A Ray of Hope For Education

Freedom of Speech

This is a re-post from AMAC News , written by Robert B. Charles (Robert B. Charles was an Assistant Secretary of State under Colin Powell, former US Court of Appeals Clerk for Judge Robert Beezer, taught at the Harvard University Extension School, and currently leads a consulting group in Washington, DC.) Posted as written and published by Amac New Letter.

Mr. Charles is point on in this timely and well written piece.  It is well worth the reading.

 

Free Speech Matters – President Trump is Right.

By: Robert B. Charles

This week, President Trump announced plans for an executive order supporting free speech on college campuses nationwide. His action responds to growing suppression of conservative voices across “the academy” going back a decade.
Colleges not honoring First Amendment rights will face denial of federal grants. Liberals are up in arms, as are universities. Arguments lofted against the President are as diverse as the dialogue on campus is chilled, self-censored, and vacuous.
Some argue campuses are plenty diverse, others that the First Amendment needs no executive champion. Some argue the President has no right to arbitrate, while others claim this will open the door to conservative ideas.
So, what are the facts? Scary. Nationwide, colleges are adopting “speech codes,” banning words subject to “misuse,” banning speakers who require more security (since schools teach intolerance of tradition and tolerate violence against conservatives), banning religious groups that disagree with progressive orthodoxy, berating academics and students who support Second Amendment rights and gun ownership, who question federal overreach, socialism, climate-hysteria, drug legalization, and leftist demagoguery.
Support for traditional American values – like unencumbered freedom to praise or criticize authority, hold religious views consonant with conscience and Biblical text, support law enforcement and military action, honor the American flag and anthem, oppose killing of unborn and just-born babies, and protect the integrity of citizenship, territorial sovereignty, drug-free communities – is anathema. Not to be tolerated.
Tools deployed against students include kicking individuals and groups off campus, failing to protect students and conservative speakers from physical violence, withholding grades, advancement and social positions, as well as a plethora of social control techniques, from ostracizing and intimidating traditionalists to promoting “normalization” of leftist ideologies, norming illicit drug use, promoting racial resentment (e.g. “white privilege”), condemning patriotism, law enforcement, and traditional support for rule of law.
Conservatives are progressively recast as “outliers,” young Americans reeducated to “understand” that the work, sacrifice and freedom that brought our country to this point are not worth studying or admiring, rather should be condemned, disowned, and rewritten. Sound familiar? Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Mao – as well as fascists – all subscribed to this idea.
The boldly stated justification for censorship, a pro-suppression agenda? According to speech policies, we must “protect the vulnerable,” “promote social justice,” and “assure diversity.”
George Orwell would be so proud. He predicted this development with clarity, care and granularity 35 years too early – in 1984. Ray Bradbury predicted it too, his book-burning in Fahrenheit 451. Arguably, one of the most thorough, articulate thinkers of our time, Russell Kirk, laid out the stakes in The Conservative Mind, published in 1953, updated in 1985.
So, President Trump is right – we live in times that demand a defense of free speech, especially on college campuses. But take the rejoinder apart.
Liberals say they want more “diversity.” But what do they mean? Diversity is no longer about greater idea inclusion, broader academic dialogue, more openness to intellectual, moral, and social difference. Diversity is not about expanding viewpoints, understanding truth, or inviting variety into the public square – more robust debate, discussion, advancement, idea dismissal or thoughtful integration.
Diversity is no longer about seeking truth at all – although this remains the primary venture on which we should hope to enter, especially on a campus. Now, the term is constricted – by an unspoken code. Today, it does not mean inviting different views to advance moral understanding, science or social unity, entertaining diverse viewpoints for general edification, but the reverse.
Today it means, using race, demography, politics and group markers as surrogates for diverse thought. It means settling old scores, resurrecting and preserving divisions – some of which were laboriously closed over generations – to advance the division of America. Is that not odd, and profoundly sad?
Diverse opinions are now quashed in the name of diversity, while physical characteristics are used to differentiate groups and advance a divided society, reelecting politicians who promote divisions and groupthink, while saying they are all for unity.
So, campuses less and less promote truth, unity and genuine diversity – instead perpetuating divisions under the rubric of diversity. Let’s be clear: Speech and people are not made freer by suppression of speech and people.
As for the idea that speech needs no executive champion, a president has no right to arbitrate, and conservative ideas are dangerous? Free speech needs no champion so long as constitutional rights are honored. But when they are dishonored – and students are censored on our campuses – speech needs a champion.
The President, Congress and Article III Courts are not arbiters of free speech, except when free speech is chided, chilled and killed by violence, intimidation and misuse – and by accusing those who use words to communicate ideas of “misuse.” Then, free speech needs defenders.
Conservative thought dangerous? Hardly. Promotion of immediate violence of any kind and for any reason, short of self-defense or defense of another, against any American – or anyone on our soil – is forbidden, and does not count as free speech. That is a conservative principle, tied to another one – rule of law.
So, if you think this column is dangerous – if you think ideas like free and open exchange, use of words that may be offensive, direct, candid, insulting and strongly held; if you think advancing un-chilled speech – some hot enough to spur argument; and if you think rule of law to support open talk is dangerous, then – well, go back and read your American history.
You may be surprised. Free speech is about the human conscience, intellect, emotions and spirit – gaining a voice. That is what our Founders fought for, died for and left to us. Our job is to speak freely in defense of that sacred right. That is what President Trump is doing. And that is why he is right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Socialism .. Our Greatest Danger

