congressional Commission, Pastor Fu demonstrated the proper Christian response to China’s persecution of Christians.  He spent three years traveling the U.S. and Europe seeking support for the release of Gao Zhisheng.  The pastor said 150,000 people of conscience signed a petition for Gao’s release and called for China to abolish torture.  Pastor Fu cited the countless Americans who died to free the slaves and said, “this glorious history reminds us that those who have been freed must not forget the virtue of those who fought for freedom”.  In spite of the increased persecution in China, pastor Fu says the church is growing and he’s hopeful for the future, but “America must support the persecuted, not the persecutors.”  Unfortunately, many Christian leaders are supporting the persecutors.  This support has emboldened the communist dictators who mock Gao’s wife saying, “she can go to the White House everyday, so what, we can make Gao Zhisheng disappear.”

Americans, especially Christians, should ask why Christian media is saturated with stories of Islamic brutality and Communist China’s brutality is covered up.  This cover up by “Christian” media is particularly disturbing given the fact that Iran and North Korea, both state sponsors of terrorism directed at America, are client states of China.  In fact, China is helping arm both these countries with nuclear and chemical weapons.  Evidence of this came out in a Senate confirmation hearing for the US ambassador to China.  You can find links to the Senate hearing in this post: US TRADE SUBSIDIZES CHINA’S FORCED ABORTION AND TORTURE.  I suspect Billy Wilson and Pat Robertson support “free” trade with China in order to protect the economic interests of companies like Apple.  Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, recently admitted he’s gay and said, “I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me”.  In today’s world, free markets and free trade mean a global economy free from God’s law.  The Bible says it best, i.e., the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10).

Christian media rightly criticize Obama for not linking Islam to terrorism.  However, they never mention that Saudi Arabia, a brutal Islamic State, is the primary sponsor of ISIS and al Qaeda.  Oops!  Western governments (and Christian media) traditionally play down the connection between Saudi Arabia, its Wahhabist faith, and jihadism, whether of the variety espoused by Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda or by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s ISIS. There is nothing conspiratorial or secret about these links: 15 of 19 hijackers on 911 were Saudi and all were Wahhabis, as was Bin Laden and most of the donors who funded the operation.  The former head of British intelligence, Richard Dearlove, says Saudi Arabia is the primary source of funding for ISIS and al Qaeda.

Why do Christian leaders cover up Saudi Arabia’s role in sponsoring terrorism?  It’s the same reason they cover up godless communist China’s infiltration of America and persecution of Christians, i.e., some are ignorant and some support the global antichrist agenda known as globalization.  There’s one thing Americans must recognize in order to restore our Republic: The War on Terror is part of the global antichrist agenda, and the War on Terror is a means to an end, i.e., global tyranny.  All around the world, terrorism is used as a pretext to continually erode individual liberties and consolidate power in despotic governments.

America has been fighting Saudi backed Islamic terrorists for more than ten years.  During that time, tens of thousands of Americans have been maimed and killed, and we’ve spent Trillions of dollars only to see Islamic terrorists grow in number and strength.  How is this possible?  The only rational conclusion is that perpetual war is the goal.  Why is perpetual war the objective?  Tyrants need chaos and war in order to convince citizens to give up liberty for security.  This is not just a conspiracy theory.  For example, Saudi Arabia is a US “ally” in the War on Terror, but Saudi Arabia funds ten thousand Islamic schools in Pakistan that produce graduates “perfectly prepared for a career in jihad”.

It’s clear that US and Saudi leaders are playing both sides of the War on Terror, i.e., in dozens of countries including the U.S., Saudi funded schools produce terrorists, then US leaders send troops to fight them.  Their motive is simple, acquire power and wealth to advance globalization.  Much of Iraq’s oil is going to China and CNBC reported that a Trillion dollars of Afghan minerals are being mined by state owned companies from China and India.

The War on Terror is best described by Proverbs 1:10-19 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. 11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: 12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: 13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: 14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: 15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: 16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. 17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. 18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. 19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.  Like legalized abortion, the purpose of the War on Terror is to destroy our nation’s soul, and destroy the souls of those who falsely believe they’re fighting to protect America.

The religious aspect of terrorism will also be used to restrict the preaching and teaching of Christianity.  Bible believing Christians say Christ is the only way to salvation, and this is characterized as intolerant and therefore responsible for fomenting conflict.  So if religion leads to World War III, in the interest of “peace”, Christianity as defined by the Bible will be illegal.  But the greatest threat to America and Christians is not Islamic terrorism or communist China.  An even greater threat is bipartisan leaders who hide their antichrist agenda behind a Christian facade.  And the greatest threat to America is a church that’s deceived, passive and silent while America is destroyed by evil masquerading as national security, free trade, and political correctness.

2 Thessalonians 2:8-14 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Is America Becoming a Police State?

The Posse Comitatus Act is the United States federal law (18 U.S.C. § 1385, original at 20 Stat. 152) that was passed on June 18, 1878, after the end of Reconstruction and was updated in 1981. Its intent (in concert with the Insurrection Act of 1807) was to limit the powers of Federal government in using federal military personnel to enforce the state laws.  In order to circumvent the Posse Comitatus Act, under the guise of improving security, the Federal government has passed legislation giving it ever more control over local and state police.

The vast majority of police officers are honest, hard working individuals who put their life on the line while protecting and serving the people.  However, at the highest levels of Federal, State, and local government, there’s an organized attempt to militarize the police and consolidate power in the hands of a few.  So it’s imperative that citizens support law enforcement officers who are taking a stand for the Constitution.  The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) is an organization that’s informing the public and standing up for our rights.  Please check out CSPOA to inform yourself and support their work.

After the 911 attack, the Patriot Act and Homeland Security gave the Federal government broad powers over State and local police forces.  Ben Franklin said: “People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither, and will lose both.”  If you believe the government narrative justifying the exchange of freedom for security, check out my post on terrorism.  The consolidation of power in the Federal government, especially the executive branch, is a trend that will result in a dictatorial police state.  The leadership of both political parties support the concept of a unitary executive, which is the ideological basis for the trend toward an imperial presidency.  In order to move their dictatorial agenda forward, they must divide the public and promote violence as a pretext to restrict individual liberties.  The New American recently reported that Justice Department grants are linked to a rap video glorifying the murder of police.

Judge Andrew Napolitano had a popular show on Fox News, until he started getting too close to the truth, i.e., both political parties are sabotaging the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.  Judge Napolitano recently appeared on “The World Over”, a television show that airs on the Catholic network EWTN.  During the interview, he talked about his new book titled “Suicide Pact”, which documents the radical expansion of presidential power in America.  The first half of the book covers presidential abuse of power from George Washington to Bill Clinton, and the last half of the book covers the rapid move toward an imperial presidency under George W. Bush and Barak Obama.  Judge Napolitano’s interview is a must see for those concerned about unchecked violations of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  For more info check out the Judge’s website at judgenap.com.

Business Insider reported on a “black site” in Chicago where citizens are detained and treated like terrorists.  The following is an excerpt from the article.  Chicago’s police department is detaining US citizens for days on end in a secret compound where suspects have no contact with the outside world, the Guardian reports today.  Lawyers have compared the off-the-books interrogation warehouse in Chicago’s Homan Square neighborhood to the CIA’s so-called black sites offshore that are used to interrogate terrorists.  Police at the site in Chicago reportedly carry heavy military gear, and huge armored tanks are parked outside.

Check out this article from the ABA Journal, the legal journal of the American Bar Association.  It raises some important points about the militarization of America’s police force.  I don’t agree with everything it says, but citizens have a duty to inform themselves so they can defend their rights with the facts.  The following are the first three paragraphs of the article.

Are cops constitutional?  In a 2001 article for the Seton Hall Constitutional Law Journal, the legal scholar and civil liberties activist Roger Roots posed just that question. Roots, a fairly radical libertarian, believes that the U.S. Constitution doesn’t allow for police as they exist today. At the very least, he argues, police departments, powers and practices today violate the document’s spirit and intent.  [Roots writes], “Under the criminal justice model known to the framers, professional police officers were unknown,”

The founders and their contemporaries would probably have seen even the early-19th-century police forces as a standing army, and a particularly odious one at that. Just before the American Revolution, it wasn’t the stationing of British troops in the colonies that irked patriots in Boston and Virginia; it was England’s decision to use the troops for everyday law enforcement. This wariness of standing armies was born of experience and a study of history—early American statesmen like Madison, Washington and Adams were well-versed in the history of such armies in Europe, especially in ancient Rome.

If even the earliest attempts at centralized police forces would have alarmed the founders, today’s policing would have terrified them. Today in America SWAT teams violently smash into private homes more than 100 times per day. The vast majority of these raids are to enforce laws against consensual crimes. In many cities, police departments have given up the traditional blue uniforms for “battle dress uniforms” modeled after soldier attire.

BIBLE VERSES TO REMEMBER

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Psalm 19:1-11 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. 4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, 5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. 6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

Proverbs 3:5-8  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

Psalms 103:1-5  Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Christian mission is twofold: 1) surrender our life to Christ who lives in us and through us. 2) Share the gospel with others and teach them what it means to make Christ the Lord of our life, i.e., bring our thoughts, words and deeds into obedience to Christ who leads us via the Holy Spirit.  This is only possible if we seek God with all our heart, pray, and study of God’s word.  Then by God’s grace, the Holy Spirit can lead us and empower us to become followers of Christ.

Colossians 1:9-22 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

16 For by him (Jesus Christ) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, to reconcile all things unto himself; whether things in earth or things in heaven. 21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

                    INTRODUCTION TO THE GOSPEL (GOOD NEWS)

God is love, but God also hates sin and there’s a penalty to pay because we all have sinned.  Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.  God cannot look at sin and say it’s okay because that would not be love and mercy.  That would be lawlessness, and as a result, evil would reign supreme in the world.  So love involves justice and God must judge sin.  However, God does not want to judge us, but he must judge sin in order to be just, holy, and loving.  1 John 4:10  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation (payment) for our sins.

So God’s son, Jesus Christ, volunteered to become a man, and in spite of being tempted like us, he kept all God’s laws perfectly.  This qualified Jesus to become a sacrifice for all the world’s sins, and on the cross, he took all our sins on himself.  As a result, all God’s righteous judgement fell on Jesus Christ, and all the demands of the law were fully met, fully paid by Christ on the cross.  Whoever believes Jesus Christ died for their sins, was resurrected from the dead, and submits to Christ as Lord, is in right standing with God.  Romans 10:9 if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

So now we can stand in God’s holy light with an uncondemned conscience and an emancipated heart, knowing we stand righteous before infinite holiness because we are in Christ. Hebrews 4:14-16 14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

During Christ’s ministry, no one worked harder to obey God’s law than the Pharisees, and yet, Jesus said their righteousness was not sufficient to get them into heaven because they rejected him. Romans 10:3-4 For they (Pharisees) being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes [in Christ].  In order to escape God’s judgement, one has to obey the law perfectly like Christ.  But the Pharisees refused to admit their failure to be perfect under the law, as a result, they rejected Christ’s offer to exchange their sin for Christ’s righteousness.

Only God’s grace, and faith in Christ and HIS righteousness, qualifies us for heaven.  2 Corinthians 5:21 For he (God) hath made him (Christ) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him (Christ).  Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.  Applied grace is believing in our heart that we have exchanged our sin for Christ’s righteousness, which frees us from the bondage of fear and condemnation.  Applying grace in our lives enables us to walk into a holy, sanctified life in Christ.  

Regarding law and grace, the apostle Paul warns us about: 1) Falling back into legalism, i.e., believing obedience to the letter of the law is salvation.  Galatians 5:1,4-5 1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you who believe you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 2) Using the liberty of grace to justify the practice of sin. Romans 6:1-2,6 1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [Christ], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Grace is not a license to sin, but living with one foot in the Old Testament covenant of law, keeps us in bondage to condemnation and death.  2 Corinthians 3:6-8,17 6 [God] hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter [of the law] killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 7 If the ministration of death, written and engraved in stones was so glorious, that the children of Israel could not behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away with, 8 Shall not the ministration of the spirit be more glorious? 17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ

Matthew 5:17-20 Jesus said, 17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Is Jesus saying lawbreakers will enter the kingdom of heaven?  All have broken the law, but those who receive the gift of righteousness by faith in Christ, will enter the kingdom of heaven.

John 6:28-29 28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. Acts 13:38-39 38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man (Jesus Christ) is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: 39 And by him, all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

The law is holy and righteous, but it cannot bring salvation because only Christ was able to keep the law perfectly.  In the Old Testament, a system of sacrifice was set up to atone for sin and the sacrifices had to be performed regularly for atonement.  But Jesus Christ offered himself as the perfect sacrifice, which was payment in full for all past, present, and future sins of the world.  So everyone who believes in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior stands righteous before God and inherits the gift of eternal life in heaven.  This is the good news of the gospel.  1 Corinthians 15:56-57 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

There is a difference between going to church on Sundays and having a saving faith in Jesus Christ.  Have you asked Jesus Christ to be your Savior and made him the Lord of your life?  Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  Pastor Charles Stanley does a great job explaining the difference between being a Sunday Christian and having a saving faith in Christ.  Whether you are a believer or not, please watch Pastor Stanley’s message on what it means to have a saving faith.

