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Patriot Quotes for Today

January 18, 2021

It is in the interest of tyrants to reduce the people to ignorance and vice. For they cannot live in any country where virtue and knowledge prevail. The religion and public liberty of a people are intimately connected; their interests are interwoven, they cannot subsist separately; and therefore they rise and fall together. For this reason, it is always observable, that those who are combin’d to destroy the people’s liberties, practice every art to poison their morals.

Samuel Adams (1722-1803), second cousin to John Adams, and known as the Father of   the American Revolution, wrote in the Boston Gazette on December 2, 1771

I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.

Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Ludlow, September 6, 1824

 As riches increase and accumulate in few hands, as luxury prevails in society, virtue will be in a greater degree considered as only a graceful appendage of wealth, and the tendency of things will be to depart from the republican standard. This is the real disposition of human nature; it is what neither the honorable member nor myself can correct. It is a common misfortunate that awaits our State constitution, as well as all others.

            Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804), a Founding Father and the first Secretary of the Treasury under President George Washington, was a renowned interpreter of the U.S. Constitution.  In his impassioned speech at New York’s Constitution Ratifying   Convention on June 21, 1788.

            . . . the only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in Religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.

Dr. Benjamin Rush, 1798; signer of the Declaration of Independence; educator

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.

            Benjamin Franklin, the consummate multi-tasker and signer of both the Declaration of             Independence and the United States Constitution, penned in a letter on April 17, 1787

Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness.

Samuel Adams, October 16, 1778, Letter to John Trumbull

Human rights can only be assured among a virtuous people. The general government . . . can never be in danger of degenerating into a monarchy, an oligarchy, an aristocracy, or any despotic or oppressive form so long as there is any virtue in the body of the people.

George Washington

The manners of women, are in the surest criterion by which to determine whether a Republican government is practicable, in a nation or not.  The Jews, the Greeks, the Romans, the Swiss, the Dutch, all lost their public spirit, their Republican Principles and habits, and their Republican forms of Government, when they lost the modesty and domestic virtues of their women. . . . 

The foundations of national morality must be laid in private families,” Adams continued. “In vain are schools, academies, and universities instituted, if loose principles and licentious habits are impressed upon children, in their earliest years. The mothers are the earliest and most instructors of youth. . . . The vices and examples of the parents cannot be concealed from the children.  How is it possible that children can have any sense of the sacred obligation of morality or religion if, from their earliest infancy, they learn that their mothers live in habitual infidelity to their fathers, and their fathers in as constant infidelity to their mothers? 

John Adams’ autobiography

It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty. Usurpation is then an easy attainment, and an usurper soon found.  The people themselves become the willing instruments of their own debasement and ruin. . . . Let us, by all wise and constitutional measures, promote intelligence among the People, as the best means of preserving our liberties. 

James Monroe (1758-1831), a Founding Father and fifth president of the United States of America, his first presidential inaugural speech on March 4, 1817

America and Revelation 18

January 12, 2021

Where do we stand?

James F. Gauss

January 12, 2021

Excerpted, in part, from Revelation 18 and the Fate of America.

In the fall of 2010, as I was getting ready for bed, I felt the Spirit of the Lord urge me to read Revelation 18.  The Book of Revelation is far from my favorite and when I did read it, it was not with an inquisitive mind or spirit.  I could not remember what chapter 18 was about and I certainly did not want to read it right before going to bed, but I submitted to the Spirit’s urging.  As I read each verse, the Spirit of God seemed to say to me, “This is America.”  At first, I did not want to accept that conclusion, but as I pondered that assessment over the following days, I decided to do my homework and follow my gut feelings.  I was horrified with the results, but I resisted sharing my conclusions for three years.  By 2013, it seemed like God would not leave me alone on the issue and I finally penned and self-published the almost 400-page book, Revelation 18 and the Fate of America.

In Chapter 3 of the book, I review the 18 characteristics of “Mystery Babylon the Great” mentioned in chapters 14, 16, 17 and 18 of the Book of Revelation. 

In view of the 2020 presidential election, I feel an urgency to review those 18 characteristics and see where America stands.  In the Introduction to my book, I wrote:

            Will America survive?  That is the question that is becoming more frequent in the minds and on the tongues of Americans at home and abroad and also non-American observers worldwide.  Can the United States of America survive the unyielding assaults on its constitution, morals, economy, justice system and religious foundation—not only from without, but also from within its own borders?  Can America survive and regain its traditional strength and leadership when its own leaders are becoming more radical and anti-American?  America’s survival and re-establishment of its God-ordained greatness will depend on the response of the people of America in general and the Christian church in particular—not ten years from now; not in five years; not even one year from now, but NOW!

So, after a vicious, fraud-ridden presidential election, where does America stand in fulfilling the 18 characteristics of Mystery Babylon the Great?  I will review them one-by-one and see what you think.     

Characteristics of “Mystery, Babylon the Great”.  Some might argue that the Babylon in Revelation is mentioned as a city.  However, that does not mean that it could not be a country.  In ancient times, as well as now, a country often took on the characteristics and recognition of its major city or center of power and influence.  Thus, in the Old Testament, when Babylon is mentioned it not only includes the city of Babylon but the whole of Babylonia, the country, or the nature of the whole region controlled by Babylon.

Today, it is similar.  When we think of a country or region we automatically think of the location of the center of power and influence.  It is where decisions and laws are made that control the country and its people and determine the economic and political flow of life.  Thus, when referring to or thinking of the United States of America, more often than not, people would identify the country with its seat of power and influence, Washington, DC.

So, what about the “Babylon” mentioned in the Book of Revelation?  What distinctive attributes must it have to match the city-state or country described in Revelation?  The first mention of Babylon by name occurs in Revelation 14:8.  “And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication” (author’s emphasis).

The first characteristic of the Babylon is that she must be so powerful that she can control all nations and make them do what she wants them to do.  It is hard to imagine that a city, no matter how powerful, could control the whole world.  But a powerful, wealthy nation could.  Not only would this Babylon be so powerful, but it would have the absolute power, influence and supremacy to market its wanton sinfulness upon others.  Other Bible versions refer to her fornication as passionate immorality or adulteries or passionate idolatry.  This Babylon would have the power and influence to control the morals of the world.  Does America fit the description? √Check!

The next mention of Babylon in Revelation is in Revelation 16:19.  “Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath” (author’s emphasis).

The second characteristic of this Babylon is that its city or center of power was divided into three parts.  Some biblical scholars say that this indicates Babylon’s total destruction, but that would be incongruous with the second part of the sentence: the cities of the nations fell.  For all the cities of all the nations to fall because of Babylon, Babylon would still have to be functioning at the time of that collapse.  Instead, is it possible that the center of this Babylon’s power is governed by three parts, such as the government of the United States which is divided into the Executive, Legislative and Judicial? If so, does America fit the description? √Check!

The third characteristic of Revelation’s Babylon is that it has such strong influence over the leaders and people of the world that it can make them do whatever it desires.  Revelation 17:2 states,   “with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication” (author’s emphasis). Or, in the New Living Translation (NLT) of the Bible, “The kings of the world have committed adultery with her, and the people who belong to this world have been made drunk by the wine of her immorality.”

This future Babylon would be so powerful and controlling that all the heads of state would be in “bed with her”, that is, be in collusion with her.  Not only the world’s leaders but all those who considered themselves to be of this world would fall prey to her waywardness and the sinful intoxication of her immorality.  Does America fit the description? √Check!  We saw this play out in spades during the last two presidential elections where foreign countries and entities linked up with the Democratic Party to try and overthrow the will of the people to elect their candidate.

A fourth characteristic of this Babylon in the Book of Revelation is that it would have to be a society of great wealth, yet pervasive with immorality and those things that were an abomination to God.   “The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication” [Revelation 17:4 or “full of obscenities and the impurities of her immorality” (NLT); author’s emphasis].  Does America fit the description?  √Check!

The United States has become the greatest purveyor of pornography and sexual perversion in the world.           

The fifth characteristic is that this Babylon in Revelation, like the Babylon of antiquity, is a center of great perversion and wickedness.  And, not content to wallow in her own sinfulness she pursues exporting it to the world.  She has become the mother of all that is evil and an abomination to God.

In Revelation 17:5, it proclaims that this Babylon, the Babylon of the End Times, is the mother, that is, the one who has given birth to all the harlotry and immorality in the world.  She is the “Mother of All Prostitutes and Obscenities in the World” (NLT).  Does America fit the description?  √Check!