 

Get out of UN

 

Socialism, the resurgence of socialism in my studied opinion is not actually a resurgence, but inadvertently exposed during the 2016 and the 2018 political campaigns. What happened with some of the comments during the Clinton – Sanders primary DNC presidential campaign, both mentioned some of the socialist utopias. Bernie more than Hillary because he wears his socialism like a fine hat, Hillary on the other hand, was more clandestine in her socialist ambitions, playing so because of Obama’s blatant display of total disregard for the Nation, the Constitution, and the people. His total ambition to divide and conquer our nation in the name of the North American Socialist Union which he would then control and work his way to the UN Secretary General in his blind ambition to rule the world, as the Global Socialist Union.
That was not the idea of the Muslim from Kenya before he made the splashes in Chicago politics with ACORN and George Soros, Bill Ayers (the theoretician of Marxism as he led the Weather Underground). It was Bill Ayers that implemented the Saul Alinsky ideologies into the ACORN group, and socialism was well into its resurgence then.
Now we have socialists coming out of the woodwork which has been called Democratic Socialists. Several socialist groups already exist in the United States and have done so for decades. They have grown steadily developing their ideologies, and of course, the MSM have their agenda to help even when lies suit them and their purpose better than the truth. Problem with socialism and that is for conservative and Christian authors, bloggers and all conservative communications. Liberal-socialists and Republican establishment politicians will control the content … even in our books. So, if you have a book ready, you had better get your agent and get them busy with selling your book to the right publisher.
I listen to several sermons on Sunday, I have a couple of preachers that I like as their messages always apply to life, our lives as we have to live it in these turbulent times of chaos in our nation. Our nation that was founded on Christian principals as most of the founders were Christian of a few sects who settled in their own Boroughs in most part, but there were other sects and non-Christians there as well, just in a large minority, and thus the infamous Jefferson letter about a wall between government and religion, it was initiated by the Danbury Baptist Church’s concern that being a minority in his state of Connecticut that they would be run out, or politically persecuted. Jefferson’s letter simply was to state that the federal government could not step in and that they could not establish or disestablish any religion. However, since the ’60s the Atheists have created major damage to the Christian faith in the United States, using Justice Black’s opinion on Church and State, and the Socialist group the ACLU.
Fact is, the United States was founded as a Christian Nation our Constitution and its Preamble reflect it. Our laws, ethics, integrity, morals, reflected throughout the history of our nation. It is not any wonder that it is my studied opinion that this nation was given as a safe haven for Christ’s Protestant church. Not always doing the right thing, but then the church is the people and Christian or not, people don’t do the right thing most of the time. As a nation, we should have been learning by our mistakes and as the church, we should have been learning from our mistakes. But evil pride and the nature of man has only splintered the nation and broken the church.
Meanwhile, socialism has been able to move ahead through the aid of liberalism, liberal theology, social justice, and our worthless liberal congress. I know some of the representatives and Senators are fine people with some integrity and values, however, we still have a majority of the citizens and the church that still hold on to the value that makes this the greatest nation on earth.
Yes, I am a Trump supporter and glad that I am, although I have my doubts that he will be able to complete what we made him promise to middle America. Some he has kept even with all the obstruction from the Shadow Government (the Swamp and Deep State), and he wanted to get things done bi-partisan but that should have never even been considered from day one. He began by changing his demeanor to be more presidential and with class, except with his war against fake news, and that war just might cost him reelection in 2020, because, the “never Trump” socialists and RINOs have joined with the press to bring him down. But in the long run, he has just kept on keeping on, like the little pink bunny.
Unfortunately, like the little pink bunny, the socialists just keep on going, beating their drums of resistance and Argumentum Ad Infinitum cycling from one fake issue to another. Well perhaps fake is too strong of a word if we are looking at the big picture because some of what they claim is based on a half-truth, no truth, and totally manufactured lies with no link to reality at all. And that is what the mainstream media find their material to run with. It is the reason that we hear what they say and calls it and them stupid.
Stupid like a fox as long as they can get their lies passed among the conservative on social media it actually becomes a weapon against us. It becomes Ad Nauseam and if we continue to respond beyond the first comment and share on social media, we are playing their game and doing the propaganda for them. It is what Trump did during the campaign he picked a big fight with them and then would make totally out of context comments focusing perceived truth, and the outrage would spread like wildfire fueled on gasoline. The Socialists are doing the same thing with us and it keeps on going and going and going and going, … we are their best propagandists.
Since President Trump called the socialists out during the State of the Union address, because a half dozen of them have been recently elected and several socialists have elected to seek the office of the President in 2020, so now that the old DNC has been exposed as mostly socialists and some even communists who have been purposing the Obama agenda in making the US into the North American Union (North American Socialist Union). But by pointing out the Socialists that have come out of the closet, he uncovered the whole stinking mess and the rest are in denial, sort of.
