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The Gates Are Over Run! (A Bible perspective on American freedom)


By Dr. Douglas F. Levesque, Founder of the Levesque Institute

 

The American citizenry is being battered from multiple attacks and from multiple directions. It is overwhelming. The rapid fire onslaught of domestic and foreign crises seems to be pressing our national capacities and resolve. Our country’s lungs are burning from exertions and it’s muscles are aching from last efforts. Our existence is in the balance. Citizens are frozen with inability and fear. Some are blind with apathy and indulgence. The gates are being overrun by the barbarians of globalism and self interest. The national gatekeepers of every branch of government have and continue to fail us. Is there a hope of renewal and national survival?

The answer is an astounding “YES!”. Bible advocates, though much maligned are and will continue to be the reason for such optimism. While most Americans ‘twitter’ away their thoughts on who is ‘dancing with the stars’, or ‘facebook’ their picks for Sunday’s ‘NFL’ match ups, a real chasm of destruction widens. This week alone, congress will vote to control Americans, cradle to grave, with “healthcare reform.” Afghanistan “flare ups” threaten to critically “break” our military. The dollar is dying, the deficit is raging, and the banks continue to go unaccountable for any of it. The Supreme Court takes on the gun rights issue yet again. The Federal government is consolidating power, loosening immigration policy, and supporting homosexual rights.  These domestic issues pale in comparison to the increasing threat of nuclear proliferation and foreign conflicts.

World War Three is having it’s opening salvos as we pen these words as North and South Korea, China and Taiwan, India and Pakistan all “test” fire missiles on a daily basis. Of course, the rhetoric and scope of calamity between Israel and Iran is truly apocalyptic. Certain media figures cast blame and expose error, but where is the fix? What are the answers? Can anything be done? Does Obama hold our salvation is his hands?

The Scriptures reveal the source of our hope. “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of   the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” -Isaiah 59:19. It is now His battle and in His hands. Our rest is in the calm assurance that God is right, fights for the right and therefore that the right prevails . . . always! It then behooves us to be right and do right. The analogy is this, we put up our resistance, we stand up for the right. When the gates are overrun, and the enemies are on top of us . . . listen for the trumpet of the cavalry.  Yes, God uses human instruments, but sometimes He Himself does a divine coup d’ tat for His own people, His own will, and in accordance with His own Word. Let us stand, let us fight, but above all, let us be right!  Claim Isaiah 59:19, and be willing to be His standard.

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The Koran, Congress, and the King James Bible


Three iconic symbols compete for national influence on the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 25, 2011, — While free speech is being debated near Detroit over whether Reverend Terry Jones, the Koran burner, has the right to protest outside America’s largest mosque, Congress readies to debate debt ceilings and budget cuts.  Both debates are important to the country’s future.  They both have an existential tone to the rhetoric.  Passionate voices attempt to convince each other of the righteousness of their respective causes.  There is yet another cause.  Interconnected, perhaps more than we realize, is the steady cadence of another familiar voice offering a tried and true channel of safe passage through the country’s woes. It is from a guidebook of nations, one that has already seen the United States of America through every single crises of its existence.   In every war, every civil disturbance, every fiscal emergency, the King James Bible has been “the rock upon which our republic rests.”

Since before Lexington Green through the current enduring of extreme spring weather events, the King James Bible has been and continues to be the reassuring prose of our national psyche.  Of all philosophies, it has been the scaffolding upon which all other ideas must build upon, and has been the most fortuitous in constantly “delivering us from evil.”  While the Koran demands submission, and Congress pleads for patience and expediency, it is the voice of the King James Bible upon its quadricentennial that reminds us of liberty.

A National Expo will be held celebrating the 400th birthday of the KJV just as Congress steps back into business.  On May 2-3rd on the national mall just outside of the Capitol building, the Expo tent will display a 1st edition 1611 King James Bible along with other Bibles representing the history of its publication.  A working replica of a Gutenberg press will be printing copies of Exodus 20 (the ten commandments) from plates of the old 1611.  The printing and distribution of this chiefest book in all the English speaking world will enter it’s 400th year with a number of celebratory events around Washington D.C.

