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Government forced charity through taxation.
Christian charity as directed by God the Holy Spirit: 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 - But this I say, He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver.
Secular charity as mandated by god the secular government: Unbridled taxation and sharing of wealth.
"Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government." James Madison, the Primary author of the U.S. Constitution
Government Entitlements - Mandating other people to provide you charity.
"Economic Justice?" Economic discrimination by forced taxation and redistribution of wealth to fund an unconstitutional national welfare. (More definitions at Progressive Politically Correct Dictionary.)
"Spreading the wealth" - See Economic Justice
Milton Friedman – Freedom vs Tyranny & Misery (Video 8m24s) -
EarsToHear.net summary: America started with a new government, a
Declaration of Independence, a Constitution, where people were
unrestrained and had freedom and full personal rein. However, although
with good intentions, which are flawed none the less, restrictions and
regulations were introduced, which are always easier to implement, but
almost impossible to remove. It is easier to pass a law than to repeal a
law. These restrictions and regulations become chains of restraint, laws
we imposed on ourselves, mostly with good intensions. but still flawed.
The initial objective is always good, but that doesn't mean the outcome
is. ...Until 1928 total government spending, federal, state and local
never exceeded 10% of its income, except in the Civil War and WWI.
...We've substituted individual responsibility for a false belief of social responsibility. Even though it may have been good people trying to do good, but trying to do good in a fundamentally flawed way. The welfare state is a prime example. It is one thing to help people out of your own pocket, but another thing to help people out of government's pocket. The fundamental flaw of the welfare state is the idea to do good with somebody else's money. Why is this wrong? Two ways. Nobody spends money as carefully as he spends his own.
New York City for example. An article said NYC could solve it's problems by doubling its money. Well, NYC has since quadrupled its money and the problems have gotten worse. That's cause and effect. You say spend more money. Whose money? All the money NYC gets from citizens. So you have more money being spent carelessly and less money being spent carefully. In the second place you cannot spend more money unless you get it. So the idea of helping others has the flawed means of force and coercion in obtaining that money. So the idea of doing good is destroyed by the flaws of waste and coercion. (Search YouTube for Milton Friedman to learn about economy and more.)
Benjamin Franklin, Political Observations: "It is very imprudent to deprive America of any of her privileges. If her commerce and friendship are of any importance to you, they are to be had on no other terms than leaving her in the full enjoyment of her rights."
Policy based on envy: "We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules." --Barack Obama
Article III. The said States hereby severally enter into a firm league of friendship with each other, for their common defense, the security of their liberties, and their mutual and general welfare, binding themselves to assist each other, against all force offered to, or attacks made upon them, or any of them, on account of religion, sovereignty, trade, or any other pretense whatever.
It is apparent to anyone who has ears to hear, that "progressives" have successfully misused the phrase "general welfare" and "We the sheeple" have fallen prey to their deceptive tactics.
James Madison - Federalist 41: “But what color can the objection have [that the phrase ‘general welfare’ is not specified by particulars], when a specification of the objects alluded to by these general terms immediately follows and is not even separated by a longer pause than a semicolon? . . . Nothing is more natural nor common than first to use a general phrase, and then to explain and qualify it by a recital of particulars . . . .” (More from the primary author of the Constitution below...)
Random Thoughts By Thomas Sowell - What do you call it when someone steals someone else's money secretly? Theft. What do you call it when someone takes someone else's money openly by force? Robbery. What do you call it when a politician takes someone else's money in taxes and gives it to someone who is more likely to vote for him? Social Justice.
Winston Churchill - "The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of misery."
Dr. Adrian Rogers - "What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving."
Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841-1935) - "I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy -- I don't disparage envy but I don't accept it as legitimately my master."
FIVE RULES CONSERVATIVES REALIZE & LIBERALS CANT UNDERSTAND:
Liberty and Freedom Foundation)
1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealth out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, it is the beginning of the end of any nation.
5. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.
To those who are bent on ignoring history...
"Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people's money. It's quite a characteristic of them. They then start to nationalize everything, and people just do not like more and more nationalization, and they're now trying to control everything by other means. They're progressively reducing the choice available to ordinary people." --former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher
"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." --British author C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)
“Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of power; but they cannot justify it, even if we were sure that they existed. It is hardly too strong to say, that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intention, real or pretended. …Human beings, we may be assured, will generally exercise power when they can get it; and they will exercise it most undoubtedly, in popular governments, under pretences of public safety or high public interest. It may be very possible that good intentions do really sometimes exist when constitutional restraints are disregarded. There are men, in all ages, who mean to exercise power usefully; but who mean to exercise it. They mean to govern well; but they mean to govern. They promise to be kind masters; but they mean to be masters.” — Daniel Webster (1782-1852) Author, Lawyer and Patriot
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." --British Prime Minister William Pitt (1759-1806)
"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state lives at the expense of everyone." --French economist, statesman and author, Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)
"I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it." --Benjamin Franklin
"Tyranny I had always hoped that the younger generation receiving their early impressions after the flame of liberty had been kindled in every breast...would have sympathized with oppression wherever found, and proved their love of liberty beyond their own share of it." Thomas Jefferson (1814 letter to Edward Coles. Reference: Jefferson: Writings, Peterson ed., Library of America [1344-45])
"To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it." Thomas Jefferson (1816 letter to Joseph Milligan Category: Reference: Vindicating the Founders, West ; original Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Bergh, ed., vol. 14 )
"One of the methods used by statists to destroy capitalism consists in establishing controls that tie a given industry hand and foot, making it unable to solve its problems, then declaring that freedom has failed and stronger controls are necessary." --philosopher Ayn Rand (1905-1982)
"I think we have gone through a period when too many children and people have been given to understand 'I have a problem, it is the Government’s job to cope with it!' or 'I have a problem, I will go and get a grant to cope with it!' 'I am homeless, the Government must house me!' and so they are casting their problems on society and who is society? There is no such thing! There are individual men and women and there are families and no government can do anything except through people and people look to themselves first… There is no such thing as society. There is living tapestry of men and women and people and the beauty of that tapestry and the quality of our lives will depend upon how much each of us is prepared to take responsibility for ourselves and each of us prepared to turn round and help by our own efforts those who are unfortunate." --Margaret Thatcher
Don't miss the ongoing inclusion of articles concerning "forced charity" below. (Click here.)
In 1979, Milton Friedman was asked by Phil Donahue on his show whether he ever doubted capitalism when he looked around and saw a world of inequality. (YouTube 2:24) The complete video is strongly recommended. Excerpt: Friedman responded to his question by reiterating how essential free markets were to prosperity for all people: “The only cases in which the masses have escaped from the kind of grinding poverty you’re talking about, the only cases in recorded history, are where they have had capitalism and largely free trade. If you want to know where the masses are worse off, worst off, it’s exactly in the kinds of societies that depart from that. So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear: that there is no alternative way so far discovered of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by the free-enterprise system."
Consider these statements from James Madison (1751-1836), Father
of the Constitution, 4th President of the United States :
"Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government."
...“With respect to the two words ‘general welfare’, I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.”
…“It broaches a new Constitutional doctrine of vast consequence, and demanding the serious attention of the public. I consider it myself as subverting the fundamental and characteristic principle of the government; as contrary to the true and fair, as well as the received construction, and as bidding defiance to the sense in which the Constitution is known to have been proposed, advocated and adopted. If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions."
..."The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded.”
..."Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government."
..."I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents."
Consider these statements from Thomas Jefferson:
“Congress had not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but were restrained to those specifically enumerated; and that, as it was never meant they should provide for that welfare but by the exercise of the enumerated powers, so it could not have been meant they should raise money for purposes which the enumeration did not place under their action; consequently, that the specification of powers is a limitation of the purposes for which they may raise money."
“They are not to do anything they please to provide for the general
welfare.... Giving a distinct and independent power to do any act they
please which may be good for the Union, would render all the preceding
and subsequent enumerations of power completely useless. It would reduce
the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress
with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States;
and as they sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to
do whatever evil they please.”
