What Separation Of Church And State?

For the first time in U.S. history, the leader of a major religion was invited to speak before a joint session of Congress. (No. Queen Elizabeth II doesn’t count.) Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals–along with the national news media–are all praising the pontiff’s congressional appearance.

But wait just a doggone minute! How is the pope’s speech before Congress NOT a violation of the separation of church and state? Everything he talked about was both political and religious based. His left-wing theology permeated what can only be regarded as a blatantly political sermon. Where are all of the folks who demand that Christian pastors not get involved in politics? Furthermore, why is no one threatening the Catholic Church with the loss of its 501c3 tax exempt nonprofit organization status? The Internal Revenue Code is pretty plain about pastors of 501c3 churches (of which the Catholic Church is the largest) being forbidden from engaging in political activity during their official duties. And when Pope Francis spoke before Congress, did he appear in the attire of a private person? No! He spoke in full papal regalia–meaning, he appeared before Congress in the official capacity as a religious head.

“The Vatican is a state,” you say. In that case, the hypocrisy of Pope Francis to lecture the United States about tearing down our borders and allowing illegal aliens to pour in at will is as obvious and odious as it can possibly be. Before he lectures us about how we should accept any and all illegals into our country, he should set the example and tear down the forty-foot wall surrounding the Vatican City State.

Then there is his pet socialist (yes, Pope Francis is a longtime socialist and Marxist) talking point regarding how rotten America is because of our material success. BARF! Why is no one willing to point out to the pontiff that the Roman Catholic Church is the richest corporation in the entire world? As if he needs any reminder. No corporation is even a close second. Without a doubt, the Catholic Church is the biggest hoarder of wealth on the planet.

But not only is Pope Francis a Marxist/socialist, he is also a globalist. His remarks regarding globalism could have been written by Henry Kissinger. Who knows? Maybe they were.

The history of this pope is one of a lifetime of involvement in Marxist, globalist activities. I strongly recommend that readers take a look at this report:

“Washington’s Pope”? Who is Pope Francis?

When I watch–and listen to–Pope Francis, it reminds of Piers Morgan.

With all due respect to my British friends, when I watch–and listen to–Piers Morgan, I want to fight the War for Independence all over again. And with all due respect to my Catholic friends, when I watch–and listen to–Pope Francis, I want to fight the Reformation wars all over again.

Thankfully, not all Roman Catholics are enamored with this pope. No more than I am enamored with many of our evangelical “popes” such as Joel Osteen and John Hagee.

It constantly amazes me how so many people are so willing to live their entire lives, and predicate the principles of their lives, with ideological, sociological, and theological biases–biases that have nothing to do with truth and everything to do with the advancement of private parochial agendas. And liberals and conservatives, Republicans and Democrats, Christians and secularists are equally culpable.

When President Bill Clinton lied to the American people, liberals and Democrats looked the other way and defended him in every way possible. And when President G.W. Bush lied to the American people, conservatives and Republicans looked the other way and defended him in every way possible.

Too many Catholics defend the pope regardless of his Marxist, socialist ideals. Too many evangelicals defend their denominational leaders regardless of their Marxist, socialist ideals. Even though they claim to reject globalism, too many secular libertarians refuse to deal with the way Bernie Sanders sidesteps the perpetual exploration into global hegemony by Democrat leaders in Washington, D.C. And even though they claim to detest and oppose terrorism, too many religious conservatives refuse to deal with the way that Benjamin Netanyahu and the State of Israel are up to their eyeballs in the sponsorship of all kinds of terrorism–including giving assistance to ISIS and terrorizing the Palestinian people.

Too many people are in a “protected” class, while those sharing alternative ideologies are marked for isolation, persecution, incarceration, or annihilation.

Public schools around the country are making prayer rooms available for Muslim students to pray in during school hours. Colleges and university campuses across the country provide prayer rooms, foot baths in bathrooms, and holy days for Muslim students. And no federal judge suggests that such conduct violates the SCOTUS rulings banning prayer in public schools. No school principal or college president or dean is put in jail. No mayor or city councilman of a “sanctuary” city that openly defies federal immigration laws is thrown in jail. But a Christian clerk in a Kentucky county is sent to jail by a federal judge for refusing to sign her name on a same-sex “marriage” license.

Liberals ignore the injustices and crimes against humanity by Sunni Muslims in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, while conservatives ignore the injustices and crimes against humanity by Talmudic Jews in Israel. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson ignore black-on-black crime, while Franklin Graham ignores police abuse. Conservatives ignore Ben Carson’s biggest big-government scheme of all the presidential candidates so far: government-mandated vaccinations, while liberals ignore the crimes of the biggest criminal in the field: Hillary Clinton.

But, inviting the pope to speak before a joint session of Congress has to take the all-time prize for hypocrisy and for the most glaring double standard of the entire media and political worlds.

Our founding documents (Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights) were written to protect us all from despots from both the left and the right, from both secular and religious zealots. As human beings created in the likeness of our Creator, we all have the same intrinsic, Natural rights. The purpose of government is to protect those Natural rights.

Now, all rules are off. There are no safeguards and no protections. Nothing is secure, and nothing is sacred. The rule of law has been replaced with the rule of whatever one can get by with. Nothing is wrong, only politically incorrect. The Rights of Man have been replaced with the rule of government.

This isn’t America anymore.

For the first time in U.S. history, congressional leaders from both parties invited the head of a major religious institution (Pope Francis) to use the U.S. Capitol building to promote a blatantly leftist, globalist agenda IN THE NAME OF RELIGION. This one cannot be blamed on Barack Obama. He has no control of Capitol Hill. This was the collaboration of John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, and Harry Reid.

So, pardon me while I laugh the next time someone accuses the pastor of a small church on Main Street, USA of violating the separation of church and state when he delivers a message supporting the right to life of unborn babies or traditional marriage or the lawful right of self-defense.