On Monday, May 2nd, at George Washington University, a series of five lectures will be held from 11am to 4pm.  This is free to the public.  Then at 7pm a fine arts drama and musical presentation will be performed highlighting the making of and American influence of the KJV.  On Tuesday, May 3rd, a rally will be held at 5pm communicating the incredible past impact and commending a future influence of the KJV upon our nation.  A Congressional resolution, H.R. Conc. 38 will be read and multiple presentations made.  More information concerning the event and resolution can be found at www.KingJames400.com.

The Society and culture that the King James Bible has fostered is much different than the one the Koran has fostered.  Congress debates endlessly while the executive branch is accused of offering confusion as a course of action.  Maybe America needs to pause and remember from ‘whence’ she came. Perhaps this anniversary is a Godsend, and the existential debates of personal freedom and national prosperity are right before us.

Contact Mr. Jason Georges

For information:  www.kingjames400.com
Phone: 989-720-2267
Email:  jgeorges@biblenation.org

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What is the Bible Nation Society: A Personal Invitation


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The Bible’s Influence Upon the Founding Fathers: Dr. Daniel Dreisbach – Part One


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Is the United States a Christian Nation?

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Is the United States a Christian Nation?


by Noel Burton, BNS Supporter

Is the United States a Christian Nation?  While much has been made about our own Presidents comments to the contrary, the bigger question would have to be have Christians lost their influence? Sadly we would have to say yes. In my own lifetime prayer has been removed from school, abortion has been legalized,  same sex marriages promoted and the moral fiber of the nation has eroded to new lows. As a young boy I can remember stores closed on Sundays, school and businesses closed for Good Friday, and even a local network TV station that started and finished its broadcasting days with “Blessed is the Nation who God is the Lord – Psalms 33:12”.

Unfortunately Christians have allowed political correctness, liberalism and general indifference to push us to the back seat. While our nation may not have been established as a Christian nation, no one can argue that it was not influenced by Christian principles and ideas. The very basis of law stems from the Ten Commandments and many of our prestigious universities were established as religious institutions. Even outsiders recognized religion’s effect on the nation. The French Historian/Philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville while visiting the United States in the earlier 1800’s has been attributed to saying “American is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great”.

Is it just coincidence that our nation’s prosperity sinks lower and lower as does our moral compass? I think not. This is why more than even the Bible needs to be an influence in our society. God’s word gives us the blueprint to living a successful life. Honoring our parents, recognizing  the sanctity of life, obeying leadership, giving our best – how can these things not be relevant in today’s world? With so much information at our fingertips, we have lost the connection to the most important source of information – the Bible. I recently saw a church sign that summarized it best, “get off of Facebook and get into the Faithbook!”.  Support Bible Nation Society and its mission to return the Bible to its rightful place in our nation.

Noel Burton
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2009 Continental Congress, Day 3, Josh Levesque


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The Legitimacy of the Continental Congress 2009

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The Legitimacy of the Continental Congress 2009


By: Dr. Douglas F. Levesque, Founder of The Levesque Institute

The Continental Congress 2009 has convened in Chicagoland, Illinois. It is meeting to articulate grievances regarding the U.S. government’s abuse of power and disregard for Constitutional law. It will then determine what to do if the government decides to ignore the grievances. A public petition will be circulated to raise awareness and garner support. It is an historic occasion – no doubt. It’s effectiveness is yet to be seen. It’s legitimacy is the subject of this treatise.

Three delegates from each state have been elected to represent Americans in these delegations. The diversity is great. White, black, hispanic, and immigrant-citizens are here. Blue collar, white collar, college degrees, and self educated experts are here. Men, women, young, and old are here. Most are patriots, many are veterans, some are skeptics, and not a few seem anti-establishment, but all are come together as Americans. Some are God fearing, some are atheistic, but all are tolerant of the many prayers, hymns, chapels, and religious historical stories alluded to here. The level of Constitutional knowledge and legal understanding is as rich as any meeting in America. The hope for peaceful progress is seen in the smiling eyes and heard in the lively discussions at every break time or meal table. The determination to see this Continental Congress is high in most delegations. On the surface it is very real, and very serious. At the core it is noble, and for the Constitutional purist. But is it legitimate?

