"Our challenge is to create an America that lives up to the principles and ideals of our Founding Fathers."
Welcome to Today's American Dream! This site is dedicated to restoring the "American Dream" in the vision of America's Founding Fathers. Hopefully, these educational resources will enable Americans to apprehend and appreciate the principles that inspired America's Founding Fathers to pledge their lives, fortunes and sacred honor in order to secure the blessings of Liberty.
The American Dream... the words have been ingrained into us since very early in our lives. But what exactly is the American Dream? What does it mean to you? Is the American Dream still alive today? Are you living it? Consider what others have to say about the American Dream.
To kick off the celebration of their 10th anniversary, Forbes.com "asked more than 60 great achievers, including actors, artists, politicians and executives, to answer the question 'What is the American Dream?'."
Most of today's Americans would say that home ownership is the American Dream. Others would say that it is being your own boss, having your own business or becoming rich and famous. While the American Dream certainly could include some or all of these things, none of them by themselves constitute the American Dream. Rather, they are a result of it. The American Dream is far greater!
In his essay "The American Dream", which was published back in the October 1973 issue of The Freeman, John E. Nestler reflects:
"Whereas the American Dream was once equated with certain principles of freedom, it is now equated with things. The American Dream has undergone a metamorphosis from principles to materialism. ... When people are concerned more with the attainment of things than with the maintenance of principles, it is a sign of moral decay. And it is through such decay that loss of freedom occurs."
Thirty years later, in the June 2003 issue of The Freeman, Lawrence W. Reed published an excellent and timely article entitled "The True Meaning of Patriotism". In it Reed writes:
"I subscribe to a patriotism rooted in ideas that in turn gave birth to a country, but it's the ideas that I think of when I'm feeling patriotic. I'm a patriotic American because I revere the ideas that motivated the Founders and compelled them, in many instances, to put their lives, fortunes and sacred honor on the line."
More recently, Chuck Baldwin emphatically stated in his article Can You Imagine This Country?, that material gain is not the American Dream. Baldwin writes:
"We hear much today about the American dream. By "the American dream," most people mean buying a big house, driving an expensive automobile, and making a lot of money. However, this was not the dream envisioned by the Founding Fathers. Remember that, for the most part, America's founders gave up their material wealth and substance for something they considered of far greater worth. Unfortunately, this hedonistic generation knows little of the kind of sacrificial spirit personified in the lives of America's patriarchs.
In the minds of the founders, liberty--with all of its intrinsic risks--was more desirable than material prosperity, if that prosperity was accompanied with despotism or collectivism. So strong was their desire that they were willing to give up the latter in order to procure the former for themselves and their posterity.
How dare Americans today refer to material gain as "the American dream." It is not! It is the freedom to honestly pursue one's goals that should be celebrated. Material gain is only a fruit of freedom, not its root."
"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"...
America's Founding Fathers clearly understood that faith in the Creator and true Freedom are inseparable. We believe their worldview was a Christian one based upon the Great Commission of the Gospel and biblically enlightened self-government. As inscribed on the Liberty Bell, they would "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." (Leviticus 25:10)
Solomon once said: "When there is no vision, the people perish." The true American Dream is more accurately called the American Vision. It is the Vision that drove our Founding Fathers to establish our Constitutional Republic as a nation under God. At the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, Samuel Adams, Father of the American Revolution, declared:
"We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in Heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come".
In his book, God, Gold and Civil Government, Tom Rose makes a very profound description of what constitutes liberty. True freedom or liberty is more than just having a lot of money. Having wealth will economically enhance a person's lifestyle and give them more free time to do what they want, but that is only one aspect of liberty. True liberty actually has three main parts:
"Liberty is like a three-legged stool. It has three aspects, or legs: the Spiritual, the Economic and the Political. Each leg must be carefully preserved. If one leg is shortened or cut off, the stability provided by the other two will be hampered or lost, and the ideal of Liberty will come tumbling down."
In the final years of his life, Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States, called upon the American people to
"Preserve inviolate the Constitution, which if cherished in all its chastity and purity, will prove in the end a blessing to all the nations of the earth."
As Americans we must also educate ourselves and our children in order to better understand our nation's founding documents and how America's Founding Fathers originally intended for them to be interpreted. Thomas Jefferson also said:
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
The words of exhortation from America's sixth president, John Quincy Adams, call out to us from the past:
"Posterity -- you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it."