Pastors who relate Biblical principles to our country’s political affairs have NEVER violated the “separation of church and state.” Had Colonial preachers adhered to the modern interpretation of Thomas Jefferson’s personal letter to the Danbury, Connecticut, Baptists (from whence the phrase “wall of separation between church and state” has been taken–but which appears in NO official U.S. document), we would still be a Crown colony of England.

But after this week, we can all say, “Separation of church and state? What separation of church and state?”


P.S. I am once again featuring my four-sermon video series on “The Church And Israel.” This is one of the most-requested DVDs we have ever offered. Questions addressed on this video include:

*Does Genesis 12 (“I will bless them that bless thee…”) refer to the modern State of Israel?

*Is the modern State of Israel synonymous with Biblical Israel?

*Are modern Jews “God’s chosen people”?

*Should U.S. foreign policy favor the modern State of Israel on scriptural grounds?

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The Church And Israel

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Trump Vs. Boehner: A Slugfest For The Soul Of The GOP

Editor’s note: this piece was written before John Boehner’s announcement this morning that he is resigning from Congress.

Let me begin with a declarative statement: House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell represent everything that is WRONG with the national Republican Party. They are quintessential establishment insiders. They, and others like them (John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, et al.), are taking the Republican Party to the edge of the abyss. With Republicans like Boehner and McConnell, who needs Democrats?

In my honest opinion, liberal Democrats such as Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi are more honorable than Boehner and McConnell. Biden and Pelosi are upfront and honest about their liberalism, while Boehner and McConnell pretend to be conservative–but, in reality, they are closet liberals.

Ask yourself: What has changed in Washington, D.C., since Boehner and McConnell started running things on Capitol Hill? You know the answer: NOTHING. One could make a credible argument that Boehner and McConnell are leaders in name only. In fact, the argument has already been made that Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are still pretty much running things on Capitol Hill.

Read this report:

Exclusive – Empirical Vote Data Shows Democrats Still Control US Senate, Harry Reid’s Office Rejoices

To Boehner and McConnell, the real enemies in Washington, D.C., are not Barack Obama and his fellow liberal Democrats, but conservative Republicans. Yes, I am very aware of the phony left-right paradigm. But this cuts both ways. To the likes of Boehner and McConnell, the issue isn’t right and left either. The issue is big-government globalism versus limited-government Americanism. Boehner, McConnell, and Obama are in category number one. Hence, Boehner and McConnell’s protection of Obama from limited-government Republicans. Big-government politicians like these care much more about their big-government agenda than they do partisan politics. You must remember that.

Breitbart.com accurately reported that the GOP leadership is waging war against conservatives within the party. See the report here:

GOP Establishment Wages War Against Cruz And Conservative Voters

Senator Ted Cruz was absolutely correct when he declared on the Senate floor that Mitch McConnell was a liar. See his speech here:

Sen. Ted Cruz Destroys Mitch McConnell- July 24, 2015

WND.com recently published a report entitled, “GOP Civil War: Intense Crackdown On Conservatives.” See the report here:

GOP Civil War: Intense Crackdown On Conservatives

Talk show host Laura Ingraham was right when she noted that Boehner and Company are nothing more than “a political mafia on Capitol Hill.”

This past Monday, Boehner said this about what it was like dealing with conservatives: “Garbage men get used to the smell of bad garbage.”

Here is the report:

Boehner On Dealing With Conservatives: ‘Garbage Men Get Used To The Smell Of Bad Garbage’

Instead of standing up to Obama, Boehner chooses to axe conservative Republicans from committee leadership positions and attempts to bully and intimidate conservatives within his own caucus.

Pick the topic: amnesty for illegals, Obamacare, TPP, deficit spending, government spying, funding for Planned Parenthood, the “Cromnibus” bill, ad infinitum. Boehner and McConnell have sold out the people who voted them into a congressional majority–and the country itself. They are despicable!

Even on an issue as sacred as the right to keep and bear arms, Boehner is a sell-out. Gun Owners of America (GOA) is rightly calling for Boehner’s ouster as House Speaker due to his overt lack of support for the Second Amendment.

In a published statement, GOA said: “As long as John Boehner is Speaker, your gun rights are in danger. After all, remember in spring of 2013, when the pro-gun community was engulfed in the ‘battle of the century’ over the Bloomberg/Obama gun control agenda? John Boehner could have nipped gun control in the bud by pronouncing that gun control would be ‘dead on arrival’ in the House. Instead, he said that the ‘House will consider’ any gun control proposals sent over by the Senate.”

“[Erich] Pratt also pointed to a piece of government-funding legislation–labeled ‘Cromnibus’ by GOA–which Boehner was able to pass on December 11, 2014, with the help of ‘Barack Obama and Joe Biden.’ Through the support of Boehner, Obama, and Biden, the bill–which contained ‘several anti-gun provisions’–passed ‘by a vote of 219-206,’ garnering ‘162 [votes from] House Republicans who campaigned by opposing gun control.’”

See the report here:

Gun Owners Of America: Fire Speaker Boehner For His Failure To Stand Against Gun Control

Contrast John Boehner’s positions with GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s. Just recently, Trump’s campaign issued his official position statement on the Second Amendment–and it is better than anything I’ve heard coming out of John Boehner’s office.

Trump’s position statement says: “The Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right that belongs to all law-abiding Americans. The Constitution doesn’t create that right–it ensures that the government can’t take it away. Our Founding Fathers knew, and our Supreme Court has upheld, that the Second Amendment’s purpose is to guarantee our right to defend ourselves and our families. This is about self-defense, plain and simple.

“It’s been said that the Second Amendment is America’s first freedom. That’s because the Right to Keep and Bear Arms protects all our other rights. We are the only country in the world that has a Second Amendment. Protecting that freedom is imperative.”

