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(Dave Leach for IA Senate)
(Continued from top center article) The documentary above, "1620: When Freedom Was Reborn", shows how the Pilgrims planted these verses in their lives and up came the freedoms we take
for granted today, spreading across America and eventually across much of the world. The world's economy exploded along with Freedom.
The result is what we generally call Western Civilization.
But on the personal level, human interaction exploded.
Neighbors became partners. Servants became employees. Every dimension of friendship flowered. In America today, people walk together, talk together, play together,
pray together, work together, serve together, march together, fight together more freely than anyone had for a thousand years before.
All of this flowered because a few Christians took seriously a few friendship Bible Scriptures. Therefore it should not seem a great surprise
that what most threatens America today is what also threatens the quality of our fellowship with our famlies, friends, neighbors, fellow church members,
and citizens: abandoning these same friendship Bible Scriptures.
What if people would
talk in love
when they can't yet
What if listening to
What if spouses and
families did this?
Even churches? And
What if we were slow to
as beyond the reach of
What if what we stood for
inspired us to practice
What if proof that
strong words are true
were a valid
against the charge that some
thin skinned jerk
chose to take
What if Christians and
reason more and
What if the Bible weren't
our land asks God
What if everyone had free speech to
state the highest principles they know?
And still look forward to cooperating
where they agree?
Friendship Bible Scriptures describe discussion forums in neighborhoods and churches where we
can decide together what to do about matters that matter, producing true friends and a safe, free nation.
Bible passages on friendship first of all clarify real friendship. Ie. Pro 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Lev 19:17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.
You watch movies where one person chases a thousand. Your heart follows the hero to the battle.
Your adrenalin flows with his, sharing his excitement though not his danger. You expect his
One hundred Christians with the Candle of God CAN chase 10,000 pagans out of the darkness.
(For the Scriptures and statistics, see the top right article, starting slide #48.) But there hasn't been much chasing, because
chasing information is censored on church property.
victory over "impossible" odds, even when he
clearly doesn't know Jesus, without Whom many things are impossible.
Second they make this frankness the substance of church fellowship. Ie. Heb 10:24-25 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another... More Scriptures.
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"A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand
at thy right hand: but it [destruction] shall not come nigh [near] thee." Psalm 91:7
But when the movie is over and you look out over the evils of America today,
and even though you know Jesus alongside Whom nothing is impossible,
you ask "What can one person do?" Millions chant it with you, and do nothing with you,
Why has Satan invaded American public policy so thoroughly, so successfully, which in turn has
invaded many churches and the lives of many church members? Duh, could it be because of censorship in church of Christian communication about driving
Satan out of public policy? while evil grows, causing
you and your fellow millions to lose your faith, demanding,
"How could a God of Love allow so much evil in the world? God either doesn't have enough love to stop it, or enough power,
or doesn't exist!" So you watch another movie.
Did you know God has a similar complaint about you? He questions whether Christians exist, with enough
love to stop evil, trusting in His power.
Job 1 illustrates God's willingness to allow freedom even to the most wicked, up to the
limit of where He can turn it into a Romans 8:28 blessing for the innocent. (Job's victory through trial delivered him from his "great fear" that if he were tested
he would lose his faith. Job 3:25, 1:5, 11, 35:10, Revelation 21:8.)
But part of God's management of evil is to give you the opportunity
for adventure, love, and Matthew 25:14-30 growth. This passage shows that Heaven is no retirement home; God wants people in it who are
ready to roll up their sleeves and accomplish great things.Your response to God's opportunity determines whether you will experience life on earth
more like the Promised Land, or more like Egypt.
Which is true? What you believe while watching a movie, or what you say when the movie
is over and someone shows you an opportunity for adventure and meaning in real life?
Churches support missionaries overseas. Is there no evil in the United States meriting church
support of missionaries to address it? How many would-be missionaries are told by their pastors, 'Not only will we not support you, but instead of
you preaching to politicians and activists what God says about their issues, you would be better off attending more church services where you can
listen to me preach to the choir'? Do you want adventure, or are you content watching others having it?
You watch fictional characters have it on the most expensive screens your creditors will allow, while you
accuse We 'activists' yearn for the 'Fellowship' God offers. The fellowship of decay-stopping
Salt. The fellowship of searchlights on darkness. The fellowship of victory over evil. The fellowship of turning the world right side up, Acts 17:6.
fellow Christians who are having it of being "fanatics" and "religious extremists".
Do you demand that your "loving God" take over your responsibility to stop
the growth of evil, so you don't have to grow? If that's what you think, never read Matthew 25:14-46. It is nothing but bad news.
The first part warns what will happen if you don't grow, and the second part warns what will happen if you don't help.
