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The Critical Importance of Faith in the Fight for Liberty

NOTE FROM STEWART RHODES:

In the lead up to Independence Day, I had a discussion with my uncle, Rex Ruth, about the importance of faith in the struggle to preserve liberty.  I asked him to send me a Founding era sermon from one of the fiery preachers known as the “Blacked Robed Regiment” who helped to stiffen the resolve, and the spines, of their fellow Americans as they fought for their liberty in the Revolutionary War – and as they contemplated declaring their independence and permanently dissolving their political bands with Britain.

Below is what he sent me, with his introduction.  I believe it helps to put that monumental decision, and what compelled them to do it, in proper context.   And, even more importantly, it helps to impress upon us how the battle between liberty and tyranny is timeless and endless, and the central role faith always plays in stiffening our resolve, and our spines.   I will add an additional short comment afterward about why I think it is so important for us today:

 

REX RUTH ON THE ROLE OF CHRISTIAN FAITH IN THE REVOLUTION:

As we Americans celebrate yet another 4th of July to commemorate the Declaration of Independence we should all ask what was the driving force behind its creation – was it all political? The answer could be surprising.

First of all, when one reads the writings of our founding fathers, one finds that they never separated the external liberty of man (i.e.) civil liberty from internal liberty (i.e. religious liberty) for they coupled one with the other by saying “…our natural born rights both civil and religious…”

The Colonists for the most part were taught by their clergy that Christ was the head of the Church and not man – King or otherwise; they were also taught by the clergy that their liberties came from their Creator therefor both internal and external liberty were inseparable gifts of God which no man could take away; and that accounts for the phrase “…we are, (through God) therefore we ought…” (by law)

To demonstrate how much they believed this, let us recall the events on the early morning of April 19th, 1775, when General Gage carried out his orders to send British troops to Concord and not only disarm the people by confiscating their guns and powder but also to deprive them of their leadership by arresting Samuel Adams and John Hancock.  While trying to do so, the British Army had to pass through the little town of Lexington where a militia had gathered. Pastor Jonas Clark, Pastor of the Congregational Church there in Lexington, was so imbued with the biblical principles of self and civil government that he had taught those principles to his congregation. Not only that, he became the principal leader in his community of the resistance to the tyranny of  King George III.  To resist the King was to also resist the Church of England, as the King was its head.

Captain John Parker,  the leader of the militia on Lexington Green that fateful April morning, was the Deacon of Clark’s church and many of the men standing on the Green were members of the church also. Rev. Clark had also held Sons of Liberty meetings in his parsonage and taught the men on the subject of self-defense and local self-government. He taught them it was their duty as Christian men to learn how to defend themselves and their community.

However, before the British troops even left Boston for Concord there was yet another Church that resisted them, known as the Old North Church,  where the two lanterns were hung in the church steeple to warn the patriots of the route the King’s troops would take.   As the church site describes it “the church sexton, Robert Newman, and Vestryman Capt. John Pulling, Jr. climbed the steeple and held high two lanterns as a signal from Paul Revere that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea across the Charles River and not by land.”

On that fateful day, the shot heard round the world started the American Revolution which we Americans won.

To be sure, Pastor Clark, his congregation, and the leaders and members of the Old North Church were not anomalies.  There were many more like them, and they and other ministers were students of John Locke, Montesquieu, von Puffendorf, Sydney, Blackstone and other thinkers and writers of jurisprudence, and professors of the science of God and government.

One other such Pastor was the Reverend Samuel West who preached an “Election Day Sermon” on May 29th, 1776 in Boston entitled

“On the Right to Rebel Against Governors”

In his sermon he stated (in part):

“…in what is called a state of nature, we are the subjects of divine law and government, that the Deity is our supreme magistrate, who has written his laws in our hearts…Had the human race uniformly preserved in a state of moral rectitude, there would have been little or no need of any other law besides that which is written in the heart…common sense and common honesty (tells us) that civil government is absolutely necessary for the peace and safety of mankind; (Yet) the same principles that oblige us to submit to government do equally oblige us to resist tyranny…this shows that the end and design of civil government cannot be to deprive men of their liberty or take away their freedom; but on the contrary, the true design of civil government is to protect men in the enjoyment of liberty…

Unlimited submission and obedience is due to none but God alone. He has an absolute right to command; he alone has an uncontrollable sovereignty over us,  because he alone is unchangeably good; he never will  or can require of us, consistent with his nature and attributes, anything that is not fit and reasonable; his commands are all just and good; and to suppose that he has given to any particular set of men a power to require obedience to that which is unreasonable, cruel, and unjust, is robbing the Deity of his justice and goodness, in which consists the peculiar glory of divine character, and it is representing him under the horrid character of a tyrant…

…It is an indispensable duty, my brethren, which we owe to God and our country, to rouse up and bestir ourselves, and, being animated with a noble zeal for the sacred cause of liberty, to defend our lives and fortunes, even to the shedding of the last drop of blood. The love of our country, the tender affection we have for our wives and children, the regard we ought to have for unborn posterity, yea, everything that is dear and sacred, do now loudly call upon us to use our best endeavors to save our country.

We must beat our ploughshares into swords, and our pruning-hooks into spears, and learn the art of self-defense against our enemies…we may apply with the utmost propriety that passage in Jeremiah xlviii, 10: “Cursed be he that doth the work of the Lord deceitfully, and cursed be he that Keepeth back his sword from blood.” 

To save our country from the hands of the oppressors ought to be dearer to us even than our own lives, and, next the eternal salvation of our own souls, is the thing of the greatest importance-a duty so sacred that it cannot justly be dispensed with for the sake of our own secular concerns.

My reverend fathers and brethren in the ministry will remember that, according to our text, it is part of the work and business of a gospel minister to teach his hearers the duty they owe to magistrates. Let us, then, endeavor to explain the nature of their duty faithfully, and show them the difference between liberty and licentiousness; and while we are animating them to oppose tyranny and arbitrary power, let us inculcate upon them the duty of yielding due obedience to lawful authority…by this means we should be able to guard them against extremes of slavish submission to tyrants in one hand, and of sedition and licentiousness on the other.”  –  Reverend Samuel West, “Election Day Sermon,” May 29th, 1776.

So there it is, in short, that the notion of American civil AND religious liberty was not only expounded upon and asserted by the representatives of the people in their elected assemblies, but more importantly from the ministers who thundered liberty from the pulpit.

