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Food For Thought

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.”

President Dwight D Eisenshower

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America Is Not A Christian Nation

David Barton is trying to nail jelly to his wall builders wall by spreading the notion that America is a Christian nation. Christians do not make a habit of committing sin. America does. Sin is America’s worst habit.

Whoever is born of God does not commit sin; for his seed remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. (1 John 3:9)

If Barton thinks that God saves nations, which he does not, he saves individuals who come to him in repentance, than why does America sin if it is a Christian nation? Because no one is perfect?

Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:48)

Nowhere do the apostles teach that nations do not commit sin. God saves sinners not nations. He died for the human race.

For it became him, for whom [are] all things, and by whom [are] all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. (Hebrews 2:10)

We are made perfect through suffering not by possessing the greatest military on earth. Again if that were true as James Dobson implies that the more people you can kill with your army and weapons is a sign of God’s grace (favor), then all conquerors through the ages like Attila the Hun which was said of him, that the ground where his army of cutthroats thundered grass never grew again were favored men of God.

Barton thinks as so many that might is right and money is evidence of God’s grace. I was disappointed to read that James Dobson of Focus on the Family said that God favors America because he gave it the greatest military in the world.

So did God favor all the nations that totally decimated the Israelites and destroyed their temple and carried them away to pagan nations? These wicked nations had the military genius and power to overthrown God’s people Israel and they did.

What the world wants is no suffering. Let me into the kingdom of God without suffering. Let me in there with my accumulated wealth and riches. Let me in there to rule with my bombs. Please don’t ask me to suffer as a Christian. Once it was a shame to be a Christian now it is something to be proud of.

And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. (Acts 5:41)

America is as ancient Rome and Greece in their worship of many gods IE: food, money, fame, beauty, youth, sex and the list goes on of the many gods America worships. Mostly the god of self. In any nation.  Zeus and Baal were small compared to the god of self. When they weren’t bowing to Mars and Jupiter they were bowing to Zeus.

America is even as old pagan Babylon. Their only goal on earth was to SIN. To tattoo their entire body with one word:  SIN. Yes one can be wicked and prosper as did old Babylon and the famed Roman empire. Ask the Hebrew prophet Jeremiah who asked God in all his sufferings and discouragement, as he preached to Israel to repent, seeing the enemy live rich; why do the wicked prosper?

Righteous are you, O LORD, when I plead with you: yet let me talk with you of your judgments: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? why are all they happy that deal very treacherously? (Jeremiah 12:1)

Barton tries to advance the lie that America is great because it is holy.  That greatness and holiness are synonymous. That all the  founding fathers were professing Christians. Even if they were; following that logic that prosperity and greatness is holiness, then Rome was the most consecrated place on earth and its emperors were all men of faith and love. Was there any army greater than the Roman legions?

If greatness means God’s favor according to James Dobson reasoning, then all the ancient kingdoms that God overthrew in his anger were all righteous. Egypt was pagan and was great. And Egypt had no problem making the Israelites slaves for over four hundred years.  Furthermore..Egypt managed to keep the Israelites slaves for over four hundred years. They did it with whips and hard labor. So why would any people submit to such treatment? Why didn’t ancient Israel fight back? Didn’t they have any whips? Chariots?

Why were the enemies of Israel able to sweep right in take over and rule over them? Did not Israel have any means of defending themselves against these armies?

The Bible teaches the exact opposite of what Barton says. Barton’s presentation is that America is great because of its Christian heritage. Then James Dobson says that the proof America is favored by God is its weapons of mass destruction that God provided.  The notion that the humble Nazarene Jesus who was crucified by the mighty Romans, coerced by the steeped in tradition hypocrite stone carrying Jews, today provides weapons of mass destruction to destroy the very people he died to save is saying that God thinks like man. It is absurd and a great insult to a loving God who sent his Son to die for sinners to present God as a serial killer.


Then why was Israel the chosen nation of God so easily carried away to nations that held them captive if great armies is a sign of God’s favor?

And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? 55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. 56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.

According to the Bible all the armies that defeated Israel were used of God to punish Israel not because he favored those nations by providing them weapons of mass destruction to defeat Israel.

