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Whom Do We Serve?

May 23, 2020

James F. Gauss, Ph.D.

May 22, 2020

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.  Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.

Romans 13:1-2

There you have it: “Submit to the governing authorities.” Our excuse not to be bold and courageous and to be submissive to secular rule. I am tired of this scripture being thrown in the faces of Christians every time Christian leadership is too hesitant to do what God commands them to do.

This admonition by Paul to the new Christians in Rome has nothing to do with the church submitting to ungodly authority. It is an instruction for individuals to be good citizens and follow just laws.

Regardless of your own interpretation of Paul’s words, my question to pastors as one of Christ’s shepherds is: Who is the head of your church? Christ or the government? You know the answer, so I will refrain from providing it.

As a World War II baby I grew up in segregated America. Although we lived in a multi-racial, multi-ethnic rural neighborhood in the northeast of the nation, I was pretty much oblivious to racial injustice. That all changed with a rude awakening when I decided to attend college in the deep south in 1960. As a friendly, naïve northerner, my inclination was to make friends with anyone, no matter what their station in life or skin color. That got me in trouble real quick. Hold on, there’s a point to this diversion.

The school was, of course, lily white and mostly born and bred southerners. All the menial jobs on campus and elsewhere were performed by black men and women who were paid a token 50-cents per hour (minimum wage was $1.00). I cringed at the way I saw my fellow southern students treat the black workers. They were repeatedly offensive, disrespectful and always playing pranks on these hard working people. Partly as a result, I befriended a number of the workers. Largely to let them know that not everyone thought ill of them or saw them as subhuman, not deserving of respect. And, I paid a small price, as southern students in my dorm pulled pranks on me to show their displeasure. However, that did not deter me, and I showed the same respect to blacks off campus too.

I write this, not to elevate myself, but to illustrate a forthcoming point. This was the “civil rights” era of Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers and many more black and white civil rights leaders. They emerged from their churches to fight for justice for all under the U.S. Constitution. During the spring semester of my freshman year, a young black man from South Carolina, Harvey Gantt (look him up), wanted to attend my school’s acclaimed architectural school. At the time, I was taking a class on U.S. government. One day the professor stood before the class and proclaimed, that if this “nigger” tried to integrate the school, they would lynch him. Needless to say, it was the only course I ever failed, because I withdrew the next day.

There are many stories I could share, but my point is this: Where would America and black Americans be today, if pastors and Christians, continued to obey the segregated “law” of the South and ignored the unjust treatment of fellow Americans and brothers and sisters in Christ? For Freedom Fighters of that era, there was no question, no hesitation for them, “on what would Jesus do?” Jesus would defy unjust authority, just like He did with the Pharisees who sought to kill Him.

How many followers of Christ were persecuted, tortured and brutally killed during the first century of the Church because they refused to submit to the authorities? Despite the constant threats from multiple sources they continued to meet, pray corporately and preach the Gospel and minister to the saints of Christ.

Throughout the centuries, hundreds of millions of Christ followers have lost their lives because they refused to deny Christ or stop practicing their faith. Fast forward to today. Around the world, in such oppressive environments as China, SE Asia, Iran, the Middle East, parts of Africa and elsewhere, bold and courageous warriors for Christ daily defy the powers to be and risk their lives to meet, pray, worship, testify, break bread, study God’s word, etc.

What can we say; what can you say to these brothers and sisters in Christ who risk everything for the cause of Christ, while we humbly submit to our local and state “lord and masters?” Pastors and congregants, who controls your church? The government or Christ and His body of believers?

Yes, I get all the health concerns of this “pandemic.” I also know that it now has been proven that it was grossly overblown. There was absolutely no need to shut down America’s economy and certainly no need to shutter our churches. Yes, I know, the church is not the building, I fully understand that. This whole mess, as far as I’m concerned, shows just how weak the church is in America. The church has always had the ability and willingness to take care of its own, including the infirm and needy. It does not need the permission or instructions from the state or other “authorities.” I would submit that each church and each pastor knows how to protect and minister to their vulnerable members without the dictates from the state.

Think about it, pastors. What will you do next time, you are told to shut down your church? And, there will be a next time. After all, the authorities found out just how easy it was to scare you into submission. What stand will you take and with whom will you stand? As a reminder, the church is to be God’s “salt” and “light” under any conditions, and at all times. It is to show the way, not be told which way to go by godless authority. Before COVID-19, other than for weather related reasons, when was the last time you shuttered your church because somebody told you to? When will be the next time?