Hooray! Trump acknowledges that the great purpose of the right to keep and bear arms has nothing to do with hunting or target shooting and everything to do with self-defense. And that includes protecting the other rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights from any government that would seek to take them from us.

His position statement also rightly acknowledges the utter failure of firearm and magazine bans. The statement says: “Law-abiding people should be allowed to own the firearm of their choice. The government has no business dictating what types of firearms good, honest people are allowed to own.”

The statement also supports a national right-to-carry bill that would require states to recognize an individual’s CCW permit from another State in much the same way that states now recognize driver’s licenses from other states. Hear! Hear! As I have said previously, if the Supreme Court demands that states recognize same-sex marriage licenses from other states, it is absolutely mandatory that states recognize CCW licenses from other states.

Trump’s statement also calls for allowing military personnel to be free to arm themselves on military installations. And I would hope that he would also support teachers and staff being allowed to be armed on school property as well.

See the position statement here:

Protecting Our Second Amendment Rights Will Make America Great Again

The one part of Trump’s position statement that concerns me is the part about mental health. That caveat could open the door for all kinds of government abuse against an individual’s right to keep and bear arms, in much the same way that a diagnosis of even mild PTSD is currently being used to deny Second Amendment rights to military veterans. “Mental health” is very subjective. To some people, anyone who believes in God or the Bible or the sentiments of our Founding Fathers is “mentally ill.” I hope, at some point, Trump will clarify himself on that one.

The point is, Trump’s popularity is directly related to the way that he is willing to boldly and courageously stand against the Boehner/McConnell, mealy-mouthed, sissified, spineless, jellyfish, pro-amnesty, pro-Obamacare Republican establishment.

Please understand that my mind is still NOT made up about Donald Trump. I still have uncertainties and questions that have yet to be answered. (Perhaps my biggest question is, will he continue the neocon wars of aggression in the Middle East?) That’s not the point here. The point is, Donald Trump–more than any other Republican candidate–is successfully (so far) mounting a fierce and effective anti-establishment campaign. And you can tell it by the way Boehner and his fellow elitists in the GOP leadership are attacking him.

As far as politics are concerned, more than anything else in this world, it is imperative that the establishment elite in Washington, D.C., are dethroned. Right now, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders are the two men who are most effectively accomplishing that task. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz (and to a lesser extent Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina) are also mounting anti-establishment campaigns, but they have not been nearly as effective as Trump.

I know it’s still very early. I realize a lot can happen between now and next summer. But, in a real way, we are witnessing a GOP slugfest between anti-establishment outsiders such as Donald Trump, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz and elitist establishment shills such as John Boehner and Mitch McConnell.

I pray the outsiders win because if insiders such as Jeb Bush or Chris Christie win–and with Boehner and McConnell leading a Republican congress–it won’t matter to a tinker’s dam which party is in power; the globalist elite will remain ensconced in Washington, D.C.


P.S. Once again, I have a four-message DVD that I believe is absolutely essential for Christian people–and others who believe in our founding principles–to help them understand Natural Law. The title of the DVD series is “Liberty And Law.” Here are the message titles:

*Biblical Evidence for Natural Law (I show you the Scriptural evidence for Natural Law in this message.)

*Christ’s Law of The Sword (This message explains what Christ meant when He told Peter in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” (Matt. 26:52, KJV) Believe me, He did NOT mean that Christians are supposed to lay down their means of self-defense and never use the sword. I show from the Scriptures exactly what Jesus was saying to Peter. And, trust me, it will probably surprise you, as I doubt you have been taught this truth in church. And it will also help you to better understand a whole host of other scriptural principles as a result.)

*The Law of Necessity (This is a basic Natural Law principle that was demonstrated repeatedly throughout the Bible, including by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself.)

*Liberty in Law (There is true liberty only in Law; but this Law does not ALWAYS mean the laws of men.)

This is one of the most important message-series I have ever delivered. And its truths are needed as much NOW as they were when our pastors thundered them forth in the churches of Colonial America–maybe more so.

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Liberty And Law

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A Solution For The Same-Sex Marriage Problem

Right now, the liberty movement is divided almost in half between those favoring the SCOTUS ruling legalizing same-sex marriage and those opposed (count me in the opposed camp). So, right now, the liberty movement is completely stymied over this issue. The only ones who win in such a case are big-government Orwellians.

To be sure, the SCOTUS decision to legalize same-sex “marriage” was the result of decades of relentless propaganda from the national news media, liberal politicians, and college professors throughout America.

Think about it: what do Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor know that John Locke, Thomas More, Emer de Vattel, Algernon Sidney, William Rawle, Hugo Grotius, William Blackstone, William Penn, James Wilson, John Marshall, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, John Adams, John Jay, Daniel Webster, Francis Scott Key, Hugo Black, Rutherford B. Hayes, and William O. Douglas didn’t know?

In other words, just as in the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion-on-demand, the Obergefell decision legalizing same-sex “marriage” was judicial activism pure and simple. There were no precedents for either decision. Think of the brilliant minds in law, philosophy, and religion over two thousand years of Western Civilization that somehow missed the “right” of homosexuals to “marry.”

What I’m saying is, I realize that militant homosexuals, ultra-leftists, and judicial activists have been waging war on America’s historic Christian values for decades–and they won a huge victory with the Obergefell decision. I also understand that these people will never be satisfied until they have totally and thoroughly expunged these values from America’s public life. There is no question they will resort to any tactic–no matter how morally unjust or constitutionally corrupt–to achieve their radical, amoral agenda. Kim Davis will not be the last Christian to be persecuted for her faith in this country.