                              THE GOSPEL, A.K.A. THE GOOD NEWS

In order to share the gospel effectively, we must understand it.  The gospel is summarized in the following paragraphs.  Luke 1:26-35 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 

30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.  Galatians 4:4-5 When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

John 1:19,25,26,29 19 And this is the record of John (the Baptist), when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? 25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? 26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; 29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. Acts 10:43 43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him (Jesus Christ) shall receive remission of sins.

Romans 3:19-28  Now we know that whatsoever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare at this time his (Christ’s) righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. 27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.  Romans 5:1-2  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

Philippians 2:21  I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness comes by the law, then Christ is dead in vain  Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.  Romans 5:8 God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:   Romans 10: 9-13  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Titus 3:5-7  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Ephesians 2:2-7,12-18 In time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

12 …ye [Gentiles] were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both [Jew and Gentile] one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, the law of commandments contained in ordinances; to make in himself of the two, one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Because God is in Christ, and Christ is in us, we are one with God. This is a key aspect of the gospel.  Read John chapter 17, much of the chapter is Jesus praying to the Father that we would be one with him. Colossians 2:9-10,13-14,16-17 9 For in him (Christ) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;  16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  Hebrews 4:14-16 14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

1 John 1:9-10 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 2:1-2  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Ephesians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  1 John 4:16-17  And we have known [Christ] and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he (Christ) is, so are we in this world.

2 Corinthians 5:17-19,21  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them…21 For he hath made him (Christ) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.  1 Peter 2:24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

2 Timothy 1:8-10  Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: (the apostle Paul was in prison) but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; 9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

John 1:1-4,9,14,17-18 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

Colossians 1:12-22 12 Give thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20 And having made peace through the blood of his cross, [Christ] reconciled all things unto himself; whether things in earth or things in heaven. 21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

John 6:35,38,40 35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.  John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

John14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  John 8:32,36 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.  Luke 4:18 [Jesus said] The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, Matthew 11:28-30 28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

John 14:16-17,26-27 16 And [Jesus said], I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Acts 1:8-11 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me (Jesus) both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the [second] coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Revelation 19:6-9 6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. 7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb (Christ) is come, and his wife (the church) hath made herself ready. 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. 9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, these are the true sayings of God.  Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

Matthew 28:18-20 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

                                 A CHRISTIAN MISSION STATEMENT

Galatians 4:3-6  When we were children, we were in bondage under the elements of the world:  4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,  5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6 Because ye are sons [and daughters], God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

Galatians 5:22-25 …the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

1 Corinthians 6:18-20 18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Romans 6:12-14  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Phillipians 3:13-14  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended [perfection]: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 4:29-32 29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Ephesians 5:1-4, 15-20 1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us as an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour. 3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Romans 12: 14-21 14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Philippians 4:6-9,11-13  Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

 9 Do those things which ye have learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me (Paul): and the God of peace shall be with you. 11for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.  12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Romans 8:35,37 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 1 John 4:4  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he (Christ) that is in you, than he that is in the world.  2 Timothy 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

1 Thessalonians 5:14-24  Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.  15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.  16 Rejoice evermore.  17 Pray without ceasing.  18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  19 Quench not the Spirit.  20 Despise not prophesyings.  21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.  23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.  Philippians 1:6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Titus 2: 11-15 11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

1 Timothy 6:12,17-19 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

1 Timothy 2:1-6  I exhort therefore that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Colossians 3:1-4,9-10,14-16  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Ephesians 6:10-17 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Jesus taught us to follow his example as a humble servant.  John 13:3-5, 12-15 3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; 4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. 5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? 13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.  John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

1 John 5:2-5,13-15,20 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, our faith. 5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. 20 And we KNOW that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.  Matthew 10:7-8 7 And as ye go, preach, saying, the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

                                             WALKING IN THE SPIRIT

Without the Holy Spirit living in us and leading us, accomplishing the mission set before us as Christians would be impossible.  Before Adam sinned, the Holy Spirit led him by spiritual revelation.  After sinning, Adam was separated from the Holy Spirit, so he was led by information that came to him through his five senses.  Jesus Christ came to redeem us and reclaim our bodies as temples for the Holy Spirit.  After the fall of Adam, Jesus was the first born man who was also the temple of God.  This was foreshadowed by Zechariah when he wrote about Zerubbabel rebuilding the temple, which represents the future Body of Christ, a.k.a. the church.

Zerubbabel faced great opposition, but an angel said he would overcome by the the spirit of the Lord.  Zechariah 4:6-10 6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. 7 Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. 8 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 9 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. 10 For who hath despised the day of small things?

The “day of small things” is a reference to the kingdom of God as preached by Jesus Christ.  Matthew 13:31-32 31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: 32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.  Jesus was that mustard seed, i.e., the first born of God’s kingdom and human temple for the Holy Spirit.  John 2:19-22 19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? 21 But he spake of the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.

Paul and others laid and built the foundation of the church upon Christ, the headstone, and first born seed of God’s kingdom.  1 Corinthians 3:6-17 6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that plants any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that gives the increase. 8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building 10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds thereon. But let every man take heed how he builds thereupon 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

12 Now if any man build upon this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay or stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.  1 Corinthians 6:19-20  19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Because we are temples of God’s Holy Spirit, Paul tells us to be careful about our associations.  2 Corinthians 6:14, 16-18 14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.  Ephesians 2:19-22 19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

After Adam sinned, blood sacrifices were the only way to restore fellowship with God.  And God’s spirit did not dwell in man, he dwelt in the ark of the covenant behind the veil in the holy of holies, which was in the wilderness tabernacle and later in the temple.  But after the perfect blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ, our bodies have become the temple of God and we have free access to the holy of holies. Hebrews 10:12-23 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified 15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for he had said before [in Jeremiah 31]16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. 19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 And having an high priest over the house of God; 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)  2 Corinthians 3:18 …beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, we are changed into the same image from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord.

The intimacy we can experience with our heavenly Father, can only be fully realized when we understand what it means to have our conscience sprinkled with the blood of Christ.  Even though we still sin as Christians, we can stand boldly in the Father’s presence with a clean conscience.  This grace wherein we stand, also transforms our bodies into vessels of honor fit for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus emphasized the importance of receiving the Holy Spirit, which empowers us to be witnesses for Christ.  The disciples had walked with Jesus, been taught by him, had seen him perform miracles, and had spent time with him after his resurrection.  But in order to be effective witnesses, Jesus said they must receive the Holy Spirit because, (John 14:20) At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

Before ascending into heaven, Jesus told his disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit to come upon them.  Luke 24:44-49 44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. 45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, 46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And ye are witnesses of these things. 49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.  Acts 1:8  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Before his death, Jesus explained the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.  John 14:11-20, 25-27 11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. 15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  John 15:26-27 26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: 27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

John 16:7-15 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. 12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

Paul explains the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  Romans 8:1-2,4,10-11,14-17,28-32 1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Paul said God, who sent his only Son to die for our sins, will freely give us all things.  Jesus made this same point in a parable about parents and their children.  Luke 11:10-13 10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

Without the Holy Spirit, we are just going through the motions of being a Christian.  With the Holy Spirit, we are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us.  After Jewish leaders commanded the apostles to stop preaching in Christ’s name, they prayed for boldness.  Acts 4:29-31, 33 29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. 31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. 33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

God sent the Holy Spirit to live in us, through us, and do for us what we cannot do for ourselves, i.e., be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ.  Romans 8:29  For whom he (God) did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Walking in the Spirit means living moment to moment in submission to our Lord Jesus Christ.  This requires a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit which enables us to be obedient to his initial promptings.  For example, when we’re tempted, the Holy Spirit will guide us into obedience.  All relationships require time and commitment to develop, so be patient and faithful while getting to know the Christ within you.   We wake up everyday with three enemies: 1) the antichrist world system  2) our carnal mind which is inclined to fulfill the desires of our flesh  3) Satan.  But with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us, we can live each day in victory.  1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

                              KNOW YOUR IDENTITY IN CHRIST

The apostle Paul puts great emphasis on teaching believers what it means to be “in Christ” because it is the key to living in victory.  We will live a defeated life if we think our works can make us righteous before God.  Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.  It’s important to note that Isaiah says our righteousness is as filthy rags, not our sins. So believe with all your heart, the Holy Spirit’s words spoken through the apostle Paul, and the knowledge of Christ living in you will produce a holy, sanctified life.

2 Corinthians 5:17, 21 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  21 For he (God) hath made him (Christ) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.  Isaiah 61:3 …to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.  Psalms 112:6-8 6 Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. 7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. 8 His heart is established, he shall not be afraid…

Paul emphasized knowing our identity in Christ because it’s the key to becoming a mature Christian, a vessel of honor fit for goods works in the kingdom of God.  Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  The first thing we must grasp is our standing before God, i.e., Christ’s death, resurrection, and indwelling Spirit, makes us righteous in God’s eyes, not our obedience.  Believing this gives us a clean conscience, without which, we live in a constant state of spiritual poverty.  This mindset makes us feel unworthy and greatly limits our ability to receive what God wants to freely give us.  1 Corinthians 2:12  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  Romans 3:24  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:  Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 

In Ephesians, Paul reveals the mystery of the church and Christ becoming one flesh, like a man and his wife.  Ephesians 5:22-32  Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.  28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Ephesians 4:4-6, 14-16, 23-24 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, Christ 16 From whom the whole body fits together by that which every joint supplieth, and according to the effectual working of every part, increases the body by the edifying of itself in love. 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Ephesians 1: 17-23 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:  18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,  19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,  20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,  21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:  22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,  23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Ephesians 2:5-10 5 Even when we were dead in sins, God hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.  10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  Philemon 1:6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 3:14-21  For this cause I (Paul) bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,  15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,  16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;  17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,  18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;  19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.  20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,  21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

The apostle Peter exhorts (encourages) us to realize our full potential in Christ by seeking knowledge of Christ.  We gain knowledge of Christ by committing to daily study and meditation on God’s Word, prayer, and quiet time listening to the Holy Spirit.  2 Peter 1:2-8  2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  We are partakers of God’s divine nature because Christ lives in us.  It is a gift from God received by faith.

                            PUT GOD’S WORD INTO PRACTICE

Taking time everyday to seek God seems impossible while trying to raise families and pursue careers.  But we should consider daily time spent with God as a tithe, for our lives have been purchased with the blood of Jesus Christ and we have no life outside of Christ.  If we acknowledge that we owe God some time each day, and take a leap of faith, the time we yield to God will bring more blessings than the perceived loss of time.  John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

God reminds the children of Israel, and us, that our lives are totally dependent on his Word.  Deuteronomy 8:2-3 2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.  3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

If the Israelites had trusted God, they would not have wandered forty years in the wilderness.  Likewise, if we commit time each day to seek God, and trust him to provide for us, we will avoid wilderness experiences.  Isaiah 55:6-13 6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

10 For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. 12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

                                        LESSONS TO LIVE BY

Matthew 6:24-33 24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought saying, what shall we eat, or what shall we drink? Or, with what shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Seek first the Savior, then comes salvation, seek first the Healer, then comes healing, seek first the One who can bless, then comes blessings, seek first the One who can make you prosper, then comes prosperity.  Genesis 15:1  After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

The apostle Paul warns us about the love of money.  1 Timothy 6:5-12, 17-19 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate 19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

Proverbs 3:5-14 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. 9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: 10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. 11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: 12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. 13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding 14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

Jesus warned the church in Laodicea to repent because they put their trust in worldly riches.  Revelation 3:17-22 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Isaiah 40:28-31 28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.  Isaiah 64:4  For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

Joshua 1:9  Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.  Romans 5:1-5 1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.  James 1:2-3 2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into temptations3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

              TRUST IN GOD OUR FATHER DURING TIMES OF TROUBLE

From the time Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, there has been trouble and suffering in the world.  Isaiah 59:1-2 1 Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God… God’s plan for us was to live a glorified sinless life without suffering or death, so after sin entered the world, God put a plan in motion to redeem the world.  God chose to make a covenant with Abraham, which promised that his descendants would eventually produce the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

After Christ ascended into heaven, Peter explained to unbelieving Jews that Jesus fulfilled God’s promise to Abraham.  Acts 3:25-26 25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. 26 Unto you first, God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.   Acts 3:19-21 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord 20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.  The “times of restitution” refers to the second coming of Christ when there will be a new heaven and new earth.

Followers of Christ have been forgiven of all their sins, past, present, and future.  And God has promised us an eternal life free from all pain and suffering, so be patient and trust God because all the troubles of this present world are temporary.  When Jesus comes again, the struggle between good and evil will be ended, and all the struggles of the past will be forgotten.  Revelation 21:4-5 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

The following verses are a conversation between the pagan king Balak and Balaam the sorcerer.  They demonstrate the trustworthiness of God’s promises. Balak wanted Balaam to put a curse on the Israelites, but God put a blessing in Balaam’s mouth instead. Numbers 23:18-21 And he took up his parable, and said, Rise up, Balak, and hear; hearken unto me, thou son of Zippor 19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? 20 Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it. 21 He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them.