America is not content with its own rampant sinfulness, wickedness and perversion.  Before the horrific child-murdering decision of Roe vs. Wade in 1973, abortion was considered a heinous inhuman act.  In 47 years since the legalization of this infanticide, America has murdered over 62 million of its preborn.  Worse, in exporting this abhorrent immoral mindset, there have been over 1.6 Billion babies by abortion techniques throughout the world.  Can God ever forgive us?

Revelation 17:6 presents a sixth characteristic of the futuristic Babylon:  “I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement” (author’s emphasis)Like the Babylon of old that tried to destroy the Jews, this Babylon would be intent on destroying all that represented Christianity.  It is a society ruled by those who were intent on destroying the Christian church and the followers of Jesus Christ.  Does America fit the description?  √Check!

While the blood of the saints and the blood of the martyrs of Jesus may not be running in the streets of America just yet, the Marxist left, a contingent of Democrats, BLM, Antifa (fascists) and other anti-Christ members (including within the Church) are hell-bent (no pun intended) on silencing the true Church and followers of Jesus Christ (this will be explored in a future post).

The seventh characteristic is that this Babylon will be a dwelling place of demons. “And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!” (Revelation 18:2; author’s emphasis).

While the Babylon of old was wicked and worshipped many false gods, the Babylon of Revelation will be the residence of all forms of demons and the embodiment of every anti-God spirit.  Does America fit the description?  √Check!

In “modern” America, there is hardly a sinful rock left unturned when it comes to perversion and wickedness.  Such iniquities have invaded all of society, but especially within political and Church circles where Americans look for exemplary leadership in the flesh.

An eighth characteristic of the Babylon in John’s revelation is mentioned in Revelation 18:3. “For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchantsof the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury” (author’s emphasis).  Because of her great wealth and the pursuit of even more wealth, the Babylon of Revelation is not only a prime market for the world’s goods but also has made those who trade in the import and export of her material goods wealthy as well.  This Babylon and its residents can never get enough of its own and the world’s goods and resources to be satisfied.  Does America fit the description?  √Check!

The ninth characteristic of Revelation’s Babylon is that her plagues will overwhelm her.  “And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4; author’s emphasis).  The Babylonian culture represented in this verse is so engrossed in its sinful behavior that it does not see the plague of repercussions heading its way as payback for its iniquities.  As it has turned away from God it has become hardened and resistant to His repeated warnings about the consequences of their rampant sin and falling away from Him.  Does America fit the description? √Check!

Throughout human history there has always been wars, natural disasters, plagues, etc. The last several years, perhaps decades, have not been any different.  However, what set 2020 apart from all other recent years, since the dust bowl years of 1931-39 that devastated America, was the unexpected and rapidly spreading coronavirus plague known as COVID-19.  It completely blindsided Americans and the whole world.  What is particularly disturbing is that it was likely developed by human hands and deliberately spread throughout the world.  For some reason, America was particularly hard hit—at least that is what the media, politicians and certain medical professionals keep telling us.

TO BE CONTINUED HEREThere are nine more characteristics of Mystery Babylon.  How does America fit?

Our Uncle is Gravely Ill

January 8, 2021

James F, Gauss

January 8, 2021

Men must be governed by God, or they will be ruled by tyrants.

William Penn (1644-1718)

On January 6, 2021, our Uncle Sam became seriously afflicted.  The rumor is he had a long, prevailing illness that was complicated and compromised by some virus known as COVID-19.  Oh, they say his obsession with politics and political correctness are really what caused him to become bedridden, but I know different.  You see, when he was born, he was birthed out of love, compassion, justice and the righteousness of God.  However, as years wore on, he abandoned his first love and indulged in prosperity, pride, humanism, evolution, perversion, death of the unborn and all manner of sinfulness that led to his agonizing condition.  Unfortunately it was a slow and painful illness.  The illness crept up very slowly at first and then hit him like a ton of bricks.  His health particularly deteriorated after the presidential election of 2008.  Multitudes are expected to weep over his infirmities, but he will likely be soon forgotten.  Unless . . .?  

A great, insightful preacher over seven decades ago clearly identified America’s present and foresaw its future without God.  His name was Peter Marshall.  In a sermon titled, Trial by Fire, he, in part, had offered this observation.

The choices you make in moral and religious questions determine the way America will go.  We badly need a prophet who will have the ear of America and who will say, “If the Lord be God, follow Him!  But if Baal, then follow him!” [1 Kings 18:21]

We must decide and decide quickly who is chief―whom we will serve.  Millions of people in America live in moral fog.  The issues are not clear to them.  They cannot face the light that makes them black or white.  They want grays and neutral picks.  They move in sort of a spiritual twilight.  Modified morality on the basis of cleverness guides millions of people.  Modified dishonesty within the letter of the law is the practice of millions more.

Surely the time has come―because the hour is late―when we must decide.  The choice before us is plain: Jehovah or Baal?  Christ or chaos?  Conviction or compromise?  Discipline or disintegration?

I have not stated the matter too strongly.  You may agree mildly or you may disagree violently, but the time has come to face the duties and obligations of our citizenship and willing to assume the disciplines imposed by the things we believe in before we are forced to accept the disciplines of tyranny.

I, for one am rather tired about hearing about our rights and privileges as American citizens.  The time has come and now is, when we ought to hear about the duties and responsibilities of our citizenship.  It’s just as plain and clear as that.

The average church member has forgotten and forsaken the old disciplines.  He attends services when it is convenient.  His contribution of time and money is seldom such as to involve sacrifice on his part.  The church, the Word, the sacraments have no compulsion over his life apparently.  Of course, to be honest about it, the fault is not alone that of the church member.  The ministry, the church officers, are also involved in blame, because the church has failed to challenge the faith and vision of the lay people in the pews.  The programs of too many churches call for neither effort nor sacrifice―all of that is sadly true.

The remedy for this sad state of affairs will lie, I believe, in the seeking God’s will for the individual church, and the adopting of a daring program to which He is challenging us all.  Our strength is limited only by our faith in asking God’s help.

. . . America’s future depends on her accepting and demonstrating God’s government.  If America listens to God; if America obeys God, then she can be great among the nations.  Here, in America, we have the people, we have the means of communication, we have the genius and the skill, we have the political forums, the wealth, the natural resources, the prestige, and the ability to lead the whole world into a new and bright tomorrow in which dreams and hopes of the human heart may be achieved and the desires and the prayers of the nations all realized in a world where there can be life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness available to all men, regardless of their race or their color, because that is precisely what God wishes for all His creatures (Rev. Dr. Peter Marshall, March 11, 1944 sermon, Trial by Fire).

Although this was preached almost 77 years ago, it sounds like it was given yesterday.  Was Rev. Marshall a prophet?  Perhaps, but he never claimed to be one.  The truth is, that America then was all that he warned about and much more.  So, what has changed in America over the 77 years since his sermon and his untimely death on January 25, 1949 at age 45? Has America and the Church heeded his warning?  Simply, and emphatically, No!

Over the last nearly eight decades, America has continued to spiral down the slippery slope of decadence and hedonism while the Church has been mostly silent and ineffective. Less than two years after Marshall’s sermon, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a narrow split decision, erroneously and unconstitutionally, declared the “doctrine” of the separation of Church and State to be the law of the land on February 10, 1947.  Thomas Jefferson would have been aghast and vehemently opposed.  Where was the voice of the Church, who obviously had a big stake in this decision?  Silent!  This set the pattern for the ineffective Church, for which Christ shed His precious blood, for the next 70-plus years, until now.  Did the Church repent and wake-up from its lethargy? Unfortunately, no, it got worse.

In 1962 and 1963, Supreme Court decisions ripped prayer and Bible readings out of public schools without public input and without a word of protest from the Church.  In 1973, the horrendous Roe vs. Wade decision was foisted on America, making the murder of innocent unborn babies the law of the land.  America’s pagan future began to spiral out of control.  Where was the Church?  Mostly silent. The Church has remained mostly silent as immorality and perversion of all kinds have eaten at the soul of America the last few decades, even as it has been embraced within many so-called “Christian” circles.

America’s Founders, certainly not perfect men and women, would be horrified at what their beloved country has become.  America’s Founders made a covenant with God the moment they set foot upon the “New World.”

