February 7, 2009

Christians Use Prophecy to Excuse Laziness, by Chuck Baldwin

I just came across this from a message board I frequent. Chuck Baldwin (who just ran for President, even though the media hardly wanted you to know) talks about the current "Christian" state of America amidst all the freedoms we are just letting pass by us. I agree with his position, although when he uses the term "elite" I take it one step further in saying the Vatican and Jesuits. Not sure if he knows the power structure goes that high. Anyway, I will paste the entire article and provide the link!


Christians Use Prophecy To Excuse Laziness
by Chuck Baldwin
February 3, 2009

In response to my two previous columns regarding the current development of a devilish New World Order, many professing Christians wrote me with comments to the effect that we should not be concerned about whatever global tyranny may be developing, because "it's all a part of God's plan," or "Jesus is coming soon," and similar statements. I, too, believe in the imminent return of Jesus Christ to earth. But, then again, so did Christians from every generation over the last two millennia. In fact, the Apostle Paul was looking for the return of Christ while he lived (Philippians 3:20). But does anticipation of Christ's Second Coming excuse personal neglect, indifference, and downright laziness? Of course not.

Had pastors and Christians of colonial America believed and acted as most Christians believe and act today, this country would still be a Crown colony and we would never have known the freedoms and liberties that our forebears bequeathed to us. Christians of that era, however, believed that it was their duty and obligation to fight for right and do everything within their power to resist tyranny. They also believed that God would honor and bless their efforts, which He certainly did!

It is extremely difficult for me to reconcile the apathy and slave-like mentality that seems to permeate modern Christendom (in America) with both our own heritage and the very Word of God. For example, the Apostle Paul is very clear when he writes that a Christian must never "do evil, that good may come" (Romans 3:8). Yet, that is exactly what many, if not most, Christians are doing today.

When confronted with an obvious evil (a burgeoning tyrannical New World Order, not to mention a number of lesser evils), modern Christians will shrug and glibly say, "It's God's will; we must not oppose it," or words to that effect. This attitude says, "I will tolerate or even condone evil in order to hasten Christ's return."

In the first place, no one knows when Christ will return, no matter how many books or tapes they have produced to say they do. In Acts chapter 1, Jesus was asked by His disciples if He would, at that time, set up His kingdom. The first words out of His mouth were, "It is not for you to know." Oh, we can speculate, surmise, and make educated guesses, but that's the best we can do. It's time we were honest enough to admit it: only God knows when Christ will return. In fact, Jesus said, "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only" (Matthew 24:36).

In the meantime, millions of Christians across America are trying to play God. They talk as if they know when Christ will come. It's actually worse than that. They have the attitude that they have no personal responsibility to defend freedom and resist despotism. They seem to look at God as some kind of glorified fireman, who is obligated to rush in at the last minute to rescue them from a burning fire--a fire that they helped ignite, or at least, refused to put out themselves when they had the opportunity to do so. It's the old, "God would not let that happen in America" syndrome.

How arrogant can we be? Ask believers from despotic regimes around the world what they think about God letting tribulation come, and they will quickly tell you, "We are already in tribulation." Are Christians in the United States really that arrogant as to believe that God loves them more than He loves believers in other countries? If not, can we not see that if believers around the world have suffered (and still suffer) the heavy hand of tyranny and oppression, it is certainly possible for tyranny and oppression to come to our land? The fact is, the only reason that Christians in America have not (for the most part) suffered tyranny and oppression is because of the hard work and sacrifice of our forefathers. We are simply enjoying the fruit of their labor.

In the second place, how do we know what God would do, if we only had the backbone to do our duty? How do we know that God would not give America "a new birth of freedom" for our children and grandchildren, if we only had the courage and fortitude to oppose the evil being thrust upon us by these would-be tyrants? America is only the "land of the free," because it was the "home of the brave." Take away the latter and we lose the former. And that is exactly what is currently happening.

In the third place, Christians have a moral imperative to resist evil, even if their efforts are fruitless. We are not responsible for outcome, only effort. Believers throughout history acted on principle, leaving the results with God. (Read Hebrews chapter 11.) Some were delivered; some were not. That did not matter. What mattered was doing one's duty. We Christians are to give our bodies as "a living sacrifice" (Romans 12:1). It is God's prerogative to use our sacrifice as He sees fit. Therefore, there is no such thing as a "losing effort," when it comes to doing right. Doing right (resisting evil) is its own reward. The three Hebrew children were not commended because God delivered them from the burning fiery furnace; they were commended because they were willing to go into the burning fiery furnace. So must we be.

