Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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By Mario Murillo

Never have I set ink to paper with a more sober heart.  Never have I approached a New Year with a deeper burden.  Our nation, the nation that you love and I love is slipping through our fingers at a rate of loss that would have been deemed impossible before now.

Our government is waging an incremental assault on the U.S. Constitution.  We all saw a direct assault on the first amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion when Obamacare began forcing the Catholic Church to violate their convictions.

Now we have a direct attack the second Amendment by attacking the right to bear arms.

Noah Webster said it most succinctly and most eloquently: “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.”

Leftist politicians, militant unions, news and entertainment media have united to create an America that will remove Christian civilization as we know it.  If drastic action is not taken immediately, the despotic control of that they have seized in the information industry will soon give them an immense, continuous and increasing power over everything we hear, see and say.

Now a man’s voice echoes from down the decades to reinforce our mandate.  His name is Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Gingrich GOP Reformation Plan

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EMAIL RECEIVED FROM GINGRICH PRODUCTIONS/NEWT GINGRICH
(Received Friday, December 21, 2012 at 7:19 PM)

Subject: Memo: The Challenge Confronting the Republican Party

Dear Friend,

I wanted to share with you the following memo which I have written at the request of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, and which he has distributed to RNC members this afternoon.

This is the beginning of a four to six month project considering what the Republican Party must do to become competitive in all 50 states.

THE CHALLENGE CONFRONTING THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

Newt Gingrich
December 2012

To Chairman Reince Priebus:

Thank you for inviting me to present an analysis for the Republican National Committee about the current challenges Republicans face at every level.

Our working together goes all the way back to your early years in politics. I enjoyed doing events with you in Wisconsin and admired the work you did in helping Scott Walker become Governor.

I was delighted when you became RNC Chairman and I know how much you accomplished in the last two years rebuilding RNC finances and developing a better ground game.

Your creation of the Growth and Opportunity Project chaired by Henry Barbour is a very important step toward assessing what we have to learn from 2012 and what we have to do to succeed in 2014 and 2016.

I look forward to working with Henry and his team and hope this paper provides some useful thoughts about both the GOP's past record of responding successfully to election challenges and to the changing nature of American society and politics.

Reforming the Republican Party so it can create a governing majority is an enormous challenge which includes every element of the party. However as you have observed the RNC has a key role to play in bringing together the ideas and the critiques and helping shape a clear vision of a successful GOP.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Open Letter to House, Senate Republicans by Conservative Leaders

By Morton C. Blackwell (Diary) (Edited by Colin Hanna) The below letter was sent November 30 to all U.S. Senators and Representatives. I drafted it with some edits by Colin Hanna. It was sent out through Coalitions for America. Colin Hanna is CFA President, and I am CFA Vice President. November 30, 2012

An Open Letter to U.S. House and Senate Republicans

Dear Republican U.S. Representatives and Senators:

You are entering into a period of testing.

In the House, the nation elected in 2012 one of the largest Republican majorities in the past 100 years. You have a mandate to fight for conservative principles that is arguably much broader than the one that narrowly reelected President Barack Obama claims to have for his leftist agenda.

Of course, House Republicans alone cannot pass a law, but united you can stop any bill which violates the principles you publicly committed to support.

In the Senate, you have more than enough Republicans to prevent the passage of anything truly harmful to our country.

Nevertheless, you are already being pressured to abandon the principles voters elected you to uphold.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U.S. President

When one observes President Obama’s unwillingness to accommodate America’s four-century long religious conscience protection through his attempts to require Catholics to go against their own doctrines and beliefs, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Catholic. But that characterization would not be correct. Although he has recently singled out Catholics, he has equally targeted traditional Protestant beliefs over the past four years. So since he has attacked Catholics and Protestants, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Christian. But that, too, would be inaccurate. He has been equally disrespectful in his appalling treatment of religious Jews in general and Israel in particular. So perhaps the most accurate description of his antipathy toward Catholics, Protestants, religious Jews, and the Jewish nation would be to characterize him as anti-Biblical. And then when his hostility toward Biblical people of faith is contrasted with his preferential treatment of Muslims and Muslim nations, it further strengthens the accuracy of the anti-Biblical descriptor. In fact, there have been numerous clearly documented times when his pro-Islam positions have been the cause of his anti-Biblical actions.