God did not see iniquity in the nation of Israel, which was not without sin, but because of his promise to Abraham, God counted their faithfulness as righteousness.  Likewise, Christians are righteous in God’s sight because Jesus fulfilled the promise God made to Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.  The fulfillment of Abraham’s blessing was also foreshadowed in Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.  Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; 2 Corinthians 1:20  For all the promises of God in him (Christ) are yes, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

Abraham waited twenty four years, and was nearly one hundred years old when God blessed him with a son whose descendants produced the Messiah, Jesus Christ.  Regarding promises, God is never early or late, he’s always right on time.  It’s up to us to have faith and patiently wait on God.  In Romans, the apostle Paul explains that Abraham received God’s promise based on faith, not because he kept the law.  Abraham lived before God gave Moses and Israel the law, so for all nations to be blessed through God’s promise to Abraham, we too receive redemption through Christ Jesus by faith alone.  Acts 13:39  And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

Romans 4:13-25 13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: 15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. 16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, 17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,)…Abraham believed God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. 18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness 23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; 24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; 25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

1 Peter 1:3-7 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

In the following verses, Paul is writing to the congregation in Corinth about Christian persecution, which is a “light affliction” compared to our eternal rewards.  2 Corinthians 4:8-10, 16-18 8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.  Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Hebrews 11:1-3, 24-27 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. 24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ as greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. 27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him (God) who is invisible.

Romans 8:22-25 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. 24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Philippians 2:5-9 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being fashioned as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  Jesus said this to his disciples shortly before he was crucified: John 16:32-33 32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Revelation 21:1-4 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Is America’s decline the result of globalization?

The term globalization was popularized during the late 90’s in conjunction with the implementation of “free” trade policies.  Free trade is based on the notion there’s nothing exceptional about America, it’s just one nation among many, so we shouldn’t use trade policy to protect our economy and Constitutional liberties.  The architects of free trade want policies that are free from legal and moral Constitutional constraints.  This is a fundamental shift in U.S. trade policy.  In 1789, our founders placed tariffs on textile imports to protect the domestic textile industry from King George III, his private sector cronies, and their predatory monarchist ideology.  From then until the Clinton/Bush free trade policies, protectionist trade policies were instrumental in protecting Constitutional liberties and building the world’s most prosperous manufacturing economy.

John D. Rockefeller said “competition is a sin”.  You can’t have a capitalist market economy without competition, so Rockefeller was advocating for an economy dominated by price fixing cartels, not unlike Communist China.  This Wall Street Journal article titled “China’s Superior Economic Model”, is based on comments by Intel CEO Andy Grove.  Grove said China has “demonstrated that a plan for job creation must be the number one objective of state economic policy.”  This is the socialist rhetoric Republicans claim to oppose while defending trade policies that subsidize Chinese communism.  Oops!

Republicans say they support free markets.  But based on the “free” market, Aramco, a Saudi State owned company owns half of America’s largest refinery, and the governments of China and Qatar are acquiring U.S. based Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) export facilities. Apparently, foreign government ownership of US industry is their definition of a free market.  The Saudis use their stake in Motiva as a market for their crude.  Is it more efficient to ship crude oil from Saudi Arabia to the U.S. instead of using the glut of North American oil?

The point is, free markets have nothing to do with market efficiency or freedom from government intervention.  The term “free market” is a euphemism for managed global markets that serve the strategic interests of monopolistic multinationals their political cronies who reject the notion of sovereign representative governments and unalienable rights.  That ‘s why State owned companies, which are fronts for totalitarian regimes, are given free reign in the imaginary free market.  The Rockefellers of the world prefer China’s command and control economic model, so they implemented free trade policies that have transferred Trillions in investment capital, technology and assets to Communist China.  I consider this treason.

We live in a hostile world governed by the use of force, including the use of economic force.  So the primary purpose of trade protection is not to shield U.S. industry from competition, but to protect our Constitutional freedoms by protecting our economy.  The framers of the Constitution wanted a market economy, not a free market, i.e., a market free from legal and moral Constitutional constraints.  By inserting the Commerce Clause into the Constitution, they made market principles subordinate to the principles of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  But the Commerce Clause is limited.  In his ruling on Obamacare, Chief Justice Roberts said the “individual mandate is not a valid exercise of Congress’s power under the Commerce Clause,” but he betrayed the intent of the framers and ruled it a Constitutional tax.

Ronald Reagan did not betray the intent of the founders.  He protected U.S. markets from communist policies, i.e., he did not allow US multinationals to transfer Trillions in investment capital and technology to the Soviet Union because they had cheap labor.  Why not?  Because it would’ve subsidized a communist ideology that threatens our liberties in a democratic, Constitutional Republic.  Did the U.S. economy suffer because Reagan rejected free trade with the Soviet Union.  Of course not.  His philosophy was peace through strength, which meant a strong economy that enabled us to destroy the Soviet Union’s communist ideology.  Likewise, we could destroy China’s communist regime by placing tariffs on Chinese imports.  Anyone who thinks China is not a threat equal to Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union, should check out this hearing on human rights abuse in China.

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, industrial nations have dominated the global economy.  Why?  Because manufacturing generates enormous wealth via capital investment, technology and jobs.  When free trade was being debated in the late 90’s, bipartisan leaders said it would transition America to a “low wage service economy”.  But they didn’t say that transitioning from the world’s largest manufacturing economy, to a low wage service economy, is by definition a radical economic decline.  As indicated in the previous link, countries that manufacture and export more than they import, experience higher growth rates and a higher standard of living.  The same principle applies to business, i.e., businesses that sell (export) more products than they buy (import), are more profitable.

During the 80’s there was concern about America’s ability to compete globally.  Japan was on the rise but we went through corporate downsizing and welfare reforms, and by the mid 90’s, America again dominated the global economy and had balanced the Federal budget.  What “happened”?  Free trade happened.  There’s a direct correlation between free trade, the decline of America, and the rise of Communist China’s command and control economy.  In my opinion, free trade is designed to sell America off to foreign governments run by totalitarian regimes.

Communism, fascism and monarchies are all examples of totalitarian regimes.  The American Revolution was fought to free America from the chains of the British monarchy.  But the domestic fight against totalitarian ideologies didn’t end with the Revolution.  America’s first Treasury Secretary, Alexander Hamilton, was a leader of the Federalist Party, which wanted a strong central gov’t similar to a monarchy.  Thomas Jefferson, a Republican, adamantly opposed the Federalist agenda, i.e., a strong central government and central bank (like the Fed) which would infringe on the rights of States and individuals.  Unfortunately, the Federalist vision for America, which includes free trade, is dominating American politics.  Check out the section on “Monetary Policy” in the PDF Knowledge is Power.

The U.S. military has also been globalized, i.e., it no longer protects the interests of the U.S. domestic economy or Constitutional principles, it protects the interests of global corporations and politicians that prefer China’s totalitarian economic model.  Many people believe the Iraq war was about oil, and for the most part it was.  But much of Iraq’s oil is going to China.  So the U.S. military was used to subsidize Chinese communism by securing Iraqi oil.  Meanwhile, Wall Street lobbies for Cap and Trade which limits America’s ability to use it’s lowest cost and most abundant energy resources.  The resulting higher energy costs will harm America’s ability to compete globally and creates incentives to export U.S. fossil fuels.

CNBC reported that Afghanistan is the “Saudi Arabia of lithium”, and Chinese State Owned Entities (SOE’s) have started mining in Afghanistan.  Coincidentally, China is one of the largest manufacturers of lithium batteries for electric cars.  And the plan is to build large banks of lithium batteries to store the intermittent energy produced by wind and solar farms.  So Afghanistan is our first war for “clean” energy and American blood and treasure are subsidizing China’s booming manufacturing economy.  US political and business leaders should be prosecuted for aiding the enemy.

The subprime bubble masked the catastrophic economic effects of free trade, but now we’re seeing the harsh reality of a low wage service economy come into focus.  Municipalities, States and the Federal government have made promises based on revenues from an industrial economy, and they will not be able to keep those promises.  Bankrupting the world’s most powerful democratic republic is what the architects of free trade intended.  They’re ideologically opposed to market economies and representative government. Free trade, a.k.a. globalization, was an opportunity to achieve a bloodless coup d’etat and create a global command and control economy.

Patriotic Americans should oppose free trade policies that are transitioning America from the world’s most prosperous manufacturing economy, to a low wage service economy.  Conservatives recognize Obamacare as a fundamental transformation of America, which it is.  But America’s transformation is a bipartisan agenda beginning with the Clinton/Bush free trade agreements.  Followed by the Patriot Act, Homeland Security, NSA wiretapping, mandates for clean energy, amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, and gun control, which are all part of America’s incremental transformation to a totalitarian system.

These policies are part of a forced transition from a democratic market economy, to a tyrannical command and control economy.  The fraudulent left vs. right narrative is part of a divide and conquer strategy, and is a key part of the tyrannical agenda.  Homeland Security and the Patriot Act will be used to control citizens opposed to the economic decline caused by Clinton/Bush free trade policies, Obama’s policies, and financial sector tyranny.

If citizens want to know where the tyrants have buried the bodies, i.e., the corpse of  America’s prosperous democratic republic, look behind issues the fraudulent left/right media agree on.  A prime example is globalization and free trade.  Fareed Zakaria has a Sunday show on CNN, which most people consider leftist.  Fareed does a segment each week called “What in the World?“, which recently covered the topic of globalization.  Like right wing media, Fareed extolled the virtues of free trade and globalization, and said the Great Depression was exacerbated by the implementation of protectionist trade polices (tariffs).  But as usual, the facts don’t fit the media’a fraudulent narrative.

Some say the electronic trinkets produced in China would be too expensive if manufactured in America.  But virtual slave labor has always existed in foreign countries, and before free trade, America’s economy thrived without exploiting cheap labor abroad.  Many leaders say government should be run more like a business.  Well, multinational corporations spend billions implementing policies that PROTECT their market share and global competitiveness.  They even engage in corporate espionage to gain competitive advantages that US leaders give away via free trade.

Businesses don’t engage in anything remotely resembling free trade.  Why?   Because providing the competition with capital and technology guarantees failure.   Doing so would cause shareholders to demand criminal prosecution of the Board of Directors and top officers, which is what should be done to politicians who have intentionally traded away America’s economic future.   Manufacturing is the engine of economic growth, so outsourcing manufacturing in exchange for cheap trinkets is like the Native Americans selling their sovereignty for beads and blankets.

American history teaches the concept of manifest destiny.  But how many fur traders, homesteaders and gold miners were thinking about manifest destiny when they moved West?   Few if any, they didn’t even know what the phrase meant.  Manifest destiny is the language of ruling class elites, i.e. merchant bankers and industrialists.  They moved common folk across the American West like pawns on a chess board.  Ruling class elites wanted conflict with the Indians so they could call in the cavalry and manifest their destiny.

The new frontiers for today’s ruling class are Communist China and emerging markets.  Free trade is preparing the way for the global cavalry and final phase of manifest destiny.  For all intents and purposes, US financial elites and industrialists have seceded from the Union.  They’ve allied themselves with China’s totalitarian regime and are engaged in economic terrorism against the United States.  Media and politicians support this treasonous alliance and they exploit class and race divisions as part of a divide and conquer agenda.  They want divided Americans to blame each other and fight over the economic crumbs left behind by free trade and the financial crisis.  We’re all Indians now.

Now Obama is calling for fast track trade authority to implement a new “free” trade agreement, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).  The following text and next two paragraphs are excerpts from the previous link.  What’s wrong with fast track?  For most of the past 200 years, Congress negotiated trade policy and wrote the laws to oversee trade, as required in the Constitution’s Commerce Clause.  This power was first transferred to the Executive Office when Nixon was granted Fast Track in 1974 as part of his consolidation of presidential power.  Fast Track expired in 2007.

As far as President Obama is concerned, the TPP is entering the home stretch.  All he needs now is for Congress to vote to grant him Fast Track, also known as Trade Promotion Authority, and it’s a done deal.  Fast Track would allow the President to sign the TPP before it goes to Congress.  Members of Congress would then have a short time period to hold an up or down vote and would be prohibited from making amendments.  Without Fast Track, which was used to pass NAFTA and the World Trade Organization (WTO), it is unlikely that the TPP could be signed into law

The Obama administration has been negotiating the TPP in secret for more than three years.  Unlike past trade agreements, the text of the TPP is classified and members of Congress have restricted access to it.  If they do read the text, they are not allowed to copy it or discuss any specifics of it.  However, more than 600 corporate advisers have direct access to the text on their computers.  Sachie Mizohata writes in Asia Times, “The TPP is a Trojan horse, branded as a free trade agreement, but having nothing to do with fair and equitable treatment.  In reality, it is precisely a wish list of the 1% – a worldwide corporate power.”

Global elites creating a New World Order sounds like a nutty conspiracy theory.  But President Obama, George Soros, Henry Kissinger, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, George H.W. Bush, and other world leaders have publicly stated that their objective is a “new world order”.  What does that mean?  Given the decline of America in conjunction with globalization, world leaders talking of a new world order warrants serious consideration.