What if, instead of fully closing down, non-vulnerable and willing church members came together in corporate prayer and fasting, confessing their sins and the sins of the country, repenting and calling upon God’s mercy and seeking His intervention on behalf of their loved ones and the country. Would we be in a different and better place today? Yes, I know thousands of Christians were doing that on their own, but the power of the corporate prayer of the Body of Christ cannot be understated. This would have been an excellent time for churches across America to have been praying for much needed revival throughout our nation.

And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two,

and gave them power over unclean spirits.

Mark 6:7

Student Edition Contents

March 17, 2020

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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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Islam in American Education

January 28, 2020

EVENT ALERT!

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We are in the process of developing Islamic education for our children, public schools and school systems that span the country.  We want non-Muslims to be signing up for them. Education is just one part of our agenda.  We must be involved at every level, the local level, county, state, national, international level. How? As a distinct Islamic entity. 

Sharifa Alkahteeb, Founder

North American Council for Muslim Women

Muslim Americans Political Awareness Conference, 1989

The Muslim agenda in America cannot be any clearer, yet there are those in politics, education and the Church that bend over backwards to accommodate the Muslim plan for America and America’s children.

Since the latter part of the 20th century, Muslims in America, with the assistance and support of the U.S. Department of Education, the National Education Association, state governments, local school boards, public school teachers and many others, have been indoctrinating America’s children—your children and grandchildren—to the glories of Islam. It starts in kindergarten and continues into colleges and universities—including Christian schools—where Muslims have been hired to teach “religion”, even at Christian schools, and millions of dollars flood in from Muslim countries to fund Islamic departments or train American students in the threat of Islamophobia, etc. On America’s campuses there are an estimated 600-800 Muslim Student Assns. funded by the Muslim Brotherhood. The MSA is not only there to support Muslim Students, but to recruit your children and grandchildren to the cause of militant jihad.

Dr. James F. Gauss, author of Understanding Islam in the Light of Christianity

February 19, 6:30pm;  Kilkarney Golf Course, River Falls, WI

February 20, 6:30pm; Apple River Community Church, Amery, WI

February 26, 6:00pm; Zumbro Community Church, Zumbro Falls, MN

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.

America’s Descent into Chaos and Depravity, Part 2

July 3, 2015
Revelation 18 and the fate of America

Revelation 18 and the fate of America

Excerpted from Chapter 5 of Revelation 18 and the fate of America.]

. . . and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!”

Revelation 18:2b

Separation of Church and State.  After the dual victories against the Nazis of Germany in Europe and in the Pacific against the Imperialist Japanese, the people of America were euphoric.  Despite tremendous losses of life and great national hardship, Americans believed that nothing was beyond them; that there was great redemption ahead.  Wartime industry re-tooled for domestic production and a house building boom ensued as returning soldiers sought to return to civilian life.

America was definitely on the upswing—emotionally, economically and spiritually.  Then the big lie was foisted on the citizenry of the United States that destroyed the Judeo-Christian foundation of the country. Prior to the big lie America had frequently had challenges to its Constitution, its interpretation and espoused way of life for the citizens of America.  But nothing destroyed the biblical foundation and fabric of faith more than the big lie of the “Wall of Separation of Church and State.”

. . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

George Washington, Farewell Address, September 17, 1796

Although there had been previous attempts to weaken the role of the Christian church in the lives of Americans, the door was opened wide to usher in a full assault on February 10, 1947 (less than two years after the end of WWII).    On that date the U.S. Supreme Court, in a narrow 5-4 decision in the case of Everson v. Board of Education of the Township of Ewing (New Jersey) made what would become a “landmark” decision relative to the issue of the “Separation of Church and State”.  The case originated when a New Jersey taxpayer, Arch Everson, sued the Board of Education of Ewing Township because he claimed that their reimbursement of the costs of bus transportation to parents of students going to religious schools was a violation of the “Establishment” clause of the First Amendment.

Amendment I.  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,

or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .

U.S. Constitution

Representing the majority decision, Justice Black reviewed the essence of the case.  “A New Jersey statute authorizes its local school districts to make rules and contracts for the transportation of children to and from schools. . . . this statute, authorized reimbursement to parents of money expended by them for the bus transportation of their children on regular busses operated by the public transportation system. Part of this money was for the payment of transportation of some children in the community to Catholic parochial schools.”

Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black (1886-1971)

Justice Black was a lawyer and a Democratic U.S. Senator from Alabama who was appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1937.