The United States of America’s first president, George Washington, clearly understood the role God must play in the future of America.  Washington ended his first inaugural address on April 30, 1789, with this final thought: “. . . I shall take my present leave; but not without resorting once more to the benign Parent of the Human Race in humble supplication that, since He has been pleased to favor the American people with opportunities for deliberating in perfect tranquility, and dispositions for deciding with unparalleled unanimity on a form of government for the security of their union and the advancement of their happiness, so His divine blessing may be equally conspicuous in the enlarged views, the temperate consultations, and the wise measures on which the success of this Government must depend.” 

Washington, who had experienced miracle after miracle on the revolutionary battlefield, understood that the nation’s continued success would depend on its willingness to persistently consult God for wisdom and direction and to acknowledge His role in the birth of nation and the lives of its citizens.

The word of God,Washington believed, would be the new nation’s benchmark to keep it on the right track.  John Adams also believed that it was the “general Principles of Christianity” that were essential to the ongoing freedom and security of America.   

The general principles, on which the Fathers achieved independence, were the only Principles in which that beautiful Assembly of young Gentlemen could Unite, and these Principles only could be intended by them in their address, or by me in my answer. And what were these general Principles? I answer, the general Principles of Christianity, in which all these Sects were United: And the general Principles of English and American Liberty, in which all those young Men United, and which had United all Parties in America, in Majorities sufficient to assert and maintain her Independence.

Now I will avow, that I then believe, and now believe, that those general Principles of Christianity, are as eternal and immutable, as the Existence and Attributes of God; and that those Principles of Liberty, are as unalterable as human Nature and our terrestrial, mundane System (John Adams, June 28, 1813, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson; author’s emphasis).

America was uniquely established on Godly, Biblical principles like no other nation before or since.  The foundation was set by men and women who sacrificed all they had, including their fortunes, reputations and lives to give birth to this new land of the free.  Was it perfect?  No, but the Constitution, unlike any other in world history, provided the mechanism and blueprint to adjust and hone it as opportunity arose.

This election cycle, we have seen the ugly side of a country that has lost its Biblical moorings.  Its foundation is no longer steeped in the sacrificed blood of the One who made America possible and blessed it beyond all human imagination. Instead of “evolving” and progressing into the fullness of God’s blessing, America has been devolving into a rudderless ship of state that no longer has a firm foundation and is careening ever so rapidly toward disaster.

And, where is the Church? Mostly silent, except for a remnant of faithful, God-fearing patriots who are on their knees interceding before Almighty God.

Where America might be headed? Read, Revelation 18 and the Fate of America.

(A personal note: We are all guilty and complicit in America’s demise, myself included.  I was silent when I should have screaming from the rooftop.  I knowingly or unknowingly supported companies and sources that seek America’s decline and submission—it has become almost impossible to buy everyday items not made in China or some other totalitarian country.  We are all to blame and need to repent and change our ways. It will not be easy, but it must happen.  For one, I must develop a site that re-directs people seeking my books away from Amazon.  That may cost me, but hopefully cost Amazon more as other Christian authors follow suit.  The problem is, that once a book is listed on Amazon, they will not let you delist it.  However, sales can be redirected.  I’m working on it.  God bless everyone.  Be bold and courageous in the Power of His Might!)

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Where is the Church?

July 29, 2020

James F. Gauss

July 29, 2020

(Excerpted, in part, from Embracing the Anti-Christ: The Heresy of Interfaith Dialogue, by James F. Gauss, published July 14, 2020).

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True believers in Jesus Christ and His unadulterated Gospel have been struggling to push back the powers of darkness since the first Christian believers gathered in the Upper Room in Jerusalem after Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. For the most part, up through World War II, the Church in America was at the forefront of doing battle against evil. However, after the war-weary victories in Europe and the Far East in the mid-1940s it seemed that the Church fell back on its “laurels” and got fat and lazy and let down its guard and offensive thrust against those who sought to undermine its very foundations.

Over the last several decades—and likely much longer—America has become a culture of death and decadence. Why has America—once the center of Judeo-Christian principles and experience—degenerated into a wanton, hedonistic society? The reasons, from this author’s perspective are many, but a few glaring ones will be listed.

Separation of Church and State. Americans readily accepted this lie in 1947 and the Church was silent. Barring the Church from the public and political arena of everyday life gave way to debauchery and godless living. This fabricated “separation” does not appear anywhere in the U.S. Constitution and was not part of the thinking of any of the Founding Fathers. . . .

Prayer and Bible were taken out of education in 1962-63. Many of America’s Founding Fathers took a strong position on the Bible and prayer. Dr. Benjamin Rush, a prominent physician, educator and signer of the Declaration of Independence said: “Religion is necessary to correct the effects of learning. Without religion I believe learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind. . .” (letter to John Armstrong, March 19, 1783). By removing prayer and the Bible from our schools, the moral fiber and foundation for youthful guidance was obliterated. Once again, the Church stood silent.

Rejecting God and the Gospel of Christ. Jesus said, “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me” (Luke 10:16). Over the decades, as the Church got weaker and weaker and became more irrelevant in the lives of Americans . . .

Roe vs. Wade, abortion and the culture of death. Every time there is a mass shooting or some horrific event in the United States involving guns, some (usually Democrat or leftist) politician or liberal broadcaster on television will boldly proclaim that America has become a “culture of death.”

I agree, but not for the same brash pontificating reasons they promulgate.   America, indeed, has become a culture of death, but it started long before the first mass shooting at a school.  Conspicuously, absent from the culture of death dialogue on the left is the fact that the killing of the innocent has become the law of the land. . . .

Sexual perversion among youth and adults. The esteemed George Washington, in his presidential Farewell Address, September 17, 1796, wrote: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them.” Gouverneur Morris, one of the signers of the U.S. Constitution, wrote: “Religion is the only solid basis of good morals: therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man towards God.” . . .

Educational dumb down—rewriting true American history. All the despotic leaders of the past—Hitler, Mussolini, Marx, and others—and those of the present, know that to control the minds of a nation’s youth results in controlling the future. If one controls the narrative, one can dictate the destiny of a people. The great Winston Churchill is credited with saying, “A nation that forgets its past has no future.” . . .

Destruction of the family unit. In the post-World War II era and before, the man/husband was the consummate breadwinner and the woman/wife stayed home as the family “nest builder” and nurturer. Such a concept is alien to today’s families. . . .

The perverted church. In far too many churches, sin has crept in, ever so deceptively at first, but now as a flood, as more and more churches bow at the altar of perversion and a false gospel of the LGBTQ+ (the ever expanding acronym) adherents. A co-habitating man and woman is also acceptable in many churches.

Where was the Church during all this upheaval and despotic overreach? Where is it today? With the introduction of the COVID pandemic, where did the Church stand? An overwhelming majority abandoned their faith in Jesus Christ and cast their lot with the state and adopted the mostly false narrative of politicians and medical spokespersons in apparent fear and trepidation. Instead of calling its members to prayer and fasting, as well as repenting for the sins of the Church and the country, the Church went AWOL. In the midst of it all, many churches have made an unholy alliance with Islam.

Repentance in the Church. Who is responsible for the ever-growing decadence of America and Americans? It is the Church—the Church of Jesus Christ—that was to set the standard; to uphold it and defend it at all costs, and it has failed miserably.

For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? (1 Peter 4:17). Judgment starts with the Church. Oh, Christians can easily point the finger of responsibility in all different directions, but God will hold His Church responsible for the many lost souls who have fallen prey to the wicked one. Instead of being a light in darkness or a light on a hill, far too many churches and denominations have embraced the darkness and called it “good.”

A favorite scripture Christian leaders like to quote, is 2 Chronicles 7:14. “. . . if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” The emphasis is usually placed on the praying part of the verse and the repentance part—turn from their wicked ways—is glossed over. The Church in America, that is, the Christians in America, have a lot to repent for—remember the preceding list, which is just the beginning. . . .

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Reason #3 to NEVER Vote for a Democrat: Racism

July 20, 2020

I will be posting an almost limitless number of reasons for you to share with others right up to the November election. So, be sure to sign up to follow my blog.  This post is long, but you will want to share it with every Democrat you know.

James F. Gauss, Ph.D.

