America stands at a crossroads of decision… (included is an article from the Russian newspaper Provda, and also an open letter to pastors from Mario Muerillo)

Written by: Skip Barland

November 30, 2012

Whereas we are admonished in the Bible (in Proverbs 22:28) to NOT remove the ancient landmarks that our forefathers have set, it should be apparent to ALL, who have eyes to see, that we as a nation have done just that!

How far we have fallen from where our nation began!!!

This is what Jesus said: 

Luke 19:10-13

The Son of Man came to find lost people and save them.”

A Story About Three Servants

As the people were listening to this, Jesus told them a story because he was near Jerusalem and they thought God’s kingdom would appear immediately.

He said: “A very important man went to a country far away to be made a king and then to return home.

So he called ten of his servants and gave a coin to each servant and He said, ‘Occupy until I come!

If I understand my Bible correctly, the universal and true Church of Jesus Christ, which is not found in any one denomination, is to be God’s occupational force in the earth; and as such, we are to be a refuge from the world and a fortress of strength, that is built upon our faith in Jesus Christ and our commitment of obedience to follow His Word.

Jesus clearly said in Matthew 28:18 that: “ALL power and authority in heaven and earth is given unto me; therefore GO, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

Our assignment and message is to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven; and to establish God’s will and His Kingdom in the earth, as it is in Heaven; and our foundation upon which we build that Kingdom is a foundation of TRUTH!

We as the church are NOT to be that mealy mouthed caricature that the world has painted us to be, a bunch of hypocrites and phonies who are basically irrelevant to anything that is of any importance or of any consequence in the world!

That is certainly NOT the legacy that was left to us by our Founding Fathers, and neither is it the church that we read about in the Bible either, that our Lord began.

As a member of that church, it hurts me to have to say this, but certainly we have given them, the world and unbelievers, many reasons within these last few decades to feel that way about us, because the church in America today has mostly just been in a steady state and attitude of retreat!

Whenever we have been challenged morally and politically on any issue, and with every advancement the world has made against God and His word, the church has mostly just drawn another line in the sand and has backed up!

Folks, that is definitely NOT the church that we read about in the Bible, that Jesus established, that turned the first century world upon its ear… and so the question is, what has happened to us?

We should ALL know from the Bible that there can be NO PEACE in the world, without the Prince of Peace; and the truth is, there have ONLY been two governments in the history of the World who have based their existence on a covenant which they made with God… the first was the nation of Israel; and the second was the Republic for the united states of America!

The One who has established our church, who is our Commander in Chief and our reigning King, has placed us here not to bring peace to the earth, in its fallen condition, where we just mirror the world and acquiesce at the slightest provocation or challenge; but rather we are here to tear down the gates of Hell, in Jesus name!

Have you not heard these words from our Lord?

Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. “For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.” (Matthew 10:34-36)

Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two, and two against three…” (Luke 12:51-52) –

And He said to them, “But now, let him who has a purse take it along, likewise also a bag, and let him who has no sword sell his robe and buy one.” (Luke 22:36) –

Jesus very clearly called for His church to be on the offense, where we are charging against the gates of Hell, putting Satan and the world on the defensive; and not the other way around.

Where I believe we have missed the mark is that much of the church today is fighting with carnal weapons, and rather than utilizing the weapons of the Holy Spirit, spoken of by the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 10: 4, we have instead elected Madison Avenue styled techniques and worldly marketing strategies to wage this spiritual war… and obviously it doesn’t work!

As we are today, we are constantly drawing lines in the sand and retreating, at the slightest criticism or onslaught from the enemy’s camp!

Our nation was not founded by a bunch of quitters and cowards, and nor where they agnostics and atheists, as the world and our public education system today would have you to believe.

Did you know that 52 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were orthodox, deeply committed Christians; that 29 of the 56 had ministry degrees from seminary or Bible colleges, and were seminary graduates?

The other three, which the world holds up as the standard of belief for the other 52, whereas at times they seemed to be agnostic, but even those three, as we read their writings we can see that they also believed, along with the others, in the God of the Bible, and in His personal intervention in the affairs of man.

Did you know that it was the first Congress who formed the American Bible Society?

Immediately after creating the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress voted to purchase and import 20,000 copies of scripture for the people of this nation.

Patrick Henry, who is called the firebrand of the American Revolution, is still remembered for his words, ‘”Give me liberty or give me death.”‘ But in current textbooks the context of these words is deleted.