Does America trump Israel? Is it because America is now Israel? The Israel of God? Why would God forsake his people? Paul says he did not. (Romans 11) But some say that the church based in America  is now Israel the Israel of God.

Yet the apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans says that he is a Jew and an Israelite. He is both. Though he was a Jew and an Israelite he was a Christian. He said God has not cast away his people.

1948 Israel is a modern-day sign that God did not cast away Israel. Fake Israel? Israel it is Israel and God will use it to accomplish his purpose for them and the world. Despite the gainsayers.

Of course we know that God punished Israel for its sins. This is the reason they suffered defeat. This is why they went into captivity. So are we to deduct that America is being used of God to punish nations? Now Israel is under another name America and is being used of God to punish other nations? Why else the great military? Why did Rome have the greatest military of its time? because it was favored by God? Then Egypt was favored also and so was Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great. If ruling over others by the means of deadly weapons than all the wicked nations of the ancient world were favored by God.

Yet the God of the Bible is always for the underdog.

Persia and Greece all great and all pagan. All  idolatrous nations that knew not Yahweh according to Barton’s thinking were righteous and this explains their greatness.

See what Barton is doing here by his lies that this nation is Christian, that the founding fathers were consecrated men of God? He is telling God and the world that if you prosper it is a sign of God’s favor. Any nation that does not have a great military and modern technology is not favored by God is Barton and Dobson’s thinking. The gist of their message is that God wants those nations destroyed not saved by the blood of his Son.

That greatness is holiness. That having the biggest gun is the favor of God.

What did Jesus say about this  notion that if you prosper it means God is blessing you for your holiness?

And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses. (Luke 12:15)

If being rich and great is a sign of God’s favor then why did the rich man go to hell? Riches and prosperity have nothing to do with what God said of Christianity. It was Lazarus that God blessed and delivered from his torment

Behold, the nations [are] as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he takes up the isles as a very little thing. (Isaiah 40:15) It is Christ who is holy not nations. Nations are to him a drop in a bucket.  America is just part of that drop.

The rich man went to hell not because he was rich but because he was a self-absorbed egomaniac who thought it was all about him. He refused to be saved and he refused to love even the least that was among him and his ilk.

To him one of the least was Lazarus the beggar. To the rich man Lazarus was a loser in life because he was not rich and educated. He was a poor beggar who begged for crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. That is pretty pathetic to be as Lazarus was. Sores on his body that the dogs came and licked. Jesus did not say that Lazarus chased the dogs away from licking his sores. He just laid there and begged. The rich man just sat there and gorged himself with all the fine foods he could afford while dressed in purple.

Sounds like some of these false prophet preachers on television who take money from others so they could live themselves like rich men while the beggar Lazarus nations lay at their feet and beg for crumbs to eat.

What judgment is coming to them for their great and mighty sins when Jesus who died for all men to be saved tells them Depart from me I never you. I was in prison I was sick and I was poor and you never lifted one finger to help me. When Lord when did we do this to you will these hypocrites ask him. They are so blind to their own sins that they do not even see they are  the people Jesus referred to.

As someone said…Ask not for whom the bell tolls it tolls for thee.

Americans need to repent as do the Russians and Norwegians….in other words sinners need to repent.

The Israelites were the chosen nation of God. If God did not give them a great military to destroy men and nations where does that leave the rest of the nations that did not bring Christ into the world? Russia has a great military and so does North Korea. So does Iran and other nations. So does this mean that when we see nations acquire great destroying weapons it means that God is smiling on them?

How foolish to think that God creates weapons to destroy the very ones he sent his Son to save. Jesus said he did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them. (NT) He told them You know not of what manner of spirit you are. So why would God give weapons of mass destruction to kill the very ones he died to redeem? The Bible says clearly that men are wise to do evil. (OT) God also said that men are the inventors of evil things. (OT) If the atomic bomb is not evil what is?

Only God is right and only he has might and only he is love.

To declare America favored by God than we must declare all the ancient pagan idolatrous heathen nations as favored by God. Rome with its millions of gods being the most loved and favored by God because of its greatness is the logic Barton thinks by.