Therefore, this Fourth of July as you celebrate and read our Declaration of Independence, remember that in that one document, our fathers not only proclaimed freedom from the tyranny of men, but also gave a “Declaration of Dependence” upon God from whom we all as humans derive our natural born rights which none can take away nor can we give away.

Rex Ruth

 

ADDITIONAL THOUGHT FROM STEWART RHODES ON THE IMPORTANCE OF FAITH AND SPIRITUAL STRENGTH:

All I can add is this:   One doesn’t have to be a Christian to be an Oath Keeper or patriot, but it surely does help.  Knowing that this body is merely temporary, but your soul is eternal, and that you are a foot-soldier not just in the physical realm, but also in the spiritual battle between good and evil, tends to give you a “long game” perspective on what matters most, and what price you are willing to pay to attain it.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.     Ephesians 6:12

Today, faith still stiffens your resolve and your spine, as much as it did in 1775-1776.   If, like me, you have let your spiritual faith and strength atrophy from disuse or misuse, then now is the time to restore, renew, and strengthen it.  You will need it.

I never ask anyone to do anything that I am not willing to do, so let me make it clear that recently I have personally undertaken a journey of spiritual renewal and revitalization of my Christian faith after all too many years of neglect.   Like the three legs of a sturdy stool, mind, body, and spirit must all be strong.   To neglect any one of them is a terrible mistake and will leave you fundamentally weak.  But the spirit is the most important of the three.  Any of you who have seen me in-person recently know that I have lost a great deal of weight and am getting back into shape.  That is the body.  I work it out daily.  But I have also been spending as much time each day strengthening my mind and my spirit.  The body surely is important, to have a sound mind in a sound body, but the spirit must take highest priority.   A man (or woman) who is “strong” physically and mentally but weak spiritually is still fundamentally weak and will fail when it counts.

To renew my faith and strengthen my spirit, I chose to be baptized again as an adult in April, and I began attending church every Sunday after too many years of absence.  I now also read and study the scriptures daily, and pray, as well as meet in fellowship each week with other Christians for bible study and prayer.   It matters.  Along with reading the Bible itself, a tremendous help to me in this renewal of my faith was the incredible book “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis (the famed author of the Chronicles of Narnia).  Even if, like me, you were raised Christian, I encourage you to read Mere Christianity to gain a deeper and fuller understanding of what the Christian faith is really all about.  I simply cannot put into words what an exceptional book it is, or what a skilled teacher C.S. Lewis was (and still is, through his books).   It changed my life.   It is no accident that the book is a written compilation of radio addresses C.S. Lewis did for the BBC during some of the darkest years of WWII,  as well as speeches he gave to the R.A.F. during WWII.  Clearly,  C.S. Lewis aimed to further stiffen that famously stiff upper lip of the British people by strengthening their faith.   It will do the same for you.

If you do not consider yourself a Christian (perhaps because of all the terribly hypocritical Christians you have known!), then there is no better introduction to the faith than Mere Christianity.  Read it with an open mind and give C.S. Lewis a chance to present his case.  He may surprise you.

A wonderful followup is to then read C.S. Lewis’ delightfully witty “The Screwtape Letters” which is a fictional dialogue between a senior demon and his neophyte demon nephew, on how most effectively to tempt and damn human beings.   It truly is “the most engaging account of temptation—and triumph over it—ever written” as the Amazon description says.  I recommend that you read Mere Christianity first, as The Screwtape Letters then serve as a collections of examples, allegories, and parables that drive home the lessons of Mere Christianity.   I have given both books to friends and family so many times now that I should buy them in bulk packs.

Commit to renewing your faith and your spiritual strength just as you renew your physical strength, or your mental strength. All three must be paid attention to, and all three must be exercised daily.   Get strong in all dimensions.  Again, you will need it.  And it really is a matter of duty.  Be “battle ready” in all aspects.

Let us celebrate the birthday of our Republic and our Independence, but let us not forget that while July 4, 1776 is when the official “birth certificate” was signed, this nation was really born in blood, fire, hot lead and cold steel, and the cries of dying men on April 19, 1775, and thereafter.  And let’s not forget that it was their unshakable faith and reliance on the God of Hosts that gave them the strength to stand up, even when it meant certain death for many of them.  That is what steeled the spines of men such as John Parker, Isaac Davis, and Samuel Whittemore on that momentous day.  These were men of strong faith.   Be likewise.

God bless America,

Stewart Rhodes

*the featured image above is of Pastor Jonas Clark of Lexington, MA

 

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Stewart Rhodes

Stewart is the founder and National President of Oath Keepers. He served as a U.S. Army paratrooper until disabled in a rough terrain parachuting accident during a night jump. He is a former firearms instructor, former member of Rep. Ron Paul’s DC staff, and served as a volunteer firefighter in Montana. Stewart previously wrote the monthly Enemy at the Gates column for S.W.A.T. Magazine. Stewart graduated from Yale Law School in 2004, where his paper “Solving the Puzzle of Enemy Combatant Status” won Yale’s Miller prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights. He assisted teaching U.S. military history at Yale, was a Yale Research Scholar, and is writing a book on the dangers of applying the laws of war to the American people.

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49 comments

  1. Folks, some Founders were Deists. Jefferson created what is known as the “Jefferson Bible. You will encounter patriots of all types with plenty such as I who label themselves as “agnostic.” Please take care to not exclude those who do not believe nor disbelieve in regards to religion.

    There is a risk of fragmenting the patriots who you pummel us with religious banter. Sure, toss out beliefs and morality and this and that but take care that you do not make Oath Keepers theocracy-like in an imposed belief system.

    1. Sure, which is why I made sure to state very clearly that you don’t have to be a Christian to be an Oath Keeper or patriot. But I do believe it does help, which is why I said so. That’s what’s known as freedom of religion. I am free to give my view, and my testimony of my faith, and to recommend that you consider it, and you are free not to if you like. And note that I also addressed those who are not now Christians, and invited them to read C.S. Lewis’ book, Mere Christianity. How is any of that making “Oath Keepers theocracy-like in an imposed belief system”? Its’ not. It’s my encouragement to you to consider it, and to take it seriously. But there will be no litmus test based on religion. I don’t exclude anyone.

      However, Christianity is a core part of the Western Civilization that we are all striving to defend and preserve. You don’t have to be a Christian to want to also preserve Western Civilization, but those of us who are Christians will certainly speak our minds and express our views about how our faith helps us. You are free to disregard them.