May God have mercy toward our nation, may God have mercy on us, his children. I look for more socialist confrontation not only against the President and Vice President, but conservative Congressmen/women will be in the crosshairs along with the rest of us. I pray that God will intercede on the behalf of our nation and of His church. Amen, amen and the peace of God be with us all.
Socialism in our nation has been like the little choo-choo chugging along and it came to a steep mountain, and down in its little puffer-belly it didn’t think it could, but it had to try even in the face of certain failure. The little puffer-belly started to say … “I think I can – I think I can – I think I can, I believe I can – I believe I can – I believe I can, I know I can – I know I can – I know I can…” and he did, he made it over the mountain. Well socialism has made it over the mountain, slowly over decades, but it made it over, and with George HW Bush’s allegiance to the UN and aligning his agenda with their agenda, that little puffer-belly of socialism started to have a problem with the downgrade, Clinton tried to control the momentum of the downhill plunge, George W Bush lost the brakes, and Obama put more fuel to it until it went totally out of control bringing chaotic division amongst the people.
Socialism took over the Democratic Party back in the day of Franklin D. Roosevelt and his “New Deal” and the UN Charter. Now that Hillary didn’t make it to the Whitehouse to continue on where Obama left off, we have them squealing like a stuck hog, because Trump is doing what Obama did to the conservative, only with more provocation when he went on National TV and said how he was being opposed in Congress “I have a telephone and a pen” telling the nation he could do what he wanted, and that was the power of his office. That is what he did. And was unopposed by the socialist (liberals) in Washington.
He would not have even been elected the first go around if a real conservative would have run against him, but he had the good fortune to run against another socialist McCain, at the least a RINO, who was trying to make the Republican Party into a “New Republican Party” (progressive globalism) and the opposite of conservatism. Then along came Mitt, who had it won even without trying, that is until their last debate and RINO (globalist) Mitt gave Obama the win, with simple ridicule over naval ships. An unexpected ploy in a valid point that Obama switched to ridicule old Mitt, and like it was almost a preplanned game, he manufactured a feeble grin and a stammered “I am aware of that”… and went on a very defensive and elusive argument, loosing not only the debate but his whole campaign, a campaign that now seems to have been a farce and manufactured failure from the start.
It would be my studied opinion if I would give it much thought if any, it would just enhance my loathing for Romney he sold the election to the socialists, allowing the Obama to try to finish what he started in 09; “To fundamentally change our nation.” and he almost, yes, he ALMOST. Succeeded, but, as they say, “Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.” Thank the ever-merciful God for not allowing Clinton or Obama, to continue during a time of chaos on every front, which was all manufactured and fast-tracked by Obama, Soros, The UN, Clinton, and the socialist in the shadow government and in Congress, including the RINOs who nearly destroyed the conservative Republican party.
Without God’s intervention … well, I will leave you to guess. I will leave you to read my book when it is published (I hope soon – just have to find an Agent) … but you can start doing your own research, starting with FDR’s New Deal, the UN Charter, and all the social programs he used the power of the “phone and pen” executive power to put into effect. Why? to nudge the people who were coming out of the great depression to rely on government, even for work and retirement With programs like the Social Security Act, (Congress) WPA, Welfare for families with children, which added more agencies, and expanded the power of the federal government over the people, FDR’s New Deal targeted the most vulnerable citizens and made them more dependent and trapped by that dependency on the federal government.
Socialism then has been a force to be reckoned with and although from time to time it has been focus of various political activist groups to expose the socialism and communism, and the left who wore the crown of liberalism as some sort of great badge for liberating the masses from capitalism and conservatism who had been morphing into socialism since the 1800s and a shift of speed with FDR. Now we have full-blown running the Shadow Government and the socialist/globalists which is the greater part of Congress. We have the Liberalist church eating away at the biggest threat to the socialist/globalist (equates into what we have been calling liberal for decades). But they are all Communist without total Marxism … yet
They all suffer from Christian phobia (We may call it Christianophobic) real Christianity brings terror to their inner soul. I read some interesting stuff in an opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen, it was a humorous piece of a real serious nature. It was about the way the Democratic Party “Name-Calling” or the way to use “ridicule” according to Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals handbook. Thus, they ridicule by phobias the first to use phobias in “name calling” and using big words in arguments some of which they don’t even know the meaning, some have no meaning but have been manufactured by the MSM and the activist pick it up on the morning broadcast and use it in their confrontations with Conservatives and Christians.
In his article, he recommended the same by hitting them with words like sesquipedalian (google it) but when they start with their big words just say that word, roll your eyes, and walk away. Let them suffer from patriot-phobia.
(https://bolenreport.com/democratic-party-name-calling-desperate-response-to-irrefutable-argument/) the address or just search for the Bolen Report.