For Liberty: How the Ron Paul Revolution Watered the Withered Tree of Liberty
The Vision of America's Founding Fathers, the true American Dream, is still alive and waiting to be renewed. Make a decision to be a part of restoring it! Become informed! Get involved! You CAN make a difference! Hold fast to your dreams! Rekindle the faith, hope and love in your heart! Be all that you were called to be! LIVE Today's American Dream!
Central Economic Planning at its Worst Last week, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) presented its results to the Financial Services Committee. As with most other politically-appointed commissions, the results of the FCIC's investigation were easy to predict. Established by the same congress that gave us national healthcare and with a majority of its members appointed by those who seek to solve every problem with more government intervention, it was no surprise that the commission's findings would favor increased government intervention in the economy. Minority members were not substantively involved in the commission's operations, and the commission attempted to exclude their dissenting views by granting them very limited space to do so. ... Read the rest
Reps. Ron Paul, Barbara Lee & Walter Jones Introduce Bill to End Afghan War Rep. Barbara Lee joined with two House Republicans to introduce a bill Thursday that they say would end the war in Afghanistan. The bill that Lee, D-Oakland, co-authored with Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., would require that any money appropriated for the war in Afghanistan "shall be obligated and expended only for purposes of providing for the safe and orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan of all members of the Armed Forces and Department of Defense contractor personnel." ... Read the rest
Deception at the Fed For the past three decades, the Federal Reserve has been given a dual mandate: keeping prices stable and maximizing employment. This policy relies not only on the fatal conceit of believing in the wisdom of supposed experts, but also on numerical chicanery. Rather than understanding inflation in the classical sense as a monetary phenomenon-- an increase in the money supply- it has been redefined as an increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The CPI is calculated based on a weighted basket of goods which is constantly fluctuating, allowing for manipulation of the index to keep inflation expectations low. Employment figures are much the same, relying on survey data, seasonal adjustments, and birth/death models, while the major focus remains on the unemployment rate. Of course, the unemployment rate can fall as discouraged workers drop out of the labor market altogether, leading to the phenomenon of a falling unemployment rate with no job growth. ... Read the rest
How Foreign Aid Creates Instability and Isolates America I hope that Egyptians are able to work toward a more free and just society. Unfortunately, much of the blame for the unrest in Egypt and the resulting instability in the region rests with US foreign policy over the past several decades. The US government has sent more than $60 billion to the Egyptian regime since the Camp David Accords in 1978 to purchase stability, including more security for the state of Israel. We see now the folly of our interventionist foreign policy: not only has that stability fallen to pieces with the current unrest, but the years of propping up the corrupt regime in Egypt has led the people to increase their resentment of both America and Israel! We are both worse off for decades of intervention into Egypt's internal affairs. I wish I could say that we have learned our lesson and will no longer attempt to purchase – or rent – friends in the Middle East, but I am afraid that is being too optimistic. Already we see evidence that while the US historically propped up the Egyptian regime, we also provided assistance to groups opposed to the regime. So we have lost the credibility to claim today that we support the self-determination of the Egyptian people. Our double dealing has not endeared us to Egyptians who now seek to reclaim their independence and national dignity.
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The Fed and Job Creation Unemployment continues to plague our economy. In spite of constant claims that we have just turned the corner into recovery, the jobs reports remain grim with no real signs of improvement. While Keynesian economists and big government apologists scratch their heads about persistent unemployment in spite of unprecedented government "investment" in the economy, free market economists understand the problem perfectly well. In short, they understand that we are looking to the Federal Reserve to solve an unemployment crisis that the Fed itself largely created. ... Read the rest
The Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2011 Congressman Ron Paul and his son, Senator Rand Paul, today introduced companion legislation in both chambers of the United States Congress to require a full and thorough audit of the Federal Reserve. The bills, both titled The Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2011, but known better as "Audit the Fed,"are numbered H.R. 459 in the House and S. 202 in the Senate and continue the efforts championed by Ron Paul last year that won 320 co-sponsors before passing the House and 32 cosponsors in the Senate before falling short on a floor vote. H.R. 459 starts the session with 56 original bipartisan cosponsors, while Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) are original cosponsors for S. 202. ... Read the rest
