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Do You Go To Church? If So, Why?

Posted by soldierservant on June 6, 2007

Recently, pollster George Barna released his research regarding the beliefs and conduct of today’s Christians. The results are shocking! According to Barna, only 9% of America’s born again Christians have a Biblical worldview. Only 9%!

To determine a Biblical worldview, Barna used the following 8 point criteria:

*Believing that absolute moral truths exist.
*Such truths are defined by the Bible.
*Jesus Christ lived a sinless life.
*God is the all-knowing, all-powerful Creator and still rules today.
*Salvation is a gift of God and cannot be earned.
*Christians have a responsibility to share their faith in Christ.
*Satan is real.
*The Bible is accurate in all its teachings.

As any real Christian can see, these 8 points comprise basic Biblical truth. To think that more than 90% of born again Christians would deny any one of these fundamental truths
suggests that the vast majority of professing Christians today have no clue as to what being a Christian really means.

As a result, the obvious question that must be asked is, “What in the world are our pastors and church leaders teaching their congregations?” It would appear that whatever they are teaching, it isn’t the Bible!

Barna’s research gets even more disturbing. His survey reveals that only 3% of Christian parents include the salvation of their children in the list of critical parental emphasis. What?? Does this mean that 97% of America’s Christian parents really don’t think it “critical” that their own children go to heaven?

At the same time, 39% of America’s Christian parents believe it is “critical” that their children get a good education. Compare these sentiments with those of President Theodore Roosevelt who said, “A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.”

Barna’s research also revealed that only 36% of America’s Christian parents monitor or regulate the time and quality of T.V., music, and other media that their children were allowed to access. In addition, 45% of America’s Christian parents teach their children that there are NO moral absolutes. 43% teach their children that there are SOME moral absolutes.

George Barna summarized his findings by saying, “Faith makes very little difference in their [Christians] lives: believers do not train their children to think or act differently [from the world]. It’s no wonder that they [Christian children] grow up to be just as
involved in gambling, excessive drinking, and any other unbiblical behavior as everyone else.”

The problem with America’s Christianity today is that, for the most part, it doesn’t exist! What passes for Christianity is instead an anemic, spineless, diluted substitute without convictions or principle.

No wonder so many unbelievers see nothing in the church that would draw them to a life-transforming faith in Christ. No wonder so many political leaders ignore the church. No wonder that despite some 300,000 evangelical churches, scores and hundreds of
television and radio ministries, and millions of professing Christians, our nation is still on a collision course with calamity!

What America needs is real Christianity! The kind of Christianity that changed the course of history. The kind of Christianity that changed the face of Europe. The kind of Christianity that propelled the Pilgrims, Puritans, and Patriots to shake off the bands of
tyranny and establish this great country called America.

Christianity of old quenched the flames of oppression, lit the fires of freedom, and led two continents out of the darkness of paganism. Today’s Christianity is known for bingo games, softball leagues, and milquetoast preachers. Christianity of old toppled the
Roman Empire. Today’s Christianity cannot even rid the nation of legal abortion.

George Barna’s research suggests that the real mission field may not be in heathen lands across the seas but in America’s churches right here at home!

© Chuck Baldwin

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America Steadily Losing Freedoms Under George Bush

Posted by soldierservant on June 6, 2007

In a recent column, I noted how Americans have lost numerous
freedoms since George W. Bush became president. Of course, the
reality of the situation is, the federal government has been
increasingly encroaching upon the liberties of the American people
for decades. Unfortunately, that trend only seems to be escalating.
Now, a new report states that the U.S. is not even among the top
ten freest economies.

According to the Heritage Foundation, “The United States is tied
for 12th place with Switzerland in the 2005 Index of Economic
Freedom. The world’s second largest economy, Japan, ranks 39th
in the survey. The United States has dropped out of the world’s top
10 ‘freest economies.'”

The Heritage report also said, “Perhaps the greatest surprise in this
year’s index is the failure, for the first time, of the United States to
make the top 10.”

Most Americans would probably be stunned to hear that their
country is not even among the top ten freest nations. However, this
should not come as a surprise.

For all intents and purposes, neither major party in Washington,
D.C., gives a flip about securing God-given liberties. Both
Democrat and Republican administrations (including the current
one) have consistently led the charge against the Bill of Rights.

Furthermore, Congress and a majority of federal courts have been
trampling constitutional protections of our liberties for most of my
adult life. Therefore, how can we be surprised to learn that the
United States is no longer anywhere close to being “the land of the
free” that it once was?

In fact, an American missionary to China recently told me that
America’s laws and regulations are, on the whole, more restrictive
than the laws and regulations of Communist China. That is an
astounding statement to make, but he insists that it is true!