Copyright July 20, 2020

The Party of Slavery, White Supremacy, Segregation, Suppression & Racism. At an August, 2019 campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, in an attempt at a roaring finish to his speech, Joe Biden wrapped it up with this phrase, “We choose truth over facts” (1). Well, facts are stubborn critters, as is the truth. So, let’s look at the facts as a window into the truth about the Democrats and racism. Black lives DO NOT matter to most Democrat politicians (except to get their vote).

Democrats-in kinte cloths

Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

In a recent attempt to try and show that they are really concerned about Black lives, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and other Democrats in Congress donned the African kinte cloth scarf in a supposed show of solidarity with Blacks on June 8 after the death of George Floyd. In a twist of irony and an illustration of the Democrats’ lack of knowledge of African-American history, it was discovered that the kinte cloth was historically worn by the Asante (or Ashante) people of Ghana who were engaged in the slave trade in the late 1600s and early 1700s (2).

The Democratic Party has always been the political party of slavery, white supremacy, segregation, suppression and racism toward America’s Black citizens. That is the hard truth that Democrat voters are either ignorant of, or refuse to accept. That America’s Black population started voting for democrats en masse was a result of the schemes of the Democratic Party headed by Lyndon Johnson in the mid-1960s (more on that later).

Formation of the Democratic Party. America’s first president, George Washington, strongly opposed and warned against a two party political system in the United States. “Washington detested the fractious and partisan two party political system that he saw developing under his administration. He saw it as destructive and unhealthy for the country. The party system of government, he foresaw, had the potential to go beyond the normal political checks and balances and rip the power of self-government out of the hands of the citizens” (3). In his written farewell address of September 17, 1796, Washington expressed his opinions about an emerging two-party system.

There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in governments of a monarchical cast, patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.

In the 1790s, the Democratic-Republican Party was founded by staunch anti-federalists, Thomas Jefferson (author of the Declaration of Independence) and James Madison (Father of the U.S. Constitution). The anti-federalists were against big government controlling the citizens. Before the end of the century, political factions split the Democratic-Republican Party into what became the Jeffersonian Republicans and the (Alexander) Hamilton Federalists. However, by 1816, the Federalist Party disappeared, leaving only the Democratic-Republican Party. That changed in the 1820s with the rising popularity of the strong Federalist, Andrew Jackson. By the mid-1820s, the Democratic-Federalist Party split into two factions, the National Republicans (or Anti-Jacksonians) and the Democrats. With the election of Jackson as President in 1828, the Democrats solidified their position and Jackson became the first Democratic president in January, 1829 and formerly established the Democratic Party (4, 5).

If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress… Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America.

James Madison

Speech before Congress

February 7, 1792

In keeping with Federalist ideals, Democrats have always stood for greater government intervention in the lives of the American people. The Republicans have stood for more limited government. Since the 1890s, the Democrats have become more socially liberal, while the Republicans are more conservative on those issues. Throughout the 1800s and well into the latter part of the 1900s, the Democrats firmly supported slavery and opposed every effort and federal legislation to free Black citizens from oppression and bondage. In 1854, Democrat Stephen Douglas, who would become the presidential opposition to Lincoln in 1860, sponsored legislation known as the Kansas-Nebraska Act that permitted settlers in the Western Territories to decide on the issue of slavery. This enraged northern abolitionists and resulted in the establishment of the Republican Party on March 24, 1854 in Ripon, WI. Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican President in 1861.

Lincoln despised slavery, and looked upon it as immoral and unchristian. “If the negro [sic] is a man, why then my ancient faith teaches me that ‘all men are created equal;’ and that there can be no moral right in connection with one man’s making a slave of another,” he reasoned in his powerful Peoria, Illinois speech on October 16, 1854 (6). Lincoln established the Republican Party as the abolitionist, anti-slave party, while the Democrats resolutely held on to the pro-slavery mindset.

Contrast Lincoln’s position on slavery with his Democratic presidential opponent of 1860, Stephen Douglas, who opened the first of seven Lincoln-Douglas debates in Ottawa, IL on August 21, 1858 with this proclamation: “I do not regard the Negro as my equal, and positively deny that he is my brother or any kin to me whatever” (7).

Lincoln won the presidential vote and took office in early 1861.* In the midst of the bloody Civil War, largely over the issue of slavery, Lincoln made his declaration on slavery on January 1, 1863. The following is an excerpt of what became known as Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom (8).

At its inception, the primary goal of the Republican Party was to block the spread of slavery into the Western territories and the eventual abolition of slavery throughout the nation. That goal was dealt a serious blow with the Dred Scott v. Sanford Supreme Court decision of March, 1857, which ruled that slaves were not “citizens” but “property” and, therefore, could be denied the rights of citizens (9). Seven Democratic justices voted for this horrendous ruling; two Republican justices voted against it.

Three months before the Confederate General, Robert E. Lee, surrendered his troops to Union forces on April 9, 1865, a Republican-led Congress passed the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery on January 31, 1865. One hundred percent of the Republicans supported the amendment, but only 23 percent of Democrats did (10).

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Amendment XIII

Fourteen months after the end of the Civil War, Congress passed the 14th Amendment on June 13, 1866. Section 1 of the five section amendment proclaimed:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the States wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

No Democrats supported the amendment, while 94 percent of Republicans voted for it. On February 26, 1869, Congress passed the 15th Amendment guaranteeing all citizens of the United States the right to vote.

Again, not one Democrat voted for the amendment, but all Republicans did. Decidedly, the Democratic Party had firmly established itself as the anti-freedom, anti-Negro party, and continues as such to this day.

Facts are Stubborn Revealers of Inconvenient Truth. If you are a Democrat (or an anti-Trumper), I challenge you, if you have the intestinal fortitude for the truth, to watch the 5 ½ minute video, The Inconvenient Truth about the Democratic Party, by the Prager Institute and narrated by Carol Swain, Professor of Political Science & Law, Vanderbilt University (11). It just might knock your socks off. But, just in case you are not brave enough, I will summarize the key points for you, and then some.

At the beginning of the Prager video, Professor Swain minces no words. “Since its founding in 1829, the Democratic Party has fought against every major civil rights initiative and has a long history of discrimination.”

According to Professor Swain, the Democrats of history defended slavery, started the Civil War to defend it, opposed Reconstruction which enforced the civil rights of freed slaves, founded the Ku Klux Klan, imposed segregation throughout the South (even up into the 1970s), perpetrated the lynching of Black people and the murder of White civil rights protestors, and fought against the multiple civil rights acts of the mid-twentieth century.

Only six days after the end of the Civil War, John Wilkes Booth (a Democrat) assassinated President Lincoln. Andrew Johnson, Lincoln’s vice president and a Southern Democrat took over as President of the United States (1865-1869). He quickly opposed Lincoln’s plan to reintegrate the freed slaves into Southern society. Johnson vehemently led the Democratic opposition to the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments.

Immediately after passage of the 13th Amendment, former slave states and their cities started passing “Jim Crow” laws that effectively segregated the freed slaves from White society. Many of these laws were still in effect de facto well into the 1960s. When this author naively went to college in South Carolina in the early 1960s, the Black population was still heavily discriminated against. Blacks could only have menial jobs at $0.50 per hour (Min. wage was $1.00); they were forbidden from eating at the same restaurants as Whites or use the same rest room or drinking fountain; they could not attend movie showings with Whites or attend their schools or colleges. Even in the early 1970s, when the author was involved in a Christian ministry in Georgia, Blacks were still being denied equal access to primary education and housing—all because of Democrat-controlled school boards and administrators, and Democratic politics.

During Reconstruction (1865-1877) when federal troops were stationed in the South to secure the rights of freed slaves, hundreds of Blacks were elected to Southern legislatures as Republicans. By 1900, 22 Black men had served or were serving in the U.S. Congress as Republicans. It would not be until 1935 when a Black man was elected as a Democrat to serve in the U.S. Congress.

However, immediately after the end of Reconstruction, Southern Democrats assumed power once again and started instituting the “Black Codes” (aka, Jim Crow laws) to reestablish their White supremacy throughout the South. These “codes” prevented Blacks from owning property or running businesses, instituted “poll taxes” and “literacy tests” to suppress the Black vote. It was all enforced by terror, lynching and murder and mostly carried out by members of the Ku Klux Klan, founded on December 24, 1865 (12). Led by former Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forest (a Democrat) as the first Grand Wizard, the KKK carried on a reign of terror against Blacks and their White sympathizers and supporters. Elements of the KKK still exist today.

