“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
While the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which has lead to the disease COVID-19, which is dominating the minds of the people of the world, and what is passing for news worldwide, in America we still do have what is known as the U.S. Constitution. And its amendments known as the Bill of Rights. Although these are misquoted, unknown by the majority, ignored, thwarted, abandoned, denied, lied about and every attempt made under the sun, and by the cover of night, behind closed doors, on open corners and parks shouted by ignorant students in our universities and colleges, and by elected and appointed officials to remove such — they still do exist, although in such tattered and torn and abused form as I sit writing this.
Within these Founding Documents is something known, or should be known as the First Amendment reads:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
Contrary to what any and many sitting presidents have thought or believed, contrary to what almost all those under the age of 35 years of age in America believe, or have been taught, if they have been taught at all, contrary to what Governors, mayors, police departments, the CIA, NSA, FBI, FEMA, the CDC, WHO, the U.N. and anyone else anywhere else at any level of any age thinks they know or have come to believe?
Only the United States Congress can write laws, debate laws, create laws and enact laws which cover all the people, we the people, of these so fractured, lost and drowning in ignorance not even close to united states of America!
An within the exact wording of our Constitution the U.S. Congress SHALL MAKE NO LAW…EVER.
While I believe this SARS-CoV-2 virus to be real and causing death and illness the death and illness deep within the hearts, minds and spirits of far more people regarding so easily and nonchalantly throwing away liberties, freedoms, rights so hard fought and bled for, sacrificed so for than have been, or will be infected by this COVID-19 disease is, or ought to be a much greater concern.
This sky-is-falling do whatever in order to give me my FALSE SENSE of security so I can go on residing in my little bubble of delusion is sickening. Reprehensible. Horrific compared to the number who sadly, horribly, wrongly perished and were directly impacted by 9/11, by this COVID-19 disease.
While the majority these days are more occupied with how many slaves any of the Founding Fathers owned over what they did in order to bring about this Republic and the focus is solely upon slavery these days than anything else in the study or discussion of any of the Founders, or our past history, which should reveal much to people as to how lost we truly are and how these are truly the last of the last days, the reckless abandonment of our foundations, our God given rights, by Divine Providence, of freedom of religion and freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, taken for granted, not available in most of the world at any time throughout world history we have become a truly ignorant and foolish people. A lost nation of self-absorbed fearful whining infants. Actually believing the abandonment of our rights and freedoms can somehow bring about greater safety and security? Just how stupid and ignorant, how regressive and dumb has this generation gotten than those which preceded it!?
And safety and security in what? Saving your fleshly lives before your spirits and souls are cast into the lake of fire for eternity for where your hearts, minds and beings truly are? Who and what you truly serve?
Do we serve God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the inerrant living and active word of God? Or an elected or appointed official or politician?
I witness well established senior pastors, associate pastors, so-called men of God, professed believers so swiftly, eagerly bowing to and falling in lockstep with whatever the government says, whatever a politician says — and not just in this immediate time of COVID-19 dominating the ears, hearts, minds of so many — over what the word of God says, or ought to be saying, ought to be taking precedence within all of those. Woe to them who cower and so quickly set aside the word in order to bow to a worldly government, and especially one, the only one ever established writing within its very foundations the freedom, the liberty, the right of each citizen to follow their faith, practice their spiritual faith. It does not read in the First Amendment; “When the good times roll and all is well,” or “When you determine it is safe to do so and it’s smooth sailing!”
No. Read the thing. Know your history. Then do some very basic math while conducting some deep and serious reflecting and introspection…
While I am behind and support sense, logic, critical thinking and rational thought, dutiful responsibility it is also of greatest duty and responsibility to serve the Lord our God with all our heart, all our mind, all our body, all our spirit, all our soul and to love Him and His Son, Jesus Christ above all else, all others. Above ourselves. Above those we know and love. Certainly above the ways and things of this temporal world.
In obeying God and His word that also includes not being stupid, not being foolish, not being arrogant — NOT TEMPTING THE LORD YOUR GOD! Satan tempted our Lord telling Him, twisting and perverting Scripture that if He were truly the Son of God He should leap from the pinnacle of the Temple and throw himself downward, because the angels would come to His rescue. And Jesus cited Scripture clearly and accurately in it is wrong to tempt the Lord your God.