      But try not to be too thinned skinned when Christian patriots speak their minds or point out historic facts of the role faith and the clergy played in the Founding era. That is not merely”religious banter.” It’s the way it was for the great majority of them. Yes, some were Deists. But most were devout Christians.

      Stewart

      1. Well stated, Stewart. After all, as a part of our culture and traditions, Religion and the freedom thereof are strong influences as to why we became the first government of and by the people. That’s what the multi-cultural globalists are attacking and what they hope will result in the death of a Liberty centered United States that stands in the way of a completly UN ruled one world.
        For far too long our service men and women have been oblidged to serve in globalist wrongly called peace-keeping efforts, when they should only come into action according to the Constitutional duty as perscribed by our supreme law, the Constitution itself. In defense of America and my State, I am Ivan Berry. And I thank you.

    2. Stewart Rhodes I Met You in Phoenix Arizona at a rally at the Capitol and you went for a ride with me in my Mustang I too on April on Easter got baptized that was the first time in 15 years and since then I found my purpose for why I feel the strength to fight thank you for the Post

      1. Hey there Rick! Good to hear from you. Glad to hear of your baptism and how it has helped you. I experienced the same thing. A revitalization and strengthening of the spirit like non other. And long overdue.

    3. I must agree completely with OBBOP. I am a member, and after one of the Oath Keeper meetings that I attended, I wrote the following and posted it on the meetup page that our OK chapter uses to keep us all aware of what’s going on. I posted this in the Discussions section where it’s been for a couple of years and has never been responded to, which I think is more than a bit strange. Anyway, this is what I said:

      Comments on the Oathkeepers meeting of 9/26/16

      Being a strong supporter of our country’s founding documents and principles is what attracted me to Oathkeepers in the first place. I have been a member for more than a year and have been to most of the meetings. Something that has always bothered me however, is what I see as a promotion and endorsement of one particular religion. That one being Christianity. I don’t see religion as the thing that makes one a believer in the American way of life or having anything really to do with this organization. Tonight’s invocation by one of the chapter’s leaders, was a divisive and completely exclusionary message. I am not a Christian, and to me the message said that if you aren’t, you really have no business being here. At this time 23% of Americans are not Christian. That does not make them any less American or any less patriotic. I think the reason for Oathkeepers is support of our Constitution and of course the oath we all took when we joined the military and or police and promised to protect and defend that constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. I strongly support everyone’s right to believe as they wish, but if I wanted to hear what was in that invocation, I would go to a church and not an Oathkeepers meeting. Maybe I’m the only one who feels this way; I certainly heard a lot of amens afterwards. Maybe it’s a Christian group after all, but when I look at the home page under “We’re about:”, I don’t see religion listed.

      Although I like the idea of Oath Keepers, I’m not sure I will renew my membership when it comes up.

      1. Mr. Koenig:

        I hope you will agree with me that America as a nation is moving increasingly to the left politically, and clear examples of this phenomenon – and its impacts – exist in the attitudes of our people toward the two most fundamental underpinnings of our nation: The Bible, and the US Constitution.

        No matter what modern progressives / liberals say, the United States of America was founded on the God described in the Bible – Old and New Testament. Anyone who does not admit that is deliberately ignoring the preponderance of written materials and artifacts from the 100 years that encapsulate that period of American history. While it is true that exceptions existed (Thomas Jefferson for example left behind quotes that were all over the map on this topic, and Thomas Paine was almost as bad), the weight of the evidence makes that fact clear to any truly objective student of history.

        While many point to articles that describe all or most of the Founding Fathers as Deist, they are also forced to admit that Thomas Paine was criticized for his Deist position by most of those who founded our nation.

        The period of American history just preceding the American Revolution was defined principally by the “Great Awakening”. This evangelistic movement occurred in the 1730’s and 40’s, just prior to the Revolution. “Fire and brimstone” types of preachers, such as George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, Increase Mather, and John Witherspoon (a signatory of the Declaration of Independence), shaped the religious attitudes and perspectives of the colonists and the founders.

        In an insightful article on this topic may be found at. In this summary, Worthington states: “Witherspoon was a personal teacher and mentor of many of our founders, as President and head professor of Princeton College (later the University). A President, a Vice President, three Supreme Court Justices, thirty-seven judges in all, ten Cabinet officers, twelve members of the Continental Congress, twenty-eight Senators, and forty-nine United States congressmen. Even the Deists believed in the God of the Bible, but were isolating Him only as Almighty God, not agreeing that the Godhead consisted of the Trinity.

        Besides the three Roman Catholics among the Founding Fathers, the Protestant Convention delegates included 28 Episcopalians, 8 Presbyterians, 7 Congregationalists, 2 Lutherans, 2 Dutch reformed and 2 Methodists. These were more definitively identified as believers in the true God of the Bible, yet were Trinitarians in their belief. Most, who consider themselves Christian today, are Trinitarian.”

        The evidence is so abundant that it is overwhelming, and it is a source of morbid fascination to me that liberals have filled the internet with so many articles that malign and revise this central element of American heritage. A couple of my favorite quotes include: John Adams and John Hancock: ”We Recognize No Sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus!” [April 18, 1775], and John Adams: “The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principals of Christianity… I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”

        He also wrote that: “[July 4th] ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.” in a letter written to his wife Abigail on the day the Declaration was approved by Congress.

        I am a Life member of Oath Keepers as well as are a number of my atheist and, or agnostic friends. But we all agree that the founding of our Republic was on the principles of Christianity and the the Bible.

        Oath Keepers is not just an “idea” sir, it’s a heart felt commitment to God, family and Country. So I say along with John Adams and John Hancock: ”We Recognize No Sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus!”

        1. Okay. Oath Keepers is not for me then. No renewing membership and I will seek a group that is more enlightened and not stuck in a past that no longer exists. Not all of us can blindly accept that which can neither be proven or disproved. Good luck with your efforts fighting tyranny and the war against the West.

          1. Once again, I agree 100%. All I can say about Bill De Spain’s “history lesson above is, That’s not the way I heard it. I think Oath Keepers is a great idea, but as the late, great Christopher Hitchens said, “Religion Poisons Everything”.