In effect, the Klan was a military force serving the interests of the Democratic Party (Eric Foner, Prof. of History, Columbia University).

During the Woodrow Wilson presidency (Democrat, 1912-1921), Wilson shared many of the views of the KKK and re-segregated many of the federal agencies.

During the 1920s, “Republicans repeatedly introduced bills in the House to make lynching a federal crime, but they were defeated by the Southern block. In 1920 the Republicans made an anti-lynching bill part of their platform and achieved passage in the House by a wide margin. Southern Democrats in the Senate repeatedly filibustered the bill to prevent a vote, and defeated it in the 1922, 1923 and 1924 sessions as they held the rest of the legislative program hostage” (13). Imagine, Democrats opposed the horrific act of lynching of another human being without any due process.

Democrats have vehemently fought against every civil rights act introduced in Congress. In the 1960 Civil Rights Act, expanding the protections of Black voting rights, the Democrats filibustered in an attempt to defeat the bill. In the end, it passed with 89 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of Democrats in the House supporting it. In the Senate, it passed 71-18 with all Republicans voting for it and the 18 no votes were all Democrat (14).

In 1964, it was the Republicans in the Senate that introduced and passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, despite the blockage attempt of the Senate Democrats (15). When the Republicans fought for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, 94 percent of the House Republicans supported it, but 27 percent of Democrats still opposed it (16).

All Black Lives Matter. Despite the clear history of the Democratic Party and its anti-Black and anti-Civil Rights stance, the vast majority of America’s Black population still supports the Democratic Party. Why? Enter Democrat Lyndon Johnson, the successor to the assassinated John F. Kennedy in the fall of 1963. Johnson, a southern Democrat from Texas, did not hold Blacks in high esteem. In a biography written by Doris Kearn Goodwin, Johnson is quoted saying:

These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference (17).

Under Johnson and the Democrats since, the party of welfare has destroyed the Black family and destroyed personal responsibility and the incentive to succeed and be a contributing member of society. Blacks that break out of the Democratic-imposed image are deemed “Uncle Toms”, uppity or looking down on their “kind.”

In 1916, the organization that Democrats strongly support at all costs, Planned Parenthood, was founded by Margaret Sanger, an Irish nurse. Sanger was a racist through and through and saw birth control as a means of controlling the Black population. In a letter to a supporter in 1939, Sanger wrote, “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population” (18). I expect every Democrat will scream “foul” and deny this, but the outcome over the decades cannot be denied.

According to statistics accumulated by The Radiance Foundation, abortion is the leading killer of Black lives, not the police, not drugs, not gang wars, not disease, but ABORTION (19). According to Radiance, 259,366 [sic; 259,336] black Americans are killed by abortion each year. This death toll is greater than every other leading cause of death for black Americans combined.

Abortion No. 1 killer of Blacks

In June, 2020, LifeNews reported, Abortion-induced deaths of the unborn in the black community are 69 times higher than HIV deaths, 31 times higher than (all other) homicides, 3.6 times higher than cancer-related deaths, and 3.5 times higher than deaths caused by heart disease (20).

According to the latest CDC abortion statistics, there were 638,169 abortions in the U.S. in 2019 (21). Based on that figure and the Radiance figure, that would mean that over 40 percent of abortions performed are on Black women who represent only an estimated 6.6 percent of the U.S. population. Quite a disparity. Clearly, Black lives do not really matter to Democrats and the majority of their supporters.

Yet, the majority of Blacks still vote for Democrats. Why? First, Democrats relentlessly accuse Republicans of everything of which they are guilty. They adhere to the proven strategy that, if you tell a lie often enough, people will believe it (because they will not take the time to seek the truth themselves). Second, while it has been the failed policies of the Democrats that have kept Blacks down and in bondage, it has, at the same time flooded them with all kinds of social welfare to keep them on the Democratic plantation and gravy train. Massive (as in trillions of dollars) of Democratic social welfare has done nothing but decimate the Black community for six decades. Democrats have denied Blacks school choice, thus confining them to failed public schools in Democratic-run cities throughout the country. In addition, politically correct policing of Black communities has left law-abiding Blacks defenseless against Black-on-Black crime.

No, Democrats do not care about Blacks, they just pander to the Black community every election cycle. Disgraceful! Hateful! Racist!

Resources:

  1. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/truth-over-facts-biden-fumbles-during-iowa-speech
  2. https://www.dailywire.com/news/kente-cloth-worn-by-democrats-was-historically-worn-by-african-empire-involved-in-slave-trade-fact-checker-says?utm
  3. Gauss, James F. We the People: Birth of a Nation, 2005, FirstBooks; 2014, 2nd Edition, CreateSpace, div. of Amazon, p. 510.
  4. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Democratic-Party
  5. https://www.thoughtco.com/democratic-party-104837
  6. https://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/emancipation-proclamation
  7. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/reboot/lincoln-douglas-debate-1858-was-no-other-157676
  8. https://www.emancipationproclamation.org/
  9. https://www.britannica.com/event/Dred-Scott-decision
  10. http://russp.us/racism.htm
  11. https://www.prageru.com/video/the-inconvenient-truth-about-the-democratic-party/
  12. https://www.history.com/topics/early-20th-century-us/jim-crow-laws
  13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_rights_movement
  14. https://theacru.org/2017/09/06/americas-real-civil-rights-history/
  15. Ibid.
  16. Ibid.
  17. Goodwin, Doris Kearn. Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, 1991, p. 155.
  18. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/apr/23/margaret-sanger-founded-planned-parenthood-on-raci/
  19. http://www.theradiancefoundation.org/theleadingkiller/#foobox-1/0/number-one-killer-2018
  20. https://www.lifenews.com/2020/06/04/planned-parenthood-claims-black-lives-matter-but-kills-247-black-babies-in-abortion-every-day/
  21. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-abortion-rate-number-of-abortions-in-us-hits-historic-low-per-centers-for-disease-control-study-today-2019-11-27/

*Want to know why Democrats want to abolish the Electoral College vote? In the election of November 6, 1860 where Abraham Lincoln defeated his racist, pro-slavery opponent, Democrat Stephen Douglas, Lincoln received less than 40 percent of the popular vote (due to four candidates), but won the election in a “landslide” of 180 electoral votes due to the much higher population in the Northern states that favored the abolition of slavery. Imagine what the future might have held if the popular vote won that election. The same was true in 2016 and could be in 2020.

NOTE: This one reason alone could easily be a book on why not to vote for a Democrat.

Next: Reason #4. Polluting Young Minds

March 17 Release! Student Edition

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Contents
Acknowledgements 13
Preface by Pastor Reza Safa. 15
Introduction. 17