But do me a favor and research socialism in the United States.

Well, this has been a long article and I will let you get on with your research.

R.S. Helms

 

 

 

My Opinion’s Foundation

My Opinion 00

I seldom use a blog post to clarify or justify my theological standing which guides my research and studies. So, we will cut the chase and simply say this my stand is on Systematic Theology, and the inspiration, inerrancy, infallibility and authority of Scripture, (The Word of God – The Bible). The corner stone of Systematic Theology is the Word of God the building stones are writings, sermons, and other sources of credited information concerning the systematic doctrines of the Bible. I am also a pretribulation and believe that the Rapture will take place at the end of the church age and prior to the Tribulation – a point of disagreement between various individual theologies.

I have no problem with people disagreeing with my theology and simply agree to disagree with their views or their theologies as long as their theologies include the biblical means of Salvation by Grace through faith in Jesus. Grace alone not of works lest any should boast. The Bible being the Word of God, without error or fallibility. In other words, free grace in the redemption of mankind through that small measure of faith that all mankind has to first believe in our Lord and Savior, His teachings, commands, and sayings.

Then I believe they are born again believers or rather Christian and part of the body of Christ or the church universal. We are truly redeemed, justified by the blood of the lamb.
Our differences in theology and personal theologies that are not critical to our salvation and true Christianity.

Our differences have led to deeper studies and understanding of the end product of our so great a faith. I am, what has been the focus of political and liberal church persecution and separation, Evangelical, conservative Southern Baptist Convention and the latter because of their mission statement (Baptist Faith and Message), their stand on the Bible, and autonomy of the local church and their mission’s involvement worldwide and nationally, (commitment to the Great Commission).