On Real Respect for the Constitution Our Constitution should be viewed as law, and Members of Congress should be expected to follow, respect, understand, and uphold the law. But a document is just a piece of paper if those who represent us and promise to obey it ignore it instead. Celebrating the Constitution without this understanding will do nothing to restore the greatness of America.... For America to once again become the standard for a free society, our love of liberty and desire for peace must far surpass any public display of fidelity to the Constitution. We must first look to strong moral character, respect for the rule of law, and an understanding of the proper role of government in a free society. ... Read the rest
On Gun Control and Violence Politicians and a complicit media have conditioned many citizens to view government as our protector, leading to more demands for government action whenever tragedies occur. But this impulse is at odds with the best American traditions of self-reliance and individualism, and it also leads to bad laws and the loss of liberty.Remember - liberty only has meaning if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and more government security is demanded. Government cannot make us safe by mandating security any more than it can make us prosperous by decreeing an end to poverty. We need to reaffirm the core American value of individual responsibility. ... Read the rest
Toward Sensible Monetary Policy Last week the 112th Congress was sworn in. I am pleased that I will be chairing the Monetary Policy Subcommittee of the Financial Services Committee, which has oversight of the Federal Reserve. Obviously, this position will facilitate my efforts to ensure the Fed provides the American people with more information about what they have been doing with and to our money. Not surprisingly, since my chairmanship was announced, apologists for the Fed have been recycling the old canard about how increased transparency threatens the Fed's so-called political independence. By independence, they are referring to the Fed's ability to greatly impact the economy with virtually no meaningful oversight. We only recently learned that the bankers at the Fed were able to use the latest financial crisis to bail out Wall Street cronies and foreign central banks with billions of dollars that were created and wasted, instead of appropriated and voted on by representatives of the people. The Fed and its supporters in Congress vehemently fought even this small bit of transparency and without this one-time provision in the financial reform act forcing disclosure, we would still not have this information. Indeed, we are in the dark on so much of what the Fed has done. This is extremely dangerous for our country, yet this power and secrecy is defended as some kind of public good, which is patently ridiculous. ... Read the rest
Recipe for a Successful 2011 The year 2011 brings in a host of opportunities and challenges to America. Will we accelerate toward economic insolvency by continuing the policies that have created this crisis, or will a new Congress elected on the energy of the Tea Party movement find the courage to change course?With the new Republican majority in the House I will have the opportunity as a subcommittee chairman to take a careful look at our domestic monetary policy. I am excited by the prospect of real oversight of the Federal Reserve, but I also hope to focus on the important ways in which our foreign policy and monetary policy are related. Just last week the Financial Times reported that the limited oversight of the Federal Reserve allowed by the passage of a watered-down version of my Audit the Fed bill revealed that approximately 55 percent of the loans made available under the largest Federal Reserve bailout program, the Term Auction Facility, went to foreign banks! This is but one example of the real cost to Americans of maintaining its empire overseas, and it cries out for more transparency and oversight.This is why it is key for us to understand that our foreign policy and current economic crisis go hand in hand. ... Read the rest
Is It Unbiblical to Protest Against Unrighteous Governments? Here is where I have a disagreement with MacArthur. The article reports the following about his views: "But from a biblical perspective, MacArthur maintained that the protesters are in violation of the biblical command to 'submit to the powers that be because they’re ordained of God.'" I don't see how protesting the actions of a civil government is a violation of the biblical command to submit to civil authority. When a civil ruler operates outside his jurisdictional limitations, it is not wrong for the people to call him to account. A civil ruler only operates legitimately in those things over which he has jurisdictional authority. He can't claim that because he’s a king that whatever he does is the result of his office. An elected official that lies, cheats, steals, and murders is not doing God’s will in his civil capacity. He can and should be called to account. Samuel Rutherford's comments in Lex, Rex, or, The Law and the Prince are helpful on this point: ... Read More
My Response To A Newspaper Editor After reading Kellyn's column, it was apparent to me that I needed to respond with a column of my own. Kellyn agreed to publish my response, and my column is in the current edition of the Flathead Beacon. I believe it would be beneficial for my readers nationwide to read, not only the two newspaper reports and editorial regarding my move to Montana--and the speech I gave on that Tuesday night--but also my response to the Beacon's Kellyn Brown. Therefore, what follows is the column that I wrote for the Flathead Beacon. ... Read More