The link below has a clip of Charlie Rose interviewing Henry Kissinger about globalization.  They specifically talked about the “new world order” as a shift of power and economic growth from the West to the East, i.e., China.  There’s also video of George H.W. Bush saying, on six different occasions, his objective is a “new world order.”   And there’s a clip of UK Primer Minister Gordon Brown declaring a “new world order”.  The video also explains the Federal Reserve’s use of debt to enslave citizens and ends with Biblical predictions of a nuclear holocaust.  Much of the video is subjective, but the fact remains that many world leaders acknowledge their objective is a New World Order (NWO).

The first three minutes of Fall of the Republic illustrates President Obama’s role in creating a new world order.  This link is a Charlie Rose interview with Jim O’Neill, chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management.  Mr. O’Neill takes credit for coining the term BRIC, which refers to the emerging markets Brazil, Russia, India and China.  The emerging markets represent a NWO led by China’s totalitarian regime.  George Soros says China must be brought into the “new world order” and its currency will replace the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency.

In the NWO video, Henry Kissinger used the word globalization to describe the mechanism by which the world is being reordered.  And he emphasized the fact that new global rules are designed to pick winners and losers.  The West, and the U.S. in particular, have been picked to lose. Jim O’Neill also makes this clear in his interview with Charlie Rose.  The winners are totalitarian regimes like Communist China.

After World War II Germany was a pile of rubble, literally.   Sixty years later they’re the strongest economy in the West.  They pay high wages, have a high standard of living, have a low debt to GDP ratio, and are able to compete with communist china.  This is because they protect their economy and manufacturing base.  Don’t buy the lie that America cannot do the same.

The founders ended the Declaration of Independence with these words: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor”.  Our founding fathers and mothers understood the price of freedom, and if we are going to preserve the representative government they fought and died for, we must be willing to commit time and resources to reverse the policies of globalization.  Another interesting source is the book Godonomics, which illustrates the Biblical principles behind private property rights and market economies based on moral principles.

FRAMING THE FINANCIAL CRISIS

During the 1980’s and 90’s, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund made loans contingent upon a nation’s ability to uphold the rule of law.  These financial institutions defined lawless nations as those where financial elites had achieved exemption from the rule of law and created a culture of corruption.  This post contains evidence that US financial elites and their bipartisan cronies have achieved exemption the rule of law.  The resulting culture of corruption is evident to all who’ve been paying attention.  For those who think this post is a leftist attack on Wall Street bankers, you should know that the CEO’s of JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs are registered Democrats.  And based on the following information, they are hardcore socialists.

The Congressional Budget Office says it will cost taxpayers 8.6 Trillion to prop up banks after the 2008 financial crisis.  Some politicians say the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) caused the crisis because it forced banks to make home loans to poor people.  But most of the subprime loans were originated by lenders exempt from the CRA.  Simon Johnson is a former chief economist for the International Monetary Fund and a current member of the CBO council of advisers.  He wrote a book titled “13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown”.  He was on CSPAN’s Book TV giving a presentation and said the six largest banks have “captured the State” and have power to “extort” money from government.

President of the Kansas City Federal Reserve, Thomas Hoenig, gave a speech on Obama’s finance reform (Dodd-Frank).  He and said it didn’t eliminate the threat of future Wall Street bailouts, and Too Big To Fail banks are “inconsistent with the concept of capitalism.”  Mr. Hoenig is calling for the reinstatement of Glass Steagall as a means to break up big banks and reduce the threat of future bailouts.  Glass Steagall was enacted in 1934 in order to curb bank speculation that caused the 1929 market crash and Great Depression.  However, President Clinton repealed Glass Steagall in 1999.  It only took nine years to repeat the crash of 1929 and Great Recession.  During a Congressional hearing,  Rep. Brad Sherman said Dodd-Frank’s Resolution Authority gives the Executive Branch (Obama) authority to spend Trillions on future Wall Street bailouts, without a Congressional vote.  This eliminates one of our core Constitutional rights, i.e., no taxation without representation.  Contact your Senators and Representatives and demand the reinstatement of Glass Steagall.

Presidents Bush and Obama said the 2008 financial crisis was unforseen and could not have been prevented.  They lied.  Phil Angelides was Chairman of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, which concluded the crisis was preventable.  Listen to 7 minutes of Chairman Angelides speech starting at 7min/55sec.  Then watch the PBS documentary The Warning for more back story.  The Warning  demonstrates that the policies of Bill Clinton and Alan Greenspan laid the foundation for the financial crisis.  And President Bush went along with Greenspan’s deregulation of underwriting standards that created Trillions of dollars of home mortgages, without proof of income, job, or assets.  Oops!  Greenspan admitted his flawed ideology contributed to the crisis, but now the Fed is praised for it’s QE to infinity, which is an ongoing Wall Street bailout.

After watching The Warning, watch CNBC’s House of Cards.  It’s important to remember that many Wall Street banks were buying  subprime mortgages on the secondary market, not lending to homeowners who couldn’t repay their loans.  No government agency forced Wall Street banks to buy worthless loans, securitize them, leverage them 50 to 1, and sell them around the world with fraudulent Triple A ratings.  CNBC’s House of Cards demonstrates that ratings agencies used fraudulent computer models to rate junk securities as Triple A.  The models were inherently fraudulent because they were based on the notion that house prices would increase 6% per year, forever.  Oops!

President Obama said Wall Street’s actions leading up to the financial crisis were “legal”.  He lied.  William Black was Deputy Director of the Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation during the 1980’s financial crisis.  He helped obtain a 1000 criminal convictions of “elite” bankers.  Mr. Black says public losses from the 2008 financial crisis are “70 times greater” than the Savings and Loan meltdown, but despite compelling evidence demonstrating Wall Street fraud, there have been few criminal prosecutions.

During this radio interview he makes a compelling  case for criminal prosecution of Wall Street bankers.  Black said in 2004, the FBI testified before Congress about an epidemic of mortgage fraud and predicted it would cause a financial crisis.  In 2006, all major lenders were warned that “liars loans” had a 90% incidence of fraud.  But the mortgage industry increased subprime lending to the point that 1 in 3 loans were liars loans when the bubble burst in 2008.  Mr. Black said this constitutes one million cases of fraud per year by the industry. The statute of limitations has not expired, so email his interview to your personal attorney, local prosecutor, Sheriff, State Attorney General, and U.S. Attorney.

The interview with Mr. Black includes securities law expert Lynn Stout, who disagreed with Black’s position on the prosecution of bankers.  She wrote an article explaining the role of derivatives in the financial crisis.  It’s fairly short, requires little knowledge of financial markets, and provides important information regarding the prevention of another derivatives related meltdown.  If you watch The Warning, listen to the interview with William Black, read Ms. Stout’s article, and watch this short clip on naked credit default swaps, you’ll have a solid understanding of the financial crisis.  The clip is Michael Greenberger, former director of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).   Greenberger and Stout explain how a 200 year old British common law regulating derivatives can help prevent another crisis.

Neil Barofsky was Special Inspector General for TARP, the 700 billion dollar bailout program.  Regarding the nine largest banks, he said “it didn’t matter if they were cooking the books on their balance sheets, Treasury was giving them money anyway, in fact, if they had even larger holes on their balance sheets due to FRAUD, that would’ve been only more reason for Treasury to give them money.”  Mr. Barofsky had spent the prior eight years prosecuting bank fraud, and when he made the statement about Wall Street fraud, he did not qualify it by saying alleged fraud.  And yet, Obama’s Justice Department has not prosecuted a single executive of the nine largest banks.  During debate over TARP, Rep. Marcy Kaptur said “high financial crimes have been committed…these criminals have so much political power, they can shut down the normal legislative process of the highest law making body of this land.”

Rep. Brad Sherman led a bipartisan revolt against the TARP bailout bill because much of the money was going to foreign banks.  During an interview on CNBC, he said “the bank of Shanghai can transfer all of its toxic assets to the Bank of Shanghai in Los Angeles, its subsidiary, which can sell them the next day to the Treasury”.  He continued saying “foreign markets are being told they are getting the money….assets now held in China and London can be sold to U.S. entities on Monday and sold to the Treasury on Tuesday”.  During debate in the House, Sherman said some members were told the U.S. would be placed under martial law if TARP was not passed.  Sounds like extortion to me.

The banks Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were allowed to fail.  They were holding 6.3 TRILLION of toxic assets and liabilities when they collapsed and were dumped on taxpayers in 2008.  The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) investigated the collapse of Fannie and Freddie.  Commissioner Byron Georgiou said both institutions were “cooking the books”, and lobbyists on both sides of the isle protected the banks while they engaged in illegal activities.  The FCIC concluded: 1) the financial crisis was preventable.  2) Regulators looked the other way rather than take action to prevent the crisis.  3) Big banks took irresponsible risks and taxpayers are stuck with bill.

In order to cover up the cost of toxic assets dumped on taxpayers and Trillions still held by banks, Congress pressured the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to relax mark to market rules.  These rules were put in place after Enron’s collapse and require large companies to mark balance sheet assets to current market value.  But now, the relaxed rules allow gov’t and banks to falsify the value of toxic assets on their balance sheet.  Small business owners would be charged with fraud for engaging in similar accounting practices.

Desmond Lachman is a former Deputy Director of the International Monetary Fund.  He said, ”if the Federal Reserve balance sheet is marked to market, the Fed would have an enormous negative position”.  Systemic fraud is the new accounting standard for government and Wall Street.  Political leaders say cutting spending is a priority for restoring fiscal soundness.  But if my accountant is cooking the books and embezzling from my business, I can cut  spending to zero and still go bankrupt.  So the first priority is holding Wall Street and bipartisan criminals accountable, then cut spending. 

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) did a partial audit of the Federal Reserve’s response to the financial crisis.  It revealed that 16 TRILLION has been lent at near 0% interest, much of it to foreign banks, meanwhile, the U.S. economy is starved of capital and investment.  The link will get you to Table 8 on page 131 of the GAO report.  The Federal Reserve has a dual mandate: 1) Price stability  2) Full employment.  These mandates apply specifically to the domestic U.S. economy, not the global economy.  But as noted in the following paragraph, the Bank of International Settlements says US banks are one of the largest providers of credit to foreign markets like China.

Investors Business Daily ran an article saying “…despite the commitment of nearly 20 TRILLION in taxpayer funds to prevent another crisis, lending has stalled or shrunk”.  But that’s only half the story.  The other half is, while bailed out banks are starving the U.S. economy of capital, they’re lending to emerging markets.  George Soros was on CNBC and cited data from the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), he said US and EU banks are the largest supplier of credit to emerging markets like China.  So bailed out banks are financing Communist China’s 8% GDP growth while U.S. growth is near zero and the real unemployment rate is 15.1%.  

President Obama never mentions the 8.6 Trillion needed to prop up failing banks.  Why?  According to Open Secrets, Wall Street is one of his biggest campaign contributors.  And in return, Wall Street has never had it better, the stock market has nearly tripled in value while economic growth is stagnant.  The Fed’s money printing (QE) policies are driving up the stock market, but it also devalues the dollar so our dollars are worth less, which means we pay more for goods and services.  Economists define this inflation as a tax, so when the Fed purchases 40 Billion per month of toxic mortgage backed securities to prop up Wall Street banks, it’s really a tax.  President Obama and the Fed’s policies have dramatically increased income inequality in America, and the top 1% have never had it better.   So the Democrats alleged desire to reverse this trend demonstrates their grotesque hypocrisy.

President Obama and bipartisan leaders say economic policies are intended to grow the domestic economy.  But it’s not growing.  Is this just another oops moment?  Of course not.  US policies are designed to subsidize the global economy, a.k.a., globalization.  Why?  Bipartisan and corporate leaders prefer China’s totalitarian model.  Evidence of this can be found in a Wall Street Journal article titled China’s Superior Economic Model.  The article is written by Andy Stern, former President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and the premise of the article was based on comments by Andy Grove, founder and Chairman of Intel.

Congressman Brad Sherman was Chairman of the House Foreign Relations subcommittee on trade.  During a CSPAN interview, he said US trade with China is “the most unbalanced trade relationship in the history of international trade”, and this “cancerous” trade relationship is driven by “enormous corporate power”.   Mr. Sherman forgot to mention union leaders like Andy Stern who also prefer China’s totalitarian economic model.  Under the guise of free trade, US leaders are transferring American capital, technology and jobs to China as a means to subvert America’s representative government.

Rep. Sherman also talked about trade deficits resulting from trade with China, and the effect on the U.S. debt.  He said, “you have to have some really bad policies to take the most productive nation in the world with the best workforce, and I mean the United States, and turn it into the greatest debtor nation in history.  And by God, we’ve had bad trade policies that have achieved that objective.”  It’s worth noting that Rep. Sherman used the word “objective” when describing the catastrophic effects of free trade.  Even Warren Buffet said trade deficits are changing America from a shareholder economy to a sharecropper economy, where foreigners own us and we work for them.  Free trade and globalization are an attack on U.S. sovereignty and unalienable rights.  Contact your elected officials and tell them so.

Wall Street and their bipartisans cronies have structured the global economy (globalization) in a way that subsidizes China with U.S. capital and technology.  The decline in growth resulting from free trade and de-industrialization was masked by the subprime bubble.  Given a 2003 warning that Fannie and Freddie posed a systemic risk to financial markets, and the 2004 FBI warning that mortgage fraud would cause a financial crisis, it’s difficult to believe financial and political leaders did not foresee the crisis.  It’s possible the subprime bubble was intentionally created to cover up the economic contraction caused by free trade and outsourcing.  When the bubble burst, average citizens were blamed for living beyond their means and the structural decline resulting from free trade wasn’t even mentioned.