Here is what he actually said: ‘“An appeal to arms and the God of hosts is all that is left us. But we shall not fight our battle alone. There is a just God that presides over the destinies of nations. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.”‘

These sentences have been erased from our textbooks.

Was Patrick Henry a Christian?

The following year, 1776, he wrote this ‘”It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great Nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here.”‘

Consider these words that Thomas Jefferson wrote on the front of his well-worn Bible: ‘”I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. I have little doubt that our whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our Creator. “‘ He was also the chairman of the American Bible Society, which he considered his highest and most important role.

On July 4, 1821, President Adams said, ‘”The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”‘

Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President of the United States reaffirmed this truth when he wrote, ‘”The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.”‘

In 1782, the United States Congress voted this resolution: ‘”The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.”‘

William Holmes McGuffey is the author of the McGuffey Reader, which was used for over 100 years in our public schools with over 125 million copies sold until it was stopped in 1963. President Lincoln called him the ‘”Schoolmaster of the Nation.”‘

Listen to these words of Mr. McGuffey: ‘”The Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it are derived our notions on the character of God, on the great moral Governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free institutions. From no source has the author drawn more conspicuously than from the sacred Scriptures. From all these extracts from the Bible I make no apology.”‘

Of the first 108 universities founded in America, 106 were distinctly Christian, including the first, Harvard University, chartered in 1636.

In the original Harvard Student Handbook, rule number 1 was that students seeking entrance must know Latin and Greek so that they could study the scriptures: ‘”Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life, John 17:3; and therefore to lay Jesus Christ as the only foundation for our children to follow the moral principles of the Ten Commandments?

James Madison, the primary author of the Constitution of the United States, said this: ‘”We have staked the whole future of our new nation not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments.”‘

It makes no difference here in America, under our Constitutional Republic form of government, what your color, race, or creed is, whether you believe in God or Allah, or whether you are an atheist and believe in no god at all,  because ALL men are considered equal under our U.S. Constitution; and the fact is it is ONLY in our country, under our Constitution, that you have these rights guaranteed

There is no other place on the planet that has afforded its citizens the liberty and freedom that we have come to enjoy here… and that is a fact!

My point is this, we didn’t just get in this condition over night; and the reason our country today is on the verge of collapse, and our freedoms and liberties are in jeopardy, is because the Christians in our country have not been occupying, as we were instructed to, and we have been practicing “Churchianity,” instead of Christianity.

Even nature itself hates a vacuum and will not long tolerate its existence; and so it is in the spiritual realm as well.

So when the Church in America abdicated its position and let unbelievers and pagans come in and take over the reins of power in our government, to make our laws and chart our future, what you see all around you today is the result… but then I ask you, what else did we expect would happen?

As Christians have withdrawn from politics and from society in general, and have instead elected to be religious and practice their faith, not in the market place, but rather within the four walls of a building once a week (which is what “Churchianity” is), the world and Satan has come into that vacuum that was left behind and has taken over everything that we vacated; and so now it’s the world and the unbelievers who rule over us and are telling us what we can or cannot do!

So consequently, we who are believers in Jesus Christ, here in this land of the free and home of the brave, find ourselves unequally yoked with unbelievers under a de facto government that more than anything represents the spirit of Antichrist!

What’s worse, our children today are being lied to in school, and are being taught a history that is not at all true, regarding the faith of our Founding Fathers; and the importance FAITH in Jesus Christ and the Bible played in the formations of our Republic… and the church has just quietly stood by and let all of this happen!

We who are believers, who know the Power of God, need to understand that those people whom we let take over in politics and in business, who run our banks and commerce,  who are now taking our nation down the tubes, to oblivion, that they are doing what anyone would do, who have not had an encounter with Jesus Christ, who don’t yet know Him, and that is they are just make things worse… as the blind are leading the blind!

Just as we read happened in the Book of Judges, in the Bible, so we see is happening today, where in the absence of any direction or acknowledgement of God in society and government, each man is doing only what seems right in his own sight! (Judges 21:25)

These people are NOT our enemies, because as the Bible says we are NOT fighting against flesh and blood; rather these people are just ignorant; and except for the grace of God in our life, and the fact that our lives have been impacted by the Bible and faith in Jesus, then most of us would probably be right there with them, acting just as dumb and ignorant as they are!

