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The FREE Patriot’s Library

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They Fired The First Shot

They Fired The First Shot 2012 By A Friend of Medjugorje might very well be the most important book of our time. It reintroduces the principles and concepts that lead to the American Revolution, and ultimately would undergird our Constitution. In addition it thoroughly addresses the Spiritual issues behind the times we have come upon as a nation; and then proceeds to introduce a practical, workable solution that every American can work out.

Let me begin by saying that I only read this book because it was highly recommended by one of the very few people on this earth whose advice I take with little reservation. The reason I wouldn’t have read it is this: The book was written by a devout Roman Catholic who chooses to center much of the teaching in the book around the appearances of the Virgin Mary to the Medjugorje visionaries.

This whole concept will be, without a doubt, very foreign to protestant and evangelical readers; but I would urge you put your qualms aside and read this book anyway. To be honest, I have no real reason to either believe or doubt the testimony of the Medjugorje visionaries; but I chose instead to simply apply the test our Lord gave us to the teaching that was presented. That is, I looked instead to the fruit of the words conveyed and not the source. The teaching, in my opinion is glorifying to Christ and edifying to His body and therefore should be accepted as good teaching regardless of my belief or unbelief in the source.

My only other qualm as I read the book is that at least at one level it probably could have gone deeper into the forces arrayed against our nation. The author chooses to address primarily actions taken by the Obama administration during the first few months of 2012, and while he hints at forces working behind the scenes to place Obama in power, he doesn’t really choose to address them other than a brief chapter on George Soros and some veiled references to communism. This, however has its advantages, information about the false two party paradigm and the powers behind the scenes that are manipulating our government has become fairly mainstream and is relatively accessible. With the focus being mostly on things going on behind the scenes within our current government, this book is easy reading for average conservative readers who don’t trust the current administration but have as of yet been unwilling to admit to the gravity of the situation. If you are already better informed than to focus solely on the actions of this administration, you will still learn a good deal about actions being taken through executive order you were likely unaware of and can just make a mental note that there is more going on that just “liberalism” or “socialism”.

That said the author goes much deeper into the issue than the average author, because he recognizes that the real issue is a struggle between good and evil. As a devout follower of Christ A Friend of Medjugorje recognizes that evil cannot rise to a place of power and prominence unless Christ’s followers turn aside from holy living and fail to uphold Christian moral values in the pubic square. The ultimate responsibility for what has now begun to happen lies not with the government, but rather with the American Church, which has largely failed to positively impact our society. In presenting his solution, the author focuses on the fact that no change will be possible without first shedding tears of repentance and turning back to God. In doing so the author lays out very clearly how a Christian principles can, and indeed must, underpin the nation in order for it succeed.

In addition to a passionate cry for repentance, the author gives a phenomenal reintroduction to the Constitution and founding principles of the United States. I have read a good bit of the writings of our nations Founders and found this book to be just as clear and well written on the principles of liberty. The author addresses key issues, such as the concept of Natural Law, the responsibility of Christians to resist tyranny (for a brief look at this issue see my post Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God), the difference between Democracy and a Republic, and the balance of power between the States and Federal Government just to name a few. In addressing these issues the book is filled with quotations from the founding fathers, which help point to further reading in the future.

After addressing the need for personal heart change as well a change in mindset the author delves into a detailed plan to restore our nations liberties. He chooses to focus on changing things we have control over, or can easily get control over rather than on some vague attempt to “take our country back”. The author instead advocates forming small, Constitutional Prayer Groups and allowing them to lead to a move back towards, small, rural, sustainable pockets of freedom in small towns across America. He then advocates moving at the county level to elect a constitutional sheriff, and does a good job explaining the ability of the sheriff to put a stop to all the various forms of tyranny that are currently being wielded against American’s today. My post A Revolution in Miniature sums up many of the concepts the author addresses in detail.

This book is essential reading for all God-fearing patriots in America today, focus on the truth of the message and don’t be distracted by the more Catholic references. I would also advocate as many pastors as possible read this book and in so doing rediscover the role you ought to be playing in preserving American liberty.