Some say the electronic trinkets produced in China would be too expensive if manufactured in America.  But virtual slave labor has always existed in foreign countries, and before free trade, America’s economy thrived without exploiting cheap labor abroad.  Many leaders say government should be run more like a business.  Well, multinational corporations spend billions implementing policies that PROTECT their market share and global competitiveness.  They even engage in corporate espionage to gain competitive advantages that US leaders give away via free trade.

Businesses don’t engage in anything remotely resembling free trade.  Why?   Because providing the competition with capital and technology guarantees failure.   Doing so would cause shareholders to demand criminal prosecution of the Board of Directors and top officers, which is what should be done to politicians who have intentionally traded away America’s economic future.   Manufacturing is the engine of economic growth, so outsourcing manufacturing in exchange for cheap trinkets is like the Native Americans selling their sovereignty for beads and blankets.

American history teaches the concept of manifest destiny.  But how many fur traders, homesteaders and gold miners were thinking about manifest destiny when they moved West?   Few if any, they didn’t even know what the phrase meant.  Manifest destiny is the language of ruling class elites, i.e. merchant bankers and industrialists.  They moved common folk across the American West like pawns on a chess board.  Ruling class elites wanted conflict with the Indians so they could call in the cavalry and manifest their destiny.

The new frontiers for today’s ruling class are Communist China and emerging markets.  Free trade is preparing the way for the global cavalry and final phase of manifest destiny.  For all intents and purposes, US financial elites and industrialists have seceded from the Union.  They’ve allied themselves with China’s totalitarian regime and are engaged in economic terrorism against the United States.  Media and politicians support this treasonous alliance and they exploit class and race divisions as part of a divide and conquer agenda.  They want divided Americans to blame each other and fight over the economic crumbs left behind by free trade and the financial crisis.  We’re all Indians now.

During a hearing on Dodd-Frank’s Resolution Authority, Republican Don Manzullo said it’s a safety net for “you guys that screw up on Wall Street”.  Economist Jeffery Miron replied saying the Resolution Authority is a “blank check” for future bailouts, and it will  “institutionalize TARP” for bank holding companies.  Dodd-Frank gives the F.D.I.C. resolution authority.  The FDIC is under the jurisdiction of the executive branch so future bailouts can be made without Congressional approval.  The Constitution states that all spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, the branch of government most accountable to the people.  So allowing the executive branch to spend Trillions without Congressional approval violates a core Constitutional principle, no taxation without representation.  

The 2014 budget is another example of taxation without representation because bipartisan members of Congress admitted they didn’t read the bill.  If they’re not reading spending bills, they cannot be representing the interests of their constituents, i.e., taxation without representation.  The following text and next paragraph are from an article in USA TODAY:  The nearly 1,600-page spending bill includes all 12 of the individual annual spending bills packaged into a $1.012 trillion “omnibus” spending bill.  The bill will have gone from unveiling to law in just six days, while the normal appropriations process is structured to take months and allow for more lawmaker input.

Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., holding up the thick bill on the House floor, criticized the House for voting on a bill “that nobody has read.”  McGovern cited a concern held by lawmakers in both parties that the details of the omnibus are likely to trickle out after the bill has become law.  ”I’m willing to bet in a week or so we’re going to read an article about something being in the bill that nobody knew about,”.  Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, characterized the bill as a “monstrosity.”  She said ”while Americans suffer the consequences of Obamacare, Congress is trying to rush through another massive bill before reading it,”

The premise of our founding documents is equality before the law, not equality of income or outcome.  America is a nation of laws, not a nation of women and men who can impose their tyrannical aspirations on sovereign citizens.  Criminal elites have created a legal double standard and placed themselves above the law.  This was the fundamental problem facing American colonists before the Revolution.  Thomas Jefferson addressed this problem in the Declaration of Independence, which was a criminal indictment of King George that provided a moral and legal basis for the Revolution.  The founders ended with these words: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor”.  They understood the price of freedom, and if we are going to preserve the rule of law they fought and died for, we must be willing to commit time and resources to restore the rule of law. 

This website provides evidence for a criminal indictment of US leaders, however, I’m not advocating for armed rebellion as a remedy.  The Constitution and Bill of Rights are still the law of the land, and the law is on the side of “We the People” who believe in unalienable individual rights.  We need to create a groundswell of support that will force our public prosecutors to take legal action against criminal elites.  Media and politicians cover up the effect of the financial crisis on the national debt.  Check out the post Fraud and the Federal Debt for evidence of the cover up.  Use the evidence compiled in the website, share it with your friends, business associates, local prosecutor, Sheriff, State Attorney General and U.S. Attorney.

For the whole non-partisan story about the manufactured decline of America, click on the PDF file Knowledge is Power.  Another interesting source is the book Godonomics, which illustrates the Biblical principles behind private property rights and market economies based on moral principles.

The Boston Tea Party, it wasn’t just about taxes

The following text is from the World Book Encyclopedia, copyright 1969:       The Boston Tea Party was a raid by American colonists on three British ships in Boston Harbor on Dec. 16, 1773.  A band of citizens disguised as Indians threw the contents of 340 chests of tea into the bay.  This was one of the incidents that led to the Revolutionary War in America.

Many colonists were determined not to pay taxes to the British government.  Formerly, the tax on tea imported from England was so high that the colonists usually drank smuggled Dutch tea.  In 1767, the British decided to levy a lower duty of three pence a pound on tea, and to collect it.  More people bought the cheaper tea, but independence groups agitated for tax removal.

In 1773, the British government allowed the British East India Company a substantial tax rebate on tea shipped to America, to keep it from bankruptcy.  Soon tea was on its way to Boston, consigned to individuals who were given a monopoly on its sale.  Colonists feared the tea monopoly would put local merchants out of business, and that other retail businesses might also be made into monopolies.  (end of excerpt)

The King of England had given the British East India Company a monopoly on the sale of tea, so this, as well as taxation without representation, was a major factor leading to the Revolutionary War.  It’s clear our founding fathers viewed the tyranny of private sector monopolies, backed by the British government, as a threat to their liberty and prosperity.  As a conservative, I believe market capitalism provides the greatest amount of freedom for American citizens to conduct business.  But a market that’s “free” to create monopolies that can buy judges, politicians and elections, and eliminate competitive markets to the detriment of our nation, is a betrayal of the men and women who’ve fought and died for American ideals.

The American economy grew rapidly during the first 100 years and soon monopolies like Rockefeller’s Standard Oil began to threaten competitive markets.  Many corporations formed trusts that controlled market prices and destroyed competition.  Farmers and small businessmen demanded government protection from monopolies and trusts.  The Sherman Antitrust Act, fulfilling one of President Harrison’s campaign pledges, outlawed trusts or any other monopolies that hindered trade.  Fast forward to 2014, and the U.S. economy is again being controlled by government backed monopolies, a.k.a. Too Big To Fail (TBTF) banks.  The Congressional Budget Office says it will cost taxpayers 8.6 TRILLION to prop up failing banks.

Most people have heard of the Supreme Court decision involving Citizens United.  Citizens United is a political action committee (superpac), that argued their campaign donations equate to free speech, so they should be allowed to buy and sell elected officials with unlimited campaign contributions.  The Court ruled in their favor, but this violates the Spirit of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, which were created to protect the unalienable rights of individual citizens, not lobbying groups like Citizens United.  This website is named Citizens United in order to reflect the true meaning of citizenship as intended by our founders.

The fourteenth amendment states: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside…”. The intent of this language is to confer citizenship on individuals, not groups.  Evidence of this is that organizations, even though they are made up of individual citizens, did not have legal status as citizens until the late 1800’s.  That’s when Rockefeller and others began to sue states claiming their organizations were “persons” under the law and entitled to core Constitutional rights.  Many political and business organizations existed at the time our nation was founded, so if the framers intended they be considered persons under the law, why did Rockefeller and others have to sue states to change the law?

After the American Revolution, corporations remained small institutions chartered at the state level for specific purposes.  By law, they could not make political contributions, could not own stock in other companies, were required to serve the public interest, and could only exist for a limited time.  And owners were responsible for losses and crimes committed by the corporation.  Robber barons like John D. Rockefeller led efforts to change laws requiring corporate owners to serve the public interest and be liable for losses and crimes.  The framers protected unalienable rights of individual citizens by limiting the power of corporations.

America is not a democracy, but our legislative bodies makes decisions based on majority rule, so the U.S. is a democratic Republic.  Unfortunately, the most powerful minority in America has usurped majority rule.  This minority is made up of foreign and domestic multinational corporations, which by definition are not loyal to any country.  In fact, they have a fiduciary obligation to shareholders that prohibits loyalty to any particular nation.  And yet, they’ve been given core constitutional rights that give them virtually unlimited influence on the political process.  It’s the Golden Rule: He who has the gold rules.  The result is socialism trending toward fascism.

This Investors Business Daily article says “despite the commitment of nearly 20 Trillion in taxpayer funds to prevent another crisis, lending has stalled or shrunk”.  Between the Federal Reserve and Federal government, 20 Trillion taxpayer dollars have been used to prop up the stock market.  That’s why it has nearly tripled in value since the 2008 crash, meanwhile, growth of the U.S. domestic economy is stagnant.  But that’s only half the story.  While on CNBC, billionaire leftist George Soros said EU and US banks are the largest supplier of credit to emerging markets.  China is the largest emerging marketso bailed out US banks are financing communism while the U.S. economy is starved of capital.  The Wall Street Journal article ”China’s Superior Economic Model”, demonstrates that many US leaders favor China’s totalitarian economic model.

In spite of the 20 Trillion dollar commitment to prop up banks and the stock market, many say the US government’s unfair treatment of big business is driving investment to emerging markets.  I guess they think bankrupting the U.S. government to subsidize socialist banks and corporations isn’t enough, we need to cut their tax rates as well.  Even Republican tax guru Grover Norquist said, “corporations don’t pay taxes, they collect them from you and me…”.  Grover says corporations pass tax liabilities onto consumers by raising the price of their products.  But he doesn’t mention that small businesses, which may be corporations, bear the full cost of regulation and taxation because they have limited ability to shift costs to consumers. Click here for a brief history of corporations in the United States. 

The core problem is campaign financing.  The founders did not confer Constitutional rights and citizenship on businesses, only individual human beings.  But today, unions and corporations, including foreign state owned corporations, have been given 1st amendment free speech rights.  Restoring the founders interpretation of “one person, one vote” should be a top priority.  We need to strip unions and corporations of all Constitutional rights because even foreign corporations, owned by foreign governments, have increasing influence over U.S. elections.  This is due to new campaign finance rules put in place by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

Those who defend the perverted notion of corporate citizenship say they’re made up of individuals.  First of all, union and corporate leaders who make decisions about campaign contributions, do not necessarily reflect the intentions of individual members and employees.  Second, if unions and corporations were stripped of all Constitutional rights pertaining to campaign contributions and lobbying, individual members and employees would retain all their Constitutional rights.  In fact, their rights would be enhanced because they wouldn’t be competing with organizations that may not share their political views, and may not even be loyal to the United States.  Thanks to corporate citizenship, we have free trade agreements that are selling America off to Communist China.  A recent example is America’s largest pork processor, Smithfield Foods, which was sold to a Chinese State owned company.

President Obama’s finance reform, Dodd-Frank, was supposed to eliminate future bailouts of TBTF banks.  But in true Orwellian fashion, it did just the opposite.  Democrat Brad Sherman said it gives the executive branch authority to spend Trillions on future Wall Street bailouts, without Congressional approval.  This is accomplished by Dodd-Frank’s Resolution Authority, the part of the bill that institutionalizes TARP and provides Wall Street with a blank checkF.Y.I., most of the original 700 billion TARP bailout went to foreign banks.  Politicians say banks and AIG paid back bailout money and taxpayers made a profit.  Technically it’s true, but they’re getting near zero percent money from the Fed, so in reality, bailout money was paid back with taxpayer money.  And the Fed’s QE3 is buying 40 Billion per month of toxic mortgage backed securities from Wall Street banks, so the bailout continues.

Simon Johnson is a former chief economist for the International Monetary Fund.  He’s currently a member of the Congressional Budget Office council of advisers and professor of entrepreneurship at MIT.   In a Senate Budget Committee hearing, he cited JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon and former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, who’ve said they expect another financial crisis in 3 to 7 years.  Based on their prediction, Johnson said Too Big To Fail banks represent a short term budget liability equal to 40% of GDP (5.6 Trillion), and CBO rules require this be scored in the budget.   Ranking Republican Judd Gregg replied “We don’t score a lot of things around here.”  In other words, they’re cooking the government’s books.

During a presentation on his book “13 Bankers”, Johnson said the few hundred people who run the six largest banks have “captured the state” and have power to “extort” money from the government.   Rep. Sherman said members of Congress were told the U.S. would be placed under martial law if TARP wasn’t passed.  Sounds like extortion to me.  During debate over TARP, Rep. Marcy Kaptur said “high financial crimes have been committed, these criminals have so much political power, they can shut down the normal legislative process of the highest law making body in this land.”   Wall Street tyrants and their bipartisan cronies have eliminated one of our core Constitutional principles, no taxation without representation.