This is NOT a partisan issue, between the Right and the Left, Democrat verses Republican; no this is an issue between Light and Darkness!

What most don’t know today, or don’t understand (and what we don’t know is killing our nation, by the way), is that our two-party political system is corrupt and it is, in itself, the problem, because it all has been established upon a de facto (unconstitutional) corporate structure that is controlled and owned by an international banking cartel, and the reason for that is because our nation has been in a state of bankruptcy since the Civil War. (http://www.serendipity.li/jsmill/us_corporation.htm)

The problem is, subsequent to our nations going into bankruptcy, at the end of the Civil War, and at the behest of these international bankers, headed up by the Rothschild family, our de jure Constitutional Republic was changed into the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INC; and then through various adhesion contracts that have been put forth by this de facto corporation, through such things as our Birth Certificates, our Social Security Cards, marriage licenses, driver’s licenses and the like, where they have taken our Constitutional Rights and have made many of them into privileges that they can take away from us; and subsequent to our signing these various adhesion contracts, we have given our permission to be ruled over as chattel, where our combined sweat equity has become the collateral for the national debt, that is payable to these very same bankers, through this corporate fiction, called the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INC.

A corporations, by its very definition, cannot be a government; and since this corporate entity was not brought about through a Constitutional Amendment, as it is required in our Constitution, it is therefore totally without any legal leg to stand on; and it has existed all of these years, and has been whittling away at our Constitutional rights, all because of our ignorance… we didn’t know!  Well, now you do!!!

The fact is, everything we have today, that is good, that once made our nation the envy of the world, it all is because of the blessings we have inherited from our Founding Fathers, because of their faith and their covenant with God… a covenant which we, as a nation today, have long since forsaken.

Just as it was with Israel in the Bible, I believe that God is today weighing us in the balances; and as it was with Israel, it will be the decision that the Believers make (the Christians) within our country, that will determine our nation’s future.

Our ONLY hope today that we can save our nation and turn it around, is NOT in politics, it’s not about the economy; and certainly it wouldn’t have been dependent  upon whether we should have a Mormon or a Muslim in the White House, which I might add neither of these two religions serve the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob!

The question I have is how in the world can we expect to have unbelievers elected to office, be they Mormon, Muslim, atheist, or whatever, who don’t even know the Lord, many of whom are in fact serving false gods, and expect that they would make godly laws and decisions on our behalf?  Folks, I can tell you it won’t happen… it can’t happen!!!

The ONLY hope that we have today is in Jesus Christ; and just as we read in 2 Chronicles 7:14, where God has shown us the way home, where He says that if WE, who are called by His name (Christian) will humble ourselves and pray; if we turn from our wicked ways and seek His face; then His promise is that He (God) will hear our prayers and that He will heal our land!

Selah and Amen

As you read the following article, how sad it is to think that we now have to turn to a Russian newspaper, to Provda, to get the truth regarding our own government!

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The Reason Obama is President

07.11.2012

By Xavier Lerma

Pravda writer Xavier Lermer said, “Christianity in the U.S. is under attack as it was during the early period of the Soviet Union when religious symbols were against the law.”

He also wrote of Obama, “He is a Communist without question promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so. How shrewd he is in America. His cult of personality mesmerizes those who cannot go beyond their ignorance. They will continue to follow him like those fools who still praise Lenin and Stalin in Russia. Obama’s fools and Stalin’s fools share the same drink of illusion.”

The reason America has the trillion dollar war monger Obama as president today is because of immorality and materialism in America.

President John Adams once said:

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

October 11, 1798.

“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible”

– George Washington.

Thomas Jefferson wrote:

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

The revisionist historians have tried to “cover up” God himself by not allowing recent generations to know that America was once a nation of religious people.

Now, over half the people in America are not well informed and are willing to believe the spoon fed propaganda from the Democrats and Republicans. 

The Democrats and Republicans are notorious for wanting to stay in power. Their worshipers get their education from TV and their friends. In the future, after it becomes obvious that their plan failed, these “useful idiots” will still blame Bush for the economy, overlook Obama as they overlooked Clinton’s mistakes or think their vote counts and they actually have freedom while approving of wars overseas.

Such people are the product of America’s decaying society whose reality has been warped by drugs and other selfish pleasures. America has gradually become worse from the drugs, rock and roll of the 60′s and 70′s to the drugs and rap music of today. The communists won while Americans smoked pot.