What makes anything legitimate? Does legitimate mean legal? This congress is legal. Does legitimate mean mature or meaningful? This congress is both of those things. Does legitimate mean popular or marketable? This congress has the potential to be explosive at the grass roots level and in the pop media. Does legitimate mean “as powerful” or more potent than the current government? That remains to be seen. Our forefathers certainly did not seem legitimate under any of these definitions, but today nobody questions their legitimacy. It is their universal acceptance and even their universal esteem that actually maximizes this Continental Congress 2009. Constitutionally, nothing could be more legitimate.

Biblically speaking, only an adherence to the sound national advice and wisdom within the sacred pages of Scripture will move the hand of heaven towards a lasting and effective legitimacy. Let us pray for both our current authorities and our Continental Congress 2009 delegates to reach for the examples set by our first representatives.

“But the former governors that had been before me were chargeable unto the people, and had taken of them bread and wine, beside forty shekels of silver; yea, even their servants bear rule over the people: but so did not I, because of the fear of God.” -Nehemiah 5:15

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2009 Continental Congress Day 2, Josh Levesque


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2009 Continental Congress Opening Proceedings Report


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These Are Not Negotiable by Chuck Baldwin (A Bible perspective of American freedoms)

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These Are Not Negotiable by Chuck Baldwin (A Bible perspective of American freedoms)


By: Chuck Baldwin, former Presidential Candidate

This column is archived at
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In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Prudence,
indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed
for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn,
that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than
to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the
same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, is
their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide
new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance
of these Colonies.”

I would argue that we, like our patriot forebears, have also endured
“patient sufferance.” For at least a half-century, we have patiently endured
the erosion and abridgment of our freedoms and liberties.  We have watched
the federal government become an overbearing and meddlesome Nanny State that
pokes its nose and sticks its fingers in virtually everything we do. We
cannot drive a car, buy a gun, or even flush a toilet without Big Brother’s
permission. We are taxed, regulated, and snooped-on from the time we are
born to the day we die. And then after we are dead, we are taxed again.

In the same way that Jefferson and Company patiently suffered up until that
shot was fired that was heard around the world, we who love freedom today
are likewise patiently suffering “a long train of abuses and usurpations.”
In fact, I would even dare say that these States United have become a
boiling caldron of justifiable frustration and even anger.

Accordingly, it is incumbent upon us to very seriously and thoughtfully
examine those principles that we absolutely will never cede or surrender. We
have already surrendered much of the freedom that was bequeathed to us by
our forefathers. We are now to the point that we must define those
principles that form our “line in the sand” and that we will not surrender
under any circumstance. Either that, or we must admit to ourselves that
there is nothing–no principle, no freedom, no matter how sacred–that we
will not surrender to Big Government.

Here, then, are those principles that, to me, must never be surrendered. To
surrender these liberties to Big Government would mean to commit idolatry.
It would be sacrilege. It would reduce us to slavery. It would destroy our
humanity. To surrender these freedoms would mean “absolute Despotism” and
would provide moral justification to the proposition that such tyranny be
“thrown off.”

*The Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Men without guns are not free men; they are slaves. Men without guns are not
citizens; they are subjects. Men without guns have lost the right of
self-defense. They have lost the power to defend their families and protect
their properties. Men without guns are reduced to the animal kingdom,
becoming prey to the Machiavellians among them who would kill them for sport
or for their own personal pursuits. As King Jesus plainly ordered, “He that
hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.” (Luke 22:36) This we
will do–at all costs.