To be continued….probably to edit

Westboro Baptist Church and Its Hellfire Message

Westboro Baptist Church member Benjamin Phelps...

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I have read a few unfavorable descriptions of the Reverend Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church. He and his congregation are out there today holding almost nothing back as they cry out, and spare not against the sin and evil that is destroying this nation and the world.

[The sins one commits destroy themselves. God made us in his image but when we disobeyed in Eden we installed a self-destruct button into our existence that is getting pressed every day. But God is not going to hold Christians responsible for what this nation is doing.]

Their message is America Is Doomed.

When the atheist-comedian George Carlin died Reverend Phelps made a video and put it on You Tube saying plainly George Carlin the potty mouth is in hell.  The God he mocked is now mocking him.

He recently said that Lady Gaga is a bad influence on any who listen to her. His daughter said that Elizabeth Taylor is now in hell alongside Michael Jackson. He understands that whoever does not profess Christ with a life to back it up is going to hell.

He is against what is against God. How he delivers it is simply his method and style. He is no Joel Osteen who smiles and tells you exactly what you want to hear.

They who cry out and preach against sin will never be loved or wanted. On the contrary they are hated and not appreciated by those who want to sin and call it freedom.

Phelps says God laughs as he sees the sinners fall into hell. His picketing of soldiers funerals with offensive signs that read Thank God For Dead Soldiers.

Reverend Phelps sees the war as sin and the dead soldiers as God’s judgment on America for sending them to war. His absolute stand against homosexuality with his God Hates Fags signs is right out of the Old and New Testaments. He sees homosexuality as the Bible says it is; an abomination. It is disgusting to God. And his hatred of abortion (murdering babies) and fornication (sex before marriage)  and divorce (usually caused by adultery) is all Biblical also. He sees the destruction of the home God established on earth as being destroyed because of the willingness of this nation to let it happen.

That not only does this nation allow all this evil; it makes it legal. This nation protects the sinner to sin all he wants while warning the Christians to back off or face lawsuits. Sin is called right and God and his children are called wrong.

And it is true according to the Bible that God does hate some things though God loves the human race.  And there are  people God hates and there is Bible to prove this. God is not always pasting big happy faces on people.  Sometimes he puts big sad faces with eyes drenched in tears. He loved Jacob and hated Esau. God said his hand wounds as well as heal.

One preacher said that God saves with his arm, heals with his hand, and casts out devils with his finger. But he is also a God of judgment. He definitely  sends judgment on people for their sins. It is called justice. God always more than evens the score.

These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. (Proverbs 6:16-19)

Many may not want to see it or believe it but the Bible does say that God hates certain things. IE: if you lie God hates your tongue.  It is there as plain as ever. He hates false witnesses and troublemakers. Tale-bearing has even caused innocent people to be murdered. God hates a lying, gossiping, trouble-making, slandering backbiter.

If you shed innocent blood God hates you. No one can take Proverbs 6 and say it is not what God said. It is what he said. He hates certain things and certain people. Does anyone actually think that God loves people who sin? If you do then you misunderstand the message of the Bible. Adam (all of us) sinned and died for it. If we sin we die.  We are dead while we live. God is a God of the living and not of the dead. Sin kills and Jesus is life not death.

But she that lives in pleasure is dead while she lives. (1 Timothy 5:6) and don’t think that just means widows. It means anyone who lives in pleasure is dead while they live. Does God love dead things? I think not.

Christ is LIFE. How could LIFE love dead people? There is no death in God neither is there darkness.

God is not a big fluffy cuddly teddy bear up in the sky who just wants us to do whatever we want. God didn’t make us to wild party and die. But to love him and obey him. And live forever with him in paradise.

For our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:29)

And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all men every where to repent: (Acts 17:30)

God is a consuming fire who at one time winked at man’s ignorance but now commands all men everywhere to repent. Dismiss immediately those images of a wimpy bony weak sickly looking Jesus depicted in paintings by artists who saw him as they saw themselves perhaps.