That said, the Obergefell decision has successfully divided the liberty movement almost in half, between those who agree with the decision (on whatever grounds) and those who disagree. But, instead of arguing over the SCOTUS decision, here is what ALL OF US in the liberty movement should be doing: we should be using whatever influence we have to promote the idea of taking marriage OUT OF THE HANDS OF THE STATE ALTOGETHER.

Most of us realize that marriage is sacred, that it’s much more than just a civil contract. (Only the state itself reinvented marriage as being merely a civil contract.) One doesn’t have to be a Christian to acknowledge this distinction. Throughout the history of Western Civilization, the state seldom had authority over marriage. Think of it: for over 1,800 years of Western Civilization, the state had little–if anything–to do with marriage. (In America, only the colony of Massachusetts is recorded as requiring State marriage licenses before the mid-nineteenth century.)

So, why do we even look to the state for a license to marry? The fact is, WE SHOULDN’T. All of the bickering over Obergefell only serves to ensconce the notion that the state has legitimate authority over marriage. IT DOESN’T.

In Pilgrim America and in Colonial America–and until only recently in modern America–Common Law (Natural Law) marriage was universally recognized as being not only lawful, but sacrosanct. The idea of asking the state for permission to marry was as absurd as asking the state for permission to take communion or to be baptized.

For example, the State of Pennsylvania didn’t outlaw Common Law marriage until 2005. And the only reason the vast majority of states do not recognize Common Law marriage today is because the Church has completely surrendered the Scriptural teaching on the subject and has willingly (even happily) turned what is uniquely a divine institution over to the state.

In other words, ladies and gentlemen, the only one to blame for the decision of the Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage is THE CHURCH. The ultra-leftists and militant homosexuals would have had NO CHANCE of achieving victory at the Supreme Court had the churches of America been doing their job over the last half-century or more to educate people on the historic Natural Law principles governing marriage and the state. (Virtually ALL of the major problems we are dealing with today are the result of the absence of sound instruction from the pulpits of America.)

But since the Church’s surrender of the sanctity of marriage, here is the current reality: 40 states do not legally recognize Common Law marriage. That means, those 40 states see only the state as having authority over marriage. But the state has NO AUTHORITY over marriage and cannot legally sanction ANY marriage. I remind you that Jesus said, “What therefore God hath joined together . . . .” Only GOD can join couples in marriage.

The best that I can determine, these are the 10 states that still recognize Common Law marriage: Alabama, Colorado, Kansas, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Iowa, Montana, Texas, Utah, and Oklahoma. And Utah only seems to recognize Common Law marriage after the fact. In addition, Oklahoma is currently in the process of banning all State marriage licenses. This is exactly what all 50 states should do. (New Hampshire recognizes Common Law marriage for inheritance purposes only, so it should not be included as a Common Law State.)

So, including Utah, the people in ten states are free to marry WITHOUT a State license. And that’s exactly what every freedomist in those states should start promoting–and promoting LOUDLY. And freedomists in the other 40 states should start demanding that their State legislatures once again recognize Common Law marriage. Maybe people in those states should even consider civil disobedience and marry outside the licensing authority of the State. After all, if God has joined a man and woman together, what difference does it make if the State–or anyone else–recognizes it or not? If enough pastors and churches would do this, it wouldn’t take long for State legislatures to enact appropriate legislation.

Let the state recognize or not recognize to its heart’s content; let it embrace all of the perversion it wants. You can bet polygamy will be legalized next. And then what? Pedophilia? Bestiality? At some point, the sacred institutions of marriage and the Church will be forced to separate themselves from a suicidal society just as they did when the Roman Empire was collapsing. In Rome–as in oppressed nations today–Christians and churches mostly took their worship and sacred ceremonies underground. And, if history teaches anything, it teaches us that no civilization has long survived after socially embracing aberrant sexual behaviors. And America won’t either.

Let’s face it: the federal government in D.C. is leading America over an economic, political, moral, and cultural cliff. So, why do we keep looking to D.C. to fix the problem? THEY WON’T DO IT. As Ronald Reagan famously said, “Government is not the solution to our problem; government IS the problem.”

And the two institutions we should IMMEDIATELY extract from government–the two institutions that should have NEVER been allowed to be placed under the authority of government to begin with–are the institutions of marriage and the Church.

How in the name of common sense can pastors and churches take a Scriptural stand on the sanctity of marriage when they have allowed the Church itself to be bastardized by accepting the 501c3 tax-exempt organization status from Washington, D.C., and incorporation status from the states?

Think of it: our spiritual “leaders” have allowed the two most sacred institutions on earth (marriage and the Church) to be prostituted on the altar of state recognition. Think of it another way: our 501c3 pastors have become little more than pimps for the IRS and, now, a radical, activist Supreme Court. Do pastors really want Caesar’s blessing that badly?

Regarding marriage: we should marry under Natural Law (Common Law) ONLY.

Regarding the Church: it should be removed from 501c3 non-profit organization and State incorporation status–and if the pastor and church refuse to extract themselves, we should extract ourselves from THEM.

We either “come out” from this leviathan, or we will be swallowed by it.

Yes, the radical left and militant homosexuals will continue to press their anti-Christian agenda with every means possible. Yes, those of us who have Christian, traditional and moralist convictions are going to be forced to defend these historic principles tooth and nail. But there can be no victory whatsoever by willfully surrendering the Natural Law principles upon which our convictions are predicated. Neither can there be victory by pretending that Caesar’s law is Supreme Law, because it’s not! There is a Court above the court. There is a King above kings. There is a Law above law.

Our founders gave their lives in order to bequeath to us a country in which we didn’t have to decide between obeying God and obeying government, as this constitutional republic was designed to protect our duty to God. Current national leaders–facilitated by America’s spiritual leaders–are taking that wonderful bequeathment away from us.

