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Jun
30

The Socialistic History of the Pledge to the Flag

“Place your right hand over your heart and repeat the Pledge of Allegiance.” Every morning in government and private school classrooms across America, students are led in the following mantra: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands: one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Very few of us know the history of the Pledge, its author and the original purposes behind the Pledge. Let’s explore some of these issues together. The Author of the Pledge The author of the Pledge, Francis Bellamy (1855-1931), was a Baptist minister, a Freemason and a socialist activist. (Socialism is usually defined as “government ownership and control of the means –including land, labor and capital – of production”.) If this appears incongruent, apparently Francis’ congregation thought so as well, for they put him out of his Boston, MA parish in 1891 because of his socialistic sermons. Despite Francis’ early ties with the northern Baptists, his theological views were far from Biblical. He refused to believe in the virgin birth, the resurrection or the ascension of Christ, and somehow erroneously insisted that Jesus Christ was a socialist, like himself. In 1889, Francis co-founded, under the influence of his first cousin, Edward Bellamy, the Society of Christian Socialists. Edward Bellamy (whose father was also a Baptist minister) is attributed with influencing the worldview behind Francis’ political views. Edward wrote novels including, Looking Backward 2000-1887 (1888), a critique of American capitalism and its sequel Equality (1897). Edward depicted the year 2000 as being the date that competitive capitalism would have been stamped out in favor of what he called a “cooperative commonwealth.” The theories in the book inspired many “Bellamy Clubs,” which led to the formation of a Nationalist Party, that advocated the federalization of public services. In 1891, Edward founded the “New Nation” in Boston, an organization that for some time promoted his leftist views. Edward had other interests, such as psychic phenomena, which he explored in some of his writings, but for the most part, he limited his novels to socialist concerns. American educator, John Dewey, “(P)roclaimed Bellamy’s Looking Backward second only to Marx’s Das Kapital as the most influential book of modern times.”1 According to former New York State “Teacher of the Year,” John Taylor Gatto: “(T)he society Bellamy describes is a totally organized society, all means of production are in the hands of State parent-surrogates…Society in...
Jun
24

“Values?” or “Morals?” Which is it?

“Values?” or “Morals?” Which is it? Ravi Zacharias has pointed out, and it is interesting to note, that it was Friedrich Nietzsche, the avowed Atheist and God-hater, who is responsible for the cultural shift in using the term “Values” instead of “Morals.” We hear about about “Family Values” or “Voter Values.” Really though, a “Value” is simply something that is important to us…what we “value.” Values are personal and subjective (like what flavor of ice cream we prefer). A moral, on the other hand, implies a Moral Law, and that implies a Moral Law-Giver (i.e. God). Morals are transcendent and timeless. They are truths that are true for all people, in all place, at all times. They impose themselves on others. Thus it is vogue to speak of “Values,” but not of “Morals,” in our day and age. To understand how Neitzsche and other important atheists were able to cause a shift in our vocabulary, and our view of God, ethics and politics, get a copy of Ravi’s excellent book, The Real Face of Atheism. Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference Speaker and Director of Family Renewal, LLC. He is also the Site Editor for www.ChristianWorldview.net....
Jun
21

When A Discussion Heads South

When A Discussion Heads South   Here is a guest thought from my friend, Josiah Meyer: Here are some verses which would save some apologists a lot of time and heartache: Proverbs 23:9 “Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words. Prov. 29:9 “When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man, The foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.” Ecc. 7:6 “For as the crackling of thorn bushes under a pot, So is the laughter of the fool; And this too is futility.” Matthew. 7:6 “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. Some people just have no interest in truth, or at least have no interest at a certain moment, or in a certain context. There is a time and place to just say, “Enough. You’re not listening or trying to understand what I am saying. This conversation is going nowhere, and I think we both have better things to talk about, don’t you? If at some time in the future you are SERIOUSLY interested in my point of view, I am very much willing to return to this conversation!” Josiah Meyer’s blog is: http://nolongerbechildren.wordpress.com/ Free Original Clipart at Designed to a...
Jun
17

Rescue Me: Finding Freedom Through Godly Character — Glenn Meldrum

Rescue Me: Finding Freedom Through Godly Character — Glenn Meldrum We all know people who have made a mess of their lives. Sometimes that person is us, and sometimes it’s someone we love. The hard part is knowing what to do. How do you escape an addiction, habitual sin, or character flaw that renders you helpless and hopeless? Rescue Me: Finding Freedom Through Godly Character by Glenn Meldrum is an excellent resource for people who need to find freedom from themselves. The book of James (chapter 1) tells us that the slippery slope of self-destruction begins with a desire that originates inside of us. We want something. We believe that the object of our desire is good for us (at least in the short-term). Once that desire has conceived, it gives birth. The child that it bears is sin. When sin grows up and matures, it brings forth death. Jesus came to give us life. Abundant and full LIFE! He provides the means to overcome our own struggles and live a victorious life. In a world of “self-help” books, Rescue Me, stands out. This book correctly identifies us as the problem, not the solution. The solution is found in learning how to tap into the resources that God has made available to us through the Atonement, the Word of God and the Spirit of the Risen Christ. If you need to break free from habitual sin in your own life, or if you know someone who just can’t seem to overcome their own issues and character flaws, please consider picking up a copy of this important book. I would give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars overall. (Review by Israel...
Jun
10

What’s Wrong With the Church?

What’s Wrong With the Church? Recently I asked my Facebook friends what they thought were some of the greatest threats facing the American church. Predictably the feedback swung from the polar ends of the theological spectrum. Some thought the Church was too worldly and some too legalistic. Some felt the church is too focused on outreach and not on discipleship. Others believe the Church isn’t culturally relevant enough and wasn’t committed to evangelism. Some think the church is too Calvinistic, and others too Arminian. Some said bad Eschatology was too blame for the Church’s woes. Some blamed the youth pastors for undermining the parents, others blamed the worship pastors for dumbing down the songs and making church services seem like rock concerts. Some were for institutional or traditional models, and others preferred an Organic or house church approach. Many were concerned about bad theology, false doctrine, Postmodernism and Humanism, heresy, Universalism, feel-good-cheap-grace messages, lack of holiness, prosperity gospel, lack of accountability of and hypocrisy among leaders, lack of church discipline, Biblical illiteracy, bad Bible translations, low of view of the inerrancy of Scripture, too much political involvement, not enough political involvement, lack of the fear of the Lord and much more. However, there was one problem that was stated overwhelmingly above all the rest. The most common answer was Apathy. Lukewarmness and a lack of real zeal and fervor for the things of the Lord was what most of my friends said is wrong with the Church today. Isn’t that surprising? The greatest (at least perceived) threat isn’t something “out there somewhere,” but rather something that encroaches upon every human heart. To the church in Laodicea, Jesus said: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens...

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