I am not suggesting here we foolishly and stupidity, recklessness, in arrogance go out and French kiss someone known to be distressed and suffering greatly due to this COVID-19 to prove our faith, as it appears in not quite an extreme but somewhat similar manner some are doing, in effect saying, no matter what I do, we do, God will protect me! That does not mean leaping off of tall buildings tempting the Lord, as Jesus knew, as all ought to if using that organ encased in bone between their ears!
That does not translate to utter foolishness and abandonment of sense and wisdom. Rather to our being wise, prudent and responsible. Abiding in, knowing, believing and living ALL OF GOD’S WORD…
Nor does it translate into abiding by and becoming so easily, so quickly, so fully subservient to the powers in authority when those powers go against God and His word to us.
Obey and respect those in authority as the word instructs us — until those authorities go against God. Against the word. Against what we ought to know, love and be willing to defend with our fleshly lives. Fighting the good fight unto the end.
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
Acts 5:29 — King James Version
Know what each of us truly needs to do? Whether some household name pastor, preacher, a professed disciple of Jesus Christ, a devoted and true child of God?
To place God Almighty, our Father, to place Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, to place the leading of the Holy Spirit, to place the whole of the word of God above any nation, any country, any man-made law, any place, any people, anyone we know, above ourselves and truly begin to live as we ought to. According to the word of God.
Stop pretending. Stop going through the motions. Stop making country, some person, some place, something other than God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the word that which takes precedence in each of our lives.
Then? In our true repentance and reviving of spirit and mind? Imagine the health of our people and nation not having to hide in our homes in fear of some earthly virus!
Imagine living thusly rather than how we are now, what we’ve been reduced to!
A nation, a people, a whole world in distress indeed!
And it need not be like this. We have wrought what we have bought into and abide within.
Either the Lord or this world.
We cannot serve or abide within both serving both.
We are not to be blind, arrogant or foolish, but to be wise — but that does not mean blind obedience to an unlawful and corrupted and eroding government to its elected or appointed officials over the word of God no matter the events, situation, circumstances at hand.
If you fold and break and fall at this? What will you do when comes the time, which is more near than far, of the rising of he who demands being worshipped as god on earth and demands in order to buy, sell, in order to LIVE you must then take his name within your body? If you so easily and swiftly fall during this occasion what will you do when it REALLY gets rough and time to decide wherein your heart, spirit, soul and eternity will reside?
I’m certain there’s something in the Bible about that if I’m not mistaken…
Wednesday, April 15th, 2020
ACP — A Crooked Path
We Came to America to Get Away From This
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
By Bryan Fischer
Reprinted from: American Family Association
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
In our hysterical overreaction to the Chinese virus, we have flattened the Constitution instead of the curve.
President Trump has resorted to federalism and left public policy decisions in the hands of governors, which is where they belong. But therein lies the rub.
We came to America to get away from what Democrat governors and mayors are doing to punish and prohibit the free exercise of religion. The biggest victim so far of the Chinese virus is the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.
When King George issued an incarceration-in-place order for the city of Boston in the wake of the Boston Tea Party, colonial Americans rose up as one and resisted it with manly firmness. The blockade of Boston Harbor led directly to the convention of the Continental Congress, which in turn led to the Declaration of Independence, the overthrow of tyrannical British power, and the creation of the United States of America.
The quest for religious liberty is what drove our spiritual forefathers to these shores. They well remembered that John Bunyan had been left to rot in prison for twelve long years because he had the temerity to preach and teach the word of God without a license. They wanted to live in a land where they would not need permission from the government to freely practice and proclaim their faith.
Our Pilgrim and Puritan forebears, chafing under the heavy hand of the Anglican Church, fled to these shores to breathe free.
Our elected representatives in Congress enacted the First Amendment to the Constitution which guarantees on these shores the “free exercise” of the Christian faith. That’s not just liberty of belief, that’s liberty of exercise, the liberty to practice Christian faith according to deeply held convictions.
It looks like America’s mayors and governors need a refresher course on the Bill of Rights. And they need a refresher course on their own state constitutions which often have even stronger guarantees of religious liberty than the federal Constitution.
Over Easter weekend, several churches in different states were threatened with criminal sanctions. In Louisville, Kentucky, Mayor Greg Fischer warned Christians that anyone attending drive-in Easter Sunday services would be placed under house arrest and forced to quarantine for 14 days. Police officers were ordered to surveil the parking lot and take down the license-plate number of every criminal offender so law enforcement would know where to go to deliver the summons.