State-Owned Churches Are Killing America America was birthed in the spirit of liberty and baptized in the blood of patriots and tyrants. Leading the charge in America's fight for independence was a courageous group of patriot-preachers that came to be known as the "Black Regiment." I have written several columns on this subject. Suffice it to say here that I invite readers to take a look at my Black Regiment web page to learn more about this early American phenomenon. There is little doubt that without these stalwart Christian pastors, this country would not have come into existence. So, what did these colonial preachers have that today's preachers don't? The better question might be: what did these colonial preachers NOT have that today's preachers do? The answer? Two things: 1) an IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation status, and 2) a 50-year misinterpretation of Romans chapter 13. ... Read More
Statist Pseudo-Scholarship On Nullification Writing in the Idaho Statesman, Professor David Gray Adler of the University of Idaho rebuked the state legislature for discussing the possibility of nullifying the patently unconstitutional Obamacare measure. Adler describes nullification as "a pillar of Southern resistance to the federal government," intimating that it was a shield for racial bigotry. In fact, nullification was first embraced by abolitionists who refused to enforce the Fugitive Slave Act. ... Read More
State Nullification: Requisite To Freedom I was thrilled to see J.B. Williams report in NewsWithViews.com that the State of Montana has a broad-based State nullification bill currently proposed in its legislature. Derek Skees (R-Whitefish) is the State legislator who has introduced this much-needed legislation. See the story here. The fact is, Skees' State Nullification bill is only one of several outstanding freedom-first bills that is currently before the Montana legislature. I urge readers to go to PolyMontana.com to look at the many other fine pieces of pro-freedom legislation pending in the Montana State legislature. ... Read More
The Greatest Christian Warmonger of All Time I know, you think I'm grossly exaggerating. You have seen some of my articles with provocative titles like "Christian Killers?" "Pro-Lifers for Mass Murder," "Cursed Be the Christian Coalition," and "The Christian Axis of Evil" and you think I'm just trying to stimulate your interest by using hyperbole in the extreme. I assure you that I am not exaggerating, grossly or otherwise. I assure you that I am not using hyperbole, in the extreme or otherwise. And I also assure you that Ellis Washington is the greatest Christian warmonger of all time. Yes, I know that time hasn't ended yet, and that there might remain a great deal of time for more Christian warmongers to make themselves known. But you have got to read this statement from Ellis Washington for yourself: ... Read More
The Unacceptable Cost of Christian Zionism; Its Legacy of Pain Today the people of Egypt have revolted against a tyrant who has repressed them and helped Israel repress Gaza Arabs into bondage worse than any Pharaoh ever did. As I speak to you, American National Guard units have been activated to go to Egypt. Will they help free the people? Sadly, our own history tells us they go to support a new Egyptian tyrant, just as they support the puppet governments of Iraq and Afghanistan, and every act of Israel. ... Read More
Don't Be Afraid to Put Your Prophetic Views to the Test Every time American Vision posts an article on eschatology or sends out an email promoting a prophecy product, we get quite a few emails from people who get upset with us, actually with me. I'm used to it. I'm only bothered by these types of comments because the emailers generally can only see things one way as if their way has been the only way for thousands of years. Too much is riding on their prophetic theology for them to consider any other view, even if it has been thoroughly studied, analyzed, and debated "over, under, sideways, down, backwards, forwards, square and round." Many Christians are so focused on just a few elements of the Bible that they can't see anything else. Consider this brainteaser to help illustrate the point: ... Read More
Do You Know What the Bible Really Says About Rebuilding the Temple? Many popular prophecy writers and teachers claim that the temple will be rebuilt as a fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Though there are many references to a rebuilt temple in the Old Testament, and that rebuilding did happen, there is no reference to to another rebuilt temple in the New Testament. Come to American Vision's National Prophecy Conference for an accurate and comprehensive look at Bible prophecy. ... Read More
Signs of the End Times in the Middle East Are the riots in Egypt a sign of the End Times? Many prophecy writers say there are many prophetic signs in the Middle East that the end is near. Gary addresses the supposed signs from the book of Zephaniah. ... Read More
American Vision to Host National Prophecy Conference to Evaluate Growing Prophecy Threat For the past 40 years, popular Christian writers and speakers have been predicting the end of the world with little success. Unfortunately, the perennial failure of these prognostications has not adequately dissuaded a growing swell of evangelicals who continue to fall prey to constant calls of "the end is near . . . Jesus is coming soon . . . we're living in the last days." Convicted that the present flood of end-times warnings are not only misleading millions of people, but are also impugning the credibility of the church and its message, American Vision has assembled a 7-member conference panel to discuss this growing threat to the integrity of the Christian religion and the authority of the Bible. ... Read More
Jerusalem: The Have-Not Whore With his face still set against Jerusalem (Luke 9:51), Jesus continued His journey there, prosecuting His case against the adulterous city as He went. Picking up after the parable of the strong man (11:1–26), this week we'll proceed further into that lawsuit. As we noted before, Jesus fulfilled the prophet's role of bringing a covenant lawsuit against an unfaithful covenant partner-in this case, Jerusalem. She had been unfaithful. Her idolatries amounted to spiritual adultery. This is why Jerusalem is called the "Great Whore" in Revelation 17–18. Earlier prophets had used the same theme (Jer. 3; Eze. 16:26; 23). Ezekiel 23 teaches that Jerusalem had committed even worse whoredom than had her despised sister Samaria. Verses 16–17 say, ... Read More