Listed below in chronological order are (1) numerous records of his attacks on Biblical persons or organizations; (2) examples of the hostility toward Biblical faith that have become evident in the past three years in the Obama-led military; (3) a listing of his open attacks on Biblical values; and finally (4) a listing of numerous incidents of his preferential deference for Islam’s activities and positions, including letting his Islamic advisors guide and influence his hostility toward people of Biblical faith.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Seven Reasons the Prophetic Voice of American Pastors Has Been Silent

As a pastor I have been involved in political, economic and social issues in order to be holistic in ministering to the needs of our community, as well as functioning prophetically to influential elected officials. In this context, I have observed how many leaders also involved in holistic ministry have “behaved themselves” in regards to speaking out prophetically on major biblical issues. My opinion is that we are all called to be prophetic—especially preachers of the gospel (1 Peter 4:11)!

For example, during the past decade I have been a major proponent of preserving biblical marriage and have worked against legalizing alternate forms of marriage such as same-sex marriage. As I have helped lead the charge, some of my good friends have intentionally remained silent for a variety of reasons.

The following are some of the reasons pastors have muzzled their prophetic voice:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Why Many Believers Vote Against Their Biblical Values

By Dr. Joseph Mattera

With the increased tension and polarity in the body of Christ because of the coming election, I am attempting with this paper to help bring clarity as to why people vote the way they do. My intent in wading through these murky waters is to help to bring greater unity in the church so that we are not dogmatically judging one another. But, at the same time my hope is that believers will vote biblical values over groupthink partisan politics.

Many years ago, as a pastor and traveling teacher, I was shocked to find out that many of my dear pastor friends, as well as the majority of the ethnic congregations they oversee, voted for Democratic candidates, even if their platforms were contrary to standard biblical values in regards to issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. In private conversations with these pastors and their congregants we had almost total agreement on every major moral issue. But come Election Day, in my opinion, they voted against the values they preached on Sunday and practiced in private.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Is Absolute Obedience to Civil Government Biblical?

Does Romans 13 Teach Absolute Obedience to Civil Government?
By Joseph Mattera

Romans 13:1-7:
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and God has instituted those that exist. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers is not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

With many laws being passed that have an anti-Christian bias, many believers in the blogosphere are saying that we need to unequivocally submit to whatever the laws of the land are, since this is what Romans 13:1-7 teaches. In other words, acts of civil disobedience—praying in front of abortion clinics, public prayer in schools, and the recent arrests of New York City pastors for praying in front of the New York City Law Department to protest the looming evictions of churches from public schools—are contrary to the word of God. According to the strict interpretation of this passage we should not only cease from all acts of civil disobedience, but we should not even complain about these laws and just pray for our civil leaders.

Monday, February 6, 2012

We The People! (Message to President Obama)



Transcript – We The People by Nos Populus

Dear President Obama,

“We The People” have stated resolutely we reject your vision for our country. You claim you have not heard us.

“We The People” have assembled across America resisting your efforts to subvert our constitution and undermine our liberty. You claim you have not seen us.

Since you have not acknowledged our message, let us here present it once more for if as President Wilson said, “a leader’s ear must ring with the voices of the people,” the time has come.

Our greatest treasure is freedom – the absence of restraints on our ability to think and to act. The corollary of freedom is individual responsibility. We believe in the power of the individual.

A few years ago President Bush said, “History moves toward freedom because the desire for freedom is written in every human heart.” Let us add that we will preserve it only as long as devotion to freedom is expressed in the heart of our actions.

When President Lincoln dedicated Gettysburg National Cemetery he declared, “It is for us the living to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus so nobly advanced.”

That unfinished cause for which our soldiers willingly go to battle and for which so many have given their lives is a free United States of America. It has been nearly one hundred fifty years and the work President Lincoln spoke of is not finished. In fact, that work will never be finished.

Freedom is the capacity of self-determination. It is not an entity but a condition and conditions change. Freedom can expand, yet so can it contract.

You promised change when you took office, Mr. President, but subjugation is not change we wanted or will accept.

