“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Ephesians 6:10–13 (NKJV) Link
“My friends, we will stand together. We will stand firm. We will not submit. Never. Not in Israel, not in Europe, not in America. Nowhere.”
Geert Wilders Nashville, TN, May 11, 2011 Link
“In the language of the holy writ, there was a time for all things, a time to preach and a time to pray, but those times have passed away. There is a time to fight, and that time is now coming! …I am called by my country to its defense. The cause is just and noble. I am convinced it is my duty to obey that call, a duty I owe to my God and to my country.”
Reverend Peter Muhlenberg, 1776 Link
In his book “United in Hate” Dr. Jamie Glasov points out that various diverse and divergent groups are temporarily united by their hatred of Western civilization, America, Israel, and Judeo/Christian traditions. One does not need an epiphany in order to recognize that American Christians as a whole need to regroup, retrench, and refocus in order to present a united front against this very real and dire threat. Link“>Link
The forces arrayed against “we the people” include Communists, Fascists (neo-Nazis), Old World aristocracy, banking cabals, globalist corporations, and Islamists. As a historically Christian nation, founded on Christian principles, it is of paramount importance that American Christians get their ducks in a row — quickly. Christians are facing brutal, widespread persecution across the globe. It is time to “gird our loins.” Playtime is over. Link Link Link
The foes we fight are clever, vicious, dedicated, and nuts — a formidable combination. They have been ceaselessly undermining and subverting Christianity from both within and without. At present, American Christianity is diluted, confused, and divided. It includes such non-Christian “Christian” sects as the execrable Westboro group, and Jeremiah “God Damn America” Wright’s racist, envy ridden, rage filled “ministry.” Link Link
Not only has Christianity been under unremitting attack for decades (centuries, actually) but, in addition to atheism, the Far Left has been successfully promoting pagan-style belief systems such as Gaia (Mother Earth) worship, and other anti-Judeo/Christian beliefs and practices. Link Link
No group is more of a threat to the Judeo/Christian culture than Islam. The Far Left and Islam are cynically using each other to attain diametrically opposed ends — the one wants an atheistic NWO, while the Islamists want a world-wide caliphate under Allah’s rule. The Islamists are being used as “shock troops” to help topple the West, while the Far Left atheists are being used by the Islamists for the same reason, but with a much different end game in mind. Link Link
America’s Christians need to present a united front against our enemies. Now is not the time for ontological nitpicking and epistemological debate. Now is the time for dedicated, focused action. Despite the numerous issues that have divided America’s Christians, there are certain core beliefs that mainstream Christians as a whole, need to rededicate themselves to. We need a list of fundamental core beliefs — bedrocks of our faith. Link Link
Although I certainly do not consider the following list to be either exhaustive, or graven in stone, I do believe it may be helpful in clarifying things, and separating the wheat from the chaff. I offer it as a suggested guideline, that others, better qualified than I, might use as a starting template. As Christians we believe that:
Jesus is The Lord.
Jesus is The Way.
Jesus performed real miracles — not stunts, not tricks, not magic, but real miracles.
Each of us, as individuals (with God’s grace), earns our salvation.
We rejoice in our hearts (“We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song”).
The Bible is a holy book — the holy book
The Judeo/Christian tradition — Western civilization — is worth defending; worth fighting for, and if need be, worth dying for. We are not rug-mats.
In addition, we believe in:
The Crucifixion and the Resurrection
Divine reward and punishment (heaven and hell).
The Ten Commandments.
Jesus’ 11th Commandment (“Love others as I have loved you” — a key word being “as”). Link Link Link
Permit me to briefly elaborate on some of the elements in the above list. Jesus changed things, changed reality, shook up the status quo, and stood it on its head. I cannot overemphasize how important that is. It is one of the main reasons why Christianity has been such a powerful force for constructive change in this world. Jesus was not a “que sera, sera” fatalist. Nor was He just some swell guy that helped people, and came to a sticky end.