Then again, when one considers the innumerable permits, fees,
federal taxes, state taxes, local taxes, property taxes, assessments,
zoning laws, land-use regulations, building codes, animal
protection laws, environmental laws, ad nauseum, ad infinitum that
are part of America’s everyday life, it becomes easily apparent that
the American dream has become an American nightmare!

America can only be “the land of the free” as long as it is also “the
home of the brave.” Unfortunately, bravery is one thing that
appears to be absent from the character of most pastors,
businessmen, fathers, and politicians today!

Until God raises up some modern day Patrick Henrys and John
Witherspoons, it seems that the United States will continue its
collapse into ever increasing servitude. Therefore, don’t be
surprised if when the next Heritage report comes out that America
is not even among the top twenty freest nations on earth. The only
surprising thing would be if anyone noticed.

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“Packaged News” or Propaganda?

Posted by soldierservant on June 6, 2007

Reuters News recently reported, “President Bush said on
Wednesday [March 15, 2005] that the U.S. government’s practice
of sending packaged news stories to local television stations was
legal and he no plans to cease it.

“His defense of the packages, which are designed to look like
television news segments, came after they were deemed a form of
covert propaganda by the Government Accountability Office
watchdog agency.

“GAO, an arm of Congress, said this ran counter to appropriation
laws and was a misuse of federal funds.”

The federal government’s practice of sending “packaged news” to
media outlets began under the Clinton Administration. President
Bush has not only continued the practice, he has doubled the
amount of federal tax dollars that are used for this purpose,
spending $254 million in his first term.

The proliferation of the Clinton/Bush “packaged news” policy
signals the beginning of the end of a free and independent media
(especially television media) in this country! Obviously, this does
not bode well for the maintenance of liberty.

Knowing the propensity of national leaders to mislead people and
misrepresent truth, our Founding Fathers deliberately intended to
keep the press free and independent from the controls and
restraints of the federal government. A free press, even a hostile
press, bodes well for freedom. A controlled or propaganda press
does not.

Virtually every repressive regime of history was first able to obtain
control of the nation’s major media outlets. After all, if one can
control the flow of information, he or she can control the minds
and actions of the citizenry. It now appears that our federal
government is beginning to do this very thing.

Have readers noticed how the same news stories seem to be carried
by the three major networks and by the major cable networks?
Does anyone really believe that this is a coincidence?

What should also be obvious to any objective observer is the fact
that the major media (with few exceptions) is even more
accommodating of the Bush administration than it was of the
Clinton administration, Bush’s supposed conservatism
notwithstanding. The lack of media curiosity and investigative
reporting has become so universal that for all practical purposes it
doesn’t even exist!

With very few exceptions, the major media simply regurgitates the
government’s spin on a given issue without challenge or question.
Now we learn that many media outlets are actually running the
federal government’s “packaged news” without revision!

Obviously, the real culprits in this story are the media moguls
themselves. As with just about everyone else these days, the only
consideration that seems to matter with most media executives is
financial profit. Subsequently, most news departments are treated
like every other department and are expected to turn a profit by any
means necessary. This usually translates to layoffs, streamlined
budgets, and less funding for investigative reporting.

Believe it or not, however, there was a time when media
executives understood that they fulfilled a crucial role in protecting
freedom and were willing to allow their news departments to
experience financial deficits, if necessary, in order to challenge
“the powers that be” and boldly distribute independent
information. Critical thinking, even innate hostility, toward
government spin doctors is a necessity if liberty is to prevail in any
society.

Also problematic to an objective and independent press is the fact
that today’s media elite come from the same circle of power from
whence come most of our political elite. They graduate from the
same colleges and universities, are members of the same
fraternities and clubs, and share the same group of friends and
business partners.

Beyond that, if one bothers to look, he or she will discover that the
media and political elite of this country are joined at the hip when
it comes to the social and political institutions to which they
belong. At the national level, most are members of the Council on
Foreign Relations (CFR) and similar organizations.

Now, before anyone dismisses the fact that so many of the political
and media elite share membership in the CFR as meaningless or
coincidental, ask yourself this question, “What if these same
people shared membership in the Christian Coalition? Would
anyone view this as meaningless and coincidental?” Hardly.

Another example of the philosophical brotherhood shared by
“liberals” and “conservatives” in politics (and in the media) was
clearly demonstrated in last year’s presidential election. Both
President Bush and Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry
are members of the super-secret Skull and Bones society. If the
media were truly independent and objective, would they not find
this interesting enough to investigate?