          2. I am not a member of Oath Keepers, but keep up with them as I believe in their commitment to honor and keep the Constitution of these great United States. I have great respect for their membership that is filled with brave men and women willing to stand against the wave of progressive oppression knocking on the American Dreams door. If you, OBBOB, are willing to cut tail and run over an individual expressing their beliefs, which is a fundamental part of the first amendment and one of those inalienable rights given by God, so that no MAN has the right or ability to take it away, I do believe the organization is better off without you regardless of your religious beliefs. Which is exactly what Stewart was saying in this article. If you don’t believe that the rights expressed in the Constitution are inalienable, meaning handed down by the Creator Himself, but merely words handed down by men, then what allegiance do you have to hold you to those words of men when any man can come along with a few prettier sounding words, no matter the evil they cover up, and decree just the opposite. If those rights are not endowed by God, then any man/woman has the ability to take them away and we have no reason to fight to keep them because they were only our “rights” so long as man allowed it. Again, if Stewart expressing his stance and belief is too much for your sensitivities to handle, you come no where near possessing the fortitude needed to stand strong in the face of fighting and dying for God’s, not mans, given freedoms.

          3. OBBOP said:

            “Okay. Oath Keepers is not for me then. No renewing membership and I will seek a group that is more enlightened and not stuck in a past that no longer exists.”

            I find it a bit ironic that you say that about a post I did on July 4, on the very day when we consciously remember the past, and in particular our Declaration of Independence way back in 1776. We always make reference to the past, to the history of our nation, on the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. That’s the whole point.

            We also frequently make reference to the past, as it informs our understanding of the Constitution to understand the events leading up to its writing, so we can try to avoid making the same mistake again.

            Is that being “stuck in a past that no longer exists”? Or, are you OK with references to the past, so long as they are scrubbed of any inconvenient references to the religious convictions of the Founding generation, which was overwhelmingly Christian? That seems to be it. You want it scrubbed. You want those of us who are still, today, Christians, to shut up about it and not point out that they, back then, where Christians too, and how our faith is just as important to us, for much the same reasons. Sorry, not going to do it.

            We aren’t asking you to (or telling you that you must) blindly accept anything. But you are insisting that we should be silent about our faith. Ironically, it is you who are being intolerant. You’d rather leave than have to associate with people with a different opinion than yours.

            Good luck to you as well. We’ll keep driving on, whether you think us “enlightened” or not.

      2. Please don’t leave; either you or OBBOP. Let’s agree to disagree. No-one including Stewart is perfect. Oathkeepers has a great mission but don’t give Stewart ALL the credit. I’ll bet he’ll be the first in line to agree. Remember too that Stewart answers to a board of directors. I have seen several times when founders have been pushed to change their communications, plans or even into retirement by their board. The CPT program is fantastic which by definition cannot exclude anyone in a neighborhood. In all honesty, Stewart should have titled this article The Importance of Christian Faith in the Fight for Liberty. It is a little bit disingenuous that he didn’t. Yes, Stewart and Jim have made promoting Oathkeepers and CPT a bit harder but who said life was easy? No-one.

        1. Huh? What a bizarre comment. Do you mean that I am being coerced into expressing my faith, or are you saying “hey, don’t worry, if Stewart gets too religious the BOD will reign him in”? Either way, you miss the mark. The great majority of our BOD is devoutly Christian, and those who are not have zero problem with those of us who are, and have zero problem with us expressing our faith.

          And again, nowhere do we say you have to be Christian, either to be in this org or to participate in anything it does, such as CPT or the neighborhood watches that we help set up and train.

          Like the others, you are reading into my post something that simply is not there.

          Seems I have struck a nerve among those who expect Christians to keep their faith to themselves, hidden away from public view.

          I have news for you: The vast majority of American patriots are Christians. You know, all those folks that Obama famously looked down his nose at for clinging to their guns and bibles? Yes, I have known many atheist, agnostic, and even Buddhist patriots,especially among Libertarians, but that still doesn’t change the reality that among those of us who call ourselves constitutionalists and “traditional Americans,” the overwhelming majority self-identify as Christian. Some are very devout and others are not so much, but still call themselves Christian.

          That really shouldn’t bother you, since most of them are also perfectly willing to share a foxhole with you, even if you are not Christian, so long as you believe in individual liberty and the Constitution.

          But it does apparently bother you. So be it. Try being as tolerant of the Christians as you would like them to be tolerant of you.

          As I said in another comment, I do understand why many people consider Christians to be intolerant and judgmental, based on what they may have experienced with some Christians in the past, but I will also add now that among the churches I have attended here in Montana, and also while visiting in Ohio, Indiana, and California, the more “modern” churches DO indeed, stress the great commandment “love thy neighbor as thyself” far more than they stress “thou shalt not.” In my experience, they are far more welcoming, compassionate, and loving in their dealings with anyone who walks through their door, and in their message to the community. I like that.

          A great example is Fresh Life Church, which I had the pleasure of attending in Montana:
          http://www.freshlife.church

          A wonderful experience! Their guest speech/sermon by Alex Seeley last night (Saturday, July 7) as part of their Summer Reading initiative was incredible. When it is posted online I will share it here. She gave a powerful message of individual redemption, forgiveness, and positive affirmation of who we are, and why we are here and it was resoundingly positive.

          Stewart

      3. Well, as I already made clear, you don’t have to be a Christian to be in this org, so you, like OBBOP, are reading into this org a rule that just isn’t there. If some local leader made such a statement, then that person was wrong (IF, being the operative question there).

        As for this:
        “I posted this in the Discussions section where it’s been for a couple of years and has never been responded to, which I think is more than a bit strange.” First I have heard of it, so that solves your mystery. There was no dark conspiracy to ignore your complaint – I just didn’t see it. I don’t always read every thread on the forums. If something really important comes up, email us as well as post it on the forums in general discussion.

        Seems to me you and OBBOP don’t want to see ANY expression of Christian faith on this site or in our meetings, i.e. you don’t want to see an invocation given by a Christian at an Oath Keepers meeting. Well, tough. You don’t have to take part, but you don’t get to turn our meetings into the same “Christian free” zone as our public schools currently are. We have, from day one, had an invocation/prayer in addition to the pledge, at all our meetings, and will continue to do so. That doesn’t mean non-Christians must participate. They are welcome not to, and remain in the meeting. But don’t expect us to NOT do an invocation just because you are not Christian.