Call Him by the Hebrew name “Joshua,” or the Aramaic “Yahshua,” or the Greek “Iesous,” or the English “Jesus,” He is the world’s preeminent spiritual teacher. No other religious figure comes close to having had the global impact of Jesus Christ.
Some Christians may identify with “Christ Consciousness” — fine, whatever floats your boat. But Jesus is our teacher, our exemplar, and our Lord. For Christians, Jesus and God are synonymous. Any of you who are deeply involved in the spiritual journey can rest assured that should you ever attain the spiritual heights and perfection of Jesus, we will let you know, okay? In the meantime, Jesus is our guide, our savior, and our Way.
When we say that Jesus performed miracles, we mean that He did things that are normally outside the laws of nature as we understand them. This is not, contrary to what some may think, tantamount to believing in hocus-pocus voodoo magic. It is a legitimate scientific hypothesis, in line with what we now know about quantum mechanics, and the importance of consciousness in determining our reality. Link
Miracles, real miracles — that is, occurrences that transcend natural law — are not only possible, they happen all the time. There has not been a time when they did not happen. The ongoing, constant genesis of the universe is just one example. This is not to denigrate natural law, whose existence is crucial to material existence, but to put it in its proper place, as just one subset, or paradigm, of reality. Link
The Far Left atheists have made an art of taking beautiful spiritual truths, and twisting them to fit their Godless agenda. The egoic spin that they give to spiritual matters cannot help but pervert and damage them in the process. One example is the idea of “collective salvation.”
While the Leftist collectivists may feel that collective salvation is a groovy idea, the truth is that Christians are taught that they must earn their salvation. I have yet to find a Biblical passage such as “Thou shalt sit on thy butt until My return,” but I have found verses that encourage me to help others, that tell me to follow the Ten Commandments, and to pick up my cross and follow Jesus.
Yes, we are saved by God’s grace and His Son’s sacrifice, but we have our part to play as well. Getting saved is not like falling off a log. James’ observation that “Faith without works is dead” doesn’t mean that faith without works has a slight head-ache; it means it is dead — d-e-a-d, dead. Link
There is indeed such a thing as what Dr. Jung termed the “collective unconscious” (also known as the race mind, the noosphere, and mitote, among other names). That does not mean that everyone gets a free ride to salvation, however. You’ll be waiting for eternity if you’re waiting for the collective unconscious to give you a lift. Individual “effort” lifts the collective unconscious, not the other way around. As usual, the liberals have it bass ackwards.
On a personal note — regarding heaven and hell, I believe in heaven, but I believe that there is more than one. That is, I believe in celestial realms — plural. I believe in hell, but not eternal damnation. That is, I believe that we will pay a stiff price for practicing egoic hubris in this life, but I do not believe that a loving God condemns his children to eternal torment for temporal (i.e. temporary) evil that they have done through blind ignorance, moral turpitude, and arrogance.
Just as I believe in celestial realms, I also believe in hellish realms (plural) — “In my Father’s house are many rooms.” That being said, I have no difficulty in equating my beliefs in this regard with a divine system of reward and punishment — that is, heaven and hell. Link
(Sidebar: The Bible does indeed teach the concept of karmic payback — usually via stories and parables, but sometimes quite explicitly, as in Obadiah 1:15, “As you have done, it shall be done to you….,” and, of course, Galatians 6:7, “A man reaps what he sows.” Please note that I am not trying to “push” my beliefs about karma, heaven and hell, or whatever, on anyone. I am not proselytizing, and could not care less whether others share my views or not. I share them because they may be of some help to folks who are “stuck” over these issues. Take them, or leave them, it’s all the same to me. My point is that there is no real reason for acrimonious disagreement, as long as we are agreed on the fundamental issue that there is a system of divine reward and punishment. We have more important matters on the Christian plate at the moment, than “how many angels can dance on the head of a pin,” and other such esoteric concerns. [Hint: the answer is similar to the answer for the Zen koan, "What is the sound of one hand clapping"]). Link Link Link Link
Be that as it may, that’s all I have to say at this time about the above list. There is, of course, much more that I could write about regarding these things, but that’s enough for now. I hope that it serves to initiate some fruitful dialogue, and I apologize if I have inadvertently offended anyone, but the times are dire, and Christianity — Western Christianity especially — needs to buckle down and get its game face on.