The 2014 Federal budget is a prime example of taxation without representation.  The following text and next paragraph are from an article in USA TODAY:  The nearly 1,600-page spending bill includes all 12 of the individual annual spending bills packaged into a $1.012 trillion “omnibus” spending bill.  The bill will have gone from unveiling to law in just six days, while the normal appropriations process is structured to take months and allow for more lawmaker input.

Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., holding up the thick bill on the House floor, criticized the House for voting on a bill “that nobody has read.”  McGovern cited a concern held by lawmakers in both parties that the details of the omnibus are likely to trickle out after the bill has become law.  ”I’m willing to bet in a week or so we’re going to read an article about something being in the bill that nobody knew about,”.  Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, characterized the bill as a “monstrosity.”  She said ”while Americans suffer the consequences of Obamacare, Congress is trying to rush through another massive bill before reading it,”

If representatives aren’t reading spending bills, they’re not representing the interests of their constituents, i.e., taxation without representation.  American citizens are being subjected to tyrannical conditions similar to the pre-revolutionary colonies.   King George III had given the British East India Company a monopoly on the tea trade to save it from bankruptcy.  Taxes were used to extract wealth from the colonies and grow other parts of the British empire.  Now, the US government and it’s corporate partners are extracting wealth from America and subsidizing China’s totalitarian regime.  Multinational corporations and unions prefer the centrally planned, communist economic model.  I consider this treason.

When enough citizens are empowered with the truth, it will be possible to restore representative government.  This was true when our nation was founded.  Without publications like “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine and others, our founders would not have had the groundswell of support  necessary for revolution.  The first step toward liberty is informing the public.  Knowledge is power.  For more info and solutions, check the post on globalization.  Another interesting source is the book Godonomics, which illustrates the Biblical principles behind private property rights and market economies based on moral principles.

THERE IS HOPE FOR AMERICA: email this to Christian leaders

The prophet Isaiah said the government would be on Christ’s shoulder.  Isaiah 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  The apostle Paul said the church is Christ’s body on earth, which means Christ’s shoulder in on earth, NOW.  Colossians 1:18 And he (Christ) is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  Matthew 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  The government is on Christ’s shoulder and his shoulder is part of the Body of Christ on the earth, and Christ has all power in heaven and earth, so why don’t Bible believing Christians control America’s government?

Jesus Christ said his kingdom was not of this world, but Romans 13 says God has ordained the rulers of this world to be a force for good.  And God ordained America as a government of, by, and for the people, i.e., we the people are the rulers and we elect public servants to represent our interests.  As a Constitutional Republic, our government makes decisions based on the consent of U.S. citizens.  And because America is a nation ruled by the consent of the governed, it’s our God ordained duty to oppose a government that does evil.  Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.  James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

Proverbs 29:2  When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.  Unfortunately, many Christian leaders stand before their congregations and say, “we” have driven God out of schools and the public square, as if Christians have eliminated God from government and society.  Pastors also say we shouldn’t blame others for America’s problems and cite 2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  But if someone is raping and robbing people in the neighborhood, do Christians blame themselves or call the police and demand the perpetrator be incarcerated?

Before applying 2 Chronicles 7:14 to America, we must consider the biblical context.  The verse was spoken by God to King Solomon, and the key words are “my people” and “their land”.  When God says “my people”, he is referring to those who believe in him and are committed to serving him.  So God would NEVER refer to people who support abortion, gay marriage, and forcing God out of the public square, as “my people”.  God refers to people who support those ungodly policies as heathens, and God commanded the Israelites to drive the heathens out of the land.  And it did not become “their land” until the enemies were driven out and God’s commandments, statutes, and judgments were imposed via government.  In America, we don’t need to drive them out of the land, but before we can apply 2 Chronicles 7:14 to America, we must drive the ungodly out of power.

Criminals are running America’s government, so if we do not hold them accountable under the law, we allow evil to reign supreme.  The apostle Paul said the law is to be used on the lawless: 1 Timothy 1:9-10 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons…  Jesus said we should love our enemies, and when our enemies are criminals, it’s an act of love and mercy to enforce the law because the purpose of the law is to bring people to repentance and Christ.  With regard to restoring God’s law in government, American Christians have been told prayer is enough, but prayer without faith, and faith without works, is dead.

I’m grateful for attention given to the moral decay causing America’s decline.  However, many Christian leaders talk as if America’s decline is inevitable. They sound like the ten spies (Numbers 13&14) that convinced the Israelites they could not drive God’s enemies out of the promised land.  God regarded the Israelites fear and unbelief as rebellion against his will.  As a result, God condemned the unbelievers to forty years of wandering in the wilderness and death.  Is that what Christian leaders want for American Christians, i.e., die in the wilderness because we allowed our nation to be corrupted without standing up for what’s right?  God did not tell Joshua to pray and hope the heathens would leave the promised land.  The Lord told Joshua to combine his faith with action and drive the enemies out of the land.

Likewise, Ezra and Nehemiah didn’t pray and then sit around waiting for someone to rebuild the temple and walls of Jerusalem.   Nehemiah gave up his comfortable position in the king’s palace and went back to Jerusalem to serve his God and kinsmen.  Ezra also took action and helped restore God’s law in Jerusalem’s government and society while rebuilding the temple.  American Christians are literally the body of Christ on earth, and as such, we must combine prayer and faith with action.  We send our men and women to fight and die for freedom in foreign countries, so the least we can do is stand up for Christian values and freedom here at home.  To do anything less makes a mockery of the sacrifice made by our troops and Jesus Christ.  James 5:16 …The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.  James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

Furthermore, it’s a tiny minority that’s pushing abortion, God out of the public square, the gay agenda, and paganism a.k.a. environmentalism.  Take California for example, a majority of citizens voted to make gay marriage ILLEGAL, but a single judge overturned the will of the people.  And yet, Christian leaders talk about America as if it’s Sodom and Gomorrah, which God destroyed because he could not find ten righteous men. There are millions of Bible believing Christians in America who are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  If Christians follow the examples of Joshua, Nehemiah and Ezra, we can drive antichrist elements out of America’s government.  But Christian leaders must stop teaching rebellion against God by promoting unbelief in God’s ability to help us drive antichrist forces out of power, i.e., pray for America and then give up without standing up for what’s right.  Millions, perhaps billions of souls are at risk if we ignore our responsibility to stand up for Christian values in our government.

God told Isaiah that Israel’s leaders caused the people to err.  Isaiah 9:16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.  Like America’s leaders today, ancient Israel’s leaders used the law to decree evil.  Isaiah 10:1-2 Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; 2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!  Under the guise of helping the poor, the widows, and the fatherless, bipartisan leaders implement laws designed to bankrupt America morally and financially. America’s business and political leaders commit crimes with impunity.  If citizens do not demand accountability, we will bear all the consequences and our criminal leaders will profit, until God judges them.

By the Providence of God, America is a nation ruled by the consent of its citizens.  So NOT consenting to the corruption of America is our duty as citizens.  The Body of Christ must do five things: 1) Repent of unbelief  2) Pray  3) Have faith in God  4) Organize and vote  5) Drive antichrist elements in government, out of power. Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?  Jesus Christ came as a servant and said the greatest in the Kingdom of God would be a servant of all.  Being a servant includes public service that promotes Christian values in government.  Getting Christians into office also requires millions of servants willing to donate time and money to restore moral principles in government.  There are many things we can do.  Educate ourselves, families, and friends.  Get involved in your local school board or county government.  Start a non-profit dedicated to promoting Christian values in public and private life.  Use your God given creativity and never give up.

Watch this  sermon titled “There is hope for America”.  It’s a fourth of July special by Pastor Michael Youssef.  He uses Nehemiah’s example of prayer and action as a template for the American church. Pastor Youssef’s sermon demonstrates how faithful Christians can change in America.  Let’s encourage each other by sharing this kind of positive message rather than those predicting America’s inevitable decline.  Dr. Charles Stanley recently preached a sermon titled “The Truth That Sets Us Free”.  He focused on spiritual freedom and then introduced the CEO of the Liberty foundation, which works with top law firms to defend religious liberties.  The discussion of legal attacks on religious liberties included an attempt to incarcerate school children for praying in the name of Jesus Christ.  The speaker received a standing ovation for his positive message about standing up for our rights.  Watch it and you’ll be inspired.  Ephesians 2:10  For we are his (God’s) workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

In spite of many signs we are in the end times, now is not the time to be passive.  Believing it’s futile to stand up for Christian values in government is contrary to Biblical principles.  For example, in Isaiah chapter 6, the prophet hears the Lord saying  8 Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. 9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.  God told Isaiah to call the nation of Israel to repentance.  But God also said the people would not listen and the land would become “utterly desolate”.  So why did God send Isaiah on a mission destined to fail?  The last verse in chapter six says a remnant would return to the land.  And that’s why we must stand up for Christian values in America irregardless of the outcome, i.e., God willing, America can be a light to the world by lifting up Christ, but if not, we’re called to reach the remnant.

Praying is only part of the solution.  God always expects us to act on our faith and this is demonstrated by Ezekiel 22:30  And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it…   God was looking for one person to stand in the gap for Israel.  We don’t need overwhelming numbers to turn America around, we need to believe in the God that created the heavens and the earth.  God often uses seemingly impossible situations to demonstrate his power.  Zerubbabel faced great opposition when trying to rebuild the temple, so God sent an angel to remind them who is in control.  Zechariah 4:  …This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

2 Corinthians 5:19  …God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  Many Christian leaders say God is judging America, but that contradicts the previous verse.  Through Christ, God is reconciling the world unto himself, including America.  And God is not imputing sin unto the world, including America.  In Revelation, the Bible clearly says God will judge all peoples and nations at the same time during the great tribulation.  God is not yet imputing sin unto nations or individuals, so we must not speak legalistic curses and judgement over them. John 3:16 For God so loved the world… God chastens those he loves, but that’s very different from God judging sin and pouring out his wrath.

When God judges sin and pours out his wrath on the world, Revelation says great tribulation will come upon all nations, including Israel.  So those saying God will pour out his wrath on America and the church while blessing Israel, are false teachers.  They are placing America under the Old Testament covenant of law instituted through Moses, which brings blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience.  But Paul says we are no longer under the curse of the law because Christ became a curse for us.  Galatians 3:13-14 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles (including America) through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

The passing away of the Old Testament covenant of law is clearly explained in Hebrews 8:4-13 For if he (Jesus Christ) were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: 5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for saith he, make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.6 But now hath he (Christ) obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:

9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

Jesus Christ fulfilled the old covenant law by living a sinless life and satisfying God’s judgement of sin through his shed blood.  So those saying we are still under the curse of the law are trampling on the blood of Jesus.  Hebrews 10:28-29 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

TBN’s “Praise the Lord” recently featured four prominent teachers of Bible prophecy, all of whom speak curses over America and the church.  They say God is going to judge America for its sins and predict an imminent collapse.  But one does not have to be a prophet to know that powerful forces are trying to destroy America from within.  So I believe Bible prophecy is being used to cover up the crimes of antichrist forces destroying America, i.e., some of those who say God is judging America, are doing so to protect the criminals destroying America.  Matthew 24:4,11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.  I watch a lot of Christian television, but I’ve not heard any Bible prophecy experts comment on Christ’s warning about false prophets.  Hmmm?

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn was one of the prophecy experts featured on TBN.  He has a new book about the Shemitah that allegedly unlocks the mystery of Shemitah, and uses the Shemitah to predict God’s imminent judgement of America.  But before jumping on Jonathan Cahn’s curse America bandwagon, you should listen to Rabbi Baruch Korman’s teaching on the Shemitah.  Dr. Korman is a Jewish believer in Jesus Christ and a Hebrew scholar.  He addresses the “sensational” and misleading use of the Shemitah in predicting judgement.  Dr. Korman cites scripture that says the misuse of Shemitah is “demonic”.  Please watch the following video so you’re not deceived by false teachers like Jonathan Cahn.  Christians should be concerned when TBN, the world’s largest Christian network, promotes false teaching.  You can find many Biblically accurate teachings at Dr. Korman’s website: Love Israel.org

 

Those who falsely teach that the American church is under the curse of the law, are perverting the gospel.  The apostle Peter also warned us about false teachers in the church.  2 Peter 2:1-3 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth (the gospel) shall be evil spoken of. 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you…  Christ saw the people as sheep in need of a good shepherd.  Unfortunately, Jonathan Cahn and other false teachers see people as sheep they can lead to the slaughter, for a price. 

Romans 10:4-6 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. 5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. 6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise… Romans 5:1-2 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

God Bless You

 

Did CNN say Obama is a dictator and his policies are ruining America?

Fareed Zakaria has a show on CNN called “GPS”, and each week he does a segment called “What in the world?”.  On November 17,  2013, this segment was about “How to ruin an economy”.  Fareed went through the following checklist of policies that will ruin a nation’s economy:

  • Nationalize businesses
  • Create hyperinflation
  • Induce a currency crisis
  • Subsidize, subsidize, subsidize
  • Create a dictatorship

The segment was actually about Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and his successor.  But the parallels with Obama’s policies are undeniable and it’s possible CNN was using the segment as subtle criticism of Obama’s failing policies.  In the past, the socialist policies of Hugo Chavez were held in high regard by CNN and other left leaning networks.  So on the surface, this criticism of Venezuelan socialism seems like an ideological shift, but it’s just another example of media hypocrisy.