Therefore, say it anyway you want, “Don’t tread on me,” or “We must obey God rather than men,” but say it we must. And if Christian men and women cannot say it in defense of the sanctity and autonomy of marriage and the Church, they cannot say it at all.


P.S. I have a four-message DVD that I believe is absolutely essential for Christian people–and others who believe in our founding principles–to help them understand Natural Law. The title of the DVD series is “Liberty And Law.” Here are the message titles:

*Biblical Evidence for Natural Law (I show you the Scriptural evidence for Natural Law in this message.)

*Christ’s Law of The Sword (This message explains what Christ meant when He told Peter in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” (Matt. 26:52, KJV) Believe me, He did NOT mean that Christians are supposed to lay down their means of self-defense and never use the sword. I show from the Scriptures exactly what Jesus was saying to Peter. And, trust me, it will probably surprise you, as I doubt you have been taught this truth in church. And it will also help you to better understand a whole host of other scriptural principles as a result.)

*The Law of Necessity (This is a basic Natural Law principle that was demonstrated repeatedly throughout the Bible, including by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself.)

*Liberty in Law (There is true liberty only in Law; but this Law does not ALWAYS mean the laws of men.)

This is one of the most important message-series I have ever delivered. And its truths are needed as much NOW as they were when our pastors thundered them forth in the churches of Colonial America–maybe more so.

To order my DVD, “Liberty And Law,” go here:

Liberty And Law

© Chuck Baldwin

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Bush And Obama Make Putin Look Good

Big Government toadies can pooh-pooh the existence of a conspiracy by elitists to create a global government (aka a New World Order) all they want to, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are. Over the last several decades, proponents of global government have been quite outspoken about their intention to create a New World Order. In fact, former President George H.W. Bush (NOT so-called “right wing conspiracy nuts”) was the one who popularized the term “New World Order” in modern times.

For those who haven’t taken the time to educate themselves on the reality of the elite’s intention to create a New World Order, please take a few minutes to review this documentation:

A Chronological History: The New World Order

That pastors and Christians would question the existence of a modern conspiracy to construct global government is somewhat surprising to me, as such a conspiracy can be traced all the way back to the story of the Tower of Babel as recorded in the Book of Genesis. Plus, the Biblical record is replete with examples of ancient empires that embarked on world domination.

In addition, students of Bible prophecy that interpret Scriptures to foretell a literal antichrist and Revived Roman Empire should readily observe that what they are talking about is nothing more than global government. Unfortunately, far too many Christians take an indifferent–even fatalistic–approach to this potential eventuality (“we can’t stop it”) or a convenient attitude of escapism (“the Rapture is going to bail me out of all this trouble”).

Regardless, what Christians should take note of is that no matter what approach one takes to Bible prophecy, the warnings regarding global government are concentrated upon the West. And while dispensationalists are quick to point to Russia as the future Gog and Magog of the Book of Ezekiel, this is purely conjecture. (Many Bible scholars believe the Gog and Magog prophecy, like most prophecies of the Old Testament, was fulfilled long ago.) The one constant is the global conspiracy of the West. And dare I say that whether what we are witnessing is a literal fulfillment of Bible prophecy or not, what we ARE seeing is a Western conspiracy to create global government.

In truth, we haven’t had a President to oppose the international bankers that largely comprise the movers and shakers of the New World Order since President Andrew Jackson. In my opinion, President Woodrow Wilson was the first President to ensconce the evil machinations of globalists into official U.S. public policy via the creation of the Federal Reserve, a graduated income tax, etc. And certainly President Harry Truman became a significant contributor to the globalist agenda when he led the United States into joining the United Nations. But it has been the combined administrations of George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, G.W. Bush, and Barack Obama (truly nothing more than one continuous administration) that has taken the New World Order to the brink of reality.

And what most Americans (especially most Christians) fail to understand is that the Neocon wars in the Middle East form the tip of the spear for the globalists’ New World Order agenda. Though preparations for all of this began long ago, it was G.W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq that launched what can only be regarded as the final push to fulfill the utopian dreams of the elitists for global government. Of course, Barack Obama has only continued Bush’s global agenda. In fact, Obama has ordered more drone attacks than did Bush. And, apart from a populist uprising against the establishment at the voting booth next year, whoever is elected President (Democrat or Republican) will only further oblige these wicked NWO architects.

Americans need to face it: the wars America is fighting in the Middle East have NOTHING to do with protecting the United States and EVERYTHING to do with satisfying the demands of global elitists in Washington, D.C., London, and elsewhere. Perpetual war is a tool of globalists to enslave us. Global hegemony–not liberty–is their goal.

The Western war machine in the Middle East has done more damage to the American conscience (not to mention the carnage and death inflicted upon innocent victims) than anything since the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion-on-demand. As a result, most Americans have now come to accept preemptive invasion of foreign nations, perpetual war, a burgeoning Police State at home, and the construction of an American Empire.

But all of a sudden, Western globalists may have been dealt a setback.

In the September 4, 2015 edition of his World Affairs Brief, Joel Skousen writes: “Ever since the US began targeting Syria for regime change, Russia has only supplied Syria with replacement arms and ammunition–nothing new that would allow Assad to effectively combat the US backed rebels nor the Israeli Air Force which intervenes regularly against Assad’s air defenses. What I’ve consistently said over the years is that all the Russians have to do to stop US and Israeli intervention in Syria is to put a squadron of first line fighters in Syria and man them with Russian pilots, plus add some Russian Special Forces on the ground. The US isn’t going to risk WWIII by directly attacking the Russians (they want Russia to start it so the globalists look innocent). But this week, something dramatic may have changed–an Israeli news channel announced that a Russian fighter squadron will arrive in the next few days, followed by Special Forces to take on ISIS. I’ll have to see further evidence before I know it is real, but this could really put another wrench in globalist plans for both Syria and Iran if Russia shows some muscle.”