THE BEGINNING 25
1. Understanding the Origin of Islam. 27
The World Islamic Population. 28
Countries with high Muslim Populations. 29
Regional Distribution of Muslims (map). 31
The Islamic Birth Rate. 32
Abortions Further Exasperate the Problem. 33
The Origin of Islam. 34
Muhammad’s First Revelation. 35
Problems with Muhammad’s Revelation. 36
The Source of God’s Word. 37
Satanic Verses—The Islamic Conundrum. 39
Muhammad’s Night Journey to the Seven Heavens. 41
The Hijra or Flight to Medina. 43
Dig Deeper. 44
Chapter Review. 44
References. 45
2. The Bible vs. the Qur’an. 49
Biblical Contrasts and Islamic Abrogation. 50
Abrogation—Strictly an Islamic Concept. 50
Muhammad’s Mecca vs. Medina Revelations. 52
Chronological Order of Surahs (insert). 52
Muhammad Revealed Only the Truth—But Jesus is the Truth. 53
The Qur’an in Light of the Bible. 55
Does an Original Copy of the Qur’an or Bible Exist? 55
Dig Deeper. 57
Muslims are Commanded in the Qur’an to Read the Bible. 57
Allah Revealed the Bible is Corrupt. 62
There is No Common Ground with the Bible and the Qur’an. 64
One God vs. The Triune God. 65
Biblical Testimonies to the Trinity. 66
The Triune God of Christians Explained. 68
Christians are not Polytheists. 69
The Coming of Jesus Christ Foretold. 70
The Death and Crucifixion of Christ. 71
Islam’s Version of Christ’s Crucifixion. 73
Witnesses to Christ’s Crucifixion and Resurrection. 75
Josephus, the Jewish Historian. 82
Muhammad’s Hatred for the Cross of Christ. 83
Dig Deeper. 85
Chapter Review. 85
References. 86
Addendum: Comparison of the Bible & Qur’an. 87
3. America’s First Introduction to Islam. 91
Map of the Ottoman Empire. 92
Map of the Barbary States. 93
Morocco’s Recognition of the United States. 93
The Real Reason Jefferson Owned a Qur’an. 93
The Islamic scriptural basis for jihad. 96
Jefferson’s Religious Freedom Statute. 96
John Quincy Adams’ Views on Islam. 98
Jefferson’s First War with the Barbary Pirates (1801-1805). 99
The frigate. 101
Article 11 of the 1796 peace treaty of Tripoli. 102
The Second Barbary War (June 17-19, 1815). 105
Dig Deeper. 106
Chapter Review. 106
References. 107
4. Israel and the Middle East. 111
Will There Ever be Peace in the Middle East? 111
Abram (Abraham) Seeks an Heir. 111
The Destiny of Ishmael and His Descendants. 112
God’s Plan and Covenant. 112
The Original Demarcation of the Land of Canaan. 113
Ishmael was not in God’s Plan for His People. 113
Muslims are not Descendants of Abraham. 114
God did not Recognize Ishmael as Abraham’s Son. 115
Allah says that Palestine is for the Jews. 117
Historical and Archeological Evidence that Jerusalem Belongs to the Jews. 119
The Origin of Palestine and the Palestinians. 123
Origins of the Name “Palestine.” 124
The Balfour Declaration of 1917. 125
Balfour Declaration. 126
The Two State Solution. 127
The Oslo Accord. 129
Hamas Covenant to Destroy Israel. 130
The UN Condemns Israel and Exonerates Hamas and Palestinians. 133
Dig Deeper. 135
Chapter Review. 136
References. 137
5. Deceptions of Islamic, Christian & Political Leaders. 141
Deceptions Among America’s Leaders. 141
True Islam. 148
Deception #1: Allah and Jehovah God are One. 149
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association vs. the Roman Catholic View. 150
Muslims Claim Allah is Jehovah God. 152
Did Allah Reveal Himself to Moses? 153
Biblical Reasons Allah is not the God of the Bible. 155
Deception #2: Islam is an Abrahamic Faith as is Judaism and Christianity. 159
Deception #3: Jews, Christians and Muslims Pray to the Same God. 160
The Roman Catholic Position. 161
What Does Jesus Say? 162
The Holy Spirit, Whom Muslims Deny, Directs the Prayers of Christ Followers. 164
Deception #4: Islam is a Religion of Peace. 165
The “Arab Spring” Reverberation. 169
Homegrown Terrorism. 173
Deception #5: Islam is a Religion of Tolerance. 177
“No Compulsion in Religion.” 177
Surrendering to Islam is not an Option. 178
Dig Deeper. 179
Deception #6: Islamic Terrorism & Terrorists Do Not Represent True Islam. 181
An Islamic Apologist. 182
Entrenchment of the Muslim Brotherhood. 183
In Defense of the Muslim Brotherhood. 185
Muslim Brotherhood Motto. 186
Deception #7: True Islam has been Hijacked and can be Reformed. 188
Deception #8: There are Moderate Muslims. 190
The Myth of the “Moderate Muslim.” 190
Questions Abound. 192
Can True Muslims Adapt to the West? 194
The Question Remains. 197
Dig Deeper. 198
Chapter Review. 198
References. 199

THE MESSENGER 205
6. Muhammad vs. Prophets of the Bible. 207
The Nature of a Prophet. 207
What and Who is a Prophet? 208
True Prophets Know the Voice of God. 210
Moses, an Ordinary Man. 210
Samuel, the Boy. 212
Isaiah, the Messianic Prophet. 212
Jeremiah, the Weeping Prophet. 213
Ezekiel, Prophet of the Captivity. 213
John the Baptist. 214
Jesus, the Christ. 214
The Changeable Allah vs. Unchangeable God. 215
The Purpose of Prophecy. 215
The God Who Cannot Lie or Change His Mind. 216
Old Testament Prophesies About Jesus. 218
Seed of David. 218
Son of God. 218
The Mediator Between Man and God. 219
The Anointed One—The Messiah. 219
Born of a Virgin. 220
Born in Bethlehem. 221
A Man without Sin. 221
Betrayed by a Friend. 222
Crucified and Pierced for Our sake. 222
Jesus was Resurrected and Did Not Die. 222
Prophet of Justice and Good News. 223
Lord and Savior. 224
Source of the Holy Spirit. 225
Does the Bible Prophesy about Muhammad’s Coming? 226
Jesus’ Wisdom vs. Muhammad’s. 226
An Examination of Deuteronomy 18:15 and 18. 228
An Examination of John 14:16. 233
A Brief Re-cap of Jesus vs. Muhammad. 234
God’s Unchangeable Word. 235
True Prophets Know Their History. 237
The Qur’an Acknowledges God’s Covenant with the Jews. 238
How the Qur’an Contradicts the Bible. 238
Creation Took 8 Days. 238
One of Noah’s Sons Drowned. 239
Joseph’s Dream Interpretation: The Baker was Crucified. 239
Moses was Adopted by Pharaoh’s Wife. 240
Pharaoh Saved from Drowning by Allah. 240
Gideon’s Army Led by King Saul Against Goliath. 240
The Wolf and the Wisdom of Solomon. 240
Zacharias’s Penalty for Unbelief was Only Three Days. 241
Moses’ Sister Gave Birth to Jesus. 242
Dig Deeper. 243
Was Muhammad the Last Prophet? 243
The 25 Prophets of Islam. 244
Signs of a False Prophet. 244
Is Islam a Complete Fabrication? 251
Dig Deeper. 253
Chapter Review. 253
References. 254
7. Prince of Peace vs. Warrior Prophet. 257
What the Qur’an Says About Peace. 257
How Muhammad and the Qur’an View Peace. 257
God of Peace and the Prince of Peace. 259
The God of Peace. 261
The Sword of Christ. 262
Christ’s Guarantee of Peace. 264
Is Allah a Peacemaker? 265
The Religion of Peace? 266
The Cause of Ahlam Tamimi. 268
Peace—A Gift from God. 270
The Gospel of Peace. 272
False Prophets of Peace. 275
Peace Denied to the Wicked. 276
Parting Words. 277
Dig Deeper. 278
Chapter Review. 279
References. 280
Addendum 1: Islamic Attacks Worldwide Since September 11, 2001. 281
Addendum 2: List of Islamic Attacks on U.S. Embassies. 282
Addendum 3: Names for God in the Bible. 283
Addendum 4: Names for Jesus Christ in the Bible. 284
8. The Duplicity of Faith. 289
The Five Pillars of Islam. 293
A Christian’s Path to Salvation. 296
The Righteous Man. 297
Jesus the Light vs. Muhammad of Darkness. 297
God’s People are Called to Righteousness. 300
Jesus is the Example of Righteousness. 301
But None are Righteous. 304
Righteousness is by Faith. 304
How Evil Works. 306
Tactics/Strategies of the Evil One. 306
The Beatitudes. 309
Islam does not Teach the Ten Commandments. 311
At Enmity with Women. 315
Women as Chattel. 315
Wife Beating & Oppression of Women is Permissible by Allah. 317
Jesus’ and the Christian View of Women. 319
Christian Headship and Servant Leadership. 321
Temporary Marriage for Sexual Gratification. 322
Rape is Permissible in Islam. 322
Juvenile Sex and Sex Trafficking. 325
Women are Deficient and Hellbound. 327
Female Genital Mutilation. 329
U.S. Women and Girls Potentially at Risk for FGM/C 332
Multiple Wives. 333
Muhammad’s Multiple Wives. 335
Divorce. 337
Divorce Rate among Christians. 337
What the Old Testament says About Divorce. 338
What Jesus Taught About Divorce. 338
Divorce among Muslims. 339
Reasons for Muslim Divorce. 340
Honor Killings. 342
Types of Honor Violence. 343
Is Honor Violence a Threat to the West? 344
Adultery (Biblical vs. Qur’anic Mandates). 347
Murder. 350
Fatwa, Islam’s Murder for Hire. 353
Mass Murder by the Numbers. 353
Law of Retaliation (Qisas). 354
Unspeakable Acts. 357
Beheadings. 357
Stonings. 358
Burnings. 358
Taqiyya: Lying & Deceit. 359
Allah is the Best Deceiver. 359
Masters of Deceit and Lying. 362
Dig Deeper. 367
Chapter Review. 367
References. 368
Addendum: The Messenger Comparison (Chapters 6-8). 374