Regarding Obama the dictator, it’s a historical fact that dictatorial regimes can only take power when there’s support from financial elites.  Propagandists on the left say big government is good and big business is bad.  Propagandists on the right say the opposite, i.e., big business is good and big government is bad.  But history proves that dictatorial regimes are almost always the result of a public-private partnership involving big government and big business.

The 2014 budget is an example of the same tyranny faced by pre-revolutionary colonists, i.e., taxation without representation.  The following text and next paragraph are from an article in USA TODAY:  The nearly 1,600-page spending bill includes all 12 of the individual annual spending bills packaged into a $1.012 trillion “omnibus” spending bill.  The bill will have gone from unveiling to law in just six days, while the normal appropriations process is structured to take months and allow for more lawmaker input.

Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., holding up the thick bill on the House floor, criticized the House for voting on a bill “that nobody has read.”  McGovern cited a concern held by lawmakers in both parties that the details of the omnibus are likely to trickle out after the bill has become law.  ”I’m willing to bet in a week or so we’re going to read an article about something being in the bill that nobody knew about,”.  Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, characterized the bill as a “monstrosity.”  She said ”while Americans suffer the consequences of Obamacare, Congress is trying to rush through another massive bill before reading it,”

If representatives aren’t reading spending bills, there’s no way they can be representing the interests of their constituents, which means there is no representation for taxation.

FRAUD AND THE FEDERAL DEBT

The media narrative supports the notion that tax policy and entitlements caused the current debt and fiscal crisis.  But like most media narratives, it’s a fraudulent story intended to deceive and divide citizens.  Media and politicians seem to intentionally confuse Federal budget deficits with the national debt.  Budget deficits are the annual amount that government spending exceeds income.  America’s national debt is the total of all Federal budget deficits.

When George Bush took office in 2001 the national debt was 5.7 Trillion (treasurydirect.gov).  By the end of his second term the debt was 10.7 Trillion.  Five years into Obama’s Presidency, the debt is approaching 17 Trillion.  It took over 210 years to accrue a 5.7 Trillion debt and only twelve years to triple the debt.   So what has caused the national debt to triple in 12 years?  During that time, with the exception of Medicare part D, which was a Republican initiative, Medicare and Social Security were fully funded without adding to the Federal budget deficit and debt.  It’s true that in the near future, entitlement programs will be major contributors to deficits and debt, but they did not cause the debt to triple during the last 12 years.  So what did?  Two wars off budget, the financial crisis, trillions of dollars of trade deficits, and corrupt bipartisan leaders whose fingerprints are all over the debt crisis. 

                       THE FINANCIAL CRISIS AND US DEBT

Those on the right say the subprime bubble was caused by the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), which allegedly forced banks to make home loans to people who couldn’t repay them.  But the CRA was enacted in 1977 and had little to do with the 2008 financial crisis.  Most of the subprime loans were originated by lenders exempt from the CRA and regulated by the Federal Reserve.  Fed Chair Alan Greenspan had virtually eliminated underwriting standards for mortgage brokers.  So when the subprime bubble burst, one in three mortgages required no proof of income or assets.  As stated by Republican Don Manzullo in the previous link, the Fed, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac, could’ve prevented the crisis because they had authority to reduce risk by setting underwriting standards.  But they did not, so the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which is under the authority of the Fed, is just another unaccountable, redundant agency.

The left blames Bush for the financial crisis, and curiously, the right doesn’t point out President Clinton’s role, which is exposed by the PBS documentary The Warning.  It’s about former Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) director Brooksley Born.  The CFTC had authority to regulate derivatives and she tried to convince the Clinton administration to reign in Wall Street.  But Fed Chairman Greenspan and Clinton’s economic advisers “shut her down and shut her up”.  Ms. Born predicted the derivatives market would blow up the economy, hence the  documentary’s name “The Warning”.   Instead of heeding Born’s warning, President Clinton and his cronies decided to repeal financial regulations that had kept Wall Street speculation in check since the Great Depression.  Clinton’s deregulation of financial markets laid the groundwork for the subprime bubble, and President Bush let Wall Street run wild under the guise of creating more housing.  The Warning exposes bipartisan leaders ideologically opposed to regulating Wall Street financial fraud.

One of the most powerful positions in Congress is Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.  This position was held by Democrat Barney Frank until Republicans took the majority in 2010.  Republican Jeb Hensarling is the current Chairman of Financial Services.  In the first link below, he says the budget deficit rose 800% and taxpayers are on the hook for 8 Trillion as a result of the financial crisis.  Unfortunately, Jeb and Barney engage in the childish finger pointing typical of bipartisan leaders, but it’s the underlying facts that are important.  Just as important is the fact that childish finger pointing is a sophisticated bipartisan scheme to evade responsibility for failures and crimes.

The Federal Budget went over the fiscal cliff in 2008 because of the financial crisis and resulting “Great Recession”.  That’s when the deficit rose 800% to 1.2 TRILLION.  This was due to a massive drop in government revenue, bailouts, and stimulus programs to prop up the economy.  Don’t take my word for it, listen to the following clips of Simon Johnson testifying before the Senate Budget Committee.  He’s a former chief economist for the International Monetary Fund, an MIT professor, and member of the CBO council of advisers.  Using CBO numbers, he says budget deficits are primarily driven by a drop in government revenue due to the recession.

Johnson cites J P Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon and former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson saying they expect another financial crisis in “three to seven years”.  Based on their prediction, Johnson said  another financial crisis represents a short term budget liability equal to 40% of GDP (5.6 TRILLION), and CBO rules require this be scored in the budget.  Ranking Republican Judd Gregg  replied, “we don’t score a lot of things around here”, i.e., we’re cooking the books.  Neither Judd Gregg or Chairman Kent Conrad disagreed with Johnson’s analysis of the numbers, only his solutions.

In response to exploding Federal deficits and debt, the Simpson Bowles Commission and Super Committee were formed to address the fiscal crisis.  They both failed so the Budget Control Act was adopted which allowed Bush tax cuts to expire and implemented spending cuts (sequestration) on January 1, 2013.  Taxes will increase dramatically and entitlements will eventually be slashed in order to deal with the after effects of the Wall Street meltdown.  But the media narrative never frames the fiscal cliff in a factual context, i.e., exploding deficits and debt are primarily due to the financial crisis and resulting Great Recession, not entitlements and tax policy.  A prime example of the fraudulent media narrative is the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (F&F).  When investigating their collapse, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) discovered evidence of bipartisan fraud.  But you didn’t hear about it in the news.

When F&F collapsed, taxpayers were forced to assume their 6.3 TRILLION of toxic assets and liabilities, which are off the Federal budget.  F&F were Government Sponsored Entities (GSE’s) until they collapsed in 2008 and were dumped on taxpayers.  The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO), had limited authority to regulate F&F.  James Lockhart and Armando Falcon were former Directors of OFHEO.   While testifying before the FCIC, James Lockhart said the 1.5 Trillion taxpayer investment in GSE’s “may never be worth anything”.  Mr. Lockhart said “there was no debt discipline for these two companies, people didn’t care if they couldn’t put out a financial statement for five years, people didn’t care if they were starting to lose money”.

Fannie and Freddie’s mission was supposed to be affordable housing, which was the justification for their GSE status.  But when asked why F&F didn’t take steps to reduce risk, Mr. Lockhart said “the Boards were much more focused on profitability, they felt that was their fiduciary responsibility to shareholders, the mission was a distant, not even second”.  In the same clip, Commissioner Thomas replied, “my assumption is there was virtually no discussion about taxpayers rather than shareholders”.  Lockhart laughed and Thomas said “you don’t have to answer that”.  Commissioner Thomas then cites a Barron’s article saying F&F are insolvent and will be bailed out, followed by an e-mail from Treasury undersecretary Steele saying “it’s way above my pay grade to double the U.S. debt in one fell swoop”.

In 2003, Armando Falcon released a report characterizing F&F as a “systemic risk” to financial markets.  A few days before the report was released, Falcon received a call from Fannie Mae CEO Franklin Raines.  According to Falcon, Raines “threatened to bring down me and the agency” if the risk report was released.  Then, an official from Treasury called him and said F&F lobbyists were pressuring other agencies to prevent the report’s release.  Finally, on the day the report was released, the Bush White House fired Falcon and media focused on his firing while giving “scant coverage” to the systemic risk report.  Falcon said this was “the result intended by those who engineered the timing of the announcement of my replacement”.

Who engineered the timing of the announcement?  It was the Bush White House who fired Falcon and refused to delay the announcement when Falcon asked them to do so.  And national media used the firing to cover up the 2003 risk report.  Think about it.  On April 9, 2010, Falcon testified under oath that Fannie Mae’s CEO threatened him, and the Bush White House carried out those threats.  There’s only one reason why this was not a national, front page story.  Left, right and center media colluded to cover up the crime.  F&F held 6.3 TRILLION of toxic assets and liabilities when they collapsed in 2008, and for the preceding five years, bipartisan leaders in Congress, the Bush administration, and media, covered up the risk to taxpayers.  Mr. Falcon recounts the cover up of F&F’s systemic risk and the events leading up to his forced resignation in this clip.

The evidence demonstrates that bipartisan leaders worked together to cover up Fannie and Freddie’s systemic risk.  FCIC Commissioner Byron Georgiou said both companies were cooking the books.  Then he addressed the issue of bipartisan lobbyists who blocked oversight while Fannie and Freddie engaged in illegal accounting practices.  Georgiou said “this was an equal opportunity bipartisan lobbying push over the years when Fannie and Freddie were engaging in this practice…there were well connected people who were either former legislators, or former staffers, and others from both parties, who were retained by these institutions to lobby”. This was “a particularly egregious lobbying abuse”.  Mr. Lockhart and Falcon both agreed.  Armando Falcon referred to “strong arm tactics” used by bipartisan lobbyists who blocked his attempts to bring F&F under control.  President Obama’s silence on this issue constitutes lying by omission.

Furthermore, Dodd-Frank did not eliminate Too Big To Fail (TBTF) banks, so they’re effectively GSE’s backstopped by taxpayers.  This is demonstrated by Moody’s rating of Bank of America debt, which is rated five notches above what it would be without government support.  In addition to the explicit taxpayer subsidies for TBTF, Treasury is using Fannie and Freddie as a backdoor bailout for Wall Street.  Some politicians say banks and AIG repaid bailout money and taxpayers made a profit.  But the CBO says it will cost taxpayers 8.6 TRILLION to prop up failing banks.  President Obama, who allegedly opposes Wall Street fat cats, says nothing about the government backstop for America’s largest “private sector” banks.

Most of the previous information had been covered up by politicians and media, so it’s important to remember what the financial crisis did to the U.S. economy.  Phil Angelides was Chairman of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC). His comments below are from a 2011 speech, they start at 7min/55sec and end at 15:00.

“Nearly 26 million Americans are out of work, cannot find full time work, or have quit looking for work.  Eleven TRILLION dollars of household wealth and retirement savings has been wiped away, vanished like some day trade gone bad…The public stewards of our financial system failed us, the CEO’s of financial institutions drove their companies over the cliff and our economy with it…The greatest tragedy coming out of this crisis would be to accept the idea that no one could’ve seen this crisis coming and thus, nothing could’ve been done.  If we accept this notion, I guarantee you, it will happen again”.

Presidents Bush and Obama have both said the financial crisis was unforeseen and could not have been prevented.  But the FCIC concluded otherwise, and yet, not one media story calls attention to the presidential cover up. 

In order to cover up the cost of toxic assets dumped on taxpayers and Trillions still held by banks, Congress pressured the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to relax mark to market rules.  These rules were put in place after Enron’s collapse and require large companies to mark balance sheet assets to current market value.  But now, the relaxed rules allow gov’t and banks to falsify the value of toxic assets on their balance sheet.  Small business owners would be charged with fraud for engaging is similar accounting practices.

Desmond Lachman is a former Deputy Director of the International Monetary Fund.  He said, “if the Federal Reserve balance sheet is marked to market, the Fed would have an enormous negative position”.  Systemic fraud is the new accounting standard for government and Wall Street.  Political leaders say cutting spending is a priority for restoring fiscal soundness.  But if my accountant is cooking the books and embezzling from my business, I can cut spending to zero and still go bankrupt.  And that’s what will happen to America if accounting rules that reflect market values are not enforced.  Also, capitalist economies require rules, i.e., if business managers make bad decisions that lead to bankruptcy, they must be allowed to fail, this keeps markets efficient and creates winners based on merit, not privilege.