You have expanded government, violated our Constitution, confounded laws, seized private industry, destroyed jobs, perverted our economy, curtailed free speech, corrupted our currency, weakened our national security, and endangered our sovereignty.

By compromising our nation’s cultural, legal and economic institutions, you are ensuring that our children will never achieve the same quality of life as we enjoy today. Through generational theft you are robbing the unborn of opportunity.

This is not acceptable. Not in America. We did not become a strong nation through hope but rather through self-reliance.

No one better understands the relationship between individual achievement, dignity and strength than our armed forces. Through every war our soldiers have held this nation’s destiny in their hands. They have not failed us. They cherish freedom enough that they are willing to die for it.

Our duty to them and to ourselves is to treasure freedom enough to live up to it.

We accept the challenge, Mr. President. That is why we are assembling across the land to deliver our message to you as often and in every way we can. Dismiss us at your political peril.

Our great nation is a Republic. We will not accept tyranny under any guise. Your policy to redistribute the fruits of our labor is Statism and will not be tolerated.

By our honor, Mr. President, we vow forever to resist coercive government in America. Patriots will not stand silent as you attempt to dismantle the greatest nation on earth. “We The People” will defend our liberty. We will protect our beloved country and America’s exceptionalism will prevail.

God Bless the United States of America!

Sincerely,

We The People

Saturday, February 4, 2012

My Recent Facebook Status Messages

The following are a few of my most recent politically-related Facebook status messages and comments, in chronological order. These messages are brought to you under the auspices of the Freedom of Speech clause in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, do not represent or imply an endorsement of or advocacy for any particular candidate, and are merely an expression of my personal opinions and views.

I realize I'm not very smart, but I'm having a hard time understanding how a presidential candidate who is close to being or is a billionaire (he won't release his tax returns going back more than a few years to let the American see for themselves the extent of his personal wealth) and getting richer every year, and pays an effective tax rate of less than 15% can claim to be the candidate who cares the most about and will do the most for the now HUGE percentage of -- by definition -- POOR in America. Again, I'm not a mathemetician or CPA, but seems to me if you were demonstrating your concern for the poor by giving away large amounts of your money to the poor, you probably would not be a billionaire. Just sayin'. -Dr. Steven Lambert

King Obama outright LIED to the American Catholic Church officials about the effects of ObamaCare - now FORCING the Church to accept and engage in abortion and birth control against the Catholic Church's beliefs! Maybe now the rose-colored glasses will come off the largest single voting block in America concerning their beloved Democratic Party and its leader and finally see the truth! (Comment based on article, Obama Sandbags Archbishop) -Dr. Steven Lambert

About the only thing Romney hasn't flip-flopped on is Mormonism. That tells me all I need to know! -Dr. Steven Lambert

The vast majority of GOP opposition to Gingrich comes from the party "brass" who are themselves part of the elite establishment in Washington. The establishment in power in any segment of society, political and ecclesiastical included, always oppose reformers and those advocating for change. The vast majority of grass-roots Republicans get what Gingrich is saying, know he's right, and therefore will vote FOR him, not Romney. The national polls are never accurate and cannot be trusted. Don't believe them or the reports of the media claiming Romney will be the nominee. They'll all be proven false. -Dr. Steven Lambert

The likes of Rove and Krauthammer not excluded. They need to get over themselves and repent from their ridiculous vendetta against Gingrich -- for the sake of the party and the nation. They are the main promulgators behind of an anti-Gingrich bias now manifesting at FOX NEWS rising out of the backroom deals and promises made to Romney in the 2008 election that he would be their man and get the GOP support -- financial and otherwise --in the 2012 election if he would "wait his turn" and align with McCain for 2008 election just as they promised the same things to McCain in the 2004 campaign if he would drop out, go along to get along, and align with Bush's reelection campaign. It's all insider-trading, and the same backroom shinanigans that have been going on for years. Once again, the Republican establishment is determined to jam their hand-picked candidate that has promised not to do anything to rock the Republican boat and thereby unseat the sitting Republicans in Congress and the party, allowing them to keep their high-paying jobs, contracts, and deals. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This is all making Roger Aires and FOX NEWS look very bad, and will backfire on them, no doubt. -Dr. Steven Lambert