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God

Following the events in Boston yesterday, it is my full expectation that we will see yet another push for the American people to trade their liberties for security. With growing resistance to drone surveillance, the TSA, the growth of our police state, our unjust policy of endless war; and the growth of the liberty movement, I have every reason to believe that this event will be used to “bloody the nose” of the American people to continue trading liberty for safety. As Benjamin Franklin, who is quoted in the title as well, said “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety nor liberty.” I hope this post serves as a timely reminder to all Americans.

The battle taking place in America today, the one that is playing out in our court houses and in the halls of congress, is not merely a contest of political ideologies. It is becoming clear, certainly, that many Americans strongly disapprove of the actions of their government – whether Republican or Democrat. It is also becoming clear that the two parties have conspired together to push an agenda that is damaging to the cause of liberty. The battle taking place, however, should not be summed up as some mere difference of political opinion; rather it is an all out war for the heart and soul of the nation.

These men in power today, who swagger around Washington D.C. like aristocrats and attempt to bully the American people into submission didn’t come to be there overnight. They came to be there because we the people turned our back on the fear of The Lord and with it wisdom. They came to be there because we neglected our sacred duty and gave up the watchfulness that so long protected our cherished liberty. They came to be there because we came to worship the state instead of God.

You don’t think we worship the government in this country? Who do we turn to in the event of a crisis? When an event like Hurricane Katrina happens, who gets blamed if it isn’t handled well? Who do we run to when our enemies attack us and kill us? Who do we turn to when we don’t like the behavior of our neighbor, whether how he handles his own property or his moral choices? Most Americans turn first to the government to act on all of these issues. And because, like the children of Israel we neglected The Lord and sought after a king, now in His righteous judgment God has given us kings.

The question now, is will the Church, the people of Faith, those who are to have no king but King Jesus stand idly by while these events unfold. Many Christians today seem to not understand that they have an innate Biblical command to resist tyranny. Not only is it ok to resist, it is Biblically mandated. This is the case for two reasons.

First, we are commanded by the Holy Scripture to protect those weaker than ourselves. Do you think God cares that the American government has violated the principles of Just War and begun rampaging about the earth like the pagan empires of old, Babylon, Assyria, and Persia? Do you think he cares that we have shed the innocent blood of several hundred Pakistani children, who by the way have likely never even heard the Gospel, with drone strikes from above? Where does it stop friends? We live in a Constitutional Republic, which means at least in theory that our government answers to us. This means, that we are morally responsible for the actions our government commits, particularly those carried out by men we helped to elect.

Second, when the government engages in tyrannical actions and takes away the peoples liberty, activities like forcing Catholic and Christian organizations to violate their consciences by paying for abortions, it is acting in direct opposition to Natural Law and in so doing to nature’s God. God has set in place on this earth His own law, a law by which all men are to be free and are created with certain rights. When the government attempts to seize these rights it violates the law of God, and those who submit to its unjust authority align themselves with this rebellion against their creator.

The people of God cannot remain on the sidelines on this issue. There is no neutral ground. Either we take a positive stand for the honor, reputation, and righteous rule of our God and Liberator or we stand with the kings of this earth in their quest to destroy His image and the liberty he placed in the heart of every man. I have heard it argued that the Gospel, and the Kingdom of God must come first above other earthly considerations, and indeed they must; but do we really think God will honor the advance of the Gospel in the hands of churches and Christians with blood on their hands, at the hands of those who have engaged in active rebellion against his law through the support of their nations false authorities?

Christian, it is your sacred duty, Divinely commanded, to stand with liberty. To protect the law of God and defend the weak and helpless. Those who act in tyranny are in rebellion to God and have no authority for their actions, you on the other hand have full authority vested in you from on high to resist, and ultimately stop, the actions and crimes they are committing against God’s law. Will you stand with liberty and the God who endows it to every man, or will you rebel against the only King you ought to have?

Pray for our nation, pray the prayer of repentance. Pray that the Church would be revived and again take her proper place in society. Pray that the people of God would recognize the duty they have to protect His law. And then STAND.

Essential Liberty

Why there is no other sound basis for government than the preservation of liberty.

I was challenged recently as to why the protection liberty was the only valid basis for government. The person I was having the discussion with, pointed to a couple of other potential possibilities, such as human happiness, as other sound motives for government. The problem is, at the end of the day there is no other lawful purpose for government than the protection of liberty.