It’s also important to remember that nobody forced Wall Street to BUY worthless subprime loans, securitize them, leverage them 50 to1, put fraudulent Triple A ratings on them, and sell them around the world.  In fact, the FBI testified before Congress in 2004 and warned that mortgage fraud would cause a financial crisis.  In 2006, mortgage industry experts warned all major lenders that “liars loans” had a “90% incidence of fraud”.  But the industry increased the number of liars loans to the point that 1 in 3 mortgages was a liars loan when the bubble burst.  That’s why Neil Barofsky, Inspector General for TARP, said fraud by the nine largest banks caused the need for the TARP bailout.  William Black helped obtain 1000 criminal convictions of “elite” bankers after the 1980’s Savings and Loan meltdown.  In this radio interview, Mr. Black starts with the 2004 FBI warning and lays out compelling evidence of Wall Street fraud, which has not been prosecuted by Obama’s Department of Justice.

Bottom line, bipartisan leaders were complicit in Wall Street fraud and irresponsible risk taking that drove the economy and budget over the cliff.  There’s no economic growth on the horizon that will make up for decreased government revenue due to the financial crisis, and we cannot tax our way out of Trillion dollar deficits.  In order to finance the exploding debt, Obama’s Treasury Secretary wants Congress to eliminate the debt ceiling.   In addition to removing the debt ceiling, the executive branch wants authority to spend Trillions on future Wall Street bailouts, without approval from Congress.  This will be accomplished via Dodd-Frank’s Resolution Authority, the part of the bill that institutionalizes TARP and gives Wall Street a blank check.

Simon Johnson wrote a book titled “13 Bankers, The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Crisis”.  During a Book TV presentation, Mr. Johnson said the six largest banks have “captured the State” and have power to “extort” money from taxpayers.  Edward Kane is a senior research fellow at the F.D.I.C., he says the financial crisis and Dodd-Frank are examples of regulatory capture.  What does regulatory capture mean?  It means multinational corporations, which by definition are loyal to no country, have subverted representative government.  They have enough resources to hire the best accountants, lawyers and lobbyists money can buy, and use them to take over the lawmaking process in Congress.  That’s why Obama’s Department of Justice does not prosecute Wall Street CEO’s and their bipartisan partners in crime, let alone implement regulations that represent the interests of American citizens.

The Dodd-Frank Finance Reform Act is supposed to “protect” consumers by implementing new banking regulations via the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  But the CFPB is just another example of regulatory capture by Wall Street.  During a Congressional hearing on the CFPB, Republican Sean Duffy said the original name of Dodd-Frank was the Wall Street Reform Act, but it should be called the “Main Street Reform Act”.  Why?  He said the CFPB is putting costly regulations on community banks that didn’t cause the financial crisis while doing little to reform Wall Street.  Republicans Mike Grimm and Don Manzullo made similar comments.  Link1Link2  Having achieved regulatory capture, Wall Street banks use regulation to extract wealth from taxpayers and eliminate competition.  J.P. Morgan is building new branch offices while community banks struggle with the compliance costs of new CFPB regulations.

The Fed’s loose monetary policy, i.e., toxic asset purchases and 0% money for bailed out institutions, is another hit to the U.S. economy as it drives up  commodity prices and incentivizes irresponsible risk taking.  Kansas City Fed President Tom Hoenig posed the following question:  What resource has ever been efficiently allocated when the price is zero?   He was referring to the Fed’s near 0% rate on capital.  Like Simon Johnson, Mr. Hoenig also recognizes the budgetary threat posed by Too Big To Fail banks.  He says Dodd-Frank widened the Federal safety net to include high risk gambling activities of large banks.  Hoenig proposed reinstating the Glass Steagall Act, which was enacted in 1933 as a response to the 1929 market crash.  Glass Steagall removed high risk investment bank activities from the Federal safety net (F.D.I.C.), but President Clinton repealed it in 1999.  It took only 9 years to repeat the crash of 1929.  Click here and listen to Mr. Hoenigs comments on TBTF banks.  If fiscal and monetary policy had focused on limiting home foreclosures and growing the Main Street economy, increased demand and economic growth would be reducing the deficit.

Congressional budget negotiations have nothing to do with getting deficits and debt under control.  The 2014 Federal budget is a prime example.  The following text and next paragraph are from an article in USA TODAY:  The nearly 1,600-page spending bill includes all 12 of the individual annual spending bills packaged into a $1.012 trillion “omnibus” spending bill.  The bill will have gone from unveiling to law in just six days, while the normal appropriations process is structured to take months and allow for more lawmaker input.

Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., holding up the thick bill on the House floor, criticized the House for voting on a bill “that nobody has read.”  McGovern cited a concern held by lawmakers in both parties that the details of the omnibus are likely to trickle out after the bill has become law.  “I’m willing to bet in a week or so we’re going to read an article about something being in the bill that nobody knew about,”.  Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, characterized the bill as a “monstrosity.”  She said “while Americans suffer the consequences of Obamacare, Congress is trying to rush through another massive bill before reading it,”

If members of Congress aren’t reading bills, they certainly aren’t writing them.  So who is writing legislation?  In the case of Obamacare, Dr. Howard Dean said the insurance industry and Democrat staffers wrote the bill (listen to the video in the link).  Congress not reading or writing legislation is the MO of Wall Street regulatory capture.  Even Republican tax guru Grover Norquist said, “corporations don’t pay taxes, they collect them from you and me…”.  Grover says corporations pass tax liabilities onto consumers by raising the price of their products.  But he doesn’t mention that small businesses, which may be corporations, bear the full cost of regulation and taxation because they have limited ability to shift costs to consumers.   For possible solutions to regulatory capture, check out my post on the Boston Tea Party.

This highlights the fiscal problem, i.e., large multinationals receive government subsidies while evading tax and regulatory costs.  And yet, bipartisan leaders want to lower tax rates for multinationals while raising taxes on small businesses and middle class individuals.  No politicians have done more to enrich Wall Street criminals and rob the middle class than Presidents Bush and Obama.  The stock market has nearly tripled in value under Obama while U.S. economic growth is stagnant.  Why?  Obama and the Fed have given Wall Street everything they want, including near zero percent money and immunity from criminal prosecution.  An interesting source is the book Godonomics, which illustrates the Biblical principles behind private property rights and market economies based on moral principles.

                            TRADE DEFICITS AND THE US DEBT

The fraud that led to the subprime bubble and Great Recession is only half the story behind America’s debt crisis.  Pat Mulloy is a member of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He said trade deficits with China will change America from a “shareholder economy to a sharecropper economy”,  where China owns large chunks of our economy and we work for them.  In the same clip,  Mulloy said the U.S. has run 3 Trillion in trade deficits with China since they were given Most Favored Nation (MFN) status, and it’s “interesting”, China has 3 Trillion in foreign currency reserves.  He’s clearly suggesting that U.S. trade deficits contribute to China’s strong cash position.  Conversely, trade deficits increase U.S. debt and make America dependent on China for financing the debt.  

In the Wall Street Journal article China’s Superior Economic Modelformer SEIU President Andy Stern and Intel CEO Andy Grove favor China’s totalitarian economic model.  Which means they support China’s use of virtual slave labor, and imprisonment of those who dare speak about democratic reforms.  And yet, Obama tells students and union members they’re competing with China.  How can students and unions compete with slavery without first becoming slaves?  While U.S. workers and small businesses compete with China, US multinationals have formed  partnerships with Chinese State Owned Enterprises.  Hmmm?  Partners do NOT compete, they work together to achieve common goals.  Their goal is a command-control, low wage service economy in America, and global dominance for China’s totalitarian regime.

The origins of treasonous free trade policies can be traced back to Wall Street.  Charlie Rose interviewed Jim O’Neill, Chairman of Goldman Sachs asset management, who takes credit for creating the emerging markets, a.k.a. BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China).  During the interview (29:45), Rose mentioned the shift  of wealth and power to China and asked Jim what it means for America, a country that’s “used to being on top”.  O’Neill said, “I’d like to hear Obama say, how do we adjust before he says how do we compete” and referred to Obama’s former economic adviser Larry Summers saying, “he understands [China’s] relative advantage in international trade.”  The idea that America is competing with China is ludicrous.  Outsourcing and free trade in the NFL would be comparable to trading a team’s franchise player for the competition’s water boy.  Free trade is designed to pick winners and losers in the global economy and Goldman Sachs, a.k.a. Government Sachs, has picked America to lose.

The Federal Reserve has pumped TRILLIONS of dollars into the economy, and yet, U.S. economic growth is stagnant.  Why?  During an appearance on CNBC, George Soros cites data from the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), which says US and EU banks are the largest supplier of credit to emerging markets.  So bailed out banks are financing China’s 8% growth while U.S. growth is stagnant.  This quote from an Investors Business Daily  article tells half the story “…despite the commitment of nearly 20 TRILLION in taxpayer funds to prevent another crisis, lending has stalled or shrunk.”   The other half of the story is, lending has grown in emerging markets while lending in the U.S. has stalled or shrunk.

Some say the electronic trinkets produced in China would be too expensive if manufactured in America.  But virtual slave labor has always existed in foreign countries, and before free trade, America’s economy thrived without exploiting cheap labor abroad.  Many leaders say government should be run more like a business.  Well, multinational corporations spend billions implementing policies that PROTECT their market share and global competitiveness.  They even engage in corporate espionage to gain competitive advantages that US leaders give away via free trade.

Businesses don’t engage in anything remotely resembling free trade.  Why?   Because providing the competition with capital and technology guarantees failure.   Doing so would cause shareholders to demand criminal prosecution of the Board of Directors and top officers, which is what should be done to politicians who have intentionally traded away America’s economic future.   Manufacturing is the engine of economic growth, so outsourcing manufacturing in exchange for cheap trinkets is like the Native Americans selling their sovereignty for beads and blankets.

American history teaches the concept of manifest destiny.  But how many fur traders, homesteaders and gold miners were thinking about manifest destiny when they moved West?   Few if any, they didn’t even know what the phrase meant.  Manifest destiny is the language of ruling class elites, i.e. merchant bankers and industrialists.  They moved common folk across the American West like pawns on a chess board.  Ruling class elites wanted conflict with the Indians so they could call in the cavalry and manifest their destiny.

The new frontiers for today’s ruling class are Communist China and emerging markets.  Free trade is preparing the way for the global cavalry and final phase of manifest destiny.  For all intents and purposes, US financial elites and industrialists have seceded from the Union.  They’ve allied themselves with China’s totalitarian regime and are engaged in economic terrorism against the United States.  Media and politicians support this treasonous alliance and they exploit class and race divisions as part of a divide and conquer agenda.  They want divided Americans to blame each other and fight over the economic crumbs left behind by free trade and the financial crisis.  We’re all Indians now.

Bipartisan leaders said free trade would transition America to a “low wage service economy”, a.k.a., de-industrialization.  Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, industrialized nations have dominated the global economy because manufacturing is the engine of growth.   Case in point, after WWII the German economy was literally a pile of rubble.  But seventy years later, in spite of high labor costs,  Germany has the strongest economy in the West.  Why?  They protect their manufacturing base.  Don’t buy the lie that America cannot do the same because, transitioning from the world’s largest manufacturer and exporter to a low wage service economy is by definition, a radical economic decline.

Wall Street and their bipartisans cronies have structured the global economy (globalization) in a way that subsidizes China with U.S. capital and technology.  The decline in growth resulting from free trade and de-industrialization was masked by the subprime bubble.  In my opinion, the subprime bubble was intentionally created to cover up the economic contraction caused by free trade and outsourcing.  When the bubble burst, average citizens were blamed for living beyond their means and the structural decline resulting from free trade wasn’t even mentioned.

                                      WAR AND THE US DEBT

CNBC reported that Chinese State owned companies are currently mining a trillion dollars of mineral reserves in Afghanistan.  The guest said Afghanistan is the “Saudi Arabia of lithium”.  Lithium is used in batteries for electric cars and battery storage for wind and solar farms.  So Afghanistan is the first war for “green” energy and U.S. blood and treasure are subsidizing Communist China’s totalitarian regime.  Green energy is a subsidy for China because lithium batteries and solar panels are produced by Chinese manufacturers. After the Iraq war, most of Iraq’s oil is going to China. The objective is to subsidize emerging markets led by China’s totalitarian regime.  This will create a neo-feudalistic world where China is the new home of the Global Military Industrial Complex (GMIC).

The US/China partnership allows the respective governments to play both sides of global conflicts, thereby providing guaranteed profits for the GMIC.  Iran, North Korea and Syria are prime examples.  The US government classifies North Korea and Iran as state sponsors of terrorism.  But the CSPAN clips below demonstrate that China supplies Iran with chemical, ballistic and nuclear weapons, and allows trans-shipments of weapons from North Korea to Iran, which then supplies Syria and Hezbollah.   US leaders condemn the actions of Iran, Syria and North Korea, all client states of China, while turning a blind eye to the fact that they could not be a threat to the West without Chinese support.  Link1, Link2, Link3, LInk4, Link5  Compelling evidence of bipartisan treason can be found in these posts on Saudi funding of terrorism and China’s totalitarian regime.

Real solutions for the debt crisis begin with enforcing the rule of law as described in William Black’s radio interview.  Then, follow Tom Hoenig’s advice and reinstate Glass Steagall, thus removing Wall Street’s high risk gambling losses from the Federal safety net.  Next, begin dismantling free trade agreements and replacing them with protectionist policies that have a two hundred year track record of successfully growing the U.S. economy.  For more detail, check out my pdf “Knowledge is Power” and the sections on financial markets and solutions.