And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.(Revelation of Jesus Christ 20:15) [notice the word cast here? No one will willingly go to the lake of fire. They will be cast in against their will]

He is a great and terrible God out of whose mouth comes fire.  But in his love he sent His Son to die for us so we will not be cast into hell by his angels someday for doing what he hates; sin.

7Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth. 8There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.9He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet. 10And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind. 11He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. 12At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire. 13The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire. 14Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them. 15Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils. (Psalm 18)

He loves you, but your tongue is a an object of his hate if you tell lies. Why? because he commanded man not to lie so any tongue that lies cannot be an object of his love. Same goes for the other things he hates.

Reverend Phelps is a fire and brimstone preacher of the first rank. He takes the Bible literally when he speaks of God laughing and mocking at the sinner as he falls into eternal darkness and hell for rejecting the Son of God.

(Proverbs 1:26) I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;

These passages are about God’s response to anyone who casts aside his counsel and love.

With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavory. (2 Samuel 22:27)

Reverend Phelps doesn’t see the war as from God but believes what James the apostle said here in his letter.

From where come wars and fightings among you ? come they not from this, even from your lusts that war in your members? (James 4:1)

And said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, you child of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? (Acts 13:10) [The Apostle Paul said these words to a sinner.]

Jesus said to those who rejected his love and teachings that they were going to a place where the worm dies not and the fire is not quenched.

They have translated the Bible out of the original Hebrew and Greek.  And after two- thousand years of the Greek translation with revisions of the New Testament it still says there is a red-hot hell that God prepared for the devil and his angels.

Like John Hagee preaches, “You say you don’t believe in hell? Matters not you’re still going there.”

“But God is love.” they say, “He wants us to have fun all the time.” God isn’t condemning us he understands. But what does God really say?

The soul that sins, it shall die. (Ezekiel 18:20) It cannot be any clearer than that. No names mentioned here, but it is very personal...the soul that sins shall die. End of story. And there is hope only in Christ.

I have heard those who cannot see love as anything unless it involves  their own will and desires. It is never about what God wants; it is about what they want. “This is what I think” is the common statement from those who cannot see anything as valid unless they are the ones who thought it up. Truth to them is what they think. What God says brings this response,  “There must have been mistakes in the translations. God cannot send anyone to hell.”

“God wants us happy”  yet are clueless as to what God says happiness is. Happiness can only be found in the will of God.  Many counterfeits out there that masquerade as love. God alone is love. It is in him that our peace and happiness is. It is in obedience to his words that we can get to heaven.

Someone said that hell is the wrath of God against sin. So when Jesus paid the debt for our sins whoever rejects that offer will suffer the wrath of God which wrath is expressed in the eternal hell.

You serpents, you generation of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell? (Matthew 23:33) Jesus said this.

Reverend Phelps knows that God is for peace, that God is for all nations to repent and come to him. He knows that God is not for killing those for whom he died. He knows that God wants people to love one another not go to war against each other.

These things have you done, and I kept silence; you thought that I was altogether such an one as yourself: but I will reprove you, and set them in order before your eyes. (Psalm 50:21)

Phelps is the brunt of jokes as he without shame lays down the gospel in the most offensive ways.  But look at this man who was executed by the system because he did not act according to their beliefs and their traditions.

That is the very reason Jesus was executed by the evil system because he went against their evil and told them exactly where they were living. They did not want to hear it. They did not want to hear that they were wrong. They did not want anyone or anything to crash their party.

Phelps may be offensive in what he says and how he says it, but he is getting the message out that God hates sin.

I would not go out there and do it how he does. But the Supreme Court ruled in his favor that he has every right to protest.

Read who God hates:

  • Psalm 5:5, “The boastful shall not stand before Thine eyes; Thou dost hate all who do iniquity,”
  • Psalm 11:5, “The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked, and the one who loves violence His soul hates.”
  • Lev. 20:23, “Moreover, you shall not follow the customs of the nation which I shall drive out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I have abhorred them.”
  • Prov. 6:16-19, There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: 17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil,
    19 A false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers.”
  • Hosea 9:15, “All their evil is at Gilgal; indeed, I came to hate them there! Because of the wickedness of their deeds I will drive them out of My house! I will love them no more; All their princes are rebels.”