"I believe the states can best govern our home concerns, and the general government our foreign ones. I wish, therefore, to see maintained that wholesome distribution of powers established by the constitution for the limitation of both, and never to see all offices transferred to Washington, where further withdrawn from the eyes of the people they may more secretly be bought and sold at market.”
"A Republic ma'am, if you can keep it." Ben Franklin
Not all citizens of America are also citizens of the Kingdom of God and it is only the citizens of God's Kingdom, as His citizens and according to His Word, provide charity to the poor. We are not to mandate that charity to non-citizens, for that is not freedom, but coercion and slavery.
"As riches increase and accumulate in few hands, as luxury prevails in society, virtue will be in a greater degree considered as only a graceful appendage of wealth, and the tendency of things will be to depart from the republican standard. This is the real disposition of human nature; it is what neither the honorable member nor myself can correct. It is a common misfortunate that awaits our State constitution, as well as all others." --Alexander Hamilton, speech to the New York Ratifying Convention, 1788
"The economic welfare of all our people must ultimately stem not from government programs, but from the wealth created by a vigorous private sector." --Ronald Reagan
"I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity. [To approve this measure] would be contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded."--President Franklin Piece (1804-1869)
"I can find no warrant for such an appropriation [for charity relief] in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit."--President Grover Cleveland (1837-1908)
Not Yours To Give
by Mark Alexander
“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents..." —James Madison, Primary author of the Constitution
…According to the Register of Debates for the House of Representatives, 20th Congress, 1st Session on April 2, 1828, Davy Crocket stood to challenge the constitutionality of one of the earliest welfare spending bills, a benevolence distribution to the family of a military officer after his death. While the exact text of his speech was not transcribed (not the practice in those years), the spirit of his words in regard to those proceedings was captured in an 1867 Harper's Magazine article entitled "Not yours to give" by Edward Ellis.
According to Ellis, Crockett objected to the expenditure: "Mr. Speaker; I have as much respect for the memory of the deceased, and as much sympathy for the sufferings of the living, if suffering there be, as any man in this House, but we must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for a part of the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living. I will not go into an argument to prove that Congress has not the power to appropriate this money as an act of charity. Every member upon this floor knows it. We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of the public money. Some eloquent appeals have been made to us upon the ground that it is a debt due the deceased. Mr. Speaker, the deceased lived long after the close of the war; he was in office to the day of his death, and I have never heard that the government was in arrears to him.
"Every man in this House knows it is not a debt. We cannot, without the grossest corruption, appropriate this money as the payment of a debt. We have not the semblance of authority to appropriate it as charity. Mr. Speaker, I have said we have the right to give as much money of our own as we please. I am the poorest man on this floor. I cannot vote for this bill, but I will give one week's pay to the object, and if every member of Congress will do the same, it will amount to more than the bill asks."
See also: SOCKDOLAGER - A TRUE STORY ABOUT DAVY CROCKETT This is a newspaper reporter's captivating story of his unforgettable encounter with ...Davy Crockett. By Edward S. Ellis (Philadelphia: Porter and Coates, 1884)
Is this position "mean spirited" as the "progressives" would have you believe?
Where do you
draw the line? By what means would you determine who gets what from the
government? What elected official (politician) will have the power to
say what possessions are deemed a "need" vs. comfort or convenience?
Was Jesus mean spirited when He said: “Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:60) or “For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.” (John 12:8) when asked: “Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?” (John 12:5)
Did Jesus force anyone to give? He doesn’t force people to enter the Kingdom of God. Choice equals freedom. Liberty from God. Government is not God, although "We the sheeple" seem to want it that way. "We the people" do not want government to mandate forced charity through taxation. It goes completely against the Constitution and violates the liberty that comes from God. Taxation also inhibits charity as you also pointed out by mandating unconstitutional regulations.
"Progressives" have a politically correct dictionary and the words Boundaries, Maturity, Discipline, Responsibility, Commitment, Integrity are now obsolete. Socialism is akin to slavery. Capitalism is letting a free market naturally provide the needs and wants where each individual freely chooses to give and take or just take.