        Stewart

        1. First of all, thanks for responding directly to me. I am honored to be communicating with the National President of Oathkeepers. Mr. Rhodes, I did not say that the OK leader who gave the invocation said that you must be a Christian to be a member of Oathkeepers. What I said was his invocation was a divisive and completely exclusionary message. I am not a Christian, and to me the message said that if you aren’t, you really have no business being here. Now I am fully aware that as a non-government organization, you have the right to require members to be Christians, and I’m happy that you don’t. What I do not understand is why it’s necessary to make a member feel unwelcome by saying that if you’re not a Christian that you don’t have any business being here (at an OK meeting). I also stated that the 23% of Americans who are not Christians, be they of other religions or no religion at all, are just as much American and just as patriotic as anyone else. I also didn’t say that the fact that no one responded to my original posting was any kind of mystery or dark conspiracy; only that I thought it strange. I am certainly not trying to turn OK meetings into “Christian free zones”, as I said, as a non-government organization, you can be as religious as you like. Our public schools are and ought to be Christian free, and Jewish free, and Islam free, and Hindu free, and every other religion free. That’s the best way to preserve the purity of both the schools and the religions, and to comply with the First Amendment’s Establishment clause. My decision about renewing my OK membership has not been finalized. I will be attending the next meeting of my chapter where a very fine speaker will be featured. He’s been a guest at previous meetings and I found him to be very interesting and in agreement with my personal philosophy, and apparently most of the other members too. I can assure you he is not a Christian. Our group has also featured Kris-Anne Hall several times. Her talks on Constitutional Law are very well received. I enjoy her talks, and I know that she is very much a Christian. That part of her doesn’t, at least it hasn’t so far, entered into her presentations. To finish up, again, I like the idea of Oathkeepers, pretty much as stated on the website, with the orders we won’t obey and the whole idea that the Oath doesn’t expire and most politicians don’t care about their oaths. So, I don’t really want to quit, but I also don’t want to feel that I accidentally went to church instead of an OK meeting.

    4. As long as I continue to be a member, Oathkeepers will not be theocracy-based. I believe while Stewart could and should be more tolerate of other religions, he is tolerant enough. During the Bundy Ranch situation with Sheriff Mack (devout Mormon) on the board of directors of Oathkeepers, at that time, I still believe his criticism of Mormon’s beliefs was at a minimum a tactical mistake and posted so. No question that the Oathkeepers’ mission is sheer divine Christian inspiration and I am grateful. Life ain’t simple, folks.

      1. Storm1- at no time in Stewart’s article did he condemn any other religion or assert that you had to be Christian to participate in OathKeepers. Perhaps instead of calling him out to be more tolerant of other religions you and the rest of the Oath Keepers who aren’t Christian, could show some of that same tolerance to his beliefs?

  2. I’m glad you renewed your faith in God through Christ, Stewart. I was re-baptized in 2004 after a series of life-altering events rocked my world. Since then, my spiritual resolve has been an uphill battle. I read Scripture and attempt to pray daily. I guess I just need a good old fashioned move of God’s Spirit in my life. Anyway, Spirit>Soul> Body, and God> Family> Country.

    We will soon be experiencing fiery trials in our nation. I suspect it may lead to mass civil uprisings, perhaps war. I don’t want that, but we are in the Revolution cycle of history.
    More than ever, we need to make sure we are in right relationship with God, and spiritually fit. This empowers us to be better parents and patriots. God bless you and we should pray for our fellow patriots. We will need unity and resolve in the coming months and years if we are to prevail. God save America and give us the fortitude of King David, Joshua and Caleb to slay the giants of tyranny in our land.

  3. Stewart, After teaching Martial Arts for more than 20 years , I fully understand the Warriors Triangle. A combination of Mental, Physical and Spiritual are required to be well rounded. I was baptized into the Christian Faith in the mid 90’sand have found it to be a great comfort in times of uncertainty. Thank you for the inspirational article.

    For our non Christian Patriot friends out there. Give it some thought.The first thing we learned about in Infantry School at Fort Benning is that there is no such thing as an Atheist or an Agnostic in a fox hole. When the lead starts flying you will find a belief in a higher power a great comfort.

    1. Pat Tillerman found out. During a firefight with the enemy, his buddies hit the deck which is what you’re supposed to do when taking incomming. Tillerman’s buddies were openly praying asking God for help. Tillerman was, uncharacteristically for a soldier in a firefight, standing up yelling “there is no God” while it was going on. Needless to say, Tillerman took a bullet and died while his buddies were saved. I guess Tillerman was right; there is no God for unbelievers.

    2. Unfortunately, it can also go the other way. Just last night I had dinner here in Montana with a brother Army veteran who was an Infantry Officer in Vietnam, in command of a reconnaissance platoon. He had been in the Catholic seminary until he saw news clips from Vietnam of other young Americans slogging through the mud, and his conscience demanded he leave the seminary and join up. So he served in 67-69 if I recall correctly (just in time for the Tet Offensive), and he told me of how, one time, he was trying to clear an lZ for medivac to land and pick up some of his men who had been wounded. One of them had been shot in the stomach, was partially eviscerated (disemboweled) and was screaming constantly in pain. He told me that the chopper pilot didn’t want to land because he was taking fire from enemy snipers on the other end of the LZ. What did our LT brother do? He said “I told the pilot that if he didn’t land, he would have 26 AMERICAN weapons shooting at him too. That did the trick.”

      Now THAT is a good officer!

      But then he told me: “Stewart, I looked up at the sky, while that man lay there screaming, and I thought ‘either you are not all knowing or you are not all-powerful.’ I remember it like it was happening right now.” That’s when he lost his faith completely. He told me his faith had already been shaken, in Catholic seminary ironically, where the focus was too much on condemnation, damnation, and “thou shalt not” and not enough on the great commandment of “love thy neighbor, as thyself”.

      For those who don’t know, here is where Jesus said that:

      Matthew 22: Verses 34-40

      [34]But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.
      [35] Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
      [36] Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
      [37] Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
      [38] This is the first and great commandment.
      [39] And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
      [40] On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

      My infantry older brother said that the modern church, and not just the Catholic branch, does NOT emphasize enough that great commandment of love thy neighbor as thy self, and all that follows from it (compassion, forgiveness, mercy, humility, charity, etc. – and even toward our enemies!). He said he still has deep respect for Jesus and his teachings, but the way the modern church does not follow that great commandment totally turned him off (and his experience in Vietnam was the final nail).