Granted, there is concerns which I have over some of the ideologies and politics of some of the Convention Leadership. But as Southern Baptist we enjoy a disagreement or, so it may seem. Maybe that is where I learned to agree to disagree, while disagreeing vehemently about the things that matter to the reconciliation souls to God through Jesus.

Liberalism in Christianity and our politics is, in my studied opinion, evil and is the primary tool which is used by Satan against the true Christian Church, it replaced Atheism, and progressivism, (modernity), I cannot agree what so ever with their politics or theologies. It takes a marriage of Christianity and politics to renew our values and the integrity of our nation which have been given to the global socialist ideologies of the United Nations, global aspirations that cannot come about as long as there is free independent, sovereign nations and NT Christianity.

At this point in time only God can do anything about what unity of the Christian church can be brought on by believers, however I do believe it is the responsibility of ever minister who has been called to the ministry to do what they promised God when they accepted their call. In part, to be a faithful steward of His word, and to fight evil in all of its forms.

It is not by accident that I write about the Seven Churches of Asia Minor, as I have in the past. With each series I pray that the series will become more refined and more understood by the Christian reader. I do realize that those whose ideologies have mingled with their theology and will offer their rejections mostly the Futurist have their view of the Book of Revelation not mentioning the Christian church being in the entire message. They vew the Seven Churches of Revelation are Jewish communities, which is not supported in scripture.

What can be supported is that there are three divisions and several subdivisions in the Book of Revelation. The Church is Christian and represents the church universal and its condition at any given time during the church age.

Where most pretribulation theologians agree that the Rapture will take place between the last verse of chapters one, and chapter four thereby creating the first division and the seven years of tribulation. John was not the one giving the Revelation, it was Jesus and Jesus chose John to be the scribe to rite it down what was, is and is going to be.

Revelation is to reveal or to unveil what was – things that are – and what things are to come unveiling Jesus’ second coming and the establishment of His government for a thousand years. From verse four, through 22:7 is the revelation proper. Seven years of God’s final dealing with Israel.

Nonetheless, it is as I always say – “Do your own research”. The thing that people don’t understand is that the Christian must “Study to show thyself approved” … Not everyone will believe exactly like I believe, and it is not my calling to make everyone accept everything I believe. I used to tell my congregation “just don’t accept everything I say simply because I said it, but test what I say by scripture.
If your preacher is not preaching Scripture under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, then he/she is preaching self and self alone without the leadership of the Holy Spirit. and during sermons I would find myself “chasing rabbits.” Chasing rabbits generally are attempts to better apply the message when little funny illustrations fail to work. When the truth presented seriously needs to be applied to the hearts of those who hear, it is the Holy Spirit who will give them an understanding not the preacher. The Holy Spirit will apply the Word to your heart, but the word preached must be the truth of Scripture.
That is why, I can tolerate the various theologies that lead to Biblical salvation for those who sincerely seek the salvation wrought by Jesus. Jesus who unveiled the end and start. Of course, only God is privy to the time, but we will know when it happens. But, believe me, it will happen. Meanwhile, this old preacher will continue to do what God wants me to do, continue to preach, (mostly writing now).
Now that is said and done, and I will now proceed with this series of the seven churches and my fight against liberalism/Socialism in the church and in politics.
Thanks for reading … and celebrate Christmas, first by not getting too involved with the petty bickering and political correctness that generally takes the joy off the celebration, It really don’t make a difference that Jesus was not born on December 25th, and why the early church at Rome chose to celebrate

Merry Christmas …

The Message of 7 Churches

 

Ephesus AA

 