Some of your movie heroes have magical powers which you do not. But they don't have your Partner,
Whose Power is infinite. Other movie heroes succeed by very ordinary abilities, and you find them believable. Many movies are documentaries:
they really happened. Yet you say no such thing can happen for you. Which your lack of faith makes true. You have to have enough faith to at least try,
which is the size of a mustard seed. (Mat 13:31, 17:20)
Movie characters face danger, but the cost is always less than doing nothing. Although your adrenalin flows when you
watch them, you don't worry excessively, knowing that "all things work out for good, for those that star in movies." Yet you doubt Romans 8:28,
and think you will suffer less pain if you don't work in God's Harvest.
You "believe in" the Bible, but do you believe its stories of heroes who
knocked down mountains of evil with no more talent than you have? Do you believe its invitation to be like them,
its instructions how, and its warnings that if you do nothing for those suffering around you, trusting God's promises to make it
possible, their suffering may become yours?
Pastors sometimes complain that the Gospel is treated like a spectator sport. The coach takes his team to the stadium, where
the coach goes out on the field and plays against the devil's team while his own team sits in the bleachers and watches. Do you wish your congregation were more involved with the Gospel?
"The mission of the church doesn't include politics."
Biblical evidence that God calls us to Worship Him with not only discussion of government-promoted sin,
but with a "multitude of counselors" on every Biblical topic -
and not only within a church, but between the churches of each city, across denominational lines.
"Voting isn't spiritual. Jesus didn't vote. Voting intelligently is fanaticism."
(Web page) Oh? Half of America's Christians vote Democrat, doing several things to this nation which God warns will send souls
to Hell. The other half demands Mark of the Beast national tracking technology (ever-evolving Real ID Act aka E-Verify) as fast
as possible to keep "the stranger" unwelcome, which Matthew 25:41, 46 warns is a ticket to Hell! Have we no Mark 10:16 duty to wise up?
involved in politics"
Half the Gospels were Jesus' sermons to Palestine's
political rulers. (PDF) (Web page)
"Politics is not part of The Gospel"
Uh, most of our Examples of Faith, in Hebrews 11,
changed their governments. (PDF) (Web page)
"We need to get people to receive Jesus into their hearts. Then they will know
what to do."
Indeed? Then why do we need pastors for saved people? It is difficult to vote to promote sin, and yet remain free
and abhor its tentacles snaking through community, Church, and family. Likewise, church consideration of what God says to
do about what God calls sin, will not just shine light outside the church but will help immunize members against
sin. Taking a stand against sin greatly strengthens one's resolve to resist it.
For the details of this sign which I am preparing to post outside my retail store, The Family Music Center, at 4110 SW 9th, Des Moines,
Iowa 50315, see www.Saltshaker.US/BibleStudies/GodsViews.pdf.
My explanation begins with a little story about a couple of previous similarly "offensive" signs posted by two churches, and what the city did to them.
Americans are told "never talk about Politics or Religion" if they don't want to spoil lukewarm friendships
that limit passion to frivolity, but God offers Fellowship. (See Bible studies in right column, and the documentary, upper left.)
Christians are told to never organize against
government-promoted sins exposed in their sermons on church property where "Bible" is spoken freely, (which has been
so they have to work with strangers with unfamiliar theologies who have not been moved by the same sermons.
Let's study God's standards of
right and wrong, as applied to issues before our community -
to stand against corruption (sin) and for justice (righteousness) -
within first, and then without.
Matthew 7:5 ... first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
1 Corinthians 9:27 But
I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest
that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself
should be a castaway.
2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people,
which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and
pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked
ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will
forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Click here for a PDF
of Saltshaker Operation (How to handle Philosophical, Theological, and Logistical challenges),
Saltshaker History (Brief History of the Fall of Freedom of Religious Expression in America), and a
Bible Study on "Salt", as well as the Mission statement above. (15 pages)
"Christians have no business in politics."
When politicians get involved in sin, the Gospel cries out to “get involved in politics”.
"Politics is dirty. Christians should separate from it."
(The following are not yet posted; I'll post them when I get a Round Tuit or if someone tells me they would actually like to read one of them.)
The way to avoid soiling by"dirty politics" is not
by calling it "too dirty to clean", but by cleaning it! Matthew 9:10-13.
says not to
offend church members"
"We are to PRAY
for our leaders, not LOBBY them"
says to go along with whatever our government says up until
it says not to preach the Gospel"
says 'come out from among politics, and be ye separate from
laymen try to do something in their community about the same
sins that their pastor just preached about, that will OFFEND
and teachers' (Eph 4:11) needn't hear from the gift of
'governments' (1 Cor 12:28) to know how to preach and teach
relevant to where Satan is most directly attacking the
the complete book: "The Gift of 'Governments'" (1
There is no Biblical precedent for using endorsements as a
condition before Christians will listen to one another. Doctrinal
statements are not a condition for joining the discussion here,
because they aren't a condition for joining the discussion in 1
Cor 14:25-26. (More)
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March 1, 2013 AD