*The Right to Own Private Property

Like the right of self-defense, the private ownership of property is a
God-given right that is rooted in the Sacred Text. As God told Moses, “Thou
shalt not remove thy neighbour’s landmark, which they of old time have set
in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the LORD thy
God giveth thee to possess it.” (Deut. 19:14)

In fact, the history of Western Civilization is replete with the examples of
free men who were determined (even at the cost of their very lives) to
defend the right to own property. Without private property rights, men are
reduced to serfs and servants. Like chattel, they feed themselves by
another’s leave. This we will not do.

*The Right to Train and Educate Our Children

Education has never been the responsibility of the State. From time
immemorial, education has been the right and responsibility of the family.
This, too, has its foundation in the Sacred Volume. “And, ye fathers,
provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and
admonition of the Lord.” (Eph. 6:4)

Therefore, the absolute right of homeshooling or private/parochial/Christian
schooling must never be surrendered. Homeschooling, especially, is
fundamental to freedom. It is not a coincidence that throughout history,
most totalitarian governments forbade parents homeschooling their children.
Any government–federal, State, or local–that forbids, or even restricts,
the right of parents to homeschool their children has taken upon itself the
uniform of a tyrant.

*The Freedom of Speech and Worship

Speech and worship are matters of the heart and conscience (Luke 6:45;
John 4:24). Only tyrants seek authority over matters of the heart. But, of
course, that is what tyrants do: they seek to control men’s thoughts and
beliefs.

Hence, the alternative media is essential to liberty: the Internet, short
wave radio, as well as independent magazines and periodicals. It is almost
superfluous to say that there is no such thing as a free and independent
press among the mainstream news media today. In fact, the major media more
resembles a propaganda machine than it does a free press.

The same can be said for most of the mainstream churches in America today.
They more resemble havens for politically correct, Big-Government ideology
than they do bastions of Bible truth. Therefore, home-churches and
non-establishment churches are increasingly requisite to a free people.

*The Right to Determine One’s Own Healthcare

The marriage of Big Government and Big Medicine has created a healthcare
monster. Already, the dispensing of medical treatment is micromanaged by Big
Brother in a way that has resulted in skyrocketing costs and inferior care
(and in some cases, even death). President Obama’s universal health care
initiatives that are sure to come (in one form or another) will only
exacerbate an already untenable situation.

Free men and women absolutely have the right to refuse vaccinations for
themselves and their children. Forced vaccinations (of any kind) are an
assault against the very foundation of freedom. Free men have the right to
choose their own physicians, their own hospitals, their own insurance
programs, etc. They also have the right to refuse any and all of the above.

God is Creator. He is also Healer (Exodus 15:26). Therefore, how men choose
to seek God’s healing is a private matter between them and God. Alternative
medicine is a right. Already, our military personnel are used as human
guinea pigs to test a variety of drugs and chemicals. Public schools also
require forced vaccinations. And now the push is on to force the general
population to take the Swine Flu vaccine. At the current pace, it won’t be
long until all alternative medicines and treatments will be illegal and the
federal government will be America’s doctor. This is not acceptable.

*The Right to Life

2000 years of Western Civilization have perpetually reconfirmed that life is
a gift of God. Both Biblical and American history repeatedly honor God as
the Source and Sustainer of man’s existence. Therefore, evils such as
abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia must be vehemently resisted. It is bad
enough that any government (especially one such as ours) would legalize
abortion, but the concept of FORCED abortion, infanticide, or euthanasia
could only be regarded as a despotic attack on life and liberty of the
gravest proportion. In fact, under Natural Law, such an attack would remove
said government from the protection of Heaven and would place it in a state
of war.

*The Right to Live as a Free and Independent People

God separated the Nations (Genesis 11). Therefore, it is absolutely
necessary that we Americans maintain our independence and national
sovereignty. We simply cannot (and will not) allow ourselves to become part
of any hemispheric or global union.

There they are: seven freedom-principles that are not negotiable. As
Jefferson said, we are “disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable.” But
cross these lines and free men must do what free men must do: “throw off
such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

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(c) Chuck Baldwin

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