Unfortunately, the media are not the only ones who refuse to report
the facts objectively. “Conservative” spokesmen such as Rush
Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are every bit as culpable as the major
media in hiding or ignoring the truth.

As a result, there is precious little objective, unbiased, investigative
reporting going on today! The only exceptions to this general rule
are the Internet and certain (usually smaller and under-funded)
independent talk radio shows.

The problem with the Internet is that there is so much speculation,
hyperbole, and outright falsehood floating around that it often
requires painstaking work to discover the truth. The problem with
good, objective, independent talk radio programs is that they are
usually only found in smaller markets and subsist on meager
budgets which make it difficult for them to reach mass audiences.

When it comes to issues affecting liberty, both the preacher and the
reporter need to be as independent and truth oriented as is humanly
possible. It shouldn’t matter to either whether a policy is being
promoted by a liberal or a conservative, by a Republican or a
Democrat. The only thing that should matter is truth and what is
consistent with America’s founding principles.

Unfortunately, it seems that America’s religious and media leaders
have become little more than propagandists for our political
leaders. The Clinton/Bush policy of disseminating “packaged
news” to our nation’s media outlets is merely one example of how
our vanguards of liberty have been compromised.

© Chuck Baldwin

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Darth Vader And G.W. Bush: A Common Vision Of Empire?

Posted by soldierservant on June 6, 2007

The entertainment world was all abuzz with the release of the final
Star Wars episode. “Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge of the Sith” was
the final installment of the popular sci-fi saga which has spanned
more than two decades and has captured the imagination of young
and old alike.

One of the attractive elements of Creator/Director George Lucas’
Star War films has been the clear good vs. evil theme that
ubiquitously appears throughout the story lines. However,
according to early previews of the latest film, the clearly delineated
line between good and evil is not so easily defined in “Revenge of
the Sith.”

The story centers around principal evil character Darth Vader’s
struggle and eventual surrender to the “dark side.” In the film,
Lucas presents a dark and sordid picture of how the good Anakin
Skywalker becomes the evil Darth Vader. Yet, there is another
element to the story line.

In “Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge of the Sith” viewers also
witness the demise of a republic and the rise of an empire. Lucas
pictures a war-mongering, blood-thirsty empire whose roots had
once burrowed deeply into the soil of freedom and democracy. But
no more. The once peace-loving republic had been turned into an
aggressor-state that laid waste all its adversaries without mercy.

After viewing the early releases of the movie, many viewers have
come away from the screening rooms comparing Darth Vader’s
empire to the actions of President George W. Bush. This is more
than interesting when one considers that Lucas wrote this story
long before G.W. Bush became President. In fact, Richard Nixon
was in the White House when Lucas wrote Star Wars. However,
the similarities appear to be striking.

At one point in the film Anakin Skywalker says (just before
becoming Darth Vader), “You are either with me, or you are my
enemy.” Of course, we all clearly remember when President Bush
said, “You’re either with us or against us in the fight against
terrorism.”

Speaking to reporters, Lucas said, “When I wrote it [Star Wars],
Iraq [the U.S. led war] didn’t exist, but the parallels are
unbelievable.” He went on to say, “The issue was, how does a
democracy turn itself into a dictatorship?”

Indeed. How does a democracy turn itself into a dictatorship? That
is a very relevant question for this generation of Americans to
ponder, as it does appear that the United States is currently on that
very path.

Remember, a dictatorship can be composed of one all-powerful
ruler or a group of all-powerful rulers. An oligarchy is just as
tyrannical as a monarchy! (I recommend that everyone read Pat
Buchanan’s book, “A Republic Or An Empire?”)

Obviously, one of the marks of an empire is the insatiable desire
for war, the constant need for military incursions into foreign
territories, regardless of the cost in dollars or human lives. An
empire can never rest from armed conflict. Indeed, armed conflict
feeds and sustains the empire! Which brings us to the G.W. Bush
administration.

Virtually everyone now knows that the reasons President Bush
gave for invading Iraq were invalid and even deceptive. Therefore,
whatever the real reasons for the invasion were, they were known
only to Bush and a few selected insiders.

Furthermore, not only is there no resolution in sight for America’s
military involvement in Iraq, it now seems that the Bush
administration is making plans to extend the war into Syria and
Iran and even to North Korea.

I believe it is time that the American people (especially
conservatives) begin asking themselves some serious questions.
Does George W. Bush intend that the United States be in a state of
perpetual war? Is he seeking “monsters” to destroy? Does he
envision a global empire headed by all powerful rulers? These
questions deserve studious attention, especially when one recalls
that shortly after being elected President Bush once quipped, “If
this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as
I’m the dictator.” Looking back, we might need to consider that he
was not joking!