“Remember that Russia failed to back up Hussein in Iraq (another former Russian ally) militarily when the West invaded.”

“It always looked like Russia was going to similarly allow Syria to fall. For example, Russia never delivered the S-300 air defense missiles they had promised to Assad, nor any first line fighter aircraft. But now, if the Israeli report is true, all that may change. If Russia follows through and provides a Russian military shield for Assad, this could be a real game changer in the Middle East relative to globalist intentions.”

“This is clearly the tactic that Russia has known all along would stop US intervention—both through arming “moderate jihadist rebels” (a non sequitur) and the Islamic State which it created to have an excuse to intervene in Syria militarily. Why did Putin wait until now when Assad’s back is to the wall and most of the Syrian territory lost?

“Perhaps it is because the Russians have decided that two can play the phony anti-terrorist game. Knowing that the US formed ISIS to create a back door excuse to attack Syrian infrastructure, Putin decided he could also use the excuse of fighting the same ISIS to enter Syria and support Assad.”

“The reason this is a big game changer is that with Russia coming in to attack ISIS the Islamic State will actually start to receive some serious damage. As I have documented in past briefs the US has been faking its fight against ISIS by avoiding attacks on large concentrations of troops or equipment when vulnerable, denying pilots permission to attack until they run low on fuel, and hitting lots of empty buildings or infrastructure that only hurts Syria, not ISIS. Russia won’t be tying their pilot’s hands nor pulling any punches with ISIS.

“Bill Gertz had a story confirming how the US is fudging the fight against ISIS, including that the US is not targeting ISIS training camps. No surprise there–they aren’t targeting claimed ISIS training camps across the border with Mexico either, and it’s not because they actually intend to let those fake terrorists attack the US. It is only to keep up the media hype about the ISIS threat. If the US allowed a cross border attack it would only rile up the public about Obama’s refusal to fence the border.”

See the Gertz report here:

Pentagon Not Targeting Islamic State Training Camps

“There are also a series of videos on the internet about Muslim training camps in America, complete with weapons training with automatic rifles. You don’t think the US could track them down if they were real? You bet they could, but they don’t–because they serve the propaganda purpose of keeping Americans compliant with the anti-terror agenda.

“Keep in mind as you read his report that the US refused to target ISIS staging areas inside Iraq in the build up to the ISIS-Iraq invasion, even as PM al Maliki begged them to take them out. It is all for the same reason: ISIS is a tool of US and British intelligence to enhance the lagging and phony war on terror and to justify intervening in Syria.”

Still quoting Skousen: “So it is little wonder that the Obama administration has yet to announce a significant public reaction to the new level of Russian assistance in Syria, other than call it destabilizing. Yes, it is only destabilizing to them and ISIS and really puts a kink in their plans to take down Syria. To recap the globalist agenda for new readers–that differs from the official claims,

“1) The aim all along has been to take down Iran as a regional military power (the only Muslim country threatening to become self-sufficient in the full range of indigenous weapons, including nuclear). This is supremely hypocritical in that the US does nothing to stop North Korea which has nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver those weapons to parts of the US.

“2) Israel has long been tasked to start the war with Iran, claiming the necessity of taking out its nuclear weapons program, but Israel has been waiting until the globalists take out Syria, whose retaliatory capacity to strike Israel with theater ballistic missiles heretofore was significant.

“3) The US was about to do a Libyan-style “No Fly Zone/Invasion” of Syria but was stymied when Syria and Russia accepted Secretary of State Kerry’s off-the-cuff remark about giving Syria an out if she gave up her chemical weapons (the same ones transferred out of Iraq by the Russians before the Iraq war).

“4) The US created the peace talks with Iran to set Iran up for a future violation of this agreement when the US is ready to go back into the attack mode on Iran, after Syria is taken down.

“5) The US and Britain created ISIS out of the larger portion of Syrian jihadist rebels they were funding in Iraq in order to have an excuse to get back into Syria. Rather than taking down ISIS, they continue to bomb only insignificant targets and are actively resupplying ISIS via surrogates in Qatar and formerly through Yemen.

“But if Russia seriously intervenes in Syria, it will hamper this entire agenda–or at least make them rethink the entire plan.”

Subscribe to Skousen’s World Affairs Brief here:

World Affairs Brief

Think of it: G.W. Bush and Barack Obama make Vladimir Putin look GOOD.

In addition, while our federal government seems intent on eviscerating all vestiges of Christianity from America’s public life (the federal judge who threw the Kentucky clerk of court into jail was a G.W. Bush appointee; the Supreme Court justice who wrote for the majority in the recent same-sex decision, Anthony Kennedy, was appointed by Ronald Reagan), Putin is boldly calling on the Russian people to return to their Christian roots.

All of the reports I have received from missionaries in and around Russia tell me that the vast majority of pastors and Christians in Russia believe Putin is a wonderful Christian leader. Putin touts himself an Orthodox Christian. In 2012, he publicly promised to defend Christianity, especially persecuted Christians, around the world.

A Christianpost.com report stated: “And, as reported by Interfax, Putin replied, ‘You needn’t have any doubt that that’s the way it will be,’ assuring Hilarion that Russian foreign policy would defend Christians from persecution abroad.

“Putin’s recent actions seem to confirm his promise. Last week, Putin vetoed a U.N. motion calling for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to step down. Syrian Christians received this as good news. Assad is of the Alawite sect of Islam. Alawites and Christians are both religious minorities in Syria. Syrian Christians feel that sharing this minority status means Assad will provide them with protection. A Syrian Christian woman even told The Global Post, ‘Thank God for Russia. Without Russia we are doomed.’