      The man has a damn good point. I have seen it myself, which is why I said what I did about how the hypocrisy of many Christians can and has driven people away from the faith. Yes, we are all fallen, we all sin, and all of us are in that sense hypocrites, but all too many churches, pastors, and Christians do emphasize the Old Testament over the new, and emphasize judgment, condemnation, and damnation, and do NOT emphasize love and compassion. I think that is a fair criticism. And C.S. Lewis agrees! He spends considerable time on this topic in Mere Christianity. And he especially emphasizes that the greatest sin of all is pride and it is an insidious sin, because you can be guilty of it while going to church regularly, reading the Bible daily, and looking like a good Christian, and therefore fooling yourself into thinking you are on the right path, as you look down your nose at your sinning neighbors and feel superior to them, while you commit the greatest sin of all.

      Of the sin of pride, C.S. Lewis said:

      If anyone thinks that Christians regard unchastity as the supreme vice, he is quite wrong. The sins of the flesh are bad, but they are the least bad of all sins. All the worst pleasures are purely spiritual: the pleasure of putting other people in the wrong, of bossing and patronising and spoiling sport, and backbiting; the pleasures of power, of hatred. For there are two things inside me, competing with the human self which I must try to become. They are the Animal self, and the Diabolical self. The Diabolical self is the worse of the two. That is why a cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to hell than a prostitute. But, of course, it is better to be neither.

      ….

      The vice I am talking of is Pride or Self-Conceit: and the virtue opposite to it, in Christian morals, is called Humility. You may remember, when I was talking about sexual morality, I warned you that the centre of Christian morals did not lie there. Well, now, we have come to the centre. According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.

      And the modern church, and modern christians, are all too susceptible to the sin of pride. It is up to us to change that.

      My infantry older brother also pointed out how the one time Christ lost his temper and personally kicked some ass was against …. who? The money changers who had desecrated the temple. And how Jesus also said it would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God, and yet, what do we see? Megachurches, with rich pastors, who are all about the money. He just shook his head. Again, he has a good point. The truth hurts.

      But don’t worry. I’ll keep working on my infantry brother. I think I’ll give him a copy of Mere Christianity as a start.

  4. God bless you, brother. We are a world of Godly, or, godless men… All creations of the one, true God. Struggle well. Welcome persecution for your faith. Put on the armor…

  5. The Minutemen were badass American Christians and Washington prayed to God for guidance on a daily basis especially before and after a battle. You can see evidence of their Christian beliefs in their own writings.

  6. What a wonderfully inspiring read here Stewart. Respectfully OBBOP, you are right on your observation of “some” deists, and wise in your counsel to warn against the “risk of fragmenting”. But make no mistake…the deist notions of men like Thomas Paine marginalized him in the eyes of the vast majority of his fellow patriots, and moved him towards a fatal attraction to the ideology that doomed the French Revolution. I especially enjoyed the spirit of Jim Arroyo’s comment, and I highly recommend the read “The Story of Reality” by Gregory Koukl. Thank you for sharing so personal a journey with us Stewart…what will make you a greater leader, will make us better followers! For God & Country!!

  7. Mr. Rhodes:
    I applaud you for the strength of resolve you showed in this Independence Day post. That Christianity was central to our Founding Fathers is undeniable. Some have claimed that among the very few Deists in that number was Thomas Jefferson. That is not supportable. Deists believe God withdrew from humanity after Creation. Hence, Deists did not/would not pray. Why pray to an absent entity? It would be like someone who lived alone, coming home from work, opening the front door and announcing, “I’m home!” To whom is he speaking? Jefferson prayed, privately and publicly. He was no Deist. His “Bible” was merely a simplied/edited version prepared to share the Gospel with Native Americans.
    As a retired college English prof, and Oathkeeper Life Member, living in Asheville, NC, I have had uncountable instances for sharing C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity through valid course content and post-class discussions. It is one staunch column of Christian Apologetics!
    To stand strong in our Christian faith, especially during trying times like ours, is fully supported both pragmatically and ideologically. Christianity is the ONLY religion which is all-inclusive. To suggest otherwise is merely to reveal either an insecure defensive bias against the faith or to show an absence of understanding about it.
    Thank you for sharing your personal spiritual journey. Like you, I have experienced such rebirth and the results are nothing short of miraculous. Peace, Brother!

  8. Mr. Rhodes, this is one of the best articles I have ever read by you or anyone on this website. God bless you for becoming aware of your need for Christian spiritual renewal and passing on the lessons learned.

  9. Of all the articles I read the last few days, this one simply outshines them all. In fact, it stands as one of the best I’ve read in about 5 years. It also addresses some things I’ve been considering for about 4 months now. Yes, the “Hypocrisy” drove me off, and yet I know that organized religion/family is the major thorn in the proverbial progressive’s butt.

    Great Article Stewart!

  10. Thank you, Stewart, for the candid article.
    Also, thanks for the heads up on “Mere Christianity”. I’ll order it today.

  11. Patriot or Christian—either/or, or both/and

    Each year around July 4 there is much debate within the Christian community about whether the Founding Fathers were Christian or if their legacy has been a carefully crafted lie. Some now say that America was not formed up by Christians and did not reflect a nation founded in the name of Christ. In 2011 for example, Filmmaker Chris Pinto appeared on radio and television shows lambasting David Barton of Wallbuilders for misleading Christian Americans about the foundation of Christ as the cornerstone of this nation. While I am not a historian, it is of interest to me. It is a fact that this United States of America, had predominantly Christian roots at its founding and its laws are based on the laws of the Bible.

    The land was claimed in covenant with God to advance the Christian faith over 150 years BEFORE the Declaration of Independence. In1565, the Protestant French Huguenots, who came to what is now Florida to escape persecution, were martyred by Catholic Spanish troops. The 1606 Jamestown Charter from King James stated ”…in propagating of Christian Religion to such People, as yet live in Darkness and miserable Ignorance of the true Knowledge and Worship of God, and may in time bring the Infidels and Savages, living in those Parts, to human Civility, and to a settled and quiet Government…” The Mayflower Compact 16 years later proclaimed: “Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia…”

    The Founding Fathers of the United States of America may not all have been Christians. They knew, however, that the Holy Scriptures contained in the Bible were the basis for all law. They unabashedly based the formation of the nation upon the laws of the God of the Bible. One can find Biblical principles throughout the Declaration and the Constitution. On January 10, 1963, Florida Congressman A.S. Herlong, Jr. read into the Congressional Record the 45 stated goals of communism from “The Naked Communist” by Cleon Skousen. Numbers 27-30 stated: “27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a “religious crutch.”