Socialism did not make America the wealthiest nation that gives more than any other nation, especially when tragedy occurs. If not for taxation World Mission Evangelism, Samaritans Purse, and others would be receiving more donations, not to mention local charities and personal charity.
I do though contend, if preachers preached the Word of God vs. what they believe they need to preach, then we would see an increase. (1 Cor. 3) It is not the preacher’s call to convict and convince, that is the work of the Holy Spirit. The preacher’s work is to preach the Word of God which is the basis for the Kingdom of God. (Matthew 4:17)
What Our Constitution Permits By Walter E. Williams - Here's the House of Representatives new rule: "A bill or joint resolution may not be introduced unless the sponsor has submitted for printing in the Congressional Record a statement citing as specifically as practicable the power or powers granted to Congress in the Constitution to enact the bill or joint resolution." Unless a congressional bill or resolution meets this requirement, it cannot be introduced. If the House of Representatives had the courage to follow through on this rule, their ability to spend and confer legislative favors would be virtually eliminated. Also, if the rule were to be applied to existing law, they'd wind up repealing at least two-thirds to three-quarters of congressional spending.
You might think, for example, that there's constitutional authority for Congress to spend for highway construction and bridges. President James Madison on March 3, 1817 vetoed a public works bill saying: "Having considered the bill this day presented to me entitled 'An act to set apart and pledge certain funds for internal improvements,' and which sets apart and pledges funds 'for constructing roads and canals, and improving the navigation of water courses, in order to facilitate, promote, and give security to internal commerce among the several States, and to render more easy and less expensive the means and provisions for the common defense,' I am constrained by the insuperable difficulty I feel in reconciling the bill with the Constitution of the United States and to return it with that objection to the House of Representatives, in which it originated."
Madison, who is sometimes referred to as the father of our Constitution, added to his veto statement, "The legislative powers vested in Congress are specified and enumerated in the eighth section of the first article of the Constitution, and it does not appear that the power proposed to be exercised by the bill is among the enumerated powers."
Here's my question to any member of the House who might vote for funds for "constructing roads and canals, and improving the navigation of water courses": Was Madison just plain constitutionally ignorant or has the Constitution been amended to permit such spending? What about handouts to poor people, businesses, senior citizens and foreigners? Madison said, "Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government."
In 1854, President Franklin Piece vetoed a bill to help the mentally ill, saying, "I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity. (To approve the measure) would be contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded."
President Grover Cleveland vetoed a bill for charity
relief, saying, "I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the
Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the
General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual
suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service
Again, my question to House members who'd vote for handouts is: Were these leaders just plain constitutionally ignorant or mean-spirited, or has our Constitution been amended to authorize charity?
Suppose a congressman attempts to comply with the new rule by asserting that his measure is authorized by the Constitution's general welfare clause. Here's what Thomas Jefferson said: "Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated."
Madison added, "With respect to the two words 'general
welfare,' I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of
powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited
sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character
which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators."
John Adams warned, "A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever." I am all too afraid that's where our nation stands today and the blame lies with the American people.
Dr. Williams serves on the faculty of George Mason University as John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics and is the author of More Liberty Means Less Government: Our Founders Knew This Well.
Income Inequality Not Necessarily Inequitable Favoring
redistribution ignores the fact that there is no way to make the poor
richer without making the rich poorer... Contrary to the popular
contention that a heavy concentration of income at the top is harmful,
the 1 percent can increase their income so long as it is Pareto
efficient. Consider a scenario where 99 percent of the population makes
$10 and the top 1 percent makes $100. In the second scenario, 99 percent
of the population makes $12 and the top 1 percent makes $130. Though the
income gap increases in both absolute and relative terms, everyone is
better off in the second scenario.
...Indeed, it seems that regulation and taxation actually serve to make everyone poorer. President Obama has proposed to increase taxes on the wealthiest and raise the minimum wage. Instead, the best economic approach to benefit the middle class would involve flattening the income tax and deregulating labor markets. Source: Richard Epstein, "In Praise of Income Inequality," Hoover Institution, February 19, 2013.