The Loveless Church

We come to the First Church in the list of Seven, (Rev. 2:1 – 7), However, if you recall some of the introduction in chapter one, it is the Lord Jesus’ revelation to His servant John and in verse three, “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.”
So, what does “is near” mean? Well God knew just how long it would take Christianity to run its faithful and committed course and He didn’t make me or anyone privy to how long it would actually be until the end of its age and sufferings, of its persecution. We do know that Jesus will come in the clouds and those who sleep in the Lord will rise first, then those of us who are still struggling along, will meet them in the air, in a twinkling of an eye. That will be the close of the church age, when Christ collects His church.
Chapter two verse l: — 7: “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, these things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven lampstands: — 2) ‘I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars;’ – 3)’and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary.’ – 4) ‘Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.’ – 5) ‘Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place – un-less you repent.’ 6) ‘But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.’ 7) ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.’”
First, we are to understand that Jesus commends the church on the good that they have done and are currently doing. yet, with verse four God has a ‘Nevertheless’ as He strikes with the sword against their condition, they have left their first love. And the sword condemns this condition of falling from their first love, that love we have when we first surrender to Jesus as Lord of our lives, and the commitment we surrendered our soul to the kingship of our Lord Jesus.
We love Jesus because He loved us first, and for the born-again Christian, at the very moment of our rebirth, at the time of adoption and the death of the old nature, being justified in our new life, inside we fall in love with our Savior. Now, although that is correct and sounds wonderful, I do believe Jesus was referring to the First Commandment as Christians see it. “I am the Lord thy God – Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” One of the costs of the free gift of our salvation.
Jesus is God the Son – the incarnate God, Jesus who walked among His people, His creation. By grace through faith in Jesus we are redeemed to God and justified. God simply wants to be first in our lives and we are beside ourselves that God would want to be first in my life, He wants us, His church, to love him because He loves us, loves us enough to die for us of course, we love Him more than life; it is understandable that the church has become almost deniably obsessed in protecting our salvation as solely a free gift of God’s grace. Of which it is but it does cost us our lives as we knew them. I am proud that I chose the offer of grace and in return my surrender, my total surrender to His finite love.
Nonetheless, we all get caught up in the world in work, sleep time, church and that is where most of the problems lay, we spend – say, 40 hours a week working (providing we can get by on a 40-hour week. Then we spend around 56 hours sleeping, and we give God around 5 hours a week if we are not on staff, or say a Sunday school teacher, choir member, maybe a Deacon as well.
That should put a top member of the congregation with 10 – 14 hours for God plus prayer time, and the rest of 168-hour week for or in the world the world, and it begins to reflect in our lives and the rightful position of God in our lives, our minds have a lot more input of the world than of God. When we consider our condition or the condition of our church, we may want to get brutally honest with our self, because only you and God know the truth.
Before we first loved God, we are the center of our lives, after we are born again, we start our journey and work hard at putting the old man away, and we work even harder of putting God in the center of our lives, putting Jesus center and on his throne of our lives, our existence. We work hard, very hard as we start our Christian walk, our love for the Savior soars like the eagle then levels off somewhat as we float on the winds of God’s grace.
Then one day we look around and find we have been losing altitude unaware, we find our peace not so peaceful, we find that there have been unnoticed changes, Jesus is not found on the throne in life’s center and we are not on the submissive side as we were, but closer to the throne, now occupied by other worldly things like money, work, leisure enticements. We find anxiety and guilt for not paying attention to the things of God, and trouble in our lives is becoming serious.
We have not crashed our spiritual love in Jesus, and it is here that we can avert the nose dive of recession through cultural allurements and the wisdom of the world. Not keeping a real handle on the old nature, which although is claimed dead, when we are born again, all things made new, and for a while they are, they are until the demonic strength of the human nature’s appetites slowly erode our passion for the Lord, and unless we catch the slipping away, we will be overcome by the things of the world.
When we confess and repent and really experience the work of Christ, the work of Christ on the cross, the Death, Burial and resurrection, the motive for His horrific sacrifice, we find our rescue there at the cross. One Christian Counseling course explains this as identifying with the cross. I call it more of having God opening our eyes and ears, which He can do rather boldly, and the longer we ignore God’s little prodding’s the more intrusive and fouler they may become.