“The appellant,” Black continued, “in his capacity as a district taxpayer, filed suit in a state court challenging the right of the Board to reimburse parents of parochial school students. He contended that the statute and the resolution passed pursuant to it violated both the State and the Federal Constitutions. . . .”

Justice Black pointed out that “The New Jersey statute is challenged as a ‘law respecting an establishment of religion.’

The First Amendment, as made applicable to the states by the Fourteenth, commands that a state “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . . Whether this New Jersey law is one respecting an ‘establishment of religion’ requires an understanding of the meaning of that language, particularly with respect to the imposition of taxes.”

In an effort to explain the majority decision Justice Black wrote several paragraphs that reviewed the religious history of the early settlers and his understanding of the intent of the Founders in authoring the First Amendment.

The “establishment of religion” clause of the First Amendment means at least this: Neither a state nor the Federal Government can set up a church. Neither can pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion over another. Neither can force nor influence a person to go to or to remain away from church against his will or force him to profess a belief or disbelief in any religion. No person can be punished for entertaining or professing religious beliefs or disbeliefs, for church attendance or non-attendance. No tax in any amount, large or small, can be levied to support any religious activities or institutions, whatever they may be called, or whatever form they may adopt to teach or practice religion. Neither a state nor the Federal Government can, openly or secretly, participate in the affairs of any religious organizations or groups and vice versa. In the words of Jefferson, the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect “a wall of separation between church and State.”

Justice Hugo Black, February 10, 1947, Everson v. Board of Education of the Township of Ewing

“A large proportion of the early settlers of this country came here from Europe to escape the bondage of laws which compelled them to support and attend government-favored churches,” Black wrote.

“. . . The imposition of taxes”, Justice Black penned, “to pay ministers’ salaries and to build and maintain churches and church property aroused their indignation. It was these feelings which found expression in the First Amendment.”  In the same paragraph Black referred to the colonists of Virginia and their role in understanding the importance of religious freedom.  Presumably referring to The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom authored by Thomas Jefferson and adopted by the Virginia General Assembly on January 16, 1786, Black wrote that “The people there, as elsewhere, reached the conviction that individual religious liberty could be achieved best under a government which was stripped of all power to tax, to support, or otherwise to assist any or all religions, or to interfere with the beliefs of any religious individual or group.”

Referring to earlier Supreme Court history in relation to the First Amendment, Justice Black continued.  “This Court has previously recognized that the provisions of the First Amendment, in the drafting and adoption of which Madison and Jefferson played such leading roles, had the same objective and were intended to provide the same protection against governmental intrusion on religious liberty as the Virginia statute.”

Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist (1924-2005)

Justice Rehnquist was a conservative Republican attorney who was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Richard Nixon in January, 1972.  In 1986, President Ronald Reagan nominated him to become Chief Justice.

Although Justice Black and the justices that joined in the majority decision got it right by deciding that neither Ewing Township nor the State of New Jersey violated the Establishment clause of the First Amendment, Justice Black

concluded the decision with this sentence: “The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable.”  The five justices determined that the laws of New Jersey had not breached this “wall” between church and state.  However, by referring to Jefferson’s statement on the “wall of separation between church and state” in his letter to the Danbury (Connecticut) Baptist Association, the justices forever opened a Pandora ’s Box for judicial misinterpretation and misapplication of Jefferson’s intention.

Thirty-eight years later in another landmark case before the Supreme Court, Wallace v. Jafree, 1985, the Court, using the same “wall of separation” reasoning, in a 6-3 majority decision struck down the Alabama public school’s minute of silence for personal meditation or prayer.  Dissenting Associate Justice, William Rehnquist, wrote for the minority opinion, “It is impossible to build sound constitutional doctrine on a mistaken understanding of Constitutional history. . . . The establishment clause has been expressly freighted with Jefferson’s misleading metaphor for nearly forty years. . . . There is simply no historical foundation for the proposition that the Framers [of the Constitution] intended to build a wall of separation. . . . The recent court decisions are in no way based on either the language or the intent of the Framers.”

If the Founding Fathers meant to insert a separation of church and state clause in the Constitution, why did they not?  To the contrary, in the midst of debating the ideals of the Constitution, they passed the Northwest Ordinance on July 13, 1787 that included this maxim: “Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”

Wall of Separation: Jefferson’s Intention or Judicial Fabrication, p. 53

(For a more complete review and understanding of the issue of the “wall of separation between church and state” read We the People: Birth of a Nation by this author.)