The alienation of God in society began in the classroom.

Today, blasphemies can easily be seen on TV and the cinema. Hollywood portrays the sane as the insane.

The abnormal and perverted as normal.

The unborn babies are seen as nothing. The silent holocaust continues.

Is it any wonder America is in trouble?

The economy, destroyed by white collar crimes, were done by men of immoral character. They are not personally responsible for all of America’s failings but are a symptom of America’s spiritual illness most commonly referred to in previous centuries as “sin”.

This is the connection that most fail to see. Where there is no God there is chaos.

We are seeing that now. Abortions financed through tax dollars now total 50 million babies killed. Their blood cries out to Heaven while Hollywood justifies abortion and some women call it a choice.

Yes, a choice to kill infants without even taking the time to see what they have destroyed.

They willingly blind themselves to the truth. Or do their sins blind them?

The other half of America stands against this evil tide with constant prayer while their public protests are not completely shown by the American media.

“Freedom of the press” means the media will be free to report what it wants you to know. ABC, CBS, NBC , MSNBC.

You are now in an atheistic society as the Soviet Union once was.

Pravda online has become more news worthy now as Christianity flourishes.

Patriarch Kirill  said:

“The world should see the Orthodox Russia’s great feat of rebuilding all that was destroyed”

Russia once was swept with an even more horrific terror across its land. There is no comparison in the past sufferings of Russia and the turmoil of America.

However, it is interesting to note that the number of deaths are equal to Russia’s when including the aborted children in America.

When Alexander Solzhenitsyn came to America he warned the US in the 70′s:

“Destructive and irresponsible freedom has been granted boundless space.

Society appears to have little defense against the abyss of human decadence, such as, for example, misuse of liberty for moral violence against young people, motion pictures full of pornography, crime and horror.

It is considered to be part of freedom and theoretically counter-balanced by the young people’s right not to look or not to accept.

Life organized legalistically has thus shown its inability to defend itself against the corrosion of evil”

(speech to Harvard 1978).

The American press laughed at him and turned a deaf ear at his observations of America’s immorality and materialism.

Solzhenitsyn also warned long ago of today’s socialism:

“A number of such critics turn to socialism, which is a false and dangerous current.”

The danger is already here and the situation is much, much worse. Thus, Obama can try putting duct tape on a sinking ship but only when most Americans turn to God will the storm subside.

Only then will America be able to fix the problem. Remember:

“Those who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.”

William Penn (American hero of Liberty and religious freedom.

” We’ve staked our future on our ability to follow the Ten Commandments with all of our heart.”

 – James Madison, 1778, to the General Assembly of the State of Virginia.

The Communists took over America after JFK was shot.

American society then took a sharp nose dive into Hell. With the presidential elections rigged there was no stopping their agenda.

Call it Marxism, Socialism, or Communism. It’s all the same.

They want you to depend on the government instead of God.   Welcome to the USSA.

Therefore, only prayer and penance will lead America once again to that guiding light that governed the founding Fathers.

Prayers can turn the tide of evil in the US and its chaotic effect in the world. May God bless America.

Hard questions from Mario Murillo:

Dear Pastor,

Is the question why am I speaking out, or is it why are you being silent?

An Open Letter about the Silence of Pastors:

In this letter I will answer as clear as possible the two most common questions that Pastors keep asking me:

Why are you an evangelist speaking out against Obama?

The other question is: Now that the election is over why are you still speaking out?

I will answer the second question first.

Question:  Why are you speaking out since the election is over?

Answer: I am speaking out after the election because the election did not pass the smell test.

NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNN left all semblance of journalist integrity and framed a narrative for Obama.

They were literally a propaganda mouthpiece for the Obama campaign.  An unlimited supply of foreign money went into his campaign coffers with zero accountability.  Plus, unions admitted they helped run the voting machines.

I ask you, who could have defeated Obama when 90% of the news media was an extension of his campaign, he had unlimited foreign money, and then had his people doing mystery math with the votes? (90 districts in Philadelphia did not count a single vote for Romney.)

Was the last election rigged?   I will leave that for you to decide.

Question: Why are you as an evangelist speaking out against Obama?

Answer: As a man of God, I am a watchman; every God-called preacher in America is a watchman.

“Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account.

Hebrews 13:17

It is the duty of a watchman to see danger when it approaches the sheep of God.  However, their highest duty is to cry out against the danger when it appears.