Newt Gingrich is a political reformer and deliverer. Reformers and deliverers are never welcomed with open arms by the establishment who preside over the "status quo" -- i.e., what needs to be reformed and what people need to be delivered from. The story of Moses illustrates how the powers-that-be treat reformers/deliverers. Gingrich's history has some striking metaphorical parallels to the story of Moses, particularly the part of being exiled from the Republican Party and banished to the backside of the political desert by his GOP collegues who are still angry at him for telling them the truth and being "in their face" when he was speaker insisting that they DO what they promised the American people and the Republican Party members when they were elected. Biblically, the number 40 symbolizes fullness of preparation. Gingrich's life experience of fighting through turmoil, troubles, trials, and testings, particularly since 1997, is what has prepared and qualified him for the highest office of our land at the most pivotal and perilous period in our nation's history (ironically, 2012 marks Gingrich's 40th year in politics). A reformer and deliverer is precisely what our nation needs right now politically. Gingrich is the political Moses chosen by God for this time in our history to bring greatly needed reform in Washington and deliver our nation from the tyranny of the democratic party socialists now in power, whose agenda is the dismantling our republican form of government and establishment of New Age hybrid form of fascist socialism under a single dictatorial autocrat. -Dr. Steven Lambert

Romney and Obama are two peas in a pod! My personal sense is that in terms of personality (we know there virtually indistinguishable politically other than party membership), there's very little difference between Romney and Obama. Race and political strategic ideology are the only thing that distinguishes the two. Both are narcissistic, conceited, condescending, detached, aloof, dictatorial, patronizing, ruthless, and Machiavellian. Romney is a richer and less "slick" version of "Slick Willie!" What is it about this type of personality that Americans love so much and are so attracted to? All three view themselves as worthy of Kingship rather than "presider" as the office of POTUS is supposed to be. To me, replacing the Obamas in the White House with the Romneys means no change except for the name plates -- one monarch for another monarch! Reminds me of my prophecy before the 2008 Election in which I warned that if the American people did what it appeared they were about to do it would be exactly like when God told Samuel to let the people have what they want, which was a king, but warned them what would happen when they got the king they were demanding! How true that word from God was! (read it at: http://www.slm.org/?p=49) -Dr. Steven Lambert

But what disappoints and disheartens me the most is that purporting believers don't have the discernment to discern this about these men. Why do the American people, including purporting Christian Americans, still clamor for a KING??? -Dr. Steven Lambert

"Separation of church and state" appears nowhere in the US Constitution or any US Laws. It was a term Thomas Jefferson used in a personal letter to a friend, and the connotation was not anything like what the godless and atheists have twisted it to mean, which is license to preclude the Church of Jesus Christ from having any influence in politics and government. The Bible says the opposite, and it is the believer's "constitution," Magna Carta, and Legislative Laws, all wrapped up into one! -Dr. Steven Lambert

Of the current GOP field, Newt stands tall above them all, for me as well. He's the best qualified, most experienced, knowledgeable, intelligent, informed, pragmatic, straightforward, tested, and proven candidate. The reality is: there will be no perfect, sinless men on the ballot. Don't be so heavenly minded, you're no earthly good. We're electing a president, not a pope. Let's all come down out of the clouds, and use the common sense the Lord blessed us with. -Dr. Steven Lambert

21% of Democratic Party members have defected from the party since Obama was elected. -Dr. Steven Lambert

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Should Christians Be Involved In Politics?

By Joseph Mattera

View #1: The church should not be involved in politics but only concentrate on soul-winning; the rest will take care of itself. This has been promulgated in the Evangelical Church the past 125 years, especially in Pentecostal/Charismatic circles since its inception in the early 1900's.

View #2: The church should demonstrate its spirituality primarily by getting involved through social and political action. With this view, the inner spiritual life and the supernatural are deemphasized. Many mainline liberal denominations represented by the World Council of Churches have taken this position.

View #3: The classical reformed view (my view) is that God has allotted various jurisdictions of society, with the church and Bible at the center of culture and creation as "salt and light." Some collapse these jurisdictions (or governments) to five: self-government, family, business, civic (political), and ecclesiastical (church).