Parables of Judgment As I wrote last week, "Most people don't realize that many if not most of Jesus' parables were intended not as general morality tales, but as particular pronouncements of coming judgment and change. Jesus was warning Jerusalem to repent and to accept its new King (Jesus) or else fall under ultimate condemnation of God. In fact, much of Jesus' teaching in the Gospels pertains primarily to that pre-AD 70 crowd, and without reading it in this light, we misunderstand it. And when we misunderstand it, we misapply it." ... Read More
Identifying Our Friends When I spoke of identifying friends or enemies, I was talking about one's overall positive or negative contribution to the principles of liberty. I will say it again, not all Christians are our friends, and not all non-Christians are our enemies. This is difficult for many Christians to wrap their brains around, I know. I will go one step further: in America today, claiming a new birth Christian experience means absolutely nothing when it comes to defending liberty principles. ... Read More
Liberty Is the Best Protection against the Dollar The Legislative House of the Commonwealth of Virginia is considering the establishing of a joint subcommittee to study whether the Commonwealth should establish an alternative currency in anticipation of the total breakdown of the U.S. Dollar and the Federal Reserve. ... Read More
Socialism, Part 1: Big Government And Unbelief Socialism is often defined simply as government ownership of capital or the means of production. Lovers of big government resort to this simple definition when defending their programs as non-socialistic. From their perspective, since their policies do not directly endorse confiscation of land and capital (that is, as long as you don't count inflation, regulation, and burdensome taxation) they are clearly not socialistic, and those who oppose them must be ignorant. But there is much, much more to socialism than government ownership of the means of production. ... Read More
Prophetic Speculation Out of Kilter and Hurting the Bible's Authority Dead birds . . . Dead Cows . . . Dead Fish. Some Christians see these events as signs that the end is near. So-called "on-line theologian" Paul Begley is one of them. TIME magazine quotes Begley: "There's something biblically going on with the signs of the second coming of Christ." He is using Hosea 4:3 for support: Therefore the land mourns, and everyone who lives in it languishes Along with the beasts of the field and the birds of the sky, and also the fish of the sea disappear. ... Read More
Just Call Him 'Saddam Hannity' In a July 1990 diplomatic cable recently publicized by the WikiLeaks whistleblower group, then-U.S. ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie described a now infamous meeting with Saddam Hussein in which she told the dictator that the U.S. government would not intervene in Iraq's dispute with Kuwait. Iraq, Saddam insisted, "was in serious financial difficulties" as a result of its war with Iran, which had been supported by Washington and its Arab allies. The Iraqi dictator accused Kuwait of being ungrateful and selfish by waging "economic war" on Iraq by undercutting OPEC's oil price targets. This dispute eventually led to Iraq's attempted seizure of Kuwait's oil assets. Just a few days ago, Saddam's complaint was repackaged by Fox News commentator Sean Hannity only this time the problem is rising -- rather than falling - oil prices. ... Read More
Satanic Solutions Lies, Lies, And More Lies "Rebellion against God's law is a frightful crime; rebellion in favor of God's law is a fearful duty." America, the "Land of the Free and Home of the Brave", or is it? Touted as a war to preserve our freedom, in typical double-speak fashion, the War on Terror has spawned the very freedom robbing police state laws and procedures it was supposed to prevent. ... Read More
Pro-Lifers for Mass Murder Pro-lifers are dedicated to the idea that God values all human life, they are committed to educating women about the dangers to their physical and emotional health if they undergo abortions, they are relentless in pointing out the horrors of abortion - and they are some of the most bloodthirsty warmongers on the planet. Pro-lifers should be just as concerned about their government sanctioning the killing of foreigners on the battlefield in an unjust war as they are about their government sanctioning the killing of babies in the womb in an abortion. It is hypocrisy in the highest degree to talk about the sanctity of life and the evils of abortion and then turn around and show contempt for, or indifference to, the lives of adults and foreigners. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. Pro-lifers, these things ought not so to be. ... Read More
Conservatives' Military-Industrial Complex On the 50th anniversary of President Dwight Eisenhower's farewell address in which he warned of a "military-industrial-complex," it is worth remembering not only how right Ike was, but how most conservatives continue to embrace Pentagon spending with an almost religious fervor. ... Read More
Can The Right Be Antiwar? Jack Hunter, talk radio host and newspaper columnist, discusses the cycle of hypocrisy, Left and Right, that turns skeptics to statists whenever their party occupies the White House; why conservatives like Grover Norquist, despite his hypocrisy, should be applauded for questioning the Afghan War; so-called political "moderates" who are in fact the most fervent warmongering radicals; and why foreign policy isn't at all a fringe issue, but the definitive political litmus test that excludes people like Ron Paul from his own party's convention and makes soul-mates of warmongers of both parties. MP3 here. (18:03) ... Read More