As I begin, let me address a few of the more popular alternatives put forward today, after all people don’t typically go around advocating for tyranny.

Democratic Socialism

The argument for democratic socialism, stems from the fact that all resources are shared up “equally” among the people as a whole. The government serves a mediator type role in making decisions about what is necessary for the public good, and uses regulations to push things in the right direction. At a moderate level the United States could be argued to be like this today, and Europe certainly is.

However, democratic or not, all forms of socialism are immoral and in violation of the Divine Law because they are fundamentally built on theft. Any time that the threat of government force is used to take a resource away from those who lawfully obtained and give it to another, including for government projects, it is theft.

At some point we need to begin applying the same standards to government that we do to individuals. The government after all only represents the people. Those who favor this type of government need to realize that every regulation they pass, every dollar they take for the “public good”, all of it is the use of force, threatened or actual. To force a minority to comply.

In addition, democratic socialism is ultimately self defeating for the same reason that communism was. By repressing the minority view in the name of “equality”, innovation is stifled. By taking by force wages from those who lawfully earned them, the incentive to succeed is stifled. The people on the border of being provided for by the wages of others, regardless of how low the initial limits may be, recognize that their poorer neighbors have more disposable income and move to get assistance themselves. This gradually results in a tipping point moment where the producers cannot provide for the rest of the country any more.

So essentially all socialism, democratic or otherwise, is immoral and fails to work.

Human Happiness

As mentioned above it is frequently suggested that human happiness, not liberty should be the basis of government. Typically, like the various forms of socialism, democracy is thrown into the mix to hopefully make everyone happier.

Let me be clear, history and all of the wise men who have gone on before us teach that democracy is far and above the worst form of government imaginable. Any time that the majority believe they have the right to press forward with their will, over and above any rights or wishes of the rest of the nation, oppression and tyranny are sure to follow. Look at the extraordinary violence and failure of the French Revolution, even when wielded against admittedly tyrannical aristocrats, democracy manage to produce worse results than the system it was trying to prevent.

So the question then becomes: Whose happiness? If we are talking about allowing each individual liberty to pursue happiness as they please, then we are just talking about liberty from the perspective of the pursuit of happiness. If, however, we are talking about the collective happiness of society, then we are talking about democracy, and that is indeed a very dangerous road.

The problem comes in this, sooner or later the collective majority will greatly desire something that requires the oppression of a minority to obtain. It doesn’t really matter what it is, but they will decide it is necessary for their happiness. Pretty soon a sense of entitlement will spring up and the minority will come to be viewed as oppressing the majority by withholding the desired resource. Sooner or later the minority will be forced to either “voluntarily” give into the demands of the majority or they will suffer violence and oppression for refusing.

The result, without liberty, is always the happiness of some at the expense of others.

Anarchy

I’m not sure why at the present, but I am seeing more and more calls for an anarchical system. Several of these have even gone so far as to attempt to argue that “anarchy” isn’t actually a system without rules, but one without rulers.

I find this redefinition strange, because it leads one of two directions. Either we are talking about no government, which historically has proven impossible. Or we are talking about a fixed set of laws carried out directly by the people to preserve individual liberty, in which case we aren’t talking about anarch at all but constitutional democracy.

The trouble comes in when we are talking about the first of these 2 choices, which is a more standard definition of anarchy. First of all, there is no historical basis for the idea that such a government could even exist. It has been attempted throughout history, and never with any success. Anarchy exists mostly in chaotic times for very brief periods, it is not possible for it to continue long term. Even the most primitive peoples on earth have some form of government and rule of law.

Second of all, despite its claim at being most free, anarchy is actually extremely oppressive. Scripture and history both teach us that mankind has inherit sin problem, we are not capable of being completely good. In fact, in many cases even 100% Christian societies have exhibited symptoms of this condition. Since man is not inherently good and will naturally tend towards oppressing his neighbors in his own selfish cause without some form of check upon him we have created government.

While I certainly favor limited government, we cannot have no government, because we must have means of protecting the weak from the strong. This can be best done when society as a whole recognizes the rights of each individual and forms a government exclusively to protect them.