President Bush is making it very difficult for conservatives such as
myself to articulate to people the difference between the need of an
independent republic (what America used to be) for a strong, ready
defense and the need of a global empire (what America is
becoming) for an omnipotent, omnipresent global police force. Put
another way, do Lucas’ fictional character Darth Vader and
President G.W. Bush share a common vision of empire? And
would the American people even be able to recognize it if they
did?

© Chuck Baldwin

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Needed: 3-Dimensional Leaders

Posted by soldierservant on June 6, 2007

My sidebar to this Chuck Baldwin column: For someone who gets a bit off he has an awful lot of wisdom. This is another great article demonstrating true patriotism.The only problem is trying to mobilize everyone for a perfect candidate for a third party. As of yet there are no perfect candidates anywhere. It seems like there are never any decent men that run for office. I know that a lot of that is probably because they figure that politics will corrupt them. But things could be different if we had someone that is strong and righteous. We actually need a righteous dictator. What I mean by that is not someone that dictates the people but someone to dictate to all the other corrupt bureacrats and corrupt corporations. You know technically when Jesus will reign it will be a dictatorship, a righteous dictatorship and ultimately the only form of government that will ever truly effectively work. All
positions of power seem to corrupt. Not just political but also religious as well. I have heard of several cases where a preacher will start out good but then later on get into false doctrines. I guess withcraft works both ways,not just for those under authority but also those in authority. There have been opposite cases where a pastor will get kicked out of a church by corrupt congregation. Of course this is excusable if the pastor is a heretic teaching lies, but usually it is not, but over petty strife and jealousy. I know because my dad experienced this himself when he was a young pastor. His experiences alone proves how corrupt the church is. This was a long time ago too, back in the good old days (I
know, what good old days?). This proves there is no such thing as the good old days. There has always been heresies and racism and every kind of evil imaginable even in this so called godly country of ours.

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I recently delivered a Sunday address entitled “The 3-Dimensional Life.”
This address was motivated by my belief that a major part of America’s
overall problem today derives from the fact that most people, including our
leaders, live 1-dimensional lives. For the most part, they are ignorant of
the past and oblivious to the future. Such people are incapable of making
wise decisions, because they are only living for the present.

Without an appreciation and awareness of the past, we have no foundation on
which to build our lives. Such people have lost all sense of history and
heritage, and, without a heritage, they have no understanding or pride in
who they are. Neither do they comprehend the morality, convictions, and
sacrifices of their ancestors.

Furthermore, without cognizance of the future, we have no rudder or compass
to guide us. People who live only for the present have no overriding sense
of accountability or consequence. They judge their actions only in the light
of immediate results with no regard for the plight of future generations.

Unfortunately, it seems that the vast majority of Americans are living a
1-dimensional life. And there seems to be little doubt that today’s civil
magistrates are sacrificing the future of America upon the altar of money,
power, and ambition. Such conduct will quickly doom our once-great country.

Take a look at the average history book today. Where are the great stories
of Washington and America’s other Founding Fathers? They are practically
nonexistent. Where are the references to the two Great Awakenings that
revived spiritual piety in America? Where is the devotion to America’s
founding principles contained in the Declaration of Independence, U.S.
Constitution, and Bill of Rights? All of this is totally lost to America’s
current generation.

Without an understanding of how this country started, of the principles upon
which it was founded, and of the heroic sacrifices of those who fought to
secure our liberty, we cannot make sound judgments regarding our nation’s
current challenges.

Add to ignorance regarding our past apathy regarding our future, and we are
left with absolute chaos. And that’s what we have right now in American
politics: chaos!

Nothing illustrates this chaos like the current attempt by President George
W. Bush, John McCain, and the Democratic leaders in the U.S. Senate to force
an amnesty bill for illegal aliens into law. Obviously, Bush and Company
lack any real understanding of our history and any real regard for our
future or they would not even attempt this monstrous and barbaric bill.

It seems obvious that President Bush and Senate leaders are willing, even
eager, to sacrifice America’s future security and well-being for reasons
that can best be described as transitory, or, at worst, downright
threatening.

So determined are George W. Bush and John McCain to pass an amnesty bill
that Bush has angrily called his own supporters “unpatriotic” for
questioning the bill. McCain went even further.

In Iowa, John McCain defiantly told amnesty bill skeptics that failing to
give millions of illegals amnesty would probably mean anarchy and civil
unrest for America.

Is John McCain really telling the American people that we should provide
amnesty to foreign criminals who have invaded our country for fear that they
might foment violence and insurrection? It appears so.