Chuck Baldwin: Restoring The Republic Chuck Baldwin ran in 2008 as the Constitution Party's presidential candidate, he's also a pastor, writer and radio talk show host. Baldwin breaks down the left-right paradigm and how the globalists are in control of both major political parties. Baldwin also discusses solutions and actions the American people can take to reverse the new world order's criminal agenda and restore our Republic. ... Read More
Is God Imperialistic? Will Armies Establish His Kingdom? Jesus claimed He was not bringing peace but a sword. He was not supporting imperialism but instead a robust proclamation of the Gospel of forgiveness and obedience and a fearless confrontation of the devil's activities along with a stout solution. For a nation that has never been invaded the United States of America has fought an inordinate number of wars. Some have gained territory but most have caused the premature deaths of millions of people and accomplished nothing. ... Read More
History, the Nations & the Messiah Prince By God's Son all things were created which are in heaven, and which are in earth--things visible and invisible: whether they be Thrones, or Dominions, or Principalities, or Powers, all things were created by Him (Colossians 1.16). Here in this final installment of a three-part introduction to Ancient History, written in 1731, Charles Rollins uncovers the glorious purpose of God's Son as Mediator and Ruler of the Nations and the path through all of history that God used to prepare us for the rule of His Son. ... Read More
A Nation Of Truth-Rejecters The rejection of truth seems ubiquitous in America today. When did it start? Maybe when Abraham Lincoln turned the Constitution on its head and--at bayonet point--turned republicanism into nationalism; maybe when Woodrow Wilson rejected thousands of years of human history and turned America's sound money system over to the corrupt and illegitimate Federal Reserve; maybe when Wilson created the monstrous Internal Revenue Service; maybe when the 17th Amendment was adopted; maybe when the American media convinced people that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; maybe when the American people (including the vast majority of pastors and Christians) turned their backs (and their hearts) to the Branch Davidians, who were murdered by federal agents outside Waco, Texas; maybe when so-called "conservative" Senate Republicans deliberately chose to cover up President Bill Clinton's criminal conduct; maybe when the powers that be began demonizing anyone who dared to question the "official”" story regarding the events on 9/11/01; maybe when a vast majority of Christians and conservatives blindly followed and actively supported the unconstitutional, un-American policies of President George W. Bush. They supported Bush when he threw off Western Civilization's time-tested Just War doctrine (and replaced it with an unconscionable Preemptive War policy), and, again, when he officially began turning America into a police state by creating the Department of Homeland Security, implementing the Military Commissions Act, introducing the Patriot Act, and dismantling Habeus Corpus and Posse Comitatus. Whenever it started, the sad reality is, America has largely become a nation of truth-rejecters. ... Read More
The Idol Of Patriotism - To Whom Is The Nation Beholden? Tell me, gentle reader, do we pray to the Constitution? Is it the Constitution that God set forth as the basis for His Kingdom? In the face of overwhelming evil is the Constitution the Biblical antidote? Have we not substituted the Constitution for repentance and obedience? Has the Constitution become an idol that blocks the righteousness of the One True God? The Founders of our nation wanted to create barriers to tyranny because they were very familiar with the despotic nature of European governments. Checks and balances were incorporated into our Constitution. But checks and balances do not create a Biblical government. ... Read More
Enemy Within The Gates The enemy has always done its best and most efficient work from within. At this point, I am reminded of what America's most celebrated jurist, Daniel Webster, once said, "There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter: from the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence. I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men and become the instruments of their own undoing." ... Read More
Jesus and Judgment Day, A message to Christ Followers and Peacemakers of all Religions We should ignore the un-Christlike example of most religious celebrities and political leaders and instead follow the example of George Frederic Handel, who wrote "he Messiah," the most sung and listened to Christmas work ever. Most Celebrity leaders would claim they love Handel's Messiah. But they fear to live the words, for the overwhelming theme in the almost 300 pages of music and lyrics is love and peace. ... Read More
Time For Christians To Shred Their Bibles I challenge Christians to objectively look at the great stories of Bible heroes (in both testaments) and observe how many times they are noted for either being martyred for defying a civil authority, or, perhaps, for being delivered from death for defying a civil authority. The stories of defiance to civil government (in one form or another) comprise a great percentage of all the stories contained in the Bible-perhaps even a majority of them. ... Read More
Why the Dome-of-the-Rock is Better than a Re-Built Temple ... the idea that a Jewish Temple must one day (soon) stand in the place of the Muslim Dome of the Rock is a pure superstition. It is founded upon a tradition of the Jews-infused with some imagination-and not upon any command of God's Word.