    28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.” 29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis. 30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”” Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” Those trying to say that because the Founders were not necessarily Christian, our nation is inherently evil are liars and deceivers. Rest assured that God was in control of forming this nation for His good purpose. You can be both a patriot and a Christian—the freedom of one confirms the other.

  12. I do believe you do not have to be a Christian to be an Oathkeeper. I welcome Christian and non-Christians to be Oathkeepers. I believe that the (genuinely) spiritual soldier, regardless of religion, is superior to the citizen-soldier. In the same way that former Moslem extremists are embracing pluralism through Quilliam, so must, will, Oathkeepers. Credit goes to Stewart for not just showing the negative side of what Moslems have done.

  13. Stewart,
    I am happy to hear that you have turned your life over to Jesus Christ. I made the same commitment 21 years ago and I work very hard to make sure our HEAVENLY FATHER is first in my life, my family second, my job third, and myself last. Reading and studying my King James Bible everyday really helps me a lot. I also study with The Shepherd’s Chapel (shepardschapel.com). Dr. Arnold Murray teaches the Bible book by book, chapter by chapter , and verse by verse (Direct TV channel 224). Dr. Arnold Murray was a Marine veteran who fought at Saipan (WWII) and at the Chosan Reservoir (Korea). I have been studying with the chapel for over 20 years now. I have learned a lot.

    May our HEAVEN FATHER bless you and keep you safe on your journey!

    Rick LaQuey – Oathkeeper

  14. Stuart, you articles are always informative, instructive, uplifting and provide a guide post for paths to chose from that are available from the many paths that will lead our society to unnecessary distribution. Great article! We know we are in for a battle in a few months with another to follow 12-14 months after. Thank you for reminding us of the critical need to prepare and steel ourselves for the coming trials. It is easy to see those opposing us in this world, it is difficult to see the forces opposing us in the spiritual realm. To fight both forces we must be clear minded, well prepared for both battles and have our spiritual armor in as good of shape as any other equipment we rely on to protect our lives, our families, our liberty and our property. Thank you for your inspired leadership.

  15. As a proud American, an Infantryman, a Christian and a Oathkeeper having took the oath, an oath that I will always protect and defend, all I can say

    Blessed be the Lord, my rock,
    who trains my hands for war,
    my fingers for battle;
    my mercy and my fortress,
    my stronghold and my deliverer,
    my shield, and He in whom I take refuge.
    Ps 144:1-2

    When the battle is fierce, turn your eyes to our victorious Commander and place your confidence
    in Him. AMEN

  16. Stewart- thank you for your words of wisdom. I am not a member of Oath Keepers, as I don’t have the background I feel needed to be an effective member. I do however participate in a state militia and train and prepare for the inevitable watering of the tree of liberty that is coming. I’m so thankful that I can rest easy knowing their are men such as yourself willing to stand through the hard times and fight for our God given rights. You are right, you don’t have to be a Christian to be an Oath Keeper but standing your ground on beliefs for “One nation under God” is certainly easier than “One nation under man”.

    1. Paula, by “background” do you mean you never served in uniform. Because if that’s the case, we welcome “Associate Members”. I myself am one here in NY where I co-lead a chapter with a retired police detective. Please you give some thought…we’d love to have you on board! 🙂

  17. Wow. What a can of worms. And the outcome of this discussion could have lasting repercussions still not completely understood millennia from now, kinda like the religion and nation-state(s) it’s about.

    To make a long story short religions are usually defined by the culture of the times they’re practiced in. That ‘old time religion’ we’ve heard so much about has died many times and been re-born in another ‘interpretation.’ That’s how it works.

    The religion/preachers of the Founders was completely different than that of current amerikan religionists. It was also different from that practiced by the puritans, or Pilgrims, or whatever they called themselves.

    Read Bradford’s diary. Most every decision they made was based on their reading of the ancient tribal propaganda and the ‘new testament’ created to sell the story of jesus and what was probably another attempt to control the population for the profit of the elites. Few modern ‘christians’ can claim this. Our modern churches are full of re-married divorcees, something their master clearly condemned.

    I’ve also read it and read about it and was raised rural southern Baptist and was cajoled into ‘gettin’ saved’ at the ripe old age of 8 for fear that I might die and be burned alive in fire forever. Allegedly their master told them to put him before their spouses, children, parents, friends, whatever and their ‘tears will be wiped away’ while they watch their former loved ones being burned alive in fire forever while singing praises to the sadistic bronze age god that’s doing it.

    In contrast our Bill of Rights has forbidden ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ for 200 years, and still so many don’t get it. It don’t think they want to. Blind faith, a major cornerstone of tyranny, is always easier than thinking or acting or thinking before one acts.

    Our Bill of Rights, which is what makes America exceptional, and probably wouldn’t pass in congress today, is often attacked from the ‘right’ as much or more as from the ‘left.’ Both terms I despise because they were created by our enemies to hide their evil.

    I see/hear religionists all the time espousing law that would restrict our natural born rights in various ways. Simple fact. Today’s preachers aren’t even shadows of those brave men who told their congregations to go out and kill their fellow Englishmen/Americans in the name of Liberty.

    One cannot even acknowledge publicly that this is what the coming true civil war will entail without being hated from all sides. This I know from years of personal experience.

    Modern pastors are mostly cowards and whores to the NWO or now the ‘deep state’ and teach their flocks the modern deception that they will get beamed up before things get too bad or that ‘We win in the end,” with no mention of the hundreds of millions to billions that could be murdered/enslaved in the interim. How pathetic. I cannot respect them.

    If the ‘black-robed regiment’ had been teaching the same to their men and women we would still be living on crown lands. If southern preachers had been believed by all the destruction of the Confederacy by the numerically superior union forces, another war for independence and which the union fought to secure its tax base, wouldn’t have resulted in the 13th Amendment which actually freed all the black slaves here.

    The Christians of 200-300 years ago certainly wouldn’t have understood or agreed with C.S. Lewis as wouldn’t most modern ‘evangelicals’ most of whom never crack a book that matters after high school.