Generation Brainwashed: Charity is Not Redistribution of Wealth By
- “…The government of the United States is a definite government,
confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments,
whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative
duty of the government.” -James Madison
“Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.” Unfortunately, most Americans today believe it is the responsibility of the US government to provide for the general welfare, and then some, to all people. Notice I did not say citizens? We also have the issue of believing that our general welfare should sustain and support millions of illegal aliens. It’s billed to us as charity. However, as is always the case, words have meaning and their meaning impacts how words are utilized.
English author and Oxford professor C.S. Lewis coined the term “verbicide”, meaning the dangerous situation of exchanging true meanings of words for the false. It was recognized to be incremental, or immediate. The understanding that there is deep value in the true nature of words was understood by Confucius, who stated, “When words lose their meaning, people will lose their liberty.”
Ancient men, and the Founding Fathers of the United States clearly understood that word meanings, when written in the context of their original language, should be kept in the context of their original language. Inventing new phraseology to give acceptance to socialist efforts today, does not change the original language of the Founding Documents and the Constitution and the intent therein.
Changing the definition of “murder” to exclude stopping a beating heart within a woman, does not change the original definition of murder by the Creator God and continued in understanding by the Framers of the Constitution.
Changing the definition of “marriage” from a man and a woman in a life-long covenant before the Lord God, to include whomever has emotional or sexual feelings and wishes to join as if they were man and woman, does not change the definition. Likewise, changing the original meaning of the clause of “general welfare” to include the provision for a government run entitlement society, does not negate the intent of the wording, given it’s original understanding.
How Government Handouts Create Life-Sapping Dependency By
J. Mitchell - Now, courtesy of some first-rate
journalism by a local television station, we have a powerful example
exposing how the system operates. We learn the story of Kristina, who
chooses to earn less money in order to keep the taxpayer-funded gravy
train rolling. We’ve all heard the line that America is becoming an
entitlement society or welfare state, with half of U.S. households now
receiving some type of government benefit.
But a CBS 21 News investigation has taken that stat one step further to show you how much people are actually getting for free. A few years ago, reporter Chris Papst worked with a single mom who had two children. She turned down a raise because she said the extra money would decrease her government benefits. It was hard to understand why she did that, until Chris started working on this story. “You do what you have to do as a single mom,” explained Kristina Cogan. “And that’s what I did.” ……she admits living a life off the government can be comfortable. “If you’re going to get something for free, are you going to work for it?” Cogan explained. “It kind of like sucks you in.”
Here are some of the horrific details. For this story, CBS 21 researched what government programs are available to a single mother of two making $19,000 a year. What we found was incredible. Our family would be eligible for $14,976 in free day care, another $13,400 for Head Start and Early Head Start, $7,148 in housing vouchers, $6,500 for weatherization projects, $400 to pay heating bills, $480 a year for a cell phone, with an extra $230 for a land line, and $182 in free legal advice. The family would get more than $6,028 in food assistance and another $6,045 in medical assistance. The mother is eligible for $5,500 in Pell Grants for school with an additional $12,000 for the Education Opportunity Grant; SMART Grant; and TEACH Grant. Our family would also get $6,800 in tax credits, and $1,900 in withholding would be returned. Add it up and this family can get $81,589 in free assistance. There’s nothing in the story to suggest that Ms. Cogan is utilizing all these programs, but the plethora of available goodies certainly helps to explain why so many people decide it’s easier to be moochers rather than producers.
Heritage’s Ryan Messmore on Seeking Social Justice by Catherine Snow - Ryan Messmore, the William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and a Free Society at The Heritage Foundation, is dedicated to examining how religious charity affects public policy – and politics. Messmore challenges the liberal vision of “social justice,” which says that government is the solution for all societal ails. And, his efforts are helping reframe the public debate – and change hearts and minds in the process.