With all of the talk and Bible study concerning the Jewish Temple Mount, you would expect the Bible to have much to say about that particular Mount. But most Christians-especially the ones who lecture us most about a coming rebuilt Temple-would certainly be surprised by how little the Bible actually says about that location. Most of what is assured to us today-and what is the subject of geopolitical tension and theological fighting-is founded upon little more than assumptions. ... Read More
No Biblical Support for Christian Zionism's Political Views Zionism denies all basic teaching of Jesus and the Prophets. Were it not for mega millions of misled Christian Zionists in America who support Israel's warmaking agenda in the Middle East there would be no occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan and Philistine, and children could sleep soundly in Lebanon, Iran and Gaza confident that no American made bombs would fall on their beds tonight. ... Read More
Part II: No Biblical Support Exists for Christian Zionism's Political Views Part II: Christian and Jewish Zionists Both Deny Jesus' Teaching. The church-centered pro-Zionist group that influence the largest voting bloc in the U.S.A, practice the reverse of what their leaders say they believe. Southern Baptists and most non-denominational mega-churches are led by TV celebrities, profess that the Bible is the literal, inerrant word of God, preserved by His hand. They teach not from the ancient words, but from man added footnotes and commentaries inserted into several popular study bibles, which often avoid or deny Jesus words. This is the dark secret this sect can not face. This author's audio-visual presentation on this subject is called "The Tragedy and The Turning." ... Read More
Matthew 24: A Summary Matthew 24 may be the most misinterpreted passage of Scripture and is one of the pillars of dispensationalism. In this episode, Gary quickly goes through the chapter, dispelling the myths and misinterpretations. ... Read More
The Olivet Discourse As one of the cornerstones of Dispensational Eschatology, the Olivet Discourse is crucial for proper teaching and understanding. In this episode, Gary covers some of the main points of difference taught from Matthew 24. It all comes down to whether you really believe Jesus or not. ... Read More
Prophetic Speculation under the Microscope In yesterday's article, "Testing the Prophets (Again)," I began a brief response to Greg Laurie's article "Are these signs of the times?" I included comments From H. Wayne House who is a NT scholar and takes a dispensational premillennial approach to the passage. One of House's points is that the "wars and rumors of wars" mentioned by Jesus in Matthew 24:6 had to be global. But notice Jesus' words: "you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars." There is no expectation that His audience would see or experience any of these wars. They would only be hearing about them. The dispensationalists expect "global warfare and chaos." ... Read More
A Biblical View of Private Property Because God is absolutely sovereign, no earthly institution can claim independent and absolute ownership of property....This does not mean, however, that individuals, families, and corporations cannot own property. Rather, it means that the ownership of property is regarded as a stewardship to be governed by the Word of God. The accumulation of property through theft (Ex. 20:15), confiscation of property by governmental decree (1 Kings 21), and the willful destruction of property by the envious (Gen. 26:12, 17) are lawless acts, destructive to an orderly society. The possession of property is a way for the godly to fulfill their dominion assignment under God. God gives His creatures possession of the earth to extend the boundaries of the kingdom as they fulfill their calling in obedience to His Word; therefore, the confiscation of property is an attack upon the kingdom and its advance. ... Read More
Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave The surrender of liberty for the sake of "national security" has finally come home to roost in a way every American can understand. If 9/11 was the turning point then why weren't full-body scans and invasive pat-downs initiated right away? The federal government realizes that it takes conditioning to instigate unwarranted change. And so we have a modern-day wheat and tares parable: the players are the travelers who roll over and surrender their 4th amendment rights versus those who stand on principle. The former are the subjects of peer pressure and social engineering. The latter are people willing to miss their flights, be threatened with law suits and bear public shame for not getting in line. The attack is on liberty. ... Read More
