How Long Do We Have?
Churches Don't Spiritually Mature
U.S. imports would virtually solve every economic problem of
the United States and of other nations around the world, and help return
our sovereignty. This simple
solution is so foolproof that it proves conspiracy does indeed exist by
the very absence of this term on the table of negotiations, and it
fools in Washington and the mass media are in bed with the ultra-rich.
Try to recall the last time you even heard the word “tariff”
mentioned by the president, by a senator or congressman, or by anyone in the media in the last ten years? This word is completely off
limits. A tariff tax, used by any nation would help pay off their national debt, and if
refused sell us their goods it would heal our GNP problems almost
overnight. If real solutions are not soon
applied, civilization as we know it will no longer be feasible!
Critics of this idea say this would cause a product vacuum,
and our store shelves would suddenly be empty, but these are merely
hardship associated with making right decisions to get U.S. production markets up and
running again. Critics also complain that tariffs would destroy the
global market, but whose global market is it anyway? It’s not mine and it’s
not yours. It belongs to the ultra-rich, who decided for
everyone that it would be in their best interest to establish a
one world economy. Their
next move will be to impose a one-world government to manage their
one-world economy, and then how will we stop them?
How Log Do We Have?
About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new
constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at
the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the
Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier: "A democracy is always
temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of
government." "A democracy will continue to exist up until the
time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from
the public treasury."
"From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates
who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result
that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy,
which is always followed by a dictatorship." "The average age
of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has
been about 200 years."
"During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through
the following sequence:
1. From bondage to spiritual faith
From spiritual faith to great courage
From courage to liberty
From liberty to abundance
From abundance to complacency
From complacency to apathy
From apathy to dependence
From dependence back into bondage
The United States is now somewhere between the "apathy
to dependence" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with
some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the
"governmental dependency" phase. If Congress grants amnesty
and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal
aliens and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than
Pig in the Kettle
Marx said, "Remove one freedom per generation and soon you will have no freedom and no one would have noticed."
There was a professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab, the professor noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt.
The professor asked the young man what was the matter.
The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting Communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country's government and install a new communist regime. In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked: "Do you know how to catch wild pigs?"
The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line.
The young man said that it was no joke. "You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free food. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence.
They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again. You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.
Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity."
The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening in America & Canada. The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/ Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare entitlements, medicine, drugs, etc., while we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time.
"The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living."
12,25-29 “See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did
not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will
we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice
shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only
the earth but also the heavens." The words "once more"
indicate the removing of what can be shaken-that is, created things-so that what
cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that
cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with
reverence and awe, for our "God is a consuming fire."
say by the word of the Lord: In a very short time God intends to turn this world
upside down and shake it over the bottomless pit. Whatever falls into it has
judged itself unworthy of the kingdom of heaven, but those who steadfastly hold
to the grace of Jesus’ blood sacrifice, in both word and deed, will prove
themselves the true children of God.
Churches Don't Spiritually Mature
12,5-17 So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly
praying to God for him. The night before Herod was to bring him to
trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains,
and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly an angel of the Lord
appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and
woke him up. "Quick, get up!" he said, and the chains fell off
Peter's wrists. Then the angel said to him, "Put on your clothes
and sandals." And Peter did so. "Wrap your cloak around you
and follow me," the angel told him. Peter followed him out of the
prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really
happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. They passed the first and
second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened
for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the
length of one street, suddenly the angel left him. Then Peter came to
himself and said, "Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent
his angel and rescued me from Herod's clutches and from everything the
Jewish people were anticipating." When this had dawned on him, he
went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where
many people had gathered and were praying. Peter knocked at the outer
entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door. When
she recognized Peter's voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without
opening it and exclaimed, "Peter is at the door!" "You're
out of your mind," they told her. When she kept insisting that it
was so, they said, "It must be his angel." But Peter kept on
knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were
story in Act 12,4-16 bears a close resemblance to the carnage that is
happening in our churches today. Peter was miraculously delivered from
prison by a personal visitation from an angel.
By the power of God he walked past his enemies with no one challenging
him through unlocked doors that led to the great city. All these things
God did through prayer, yet the very ones who were praying for him would
not believe God had set him free. In their prayers they must have been
asking God to replace Peter, not to save him. They clearly wrote him off
Peter anticipated telling his friends the details of his newfound
freedom and expected them to rejoice with them, but when he came to
them, he was met with rejection and unbelief instead of faith and
love, except for Rhoda who answered the door. (Rhoda was the only
mentionable person by name in the group who had the nobility of faith.)
It never occurred to Peter’s friends that God was listening to their
prayers. In the same manner, pastors throughout America stand behind
their pulpits fervently preaching the word of God, yet they don’t have
enough faith to believe that anyone would ever be set free through
their ministries, apparently because they have not experienced the
freedom of Christ for themselves. “It is his angel,” was their
statement of faith, explaining their theology to the servant-girl who
alone had faith, attributing his freedom to a ghost, belittling the
power of God. It is questionable whether pastors really want freedom to
be a product of their ministries. After all, what would they do with
their parishioners once they were free? Pastors know what to do with people in
bondage – preach at them. Those who enjoy the freedom of Christ
become a menace, because they want an opportunity to share their freedom
with others. There is great responsibility with freedom, suggesting that
ministers would need to learn how to help people use their God-given
freedom to reach their fullest potential. Change scares them, but to
delegate authority to other people in a growing church scares them even more, because it
makes him feel less in control. This is opposite of faith in the truth. The more
authority they delegate to others, the more they have to give, just like
Jesus fed the five thousand with five loaves and two fish.
spiritual health of a church can be compared to the economic health of a
nation, in that they both stand or fall by the same principles. When there is incentive to make money in an economic system, the
country prospers, but when greed takes over, it causes everything to
come to a screeching halt. Likewise, if there is incentive in the church
to spiritually grow, people will do so, but if leaders hoard the
ministry and oppress the gifts by suppressing the truth (the
ministry actually belongs to the people), it eliminates the need for
spiritual maturity, hence there is no longer incentive to pursue it.
chief urge is to improve his lot and capitalism is the only system by
which this urge can be realized. Communists, socialists and other
collectivists do not agree that anyone should progress ahead of his
fellows. History proves, however, that when individual thrift and
initiative are unrewarded, a low and declining standard of living and
culture is inevitable. Under socialism and communism, sooner or later
the real workers rebel against having to support those who shirk their
responsibilities and then the structure becomes paralyzed and collapses.
Speaker’s Desk Book of Quips, Quotes and Anecdotes
M. Braude 1963
This explains why there is
so little giftedness in the church today: it is working under a
communistic theology. Most of those who try to rise above the system
eventually wear-down from the struggle against indifference and submit
to living like everyone else, spiritually impoverished. People in charge
don’t think anyone should progress ahead of their fellows, teaching
that unity is a matter of equality, but the result dictates that we are
equally deprived of the spiritual unction. Those who seek higher levels of
maturity are considered renegades. The Book of Acts paints the opposite
picture, that of incorporating the ideals of communism into the
church’s economy by “having all things in common,” while allowing
capitalism to dictate the level of the spiritual maturity in each
person. As It is written, “To everyone who has, more will be given, and
he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has
will be taken away” (Mat 25-29). American Christianity has it
backwards: a capitalistic outside and a communistic inside. No wonder it isn’t working!