...A lot that is being told to college students and
young people today – who are passionate about serving people in need –
is a narrative about:
The “inequality” between the rich and the poor, to care for somebody who is poor is to figure out how to redistribute money from those who have it to those who don’t, the government is the means that is often presented as the most effective way to do that. A lot of young people that I’ve talked to have gained the sense that to care about those in poverty – and from a position of faith – means I need to advocate for government redistribution of wealth. They equate serving people in need with almost a Marxist approach to economics, using the government as the main mechanism. ...We feel that the best way to restore broken relationships is through face-to-face interaction –the types of relationships that are fostered through families, churches, and nonprofit organizations, rather than impersonal government.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Learn more about “Seek Social Justice: Transforming Lives In Need.”
WATCH a trailer for a “Seek Social Justice” study group lesson.
Read, “Obama’s Proposal to Reduce Charitable Deductions Would Hurt Civil Society, Expand Government.”
Read, “Seeking Clarity Amidst Confusion About Social Justice.”
Read, “Civil Society Does What Big Government Can’t.”
Read, “Obama’s Faith-Based Office Shouldn’t Put So Much Faith in Government.”
Republic ma’am, if you can keep it” Ben Franklin (
This is not 1776, when America was permeated with Biblical moral virtue. America is currently permeated with "progressive political correctness," which requires relinquishing Biblical moral virtue. In order to restore the Republic as our Christian Founders intended, requires the core Biblical foundation which was the motivating factor in how America's Founders confronted EVERY issue, whether social, fiscal, national, and international.
In order to restore the "American Way of Life" for our descendants, American citizens, those who are also citizens of the Kingdom of God, must begin to honor and obey their Lord's call to become the Salt & Light they are called to be as “ambassadors” for their King, by preaching not only John 3:16, but what Jesus admonished in the same breath through verse 21. Many are also only “preaching” 1 Timothy 2 but not 2 Timothy 4.
A Republic vs. Marxism is a free market vs. socialism. If you still believe government should be our daddy or god then consider what Samuel Adams and James Madison said:
Samuel Adams: "Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say, 'What should be the reward of such sacrifices?' ... If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom...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!"
James Madison (1751-1836) Father of the Constitution, 4th President of the United States: "The preservation of a free government requires not merely that the metes and bounds which separate each department of power be invariably maintained; but more especially that neither of them be suffered to overleap the great Barrier which defends the rights of the people. The Rulers who are guilty of such an encroachment, exceed the commission from which they derive their authority and are Tyrants. The people who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by an authority derived from them, and are slaves."
The only perfect "kingdom" is the Kingdom of God because He is a God
of love, with no deceit in Him, but also a God righteousness and
judgment, yet with mercy and grace everlasting.
There is, nor will there ever be a society that is not "broken" because....
Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more everything living, as I have done.
Now America's Founders realized this and established the Republic according to with separate States with their own ruling bodies and three Federal Branches, all according to Scripture (see http://www.earstohear.net/Separation/BliblicalFoundation.html). They also did not create a democracy, but a republic for the same reason.
The first and almost the only Book deserving of universal attention is the Bible. Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other. John Quincy Adams
“[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” Samuel Adams
“[A] Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States... as they would be the sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they please.” Thomas Jefferson
“If men were angels, no government would be necessary…. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” James Madison
This is why our Lord not only called us to preach John 3:16, but also what He said through verse 21. This is why He commissioned His followers to be the salt and Light of the world. You cannot have righteousness without judgment. See Deuteronomy 27 & 28 for "cursed be the man" and the blessings of obedience.
Btw - The Kingdom of God is not a religion, but a government with a King.) You may wish to see Judging and Reproof along with What is the Kingdom of God.
This is why even "Christians," or "Kingdom citizens" get duped into believing government can mandate a utopian state.
Jesus warned in Matthew 24:24: For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Therefore EarsToHear.net exists...in obedience to what the Holy Spirit has revealed...not only to preach the Good News about the Lord's grace and mercy, but also as He commands....(2 Timothy 4:2-4) Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
From Dr. Charles S. Price One Freedom -- This world system in which self has waxed fat is not a planting of "the Father" but is a growth and result of the Adamic curse, under "our father the devil." We have been clothed with the wool from the back of self; wool of the production of self. We have patted self and exalted self until it has grown and spread itself like a GREEN BAY TREE! We know not that we are "wretched and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked?"