De-Toxify The Beast! Have you ever heard this phrase? "Starve the beast!" It refers to starving the Federal government. It argues that if Congress cuts taxes, spending cuts will necessarily follow. The problem with this metaphor is that it conjures up a mental image of an overweight person who cannot bring himself to stop eating. He has no inner Richard Simmons, longing to get out. The problem is this: this obese person has an inheritance that he can tap into whenever money runs short: the Federal Reserve System. He just keeps getting fatter. ... Read More
Conservatism: Hope or Failure The ironic reality is that conservatism is not an alternative to liberalism, but a partner. It represents the other face of the same coin. It has no fixed political philosophy of its own, but acts as the slavish counterpart to the progressive ideology. Together, the two form opposing sides of shifting, relativistic political spectrum, the whole of which has been marching relentlessly toward unbelief and socialism. Conservatism may slow the advance of its opponent, but it also eventually affirms his gains. Conservatism represents one-half of an unwinnable Hegelian dialectic. ... Read More
Church Superstition and 666 Many, if not most, Christians refrain from much, if any, involvement in politics or modern culture. More troubling still is when the Church does get involved but over something inconsequential and superstitious. If Christian's would adopt a biblical worldview and eschatology, and work to redeem our culture, we would see a radical difference! ... Read More
Two Political Doctrines In America today, it's clear that we are seeing the fruit of a secular, man centered political philosophy, and frankly, it does not matter whether it is left or right, or whether it is liberal or conservative. The fruit is always the same. If we want to find our way out of the status quo, we have to take a totally different direction: we have to look at God, not man. What sets Explicitly Christian Politics apart from other philosophies is its recognition that God, and not the state, is all powerful. ... Read More
Testing the Prophets (Again) As this millennial decade comes to an end and North Korea is rattling its military sword, popular Christian writers will reach into their prophecy bags, appeal to the Bible, and tell us that the end is near. The more judicious ones don't come right out and say Jesus' coming will take place in "our generation"; they temper their claims with something like this: "So is the end of the world near? I don't know for certain, but clearly there are signs of the times." Greg Laurie, like so many prophecy writers past and future, adds a caveat after spending a dozen or more paragraphs marshalling what he believes are incontrovertible evidences that the end must be near. No one would pay much attention to articles on prophecy if their authors didn't suggest in nearly dogmatic terms that Jesus IS returning very, very, very soon. ... Read More
Explicitly Christian Politics Nothing on this earth was made apart from Christ. Christ, the Word, created all things, and nothing that's been made was made apart from Him. Every aspect of Creation was engineered, designed, and created by Him- and was, in fact, designed by Him also in the way it was to function. He's not only the Creator and the Sustainer, but the Bible teaches us that He's the Governor of everything. In fact, the Bible calls Him the "Lord of lords and the King of kings."
Explicitly Christian politics begins with the presupposition that all rule and authority resides in the person of Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:18 says, "All authority has been given to me, in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore and teach all nations..." ... Read More
Eschatology Matters: Competing Worldviews Christians aren't the only ones with a view of the future. Every religion and major social or political movement has an eschatology that effects how they conduct day to day life. In this episode Gary looks at some of the various major eschatological views and the impact they have had on our culture. ... Read More
Spiritual Wickedness In High Places Yet, Big Government and Big Religion have always come together for the purpose of enslaving the masses. ...When Colonial America fired that shot heard around the world and fought their way to independence, they broke free, not only from the political domination of the Crown, but also from the religious domination of a State Church. ...Therefore, it is more than disturbing when I see evangelical Christians being seduced by the ancient Big Government/Big Religion whorish union today. How can any true Gospel preacher accept federal Faith-Based Initiative monies, except that he has either lost all understanding of what freedom truly means, or is willing to sacrifice the sacred principles of liberty upon the altar of his own selfish interests? How can any true Gospel preacher not realize that Big Religion has always conspired with tyrannical governmental forces against the true Gospel message? Why are they so blind to these devilish conspiracies? At the highest levels of virtually every major religion, the conspiracy to hijack truth and enslave the masses is constantly at work. ... Read More
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