George Washington, America’s first President, and a man of unwavering faith and rock-solid integrity, was spot on when he observed that, “There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.” Christianity should hold on to its core principles and beliefs, but at the same time, never be afraid to tread new ground in the pursuit of Truth/God.
Christianity is not some reactionary, stagnant, musty outdated creed, with no relevance to the modern world, but a vibrant, living, exultant thrust at the diabolical heart of the atheistic, nihilistic, self-centered insanity of the Far Left — in all its various deceptive guises and variations.
To conclude this article I would like to briefly discuss two related issues. First, some people have a concern over the possibility of the United States becoming a theocracy. This, to me, is a non-issue. The Founding fathers were quite aware of the problems that would arise should any one Christian denomination gain exclusive control over the US government. They went to great pains to insure that such a thing would/could not happen.
The fact that the new nation would be a Christian one was a given, but the idea of one particular Christian denomination being the premier religion of the country was wisely subsumed into the more generic idea that God, per se, would be the nation’s guiding light — in order to forestall internecine religious squabbles.
For example, Maryland (Mary’s land) was founded as a Catholic colony, and Connecticut came under the control of Protestant Congregationalists. It was in a letter replying to the concerns of Connecticut Baptists that Thomas Jefferson coined his now famous (infamous) phrase about the separation of church and state. Link
As is obvious from even glancing familiarity with the subject, Jefferson was talking about the need for the federal government to keep its nose out of “we the people’s” business — in particular, our religious business. The last thing he wanted was that the federal government should get itself involved in when and where “we the people” should and should not pray, and other religious concerns. Such private matters are none of the federal government’s d–n business, he would have said — or words to that effect.
In closing I would like to discuss American Jews. Hardly a topic that I can do justice to in a few short paragraphs, but nonetheless I think it is worth mentioning some things in passing.
For instance, it is worth noting that, like Christianity, Judaism is made up of a number of various divisions, or sects (Messianic Jews, Karaite Jews, Samaritan Jews, and so on), and these various “denominations” are further divided into sub-sects. Most Christians are not aware of this, or at best have some vague idea that Jews are divided into either the Reformed or Orthodox branches. This ignorance can have dangerous consequences, in that it can lead to having a skewed and incorrect picture of the Jews as some monolithic block of like-thinking clones. Nothing could be further from the truth.
I say such a misperception is dangerous, because it devalues the precious individuality that lies at the heart of Judaism (and with Christianity through shared Biblical teachings). Such thinking of course makes it simple for the Islamists and Far Left neo-Nazis to paint Jews into broad brush-stroke caricatures.
Also of some import is the recognition that while it is true that a list of atheist Jewish radicals reads like a “Who’s Who” of Far Left schmucks, Godless Jews such as Karl Marx are hardly representative of Judaism. In fact, a strong case can be made that they are not Jews at all.