Part of our Christian call as Ambassadors for Christ has been
abandoned, and which we are now witnessing the results, is to....
Colossians 4:5-6 "Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man."
1 Peter 3:15 - But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
2 Timothy 2:15-19 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as does a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows them that are his. And, Let every one that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
Titus 3:9-11 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sins, being condemned of himself.
2 Timothy 3:16-4:4 - All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Luke 11:52 - Woe unto you, lawyers! for you have taken away the key of knowledge: you entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in you hindered.
A further challenge to secular progressives
Christian Love, as exemplified by the first Christian church in
their HAVING ALL THINGS IN COMMON, placed in its true and just point of
By Charles Chauncy (1705-1787) was a minister from Boston. He attended Harvard, graduating in 1721. Chauncy preached at the First Church in Boston for sixty years (1727-1787). Below is his 1773 sermon on Christian charity to the poor. The text of this sermon has been changed to reflect modern spelling.
A SERMON, Preached at the Thursday-Lecture, in Boston, August 3d. 1773.
From ACTS 4. 32. - WHEREIN it is shown, that Christian churches, in their character as such, are strongly obliged to evidence the reality of their Christian love, though not by having all things in common, yet by making such provision, according to their ability, for their members in a state of penury, as that none of them may suffer through want of the things needful of the body; and that DEACONS are officers appointed by Christ to take care of His poor saints, making all proper distributions to them in His name, and as enabled hereto by the churches to which they respectively belong.
Having all things in Common, explained and improved.
ACTS 4. 32. - “And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart, and of one soul: neither said any of them, that ought of the things which he possessed were his own; but they had all things in common.”
… They begin, “and the multitude of them that believed.” – The persons here spoken of were “believers;” that is, converts to the Christian faith. And they were converts from Judaism. For the Gospel had not as yet been preached to the Gentile nations. The apostles, it is true, had, before this time, been commissioned by their Lord “to preach, in his name, repentance, and remission of sins, among ALL NATIONS,” as we read in Luk. 24. 47: But they were expressly ordered, in the words that immediately follow, to begin their ministry, in execution of their commission, “at Jerusalem; and to tarry there until they had been endued with power from on high;” [Luke 24:47-49] that is, with miraculous power from the Holy Ghost.
… It is further added in my text, “neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things in common.” The things here said to be “had in common” must not be understood as extending to a community in everything. Such an explanation of the words would be an absurdity in reason, and a direct contradiction to the precepts of revelation. They ought therefore to be limited to such things only as might, in consistency with the rule of duty, be possessed and enjoyed in common.
… To this purpose are those words of the apostle Peter, in the chapter following my test, ver. 4, which he spoke to Ananias with a direct reference to the sale he had made of his possession; “while it remained, was it not thine own? And after it was sold, was it not in thy own power”? Surely, he would not have said this, he could not have said it with propriety, or truth, if Ananias had been under the obligation of a command from Christ, conveyed by his apostles, to part with his possession, and put the price into the common stock. Upon this supposition, how could his possession be so called “his own” as that he might not have sold it? And when he had sold it, how could the price of it be said to have been “in his own power?” It should seem demonstrable, from this application of the apostle Peter to Ananias that the sale which these believers at Jerusalem made of their possessions was a matter of their own free choice, not what they were absolutely bound to do in virtue of any requirement of Jesus Christ.
… It is still further observable, the apostle Paul, in writing to the Corinthian church, as “touching the ministering to the saints,” [2 Corinthians 9:1] gives them this instruction, 2 Cor. 9. 7, “Every man according as he professed in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” Is this an injunction that will, in the least, comport with the supposition, that the individuals of this church had nothing of their own, but had all things in common? Every man, you see, is left to give according to the free purpose of his own heart: Only he is instructed to give with cheerfulness, and liberality; and upon the encouragement mentioned in the foregoing verse, “This I say, he that soweth sparingly, shall reap sparingly; and he that soweth bountifully shall reap bountifully.”
… It was their constant care to provide, by their charitable distributions, for the relief of their brethren in Christ under distressing circumstances, whether through poverty, or the unjust treatment of a wicked and unbelieving world.
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