    As pastor Chuck Baldwin has repeatedly reminded church goers for years the modern ‘interpretation’ of Romans 13 and Paul’s commandments to ‘obey the magistrates appointed over you’ and various other verses or miss-interpretations are part of the problem. I think it’s intentional. Our domestic enemies have infiltrated everything else, why not the churches?

    I’ll have no problem sharing a firing hole or better a charge with Christian patriots, who in the 90s were a major part of my awakening. But I won’t be lying to myself about the fact that if we replace communism or whatever one wants to call this with some form of theocracy, which I feel is a real danger, we won’t be gaining much.

    The churches and the schools have raised generations of children to be children, which is what their government and corporate masters prefer. Suggesting they might have to kill their domestic enemies for their freedom shocks their pathetic cowardly minds in a way that makes them mentally and physically run for cover. I’ve seen it hundreds of times.

    Years of trying to pay attention have taught me that both politics and religion are human nature and vice versa. They are in-separately inter-twinned and have been so since the first shaman danced around the fire to ensure a good hunt and thus the survival of his tribe. I often think, not believe, that whatever really ‘made’ us or altered our DNA did so in the quest to keep us enslaved. There are hints of this in the ancient tribal propaganda and in other ancient writings.

    Religion has evolved with humanity. To deny this is to continue to lie. The Reformation, basically a European civil war in which millions died was fresh on the minds of the patriots of the 18th century. Not so today. It has been politically corrected into ‘all who know Jesus will get to heaven’ or some such.

    It was only 5 decades or so back that the Catholic Church officially changed their doctrine/dogma to say that non-Catholics might get into heaven. A ‘conservative’ segment of their church still disagrees and believes the current pope to be a faker more or less.

    Growing up as a protestant in a rural area I was basically told about the folks in the counties north of us: “The Catholics are good people, but more of us will get to heaven than them because we’re right.”

    Ignorance is really our greatest enemy, or maybe our greatest friend.

    Our system of govt. is the result of the minds of classically educated men who had read about the empires of the past. Our system of law, now a ‘just-us’ system, was a product of English common law and Roman Law. The Ten Commandments and the absurdities of Leviticus were certainly considerations but far from the only influence.

    Our first amendment acknowledges our right to question the motives of any individual, group, ethnicity, nation-state, institution and on and on. Try to question certain of those in today’s society and one will instantly be labeled with key terms and phrases designed to control thought, speech and action, from all sides.

    The real golden rule is to leave others alone to live as they see fit as long as they’re not harming others or their property, not voting for someone with a gun to shove our version of reality down their throats.

    The purposes of gods and golden rules http://www.freekentucky.com/the-purposes-of-gods-and-golden-rules/

    We have such a long way to go.

    And always remember, the pen is powerless without enough swords to back it up and of course the willingness to use them, without which they are toys for the range or tools to stock the pantry, as long as one is ‘allowed’ to posses them by whomever used the necessary force to enforce ‘their’ rules.

    That’s how it works regardless of which gods one prays to. The Romans didn’t lose their republic because they prayed to the wrong gods, they lost it because their men lost the resolve to keep it. Then their empire later became the ‘Holy Roman Empire’ which ruled a millennium of darkness and committed all the atrocities necessary to maintain its status quo.

    For the record we lost our republic in 1865, when a portion of us were told they couldn’t un-volunteer from something they’d volunteered for. Read ‘The Real Lincoln.’ That’s another historical myth to over come on our path to true liberty.

    I don’t expect to breathe long enough to see us arrive there.

    My standard answer to such(including the link I provided above):

    Religion like democracy is another control device. Be a good slave and you’ll have paradise in the next life. Millions of morons wasting their time here waiting for the world to end while believing ‘it’s all foretold and we can’t do anything about it’ is a major part of the problem and one of the elites’ best tools for control. It was probably designed that way.

    The crazies won’t be helped by the culture war. Waking up is hard to do: http://www.freekentucky.com/waking-up-is-hard-to-do/

    What to teach your kids http://www.freekentucky.com/what-to-teach-your-kids/

    A few things that might matter: http://www.freekentucky.com/a-few-things-that-might-matter-or-the-basics-part-two/

    A conspiracy to indoctrinate, or “What is an education?”: http://www.freekentucky.com/a-conspiracy-to-indoctrinate-or-what-is-an-education/

    Why choose one version of authoritarianism over another?

    It’s time for a global Bill of Rights http://www.freekentucky.com/no-sacred-cows-or-a-new-global-bill-of-rights/

    We can send the sacred, or scared, cows to Australia

    The most important things to do: http://www.freekentucky.com/the-most-important-things-to-do/

    What’s the ultimate question?: http://www.freekentucky.com/whats-the-ultimate-question/

  18. Amen and amen, my brother Stewart!!!

    “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)

  19. Did I read a different article, or did I misunderstand this one?

    I got a different take than many who are posting about “Christianity” only. What I derived is the importance of bringing the 3 important aspects of one’s life into balance, Soul, Mind, and Body. Furthermore I gleaned that it will be important in the upcoming events to be balanced.

    Here’s an example; Your mind can create a solution to what ever problem you pursue, but is your body ready to take the punishment to bring it to fruition? Have you morally adjusted so as to not create a bigger problem for humanity than the one you sought to solve?

    This could originate from any one of the three, but it takes balance, to keep it real, so to speak.

    Here’s where I first started thinking about this. 1 1/2 years ago I found out I had super high blood pressure (by act of God). A few months later this guy with a backpack and bible showed up on my front steps to share the message. So far I have managed the first OK, but the second was less than stellar. Point is, the guy that showed up at the door got me to think; “How would we know Jesus if he showed up on our doorsteps?” I went online, asked folk, and searched relentlessly. Here’s what I came up with ( a little bible reading assisted), if you treat all strangers as if they could be Jesus, then you can’t possibly go wrong. This works whether you are religious or not…spirituality, and morality has no bounds, or at least it shouldn’t.

    Paula: I have never served either, but I do support as a joiner the Oathkeepers mission. Their strong backing of the Constitution is definitely inline with my own. Save up a couple bucks and join, it’s worth it!

  20. Great and timely article. Timely in many ways. One of which is the up coming nomination of a Supreme Court Just To replace Justice Kennedy. Thank you sir! May God bless America!

  21. Thank you for this encouraging post. I’ve read some of the literature mentioned; but it’s been years, and I believe it’s time to revisit it. If anyone is looking for more to read along the same lines, The Weight of Glory and My Utmost for His Highest are also excellent.

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