The liberal leanings of America’s JINOs (Jews In Name Only) is a more puzzling conundrum — are these people insane, or simply suicidal masochists? In any event they are without a doubt meshugenah. They had best get their heads out of their butts before they get them snapped off at the neck. Link
How deluded do they have to be in order to remain ignorant of the global neo-Nazism quickly forming into the Fourth Reich (call it what you will)? Even I can sense the ovens being fired up again. You would think that America’s Jews would be much more sensitive to such things than I am, but from all indications they remain blissfully unaware that anything is amiss. “Feh, bupkis it is, nu?” Jews had best wake up and smell the roses — or rather, the Zyklon-B. Link Link
I promise you it is not bupkis (nothing). At any rate, the Far Left’s stock-in-trade strategy of “divide and conquer” seems to be working quite well in dividing two groups that should be supporting each other — the Jews and the Christians. Increasing numbers of Christians are becoming anti-Zionist (anti-Israel — which, ipso facto, means anti-Jewish, no matter what “smiley-face” definition you slap on it) — as are, surprisingly, an increasing number of JINOs. Link
In addition, the insidious Leftist drivel about Hitler being a Christian, and the Pope aiding and abetting the Nazis, has harmed the Christian’s rep among Jews. Just for the record, Hitler was about as devout a Christian as Attila the Hun (who, being a pagan tribal leader, was left-wing all the way — as was Hitler). He was an opportunistic, Machiavellian, power hungry sociopath, who would have quoted any source — Christian or whatever — if he felt it would have furthered his agenda. I suppose that the murderous Pol Pot was a devout Buddhist, or maybe he was a Christian too, since he attended a Catholic school for awhile. Give me a frigging break. Putzes. Link Link
As far as the Pope goes, I suggest reading “The Myth of Hitler’s Pope: How Pope Pius XII Rescued Jews From The Nazis” by Rabbi David G. Dalin, before coming to any knee-jerk, erroneous assumptions. Link
Pope Pius XII once said “For centuries, Jews have been unjustly treated and despised. It is time they were treated with justice and humanity. God wills it and the Church wills it. Saint Paul tells us that the Jews are our brothers. They should also be welcomed as our friends.” Does that sound like something a Jew hating, Hitler appeasing anti-Semite would say?
Enough with the ill-informed and divisive finger-pointing. Israel is Western civilization’s outlier fortress. If it falls, make no mistake, Western civilization itself will be next. Link
Israel is our Holy Land — the birthplace of Judeo/Christian spirituality, morality, and ethics. Israel was the Jewish homeland for millennia before Islam was even dreamt of, and the seminal birthplace of Christianity. The Middle East was largely Christian for over six centuries before someone cherry-picked through our Holy Bible, added their own unique spin, called it Islam, and proceeded to wipe out any Judeo/Christian “competition.”
No lie people — the time is upon us. We stand united, or “we the people” will surely fall. Time to hang tough. As an American patriot said in another dangerous, dire, and daunting time in our nation’s history, “If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.” Link
Allow me to add a few comments regarding (St.) Paul’s statement that “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves….” There is some confusion over this point.
There are many paradoxes when dealing with spirituality, and there are a number of places where “either/or” thinking needs to be replaced with “both/and.” For example, it is not a case of either God (Jesus) has saved us, or we save ourselves by our individual efforts — it is a question of being saved both by God’s grace, and by our own efforts (IMHO).
Paul’s statement regarding God’s grace should be weighed against the many other statements he made admonishing us to work on ourselves. For example, why would he tell us to “put on the whole armor of God” if we are already saved? Why would he tell us that after “having done all, to stand?” All what? Why do anything if we are already saved? In my opinion we have been given the keys to the kingdom — an unearned grace — but it is up to us to make our way to the heavenly “doors.”
It is as if you are in New Jersey, and want to get to California, but have no means of getting there. A nice (wealthy) uncle gives you a car, so now you have the means to get to the West Coast. But it will do you no good to claim “Now I’m in California,” when, in fact, your butt is still in “Jersey.” That is delusional thinking. You will still need to make the personal effort of driving across the country.
In a similar manner, we have been graced with salvation via God’s sacrifice of His Son — so we are saved. That is the essence of the Gospels, or “good news.” But if you think that means that all you need to do is claim “Jesus saved me,” and that’s it, then I would suggest you think again. The inner work on ourselves is a never-ending journey. We are all “works in progress” until the day we die. To think otherwise is a form of intellectual and spiritual sloth — and sloth is one of the “seven deadly sins,” if I recall correctly.