Liberty is the only lawful form of government

What was once clear to our forefathers has drifted out of the public knowledge in relatively recent history, a government built on liberty is not simply a “better” form of government, rather it is the only lawful form of government that can exist.

There is, built into the very fabric of creation, a set of laws. Laws which make it clear that each and every man, woman, and child has certain intrinsic rights that they cannot be deprive of. These laws flow from a basic understanding of morality, and can be rooted in the Scripture, particularly the 10 Commandments. Let me give some examples:

Individuals have the right to life. A human being, cannot be lawfully deprived of his right to exist. Thou shalt not murder.

Individuals have a right to maintain control over their own property and to use their goods as they see fit. Thou shalt not steal.

The right of each man to liberty, follows naturally from His being created in the image of God; as well as from the basic laws of morality, without which no society can be organized. This natural law, which dictates the rights of mankind, derives its authority from nature’s God and not from any government or social contract. As William Blackstone noted, the natural law is of equal authority to the law of scripture, though scripture must have a fuller authority since it has been fully revealed by the Holy Spirit.

The issue at stake then, is that no government can be formed in opposition to that natural law. If one does, then it is an unlawful and unjust government. Governments built on other means than this are in direct opposition to the natural order and its Creator and are in error.

Instead, legitimate government, is set up coincide with, and protect people’s rights under, the natural law.

This means, when governments take action to seize people’s liberty, whether by taking away their possessions, taking them as slaves, taking away their right to protect themselves, taking away their religious freedom, etc; they are actually violating a higher law. They are acting outside the bounds of Divinely set authority and those who stand up to them are acting lawfully.

It is high time as a nation, that we reeducated ourselves on these principles, so as to be better able to take a stand on the oppressive tendencies now brewing within our government.

A Christian Nation?

The Balance Between Faith and Liberty

For the last several decades, the secular humanists and the “Religious Right” have been engaged in a political struggle for influence in the government and public life of our nation. The humanists claim to be non-religious and thus able to enforce their views forcibly on the nation without infringing upon the “separation of Church and State”. The Right claims that these United States were founded as a Christian nation and that our Founding Fathers never intended for Christianity to be excluded from the national life of the country. Both sides are ultimately basing there entire arguments on false assumptions. In order to understand the truth, we need to break down the false assumptions on both sides and then form a more complete world view in order to avoid some of the worst historical pitfalls.

To begin with, let me say this: Despite its not appearing anywhere in our founding documents, I agree 100% with Thomas Jefferson on the need for a “separation of Church and State”. In any case we look at historically, a merger between political power and religious institutions resulted in massive loss of life and great destruction of the spiritual vitality of the nation. The takeover of the German churches by the Nazi government was vitally necessary in properly indoctrinating the German people to accept the Fuhrer concept and later war atrocities. Pastors like Bonhoeffer who dared to call out the whole concept of the Fuhrer as contrary to the commands of scripture had to be jailed and ultimately killed. The opposite has also been true, the Catholic domination of the European political scene gave us atrocities like the Crusades and the Inquisition, as the inquisition demonstrates the temptation to use the political might of the “Church” to crush spiritual dissenters is to great to be overcome. In the most comprehensive early history of our nation The Life of Washington, Supreme Court Justice John Marshall even spells out the failures of the early Puritans when they sought to crush dissent despite having only recently fled persecutions in England themselves.

Ironically, this issue they claim to cherish so dearly, is in fact the ultimate issue for the humanists in their rise to power. Secular humanism is the religion of non-religion, it has no more right to oppress religious people than religions people have to oppress its adherents. America is teetering dangerously on the edge of accepting a new State Church in the name of tolerance and political correctness. We are approaching the point where those with certain world views are being treated more and more harshly in the public eye, most notably are dissenting views on the morality of homosexuality, abortion, the creation of the world, and the concept of just war. Most of these pushes are coming not from the Right (ridicule of just war excepted) but from the humanists on the left. Even while proclaiming toleration and justice they are engaging in exactly the kind of religious oppression they claim to abhor. It is not enough that they have different views on moral concepts than the rest of the nation, they are trying to force their vision of morality on the rest of us in the name of equality and toleration.