THE MESSAGE 379
9. God of Love vs. Allah. 381
What Allah Does Not Love. 382
One Lost Sheep. 383
God is Love. 386
God Loves You! 386
King David Knew God’s Love. 388
Muhammad did not know Allah’s Love. 389
God’s Love Covenant. 390
God’s Love is Irreversible. 390
The Sealed Covenant. 392
God’s Revolutionary Love. 395
God’s Love is Everlasting. 398
Those Who Hate Christians and Jews, Hate God. 399
Dig Deeper. 401
Chapter Review. 401
References. 402
10. A Personal vs. an Indifferent God. 405
God said: “This is My Son.” 407
The Challenge for Muslims. 407
A Common Man. 410
What God Said About Jesus. 410
In Jesus’ Own Words. 411
They Called Him Son of God. 415
Paul Preached about Jesus as the Son of God. 417
The Doubters and Scoffers. 419
The Purpose of God Revealing Himself in the Flesh. 420
The Final Summation. 422
Children of the Living God. 423
Allah has no Children. 425
God Created Mankind in His Image. 425
Allah is too High and Mighty to have Children. 427
Sonship Baffled Muhammad. 428
Children are NOT a Blessing to Allah. 431
Allah’s Followers Have No Purpose. 433
The God Who Is There. 434
Allah will not Hear Unless you Speak Arabic. 434
Jesus on Repetitive Prayer. 437
Changing from the Inside Out. 438
God Wants to Know You Personally. 438
Did Christ Abandon His Followers? 442
Dig Deeper. 444
Chapter Review. 444
References. 445
11. Preaching a Different Gospel. 449
The Nature of Sin is Obscured. 451
What the Bible says About Sin. 451
What Islam Teaches. 456
Allah Loves Sin—Not the Sinner. 458
Through Adam, Sin and Death Entered the World. 460
Jesus’ Sin Offering is Null & Void. 461
Christ Followers are Dead to Sin. 461
For the Muslim there is No Sin Offering. 463
There is no Holy Spirit. 465
Role of the Holy Spirit (partial listing). 466
Islam’s View of the Holy Spirit. 468
Blaspheming the Holy Spirit. 469 Light of the Gospel vs. Darkness of the Qur’an. 469 Allah has no Compassion. 472
No Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Islam. 474
Where the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ is, there is Freedom from Sin. 475
Sins Cannot be Remitted or Forgiven in Islam. 476
Muslims must Abstain from Sin. 477
Allah is not a Forgiver and a Redeemer of Souls. 478
There is No Peace after Death in Islam. 481
“The Trial of the Grave.” 481
The Rich Man and Lazarus. 482
Allah is a Jew Hater. 483
The Rise of Anti-Semitism. 484
God’s Grace Does Not Exist for the Muslim. 485
Muhammad Reversed of God’s Plan of Salvation. 489 Salvation Comes from Confession of Faith, Not by Works. 489
Oppression Replaces Freedom of Choice in Islam. 493
Heaven is a Perverted Place for Muslims. 495
In Islam, Everyone Goes to Hell First. 495
Houris (Virgins) and Rivers of Wine in Paradise. 495
Heaven for the Jihadist. 496
The Reward of Righteousness. 498
Dig Deeper. 499
Chapter Review. 499
References. 500
Addendum: 70/72 Major Sins of Islam. 502
The Message Comparison (Chapters 9-11). 505

THE MISSION 509
12. A Sacrificial Life vs. Islamic Martyrdom. 511
The Islamic Mindset. 512
The Islamic Republic. 514
A Sacrificial Life. 515
The Sacrificial Life of Jesus. 516
The Only Mediator Between God and Man. 517
Persecution and Martyrdom. 518
The World of the Jihadist. 520
The Two Jihads. 520
164 Jihad Verses in the Qur’an. 520
Military Jihad is what Motivates Muslims. 522
The Alternate Christian Response. 524
First, Love the Brethren. 524
Second, Love the Unbeliever. 525
Third, Love Your Enemy. 527
Prophet of Change. 529
A Call to Charity and Servanthood. 532
Dig Deeper. 534
Chapter Review. 535
References. 535
Addendum: The Koran’s 164 Jihad Verses. 537
13. Proselytizing. 541
Proselytize Through Love & Service. 541
No Compulsion in Religion. 541
Who are the Sheep and Goats? 544
The “Great Commission.” 545
Don’t Read that Book. 549
Muhammad’s Method. 550
Dig Deeper. 554
Chapter Review. 554
References. 555
14. Treatment of Non-believers. 557
Christian Persecution. 558
The Hatred of the Jews and Unbelievers. 560
The Rise of 21st Century Anti-Semitism. 563
What the Qur’an and Islamic Law Teach. 564
Slavery (American vs. Islamic History). 565
A Brief History of Slavery in the West and Among Muslims. 565
Muslim Slavery in the 21st Century. 568
Sexual Slavery is Still Permitted in Islam. 570
Praising the Killer of an Infidel. 572
Islamic Rules of Retaliation and Reward. 572
Palestinian Terrorist Rewards. 573
Israel and the United States Take Action. 573
No One Leaves Islam. 574
Apostasy as a Criminal Offense. 575
Does Allah Play a Role in Apostasy? 576
The Good Samaritan. 578
There is Hope. 581
The 10/40 Window. 581
Conversions in Iran. 582
Dig Deeper. 584
Chapter Review. 584
References. 585
The Mission Comparison (Chapters 12-14). 590
Epilogue. 593
Addendum A: Islamic (Arabic) Words & Terms Defined. 594
Addendum B: Resources on Islam. 596
Addendum C: A Sinner’s Path to Salvation. 601
Index. 603
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Islamic Infiltration of the U.S. Government, Part I

November 25, 2019

What America’s Founders knew about Islam.  The earliest record of Islam’s interface with America was when the Muslim Barbary Coast pirates tried to extort money from the fledgling United States of America in 1786 in exchange for safe passage of America’s merchant ships through the straits of Gibraltar at the neck of the Mediterranean Sea. The U.S. government sent Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin abroad to negotiate with the Muslim ambassador in Tripoli, Libya. After considerable negotiations, the American representatives could see no other way out of the predicament other than agree to pay an exorbitant ransom, which amounted to ten percent of America’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) at the time.

On March 28, 1786, in a letter to Secretary of State, John Jay, who was in London at the time, Jefferson and Adams shared the following observations.

We took the liberty to make some inquiries concerning the Grounds of their pretentions to make war upon Nations who had done them no Injury, and observed that we consider all mankind as our friends who had done us no wrong, nor had given us any provocation. 

The Ambassador answered us that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.

Jefferson, Adams and Franklin knew the United States did not have the money that the Muslim ambassador demanded. Their only hope was to get the U.S. Congress to agree to allow them to make a loan agreement with Holland.

John Adams, in his report to John Jay, gave his impression of Islam. He referred to Muhammad as a “military fanatic” who “denies that laws were made for him; he arrogates everything to himself by force of arms.”

In reviewing his experience, Franklin wrote: “Nor can the Plundering of Infidels be in that sacred Book (the Qur’an) forbidden, since it is well known from it, that God has given the World, and all that it contains, to his faithful Mussulmen, who are to enjoy it of Right as fast as they conquer it.”

When Jefferson became president in March, 1801, the Barbary Coast pirates were extorting 25 percent of America’s GDP and were still attacking America’s merchant ships. Jefferson wasted no time and agreed to send the full might of America’s naval fleet to vanquish the Muslim pirates.

The Universal Goal of Islam. The goal of Islam has never changed since its inception over 1400 years ago: To conquer and subjugate the infidels wherever they may be found by any means possible and necessary. For the West and those in the United States to believe otherwise is pure folly and a potentially deadly error. As a zebra cannot change its stripes, neither can Islam be reformed into some passive, peacenik ideology.

In America, Muslims represent less than 2% of the total population. However, they have accomplished far more than in any other Western country in a very short time. Thanks to America’s diversity complex; desire to welcome all people; overall openness and kindness; Judeo-Christian heritage; ignorant and easily deceived church leaders and politicians; generous welfare laws that include non-citizens (including Social Security benefits); socialist-leaning government; adoption of the Islamist “Islamophobia” rhetoric and agenda and a host of other welcoming loopholes, Islamists are right at home in the country they seek to dominate.