First, let me affirm my belief on something that has been denied and fervently rebuked by liberal political activists who along with other liberal organizations have come against fundamental Christianity, overtly since the 60s, but for some time in order to justify lifestyles that are less than simply sinful but vile evil sins, the whole thing of abortion dividing women, Christian women, Homosexuality dividing Christian churches and denominations. These divisions come with the bullying and intimidation of the media, the Hollywood elites, the UN and even the from President Obama. This in turn caused many Christians to seek a comfortable church, where they would not be under fire and persecution from the liberals. They found it in liberal theology.
We see a liberal church filled with people in a comfort zone, a comfortable church which had once done a lot of good works for Jesus, it involved most of them, but today, we have the comfortable. With 20 percent of the body doing 80 percent of the Lord’s work. At first, we probably had most of the people doing great work for Jesus’s name sake. While Pastoring, I become acquainted with a problem for Pastors as they were trying to figure out how to enlist volunteers for the various committees and duties of the church. That “rule of thumb” problem is simple and works its problematic nightmare nearly everywhere (except in liberalism), and that is 20% of the members do 80% of the work, and giving as well, it may not be the same ones … giving and working, because it seems we have the workers and the givers, most of the 20% are both, the smaller the church the greater the number of those who are committed.
Those who are genuinely committed to our Lord, don’t seek a comfortable church where they can be ministered to feel good in the community, and not be under the liberal attack and persecution. I use the present tense, because it is continuing on and probably will go on for years. One of the problems of the church falling from where it once was, is that the normal battle between Bible-believing Protestant churches and denominations, which in most part was the application of the various doctrinal and theological positions, most of which Bible believing Christians could agree to disagree on. Point is that most in-fighting was inconsequential to salvation.
Somewhere in or around the turn of the nineteenth century liberal theology was born in order to protect Christianity from the philosophers. But, he erroneously lumped Bible authority into his thought of the church learning to experience the total dependency on God and have nothing to do with any outside authority including the authority or the inerrancy and infallibility of the Word of God. Over the next dozen or so liberal theologians it simply went from bad to worse.
Original sin, then sin, the Virgin Birth, the Resurrection, Salvation by Grace through Faith alone, it is now God Consciousness and works or everyone will eventually all will be saved. Sorry folks but that is where liberal theology has taken the church. A brief study of liberal theology can show how it evolved over the years to now it is morphing into socialist theology along the lines of Karl Marx … perhaps, they may think that it will help later when most of the world will be ruled by a global socialist union.
Not the one-world government with the Anti-Christ, but the UN’s Global Socialist Union. The way things are going socially and with the American culture, now so lawless, no moral values, integrity gone, and a war against the church from outside and from inside. The lure of the world and its evil lawlessness has truly taken a hard-deep bite from the church and there is truly those who are born again believers who have left the biblical theology as they slipped from their intimate love relationship with Jesus and have sought the tolerance of liberal theology churches. knowing that liberal’s subculture will leave them alone and not mock their belief. They join the ranks that the liberals call tolerant. Tolerant of most things evil, as long as the elites call them okay. They have joined the ranks of those that have changed their view of the Bible being the inspired word of God, inerrant and infallible. Those who deny the virgin birth, the resurrection and being born anew by grace through the atoning work of Jesus Christ on the cross. These are the ones slipping away from their first love in Christ Jesus.
There was once a great Evangelist Dr. A.T. Pierson, and when he was asked: “Don’t you think the world is getting converted already?” his reply, “Well, I admit that the world has become a little churchy, but the church has become immensely worldly.”
The church at Ephesus was slipping away from Jesus, our first love, and the church has continued to slip, under the rise of and re-establishment of liberal theology, liberation theology. It has been allowed by God, I guess to keep us on our toes; only one problem of keeping us on our toes is that we have to have the ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the church. We are being destroyed from within and it seems like no one really cares. In general, there are only few preachers who preach the Bible against the wiles of liberalism in its various forms.
Conservative biblical churches are being torn apart by liberalism, post modernism … and the liberal global or one world government’s push through liberalism/socialism. Liberal theology and political liberalism mold well into socialism, and when the church begins to fall away from Jesus and the inspired, inerrant, infallible word of God, they believe the lies of the false prophets, teachers and politicians of the world.
He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the Christian church. He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the Christian.