The ultimate issue, the root cause if you will of this fight, is the vast overreach of our Federal government. Consider some of the hot button “moral” issues facing the nation today:

Prayer in Public Schools: If the Federal Government had not chosen to completely seize control of our Pubic Education system, there would be no church/state issue where school prayer, or for that matter curriculum involving origins was involved. Schools need to be run at the extreme local level, and as has historically been the case parents need to be directly responsible for the hiring of teachers and selection of curriculum. Ultimately, it is the parent and not the government who is responsible for the well being of the child. As soon as we restore our education system to this recognition, this issue fades away.

Homosexual Marriage: The only reason that this is a national political issue is because the government, through the tax code, has gotten itself involved in determining who may and may not marry; which I may add is a very frightening and dangerous prospect indeed! Had we not violated the entire spirit and letter of the Constitution with the formation of the IRS and modern tax code, this issue would not exist. Marriage is fundamentally a religious institution, therefore each religions group ought to maintain its right to marry whomever it chooses. The state has no business coming in and defining marriage, but the tax code has made it necessary for the state to do so. While I’m on this point though, let me point out that much of the homosexual agenda does violate the separation of church and state. Any attempt to use the violent force of government to silence others because they believe that your actions are morally wrong, violates their right to hold their own moral convictions. Arguments that this kind of speech causes bullying, emotional trauma, or violence are a scape goat for the real issue, which is that the homosexual movement is unwilling to permit free speech that they find disagreeable. I would like to strongly advocate that this position be dropped before, like a double edged sword it comes back upon them. As soon as the force of the government is used to silence opposition, the majority (most of whom hold the opposite world view) will role over on the homosexual movement and we may actually see real oppression. Instead we need to get the government out of the whole situation and return to recognizing each other’s freedom of religion.

Notice I didn’t mention Abortion. Abortion is not actually a purely moral issue, and does fall under the authority of the Federal government to address. Abortion involves the murder and oppression of one group of defenseless citizens by the very people who are charged to defend them. The question in the abortion issue is are unborn babies people? To be totally honest, I have never seen strong evidence from either side that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt at what point in pregnancy they suddenly become people. Is this ignorance an excuse to continue wide spread killing until we “know” that they are people? NO! The unborn must be treated as full fledged citizens and as human beings with all the rights thereof from birth, precisely because we do not know at what point we are killing a human child. This then represents the repression of one group by another, and is therefore a liberty issue that must be addressed by the state, much like slavery was not a “moral issue” but rather a liberty issue.

I would warn caution on this one though, the root causes of abortion are moral and must be addressed at the cultural and religious level before any government solution will have any real effect. I believe, despite slavery being fundamentally a freedom issue, that the Civil War illustrates very clearly why morality, even when liberty is at stake, cannot ultimately be legislated nor forced at the tip of the bayonet. Finally passing legal protection for the unborn will not end the mass murder until the society behind the killing fundamentally changes.

This leads to the root question then: How are Faith and Liberty connected? What is the relationship between the two? We have established that morality cannot be legislated, but what about the fact that the overwhelming majority of the Founding Fathers were Christians?

The short answer is this, you cannot have liberty without faith. Unless the nation maintains its moral values at the cultural and religious level, any government built on liberty will ultimately fail. The reason for this is rather simple, the principle of liberty is built upon the belief that all men are created equal and have certain natural or divine rights as soon as my neighbor comes to believe that he has the right to take my rights away, the government must step in. Once government intervention is forced to become to frequent, liberty fades away into the distance. Only a society in which men acknowledge and revere each others rights can maintain liberty. This can only exist when men are sufficiently moral to know and protect each other rights.

For this reason, it was the strong Faith of our Founding Fathers, and Forefathers that ultimately produced the liberty rich environment upon which our Constitution was established. They did not set out to form some sort of Christian nation where the state enforced morality, this couldn’t have possibly been further from their minds. The Founding Fathers had no motivation to establish a political Christian nation, because these United States were already a Christian nation! As soon, however, as the faith and moral principles of the nation began to slide we began to lose our liberty. And so it is that every time the American people place their faith for salvation in the government, be it the Great Depression, 9/11, etc; we give away more of our liberty. Only a root level restoration of the faith that made America, America; the sort of Faith that moves from man to man and community to community, the sort of Faith our Fathers and Forefathers had, can create an environment from which our liberty can ultimately be restored.