“Putin has long been a supporter of Christianity and Christian values within Russia. He has called for the Church to play a larger role in citizens’ social lives, better religion classes in schools, and television programs emphasizing religious values.”

See the report here:

Vladimir Putin Vows To Defend Christianity Worldwide

Perhaps this is another reason why Putin is coming to the defense of Assad. And perhaps this also helps explain why there seems to be more respect for Christian values in Russia than there is in the United States today.

Consider: the Bible is freely distributed in Russia’s public schools, and homosexual marriages are NOT legally recognized. In fact, Putin signed a law in 2013 prohibiting the distribution of materials promoting the LGBT relationship to minors. At one time, providing such materials to minors in the United States would also have been deemed a crime: the crime of “contributing to the delinquency of a minor.” Now, these-type materials are included in our public school curricula.

In addition, public gay pride demonstrations are prohibited in Russia. Compare this to the government of Israel, which just might be the biggest promoter of gay rights and gay-rights demonstrations of any civil government in the world–more so than even the government of the United States. (Note: I am NOT advocating for a restriction of free speech here in the U.S. I am merely pointing out the manner in which Putin’s Russia attempts to protect its children from aberrant sexual behavior, while Obama’s America and Netanyahu’s Israel actively promote such behavior among its youth.)

Russia’s past history was dismal in terms of abortion. But the trend in Russia is changing under Putin. Abortion is available in Russia during the first trimester of pregnancy only; but a bill is currently working its way through the Duma (state parliament) that would remove all state funding for abortions and prohibit private organizations from doing abortions. Under the bill, women would have to personally pay for an abortion. Proponents of the bill believe legal abortion will be eliminated in Russia during the next two years. Putin has already signed a law prohibiting any advertising of abortion services. Definitely, Russia is trending toward a pro-life position.

My friend, Joel Skousen (quoted above), often opines that he believes Putin is still a communist at heart and, as a former head of Russia’s secret spy agency (the KGB), is still an avowed enemy of the United States. He might be right, of course.

But the bigger question is, who is the enemy of freedom? Any nation or national leader can become an enemy of freedom–regardless of label. Tyranny is tyranny, whether it be found in Red Square or the White House.

Don’t forget that George H.W. Bush was the head of the CIA before becoming President. And if there is a substantial moral distinction between the CIA and KGB, I, for one, don’t know what it is. Plus, our federal government (and especially our State Department) is littered with all kinds of socialists. Furthermore, when one looks at the way America’s foreign policy is more and more becoming a tool of the globalists, and the way agencies of the federal government are becoming increasingly dictatorial here at home, it is becoming increasingly difficult to tell the good guys from the bad guys.

All I know is right now, Vladimir Putin seems to be the one man in the world who has the cojones to thwart the agenda of the globalists. I say again: Bush and Obama make Putin look GOOD.

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The Collapse Of Christianity In America

Without a doubt, the apex of Western Civilization came about with the advent of the United States of America. But regarding the creation of the United States, most modern secularists and Christians have it wrong.

Secularists have it wrong when they propound that America does not have a Christian heritage. They are also wrong when they suggest that the majority of America’s founders did not have a Christian orientation. No honest student of history can deny that the vast majority of the people in Colonial America were Protestant Christians. Furthermore, while SOME of America’s founders might have been deists, the majority of the men who birthed this country came from Protestant Christian backgrounds (with virtually all of the various denominations and sects represented). These were, after all, the sons of the Pilgrims and Puritans.

Christians have it wrong when they propound that America was founded as a “Christian” nation. As already noted, America’s founding generation (and the generations that preceded it) was distinctly Christian in belief and practice; but the independent nation called the United States was actually predicated upon the principles of Natural Law. Of course, Natural Law itself is intrinsic to God’s law (much to the chagrin of ultra-secularists).

Thomas Jefferson (a Founding Father usually NOT included in the list of “Christian” founders–although Jefferson himself said he was a Christian in that he was a follower of the teachings of Christ) clearly enunciated the commonly-understood (to the founding generation) Natural Law principles predicating the creation of our country in our nation’s birth certificate (the Declaration of Independence). Hear him: “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the LAWS OF NATURE AND OF NATURE’S GOD [emphasis added] entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR [emphasis added] with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Our Constitution and especially our Bill of Rights are firmly planted in the soil of Natural Law, or as Emer de Vattel called it, “The Law of Nations.” These laws are immutable and universal. They are centered in the eternal laws of God. These laws apply equally to Christians and non-Christians alike. In much the same way that the physical laws of Nature apply to all mankind equally, so do the moral and civil laws of Nature. This is what most modern Christians (including most pastors) fail to understand.

Hence, Christians and non-Christians alike share in the Rights of Man, i.e., the right to life, liberty, and property; the right to be secure in his or her home; the right to a fair and speedy trial; the freedom of speech, assembly, and self-defense; and the freedom from self-incrimination.

By definition, it is not the role of civil government to evangelize. The purpose of government under Natural Law is to protect and secure the Natural rights given us by our Creator. It is the role of the Church to evangelize people into a personal relationship with God and to educate the people as to the particular tenets of the Christian faith. Furthermore, if society experiences a moral and spiritual breakdown, the fault cannot be laid at the doorstep of government, but rather at the doorstep of the Church. In more ways than not, our civil leaders are merely a reflection of the moral character of the people. And the moral character of the people is a reflection of the Church; for, indeed, the people ARE the Church.

Herein lies the problem: over the last half of the Twentieth Century (and now into the Twenty First Century), the Church has miserably failed its assignment. First, it became legalistic and Pharisaical. Then, it became materialistic and self-centered. And in the process, it left millions of people in this country totally repulsed, not only with the Church, but with Christianity itself. After all, whether justified or not, those outside the faith often judge the merits of the faith by those who proclaim it. The result today is the reality that, in many respects, Christianity is collapsing in the United States.