Yet, Senator McCain has apparently given no thought or regard for the
consequences that giving up to 60 million aliens amnesty (over the next 20
years) will have upon America’s future generations. Folks, this is
1-dimensional living at its very worst!

I invite readers to view my online Sunday address on “The 3-Dimensional
Life” free of charge by going to:

http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/sermonvideo.html

While there, one might also wish to watch another recent address entitled
“Fight to the Finish.” It is located at the same web page.

As always, there is no charge to view or download these speeches. There is
also an MP3 version available to download to one’s IPOD. And one may view
these speeches using either a high speed or dial up modem.

One more thing: my fine staff has just uploaded a brand new Election 2008
page to our web site. This site is being updated almost daily with current
news and commentary regarding the major presidential contenders. There is
also an overview of the field of candidates and a page specifically devoted
to the Constitution Party. Visit the Election 2008 page often. Go to:

http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/election2008.php

I believe Third Party politics will play a much greater role in 2008 and
that this role will only increase in future elections. And, personally, I
believe this will be very healthy for America. The two major parties are
thoroughly bought by highly financed special interests. They need to go!

My friends, we must begin electing leaders who have a 3-dimensional
perspective on life or this experiment in liberty will quickly expire. And
in the meantime, we must do everything we can to defeat the 1-dimensional
and very nefarious Bush/McCain/Kennedy amnesty bill currently before the
U.S. Senate.

(c) Chuck Baldwin

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PRO – DEFENSE, NOT PRO – WAR

Posted by soldierservant on June 6, 2007

People who know me know that I am anything but a pacifist. I wholeheartedly support the right and duty of America to defend itself. I further support the right and duty of individuals to defend themselves, which is why I am such a strong proponent of the
Second Amendment.

Accordingly, I fully supported Ronald Reagan’s “Peace Through Strength” initiative. Without a doubt, it was Reagan’s resolve in this matter which ultimately led to the collapse of the Soviet Union and solidified America’s military superiority. Obviously, I am not “anti-war.” Anything but.

With that said, however, neither do I believe that America has the right to unilaterally attack other nations without first having been attacked or seriously threatened (which includes the ability and intention to follow through with the threat) with attack. In other
words, not being “anti-war” does not make me “pro-war.” A better moniker might be “pro-defense.”

For example, I don’t believe that I have the right to shoot my neighbor because he called me names or because he verbally threatened me. If, however, he decided to follow up his threats by invading my home with the intention of doing bodily harm to me or my family, I believe I have every right, and even the duty, to shoot him right between the eyes! But the right of self defense would not justify me if I then decided to hunt down his family and
friends and also shoot them. The reason? They pose no imminent threat to me or my family. Therefore, believing in the right to self-defense does not mean that I am “pro-killing.”

By the same token, neither am I “pro-war” when I say I believe America has the right to defend itself. When it comes to war, General Douglas MacArthur summarized my feelings when he said, “War is a scourge.” Indeed it is.

The problem today is that the neo-cons who run Washington, D.C., are not “pro-defense,” they are “pro-war.” And there is a huge  difference.

People who are pro-war use war to advance their personal political or economic agendas. To them, war has little to do with self defense and everything to do with self  aggrandizement. However, this can only work if the people who are reaping the benefits from war are not actually experiencing war!

To those who are engaged in war, the consequences can be nightmarish! Arms and legs cut off. Eyes put out. Flesh burned. Intestines ripped out. Backs broken. Skulls crushed. Lives lost. Families torn apart. Homes destroyed. Children left without parents. Parents never able to see their children again. Wives without husbands. Husbands without wives. Souls snuffed into eternity. Emotional scars that never heal. These are the realities of
war. And this is what the neo-cons who profit from war never have to see up close and personal.

Instead, pro-war neo-cons sit in their comfortable, air-conditioned offices and send other husbands, other wives, other parents, other children, other people to incur the “scourge” of war. But the neo-cons who trumpet war, who promote war, and who finance war
never actually experience war.

The surest way to extinguish the bloodlust of the neo-cons who are sending our young people to fight and die is to insist that they themselves join the war! Until then, or until the American people wake up to the fact that war profiteers are merely manipulating and
using them, our military personnel will continue to be used, not as defenders of America, but as expendable commodities in the relentless pursuit by internationalists to establish a global economy.

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Et Tu, Frank Graham?

Posted by soldierservant on June 6, 2007

Another Christian leader rubber – stamping the internationalist agenda of Skull and Crossbones George W. Bush. If you honestly believe that this is about saving people from AIDS, you are extremely naive. http://www.christianpost.com/article/20070531/27707_Graham%2C_Warren_Praise_Bush%27s_%2430B_AIDS_Push.htm

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