This was a service, mind you, that strictly adhered to all recommended social distancing guidelines from both federal and state authorities. Parishioners remained in their cars, which were parked at least 6 feet away from each other, with their windows no more than half open.
The only people outside a car were the pastor and a videographer, who would also remain a safe distance away from the cars.
The Kentucky Constitution says this: “the civil rights, privileges or capacities of no person shall be taken away, or in anywise diminished or enlarged, on account of his belief or disbelief of any religious tenet, dogma or teaching. No human authority shall, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience.” (Emphasis mine throughout.) That means the governor can’t do it and a mayor can’t do it.
Federal judge Justin Walker, the president’s nominee for a seat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, immediately issued an injunction against this tyranny. He said that the mayor had vastly overstepped his bounds. “The Mayor’s decision is stunning,” Walker wrote. “And it is, ‘beyond all reason,’ unconstitutional.”
But Judge Walker wasn’t done:
On Holy Thursday, an American mayor criminalized the communal celebration of Easter. That sentence is one that this Court never expected to see outside the pages of a dystopian novel, or perhaps the pages of [the online news-satire site] The Onion.
He observed that government officials didn’t prohibit similar activities the governor had declared essential. They weren’t handing out tickets in the parking lots of liquor stores nor to the patrons who walked into a liquor store to purchase booze. Said Walker, “If beer is ‘essential,’ so is Easter.”
Walker went on to quote former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who noted: “religion is not ‘some purely personal avocation that can be indulged entirely in secret, like pornography, in the privacy of one’s room.’”
The Free Exercise Clause, as Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch said, “guarantees the free exercise of religion, not just the right to inward belief.”
New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio has threatened to “permanently” close any church that does not adhere to his draconian edicts. Thankfully, Attorney General Bill Barr put the nation on notice that the DOJ would be “monitoring” these threats to religious liberty closely, and stands ready to take action where necessary.
Now, governors are given emergency powers in situations like this, but there is one absolutely rock-bottom caveat: any restrictions on freedom of worship or movement must be equally and justly applied. It is totally impermissible to single out houses of worship and slap restrictions on them that are not applied to other organizations or entities. To do so is straight up anti-Christian bigotry.
If people in their cars can’t collect in a church parking lot, then they can’t collect in the Walmart parking lot either. If drive-in churches are forbidden, then Sonic drive-ins and McDonald’s drive-throughs have to be shut down too. That didn’t happen in Louisville. The hammer only came down on Christians attending a drive-in church. No police officers were jotting down license plate numbers at Kroger or Walgreen’s.
In Greenville, Mississippi, police blocked off the entrances to a church parking lot so parishioners couldn’t join the drive-in service. They then started handing out $500 fines to everyone who had already shown up, a gross violation of their rights to liberty and religious expression, and to the freedom of peaceable assembly. And all of this, mind you, on private property with no warrant of any kind.
The law enforcement officer in charge of this SWAT team told the pastor, “Your rights are suspended!” The pastor was measured and controlled, but defiant. He informed the police officer that it is not possible for a mayor to suspend his rights because his rights don’t come from the mayor. They come from the Bible and from God.
In Chincoteague, Virginia, police actually barged into the Lighthouse Fellowship where a service was being conducted with 16 socially-distanced parishioners sitting in a sanctuary that can hold 293 people. The cops gave the pastor a criminal summons and said if he didn’t bust the service up, every attender would get one too. The penalty for non-compliance: up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
This is a church which has a reputation in the community for helping get people free of addiction, brokenness, mental illness, poverty, and prostitution, and sponsors a 12-step recovery program. The church ministers to those on limited incomes, and helps them with energy bills, rides to the doctor, groceries, and transportation. But of course, none of that made any difference to these worship Nazis.
If the purpose of all this is to protect the public from coronavirus, fine, but one study indicated that folks are 80 times more likely to catch the virus inside a Walmart than inside a church.
Remember, a lot of the politicians have declared their cities a place of sanctuary for illegal aliens. So now there are sanctuaries for illegal alien criminals but not for followers of Christ.
Bottom line: what we are seeing here does not remotely resemble the America the Founders bequeathed to us. We are doing more damage to our country by keeping it locked down than we ever would do by opening it up.