R.S. Helms

New Priorities

 

Revelations 002

Revelation … discourse Introduction

The book of Revelation, the Revelation of Jesus Christ as given to the Apostle John on the island of Patmos. It is this first three chapters of Revelation that the true Christian needs to be very aware, very aware indeed.
The preface to his book on lectures on the Book of Revelation published in 1920 and again in 1988, H.A. Ironside one of the greatest theologians, and Bible scholars and teachers of prophecy to ever grace the halls of evangelical seminaries. had this to say in 1919: “It must be very gratifying to sober students of prophecy to find that their position is only strengthened by recent happenings, and their previous conclusions confirmed. On the other hand, the self-styled optimistic school, who has ever closed their eyes to the solemn facts of prophecy, might well be humiliated to find their vain-glorious prognostications proven so utterly false, and their confidence in human brotherhood, as a preventive of war and cruelty, shown to be a foolish hallucination, which ignored the word of God and the corruption of the human heart.”
As we explore the causes of the present-day broken church, that is the Bible-believing protestant church, where major denominations are either split because of, “political correctness” or blatant politics, but regardless of how they dress it up, it is liberalism and what liberalism has become. So, first, we will explore the Seven Churches to show what Jesus sees in the church, His church.
As Jesus divides the revelation (chapter. 2:19 Rev.) Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter. The things which thou hast seen are the things of chapter one, the first division of the Book of Revelation. The things which are, are the things of the present dispensation or the church age. Is it possible, that God is telling the broken church He is starting to end the church age? Yes, that is why the instruction to record the things which are now, and chapter 2&3 Jesus gives the warning to the churches.
While you read the account of the Seven Churches, you may consider that Jesus does both commend and condemn the actions or condition of the churches. Five churches had condemnation and two had nothing but the commendation of the Lord. Now, consider, Jesus is the head of the church, the church is the bride of Christ, the church is the born-again believers, the seven churches are representative of the church condition through time. The church is the individual local churches that make up the universal church, and the individual local church is the people, therefore the warnings go all the way to the individual Christian’s condition.
I do know that my studied opinion will lead to some friends un-friending me, and being blocked on some sites, however, it is my objective to get to the bottom of the evil of liberalism, liberalism in politics and in the church. However, one centers on ideology and the other Theology, underneath they are both destructive and evil. In our free Republic, they walk hand in hand and one cannot achieve its sinister goal without the other.
The church today has been bridled just as the Protestant churches in England. Restricted from preaching the Bible and limited in their practices after King Henry viii when he instituted the Church of England as the official church, replacing the Church of Rome (Roman Catholic), it is the Episcopal of today. Believe it or not, the founding fathers didn’t want the Episcopal nor the Roman Catholics to be in the United States, but to be fair they just said that the Government could not create a state church nor obstruct the exercise of any church.
So, for some ungodly reason, the enemy, the real enemy, has set his battle against the Christian church. Of course, we know all about the war against God’s people, and through the ages, there have been many battles, many battles indeed. However, according to God, the end of that Holy War, has already been determined; we know the ending. We know there are reasons that we are on our journey of life so divinely placed on this old spinning terrestrial sod.
It was God’s people, then Jesus changed that whole thing to God’s Children through adoption. Didn’t negate God’s People, who are still under the law. They just have not accepted Jesus the son of a carpenter as the Messiah, the Lamb of Sacrifice to fulfill the law of God. So those who do believe in the work of Jesus, are adopted into the Holy family of God.
We were first called Christians at Antioch, but the church was founded by Jesus and on Jesus the Petra (mantle stone), He would build the church, the Christian church. For those of us who are Pre-Trib, (the church being raptured at the start of the Great Tribulation), but mind you claiming to be a Christian does not make you one. Sort of like, standing in the garage doesn’t make you a Cadillac.
My point is, some will be left behind, left behind because they may think they are a Cadillac. It is my intent to go through these Seven Churches and point to the corruption in the church; bringing attention to the other gods that affect our lives and the church Jesus so dearly loves. He loves us enough to tell us ahead of time, to get our relationship with Jesus in proper order. When we get back on track, the church will, of course, be back on track.
It is my studied opinion, that the first church, the church at Ephesus, has the same condemnations as many of us have. We have lost our first love, our first excitement, and commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ. Rev. 2:1—7. And that is where I will pick up with commentary on the condition of the Seven Churches and where we may or may not fit into the warnings.
Please read Revelation 1:1 – 3:22. Then consider each one.