There are millions of people in America who were raised in these legalistic, Pharisaical churches who have been so damaged that they refuse to darken the doors of anyone’s church. And now we are beginning to see the damage being caused by these Joel Osteen-type, feel-good churches. It is to the point that most people in America today have no earthly idea as to what the basic Christian principles even are. Too many people today have the impression that Christianity is either represented by the legalistic, judgmental, holier-than-thou attitude of the modern Pharisees, or by the pleasure-mad, entertainment-driven mega-circuses of Osteen, Rick Warren, et al. Throw in the corporate structure of most churches along with a do-anything-it-takes-to-keep-our-tax-exempt-status attitude, and it is not surprising that so many people find the modern American church so repulsive.

It has been over one hundred years since America’s pulpits taught the fundamental precepts of the Natural laws of our Creator. Hence, the vast, vast majority of Christian people have absolutely no understanding of what good government is even supposed to look like. Myopic, self-serving, hierarchical rules and regulations of the denomination or individual church hardly prepare people for the greater responsibility of maintaining good government (ecclesiastic, familial, or governmental).

Does anyone not find it interesting that here in America, our civil magistrates are rushing to completely remove the Natural Law principles from our public life, while in Russia, Vladimir Putin is enthusiastically embracing the Christian heritage of that country and is encouraging the Russian people to return to their Christian roots? Whether he actually is or not, the vast majority of pastors and churches in Russia today believe Putin is a wonderful Christian leader and happily support him. Meanwhile, look at the anti-Christian reputation that U.S. leaders have, not only here at home, but worldwide.

In so-called “Christian” America, our leaders embrace American hegemony around the world; incessant war; and the assassinations, attacks, and killings of hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle East–including thousands of Christian people. Believe me or not, but the average person-on-the street in most of the nations of the Middle East KNOWS that the U.S. is behind most of the violence taking place in their homelands, including the violence being perpetrated by terrorist groups such as ISIS.

Please watch this three-minute video of an elderly Muslim woman in the Middle East courageously rebuking some Sunni ISIS terrorists for their bloodshed (there is one curse word in the dialogue). Note, especially, that she is aware of how the ISIS fighters are receiving arms and support from the United States:

But what the people-on-the street in America do NOT know is that all of this death and destruction that we are raining down on the people of the Middle East only serves to ingratiate these people (and the people of Europe) to Putin’s Russia–which more and more appears to the world to be the beleaguered victim of an overbearing and bullying United States. People who are addicted to FOX News may never understand this–but around the world, Russia is winning the war of public relations BIG TIME. But none of this matters to the average pastor and Christian in America. As long as U.S. politicians keep Benjamin Netanyahu happy, all is well.

Think about it: the numbers of those who profess Christianity are in steep decline in the United States, while the numbers of those who profess no faith at all are rapidly escalating. It is already projected that in the next few years, there will be more Christians in China than in America. In fact, the Church in China is mushrooming, while the Church in America is shrinking.

And consider this reality: the Church in China, more often than not, operates with a spirit of RESISTANCE to the socialist Chinese government (many even operate illegally and in direct opposition to the Chinese government), while in America the Church almost universally operates with a spirit of COMPLIANCE to an increasingly socialist U.S. government. No, the pastors of China (and other oppressed countries) do NOT universally teach the Hitlerian interpretation of Romans 13 as do the pastors of America.

See this report:

While The American Church Sleeps Chinese Christians Are Waging A Full On Anti-Communist Revolt

But the good news is, an anti-establishment tidal wave is engulfing America. Men such as Ross Perot, Pat Buchanan, and Ron Paul were the forerunners of this phenomenon; but Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are the ones who are currently riding that wave on the national political scene. And watch out: they might be the ones who have the potential to help break the back of the two-party establishment monopoly in Washington, D.C., in 2016. If so, it just might portend the most seminal moment in this country since 1776–or at the very least, since the end of World War II.

At the same time, unincorporated, non-501c3 churches across the country are beginning to ride the anti-establishment wave as well. This is not only a GOOD thing; it is a NECESSARY thing. And if I can be a small part of the development of this burgeoning movement, besides fathering and helping my wife to raise our children, I will consider it the most important accomplishment of my life.

Learn about the Liberty Church Project here:

The Liberty Church Project

The fundamental Natural Law principles of our Creator form the cornerstone of our country. And Natural Law itself depends upon the faithful dissemination of these time-tested truths by the men behind the pulpits. The Church is given the yeoman’s task of being the “pillar and ground of the truth.” (I Timothy 3:15) When the Church forsakes truth, the collapse of Christianity within a country is the natural result. And that is exactly what is happening before our very eyes here in the United States.

Thankfully, our Creator will never leave Himself without a remnant. I believe this remnant is being separated and called-out even as we speak. Part of the remnant is comprised of the stalwart separatist believers in other countries of the world. And part of that remnant is comprised of stalwart separatist believers within our own country.

To the remnant inside both the political and religious establishments: “Come out of her, my people.” (Revelation 18:4)

Only a Church recommitted to the truths of the Gospel (including those truths that relate to our civil and political lives) and civil magistrates who are recommitted to the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” can restore America to what was the apex of Western Civilization. But if America’s spiritual and civil leaders continue to walk the current path, not only will we see the collapse of Christianity in America, but the collapse of America itself.

P.S. I am once again featuring my four-sermon video series on “The Church And Israel.” This is one of the most-requested DVDs we have ever offered. Questions addressed on this video include: Does Genesis 12 (“I will bless them that bless thee…”) refer to the modern state of Israel? Is the modern state of Israel synonymous with Biblical Israel? Are modern Jews “God’s chosen people”? Should U.S. foreign policy favor the modern state of Israel on scriptural grounds? etc.

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The Church And Israel

© Chuck Baldwin

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