Islamists—radical, fundamentalist Muslims—have successfully infiltrated America’s government (county, state and federal), military, law enforcement, educational systems (from elementary through university), legal systems, churches and every aspect of daily American life. Not fully, but effectively enough that it is changing the minds of Americans to accept the Muslim mindset more and more each day. The Muslims refer to it as the Civilization Jihad—the undermining of the very foundations of America from within.

The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan [Muslim brothers] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who chose to slack. But, would the slackers and the Mujahedeen [Islamic guerilla fighters] be equal (An Explanatory Memorandum, On the Strategic Goal for the Group in North America, 5/22/1991).

This document, An Explanatory Memorandum, discovered by the FBI in a raid on a Muslim Brotherhood home in Annandale, Virginia in August, 2004, details the agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood and its sympathizers in the United States. Despite the overt candor of the Memo, the media, most politicians and law enforcement have not taken it seriously. To the contrary, the media, politicians, law enforcement and America’s churches have become all too willing dupes of the Muslim Brotherhood. The MB is well on its way to accomplishing exactly what the Memo proclaims: destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands.

“At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”

Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838

(See Revelation 18 and the Fate of America.)

Islam and the U.S. Constitution are not compatible. The First Amendment of the United States of America Constitution reads: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. 

America was the first nation in the history of the world to have such an extensive and all-inclusive “Bill of Rights.” Islam neither acknowledges nor believes in any of the freedoms presented in this treasured law of America.

In Islamic countries, it is the government that dictates the religion for its citizens. There is no freedom of choice for and individual to decide whether or not to worship Islam’s god. All must worship Allah or face severe persecution and consequences. Islamic governments, the mullahs and imams respect no religion other than Islam. In many Muslim countries, if one is allowed to remain a Jew or Christian, you must pay a “poll tax” that allows you to be a second class citizen. However, you cannot express your faith openly or share it with others. You are a prisoner of the confines of Islam. If your father is a Muslim, the moment you are born, you are a Muslim also. If you decide to leave Islam later in life, you risk abandonment by your family, at least, or death.

(1) Islam is the religion of the State.

(2) No religion other than Islam can be propagated in the country.

(3) No law can be enacted that is not compliant with the general principles and objectives of Shari’ah.

Article 2

The Federal Republic of Somalia

Provisional Constitution

Adopted August 1, 2012

Freedom of speech does not exist in Islam. It is Islam’s religious leaders and scholars that determine what one can say, especially if it pertains to Islam or its prophet, Muhammad. If one says anything critical or judgmental about Islam or Muhammad, one can go to prison or be executed. You are not allowed to question the ideology or its leaders. Their word is of Allah and infallible.

In Islamic countries, Islam is the Law. Islam functions as the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government and dictates what every citizen is to believe and do. No freedom of thought or discussion is permitted.

Islam also does not observe freedom of the press. All official media must comply with Islamic teaching and not deviate in their presentations. Media releases are often fabricated to order to present the official positions of the Islamic government and to toe the line of Islamic propaganda.

The right to peacefully assemble or petition the government with grievances does not exist in Muslim countries. They are dictatorships. While there have been frequent citizen protests in places like Egypt and Iran, they are met with brutal force and death to silence any opposition to Islamic dictatorial rule.

Islam also dictates what women must wear, how they must behave, what she can do in public and basically suppress a woman’s life so that it is not her own, but only that which is dictated by her male superior.

Bottom line: Islam is oppressive, dictatorial and entraps men and women in a veil of bondage with no escape without severe consequences. It is the very antithesis of what America’s Founders envisioned and implemented by the wisdom of God Almighty.

A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.

Ariel Durant

Russian born American Author

1898-1981

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Available at: https://understandingislaminthelightofchristianity.com

Culture of Death

March 7, 2018

Every time there is a mass shooting or some horrific event in the United States involving guns, some (usually Democratic or leftist) politician or leftist talking head on television will boldly proclaim that America has become a “culture of death”.

I agree, but not for the same brash pontificating reasons they promulgate.   America, indeed, has become a culture of death, but it started long before the first mass shooting at a school.  Conspicuously absent from the culture of death dialogue on the left is the fact that God, the Bible and prayer have been stripped from our nation’s schools and the killing of the innocent has become the law of the land.

I would put forth that it started the day in 1963 when prayer was outlawed in U.S. schools.  (I remember clearly that when I was in first grade in public school in the late 1940s that we started each day with a reading from Psalms or Proverbs, a recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.)  Prayer and then Bible reading were ripped from the children of America via three Supreme Court decisions in 1962 (Engel vs. Vitale) and in 1963 (Murray vs. Curlett and Abington Township School District vs. Schempp).  In all three cases, the High Court, led by liberal Chief Justice, Earl Warren, erroneously and boldly misinterpreted the First Amendment and cited the non-existing doctrine of separation of church and state that does not exist anywhere in the U.S. Constitution.  Essentially, the Supreme Court of the land was telling the nation’s children that Almighty God had no place in their life – no grounding of absolute truth; and no moral compass by which to judge one’s life.*

Then came the horrific Supreme Court ruling on  January 22, 1973 in Rowe vs. Wade that gave women in America the right to kill their unborn children.  Since that ungodly decision, American women/mothers have killed or allowed to be killed over 60 million of their babies – 60 MILLION!  So, what lesson did (and does) this teach America’s youth? That life is not worth much.  If your own mother can chose to end your life, then what is life worth?  NOTHING!  “So, why should I care about someone else’s life or my own?”

Abortion is a form of child sacrifice that God calls evil (see Leviticus 18:21, 20:1-5 and 1 Kings 11:5-8).   The debate from the left on what constitutes a human life in the mother’s womb is a non-issue as far as I am concerned and as far as God is concerned.  In the Bible, God declares that, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you . . .” (Isaiah 49:1, 5).  The left can argue all it wants about when a life is a life, but it is God who has stated that a life begins when He has conceived of it.

On top of these sweeping events affecting our nation’s children who become aggressive adults is the onslaught of violent video games and gratuitous Hollywood murder and mayhem filth that permeates our collective senses, but especially that of our youth.  Video games are no longer gratifying unless a 9 year old can blast away the humanoid of his choice or annihilate by a multitude of gruesome methods any foe he desires.  And we have the audacity to wonder why a growing number of our children are killing children or anyone else who invades their space.

One Virginia House of Delegates representative got it right in a speech before his peers on March 2, 2018.  You can watch and listen to it here.  Republican Nick Freitas (Culpepper, R-30) stated unequivocally that gun control is not the issue, the issue is the breakdown of our society.

PLEASE NOTE, the “culture of death” is not an issue of gun control or Second Amendment rights, but a mindset change on what is truly important to us as a people.  Do we want God in our lives or not?  Is murder, murder, whether of the unborn or those walking upright?  What respect for life do we truly honor and not give lip service to on a daily basis?

The great pastor and preacher, Dr. Peter Marshall, at the height of World War II gave a riveting sermon on March 11, 1944 called Trial by Fire.**  It was based on 1 Kings 18:21.  Some excerpts from that famous speech which I had the privilege of transcribing from a cassette tape his son gave me.

Materialism had a god, Dr. Marshall thundered.  His name was Baal. He offered to his devotees things that human instincts craved.  He was a god of the flesh.  His priests encouraged the people to follow their natural inclinations.  It was worship and indulgence expressed in lust and adorned in selfishness.  It had no inhibitions at all. . . .

So, morality became a relative thing.  The old absolutes were regarded as far too intolerant.  The national moral standards were lowered. . . .

It was a time now for men to take sides.  There was no middle ground.  They could not be neutral.  They had to be on one side or the other.  They had to decide whether their nation would be governed by God or ruled by tyrants. . . .

The choices you make in moral and religious questions determine the way America will go.  We badly need a prophet who will have the ear of America and who will say, “If the Lord be God, follow Him!  But if Baal, then follow him!”

President George Washington also had it right.  Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.  In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.  The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and cherish them (Farewell Speech, September 17, 1796).

*To learn more about these pivotal cases and the status of America, get my book, Revelation 18 and the Fate of America.

**Dr. Marshall’s complete sermon is in my book above.