I believe the real reason why so many professing Christians are so apathetic and indifferent to what is happening has nothing to do with the teachings of Scripture, Bible doctrine, eschatology, or anything of the like. It has everything to do with old-fashioned laziness. Today's average Christian just flat does not want to be bothered. He has a comfortable house, an easy chair, television, and a set of golf clubs in the closet. He takes two or three weeks' vacation every year, goes to church on Sunday (a church that does not intrude on his comfort zone, of course), pays taxes, and votes for his favorite "pro-life" Republican candidate every two years, and assumes that he is a "good" Christian and "patriotic" American. He is neither!

A real Christian patriot would never allow his country to be taken over by a gaggle of elitist goons bent on stealing his liberties--including his religious liberties--without doing everything in his power to prevent it. A real Christian patriot is active, alert, engaged, zealous, and committed to preserving liberty.

What if Jesus doesn't come for another 100 years? Another 200 years? What are we going to say to our grandchildren when they ask us what we were doing when our freedoms and liberties were being stolen? What will we say to our Christian forebears when we meet them in eternity? They sacrificed everything so that we could live in peace and freedom. What will we say to them? What will we say to God, who handed this land of liberty to us on a silver (albeit blood-soaked) platter?

Tell me again that "there is nothing we can do about it," or "it's God's will," or "Jesus is coming soon." Better yet, tell it again to the suffering Christians around the world; tell it again to our Christian forebears; tell it again to your children and grandchildren who are going to inherit a land of tyranny and oppression, all because you were too lazy to resist.

I know unbelievers who have more character and determination about preserving liberty than many who call themselves Christians. And I have a ton more respect for them, too. Our Lord told us, "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required" (Luke 12:48). Yes, Christians in America have been given the best of both worlds, and many do not even appreciate it enough to see to it that their own children--their own flesh and blood--will live to enjoy the same blessings. They are pathetic!

So, the next time you hear some piety-draped Christian talking about how he won't engage the enemy and fight for liberty, because of prophecy, or some other spiritually-sounding platitude, just remember, it has nothing to do with prophecy, or anything of the sort: it has everything to do with old-fashioned laziness. My feeling toward him is the same as that of Sam Adams (a fellow Christian) toward the Tories of old: "If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest for freedom--go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!" Amen!

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February 3, 2009

The King James Bible (and others translated from the Textus Receptus) is the infallible Word of God

Amidst controversy and risking some unpopularity, I will boldly state that the King James Bible is the Word of God. Being hated or unpopular has never been a setback for me, all I want to do is proclaim the truth. So here's some more of it! The King James Bible (from the Textus Receptus) is the inspired Word of God. Any new translation from other manuscripts are fraudulent (most coming from the Alexandria manuscripts from EGYPT, or the Latin Vulgate from the Vatican, self explanatory). I'm going to provide plenty of resources for you to check this out, before you just dismiss me. I believe it is your obligation as a Christian to test this for yourself. Don't just believe me if this is a new topic for you, and don't dismiss me out of ignorance. Satan has been attacking God's Word since the Garden, and he has kicked it into high gear. The Jesuits work hard at confusing Christians and taking away from God's Word. So with all that said, if you haven't closed this window yet, I'll provide you with some links to research. I strongly encourage you to do so.

"The Answer Book," Dr. Samuel C. Gipp
An excellent defense of the King James Bible being the Word of God, answering and debunking many questions and "problems" with the KJV. It even shows how the KJV's one instance of Easter in the New Testament is absolutely correct! A must read!

An excellent site written by Ty Bollinger in an honest, plain way. Another must read!

The Attack, by Jack Chick
An excellent comic book version depicting the story of the KJV and the corrupt manuscripts! A fun way to learn about this!

The KJV vs. Modern Bibles
Jeff Johnson allowed this work to be published: "I spent 3 years researching and writing a manuscript which defends the King James. I studied 44 sources, & went thru 3,100 pages of research. (Not to mention reading the texts of these new versions)."

Jesus Is Lord
Amazing, amazing website full of Christian inspiration and information that can keep you busy for weeks on end. About a third of the way down, the site gets into a huuuuuuuge defense of the KJV that shouldn't go unnoticed!

This is enough information on the King James vs. The Rest debate to keep you busy for a long time. I can't stress this enough - you owe it to yourself and the Lord Jesus Christ to look into this matter. Wouldn't you want to know the history behind what you think is God's Word? As a believer in Christ, don't you want to savor His every word in full confidence? Don't you want the full power that comes with God's infallible Word? Or do you want a watered down impostor version that Satan loves for us to read?!
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