Obama is an existential threat to American Christians.

He has antipathy toward the Gospel and Bible values and is using his presidential power to weaken the church.

I believe that every minister will give an account to God for what they did during this regime that openly persecutes the sheep.

The media tries to deny this and Pastors who are sympathetic to Obama play it down.  However it is true that Obama has dramatically changed the way Christians are now treated in America and he is just beginning his campaign.

In just 4 short years, the confederation of secular progressives, NBC, CBS, and ABC have dramatically altered the mood of our nation toward Christ and Bible values.  We have been marginalized.  Our classic views on marriage, abortion and drugs are being treated as if they are some new and threatening extreme.

September 12th, Obama spent $70,000 in Pakistan on T.V. ads to defend Islam against a stupid anti- Muslim video.

However, the next day when church leaders begged him speak out against “Piss Jesus” in New York where Jesus is on a cross in a jar of the artist’s urine he said NO.

Why are we surprised?

He said “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”   This quote is from page 261 of his book The Audacity of Hope.

Obama’s NOs are just beginning.  He smells blood in the water and believes he has a mandate to diminish the Church.

Many pastors are not speaking out against Obama because they are hiding behind a misapplication of two sets of verses:

Matthew 7: 1 Judge not that you be not judged:

This quote from Brannon Howse says it all, “We cannot glibly quote this, though, without understanding what Jesus meant.

When Jesus condemned judging, he wasn’t at all implying we should never make judgments about anyone.

After all, a few verses later, Jesus himself calls certain people “pigs” and “dogs” (Matt 7:6) and “wolves in sheep’s clothing” (7:15). … What Jesus condemns is a critical and judgmental spirit, an unholy sense of superiority.

Jesus commanded us to examine ourselves first for the problems we so easily see in others. Only then can we help remove the speck in another’s eye – which, incidentally, assumes that a problem exists and must be confronted.”

He goes on to explain how silly we are to let the anti-Christians forces use our misapplication against us:

“Those that tell you not to judge, quoting Matthew 7:1 grossly out of context, are often some of the most mean-spirited, judgmental souls you could ever meet.

It’s not, of course, that they don’t want anyone to judge anything, because they want very much to judge and condemn your commitment to lovingly speak and practice your Christian worldview. You see how these tolerance rules work? We must tolerate them, but they don’t have to tolerate us.”

The second set of verses that some Pastors misapply and use to defend the idea that Obama is God’s choice is Romans 13: 1-3:

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Whosoever therefore resists the power resists the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil.”

Please notice… “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil.”

This phrase is critically important because it reveals the context i.e., appropriate government is only a terror to evil works; but not to good works.

Good government is NOT a terror to good works.

When a government is run amuck with crime, tyranny and injustice, we are no longer to submit.

Obama is a clear and growing terror to the good works of the Church.

I do not believe that Hitler was God’s choice for Germany, or that Stalin was God’s choice for Russia, or that Mao was a divine answer for China.

America’s founding fathers took matters into their own hands, reviling and revolting against the “higher powers.”

The overthrow of British rule would violate the philosophy of most pastors today.  If they were the dominate opinion back then, we would have no United States.

Obama is not my president.

  • My president would have sent help to Benghazi to save the 4 Americans who begged him to save their lives.
  • My president would understand freedom of worship.
  • My president would see that the constitution is not there to protect the government from the people, but to protect the people from the government.
  • My president would not divide and conquer; he or she would unite and heal.

I pray for him but I do not respect him. I believe that his plan to confiscate wealth is stealing and a crime.

I have an obligation to oppose what his agenda of Gay marriage, abortion, and Islam is doing to the sheep of God.

I believe that there will be a day when pastors will bitterly regret their compromise.

That day will reveal their true motives and they will not be able to hide behind spiritual catch phrases.

I believe that the silence of Pastors helped Obama win; that their continuing silence is one of the greatest threats to the future of the American church, and that every minister will give an account to God for what they did during this open persecution of the sheep.

All of my brothers and sisters in ministry, I leave you with this clear mandate from  Esther 4:14 “For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

Renounce the party line and preach the whole counsel of God.  Teach your people what the Bible says about repentance and holiness.  Leave nothing out and do not be afraid to confront controversial subjects while we still can.

We do not need civil war we need national revival!

However, time is running out and so are our options.  Speak out!

Author: SPARKS FROM THE ANVIL OF LIFE

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