Sabbath Day or No Sabbath Day

Today, we have disregarded one of God’s top-ten commands, remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. When we read that, we can imagine that we keep His day holy in various ways. However, we should read a little further in the text. The primary way, God’s way, to keep it holy is not to work. You, nor your son, nor your daughter, not even your cattle should do any work. Of course, there are other ways to keep it holy. We do that by attending church or studying His word; perhaps even doing good deeds for others. However the primary way to keep it holy has been ignored. If we think about it, the primary reason for breaking this command is to do more activities for ourselves. Blue laws, laws that States and communities passed to restrict businesses from doing business on Sundays, have been taken off the books or ignored as well because we want to shop and spend more. Consequently, we force others to work and break the Holy day for our pleasure. What does the command say? God rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. Its hard to keep these days, but let’s try.

"Let nothing ever tempt you to become a Sabbath-breaker. I press this on your attention. Make conscience of giving all your Sabbath to God. A spirit of disregard for this holy day is growing up among us with fearful rapidity, and not least among young men. Sunday traveling, Sunday visiting, Sunday outings, are becoming every year more common than they were, and are doing infinite harm to souls…Once you give up caring for the Sabbath, in the end you will give up caring for your soul. The steps which lead to this conclusion are easy and regular. Begin with not honoring God's Day, and you will soon not honor God's House; -cease to honor God's House, and you will soon cease to honor God's Book; cease to honor God's Book, and ultimately you will give God no honor at all. Let a man lay the foundation of having no Sabbath, and I am never surprised if he finishes with the top-stone of no God". (Thoughts for Young Men, J.C. Ryle (1816-1900), p74, 75)

United States - Martial Law

Why does President Obama want a civilian national security force that is just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded as our military?

Martial Law Enacted 

The survivors of this nuclear war will soon face more hardships. Because of the chaos of a post-nuclear war, martial law is implemented from the remnants of the governments around the earth. Military equipment will be used to govern the populations and to put down uprisings, looting, and robberies.

(Rev 9:3-4) Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. {4} They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.

It would take about five months to restore order in many of the societies. Grasses and natural plants and animals would also be a prime commodity. Many of the governments would protect these remaining areas at all costs.

(Rev 9:5-9) And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. {6} In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them. {7} The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. {8} They had hair like women's hair, and their teeth were like lions' teeth. {9} And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle.

These "locusts" describe in detail the way a military helicopter would look to someone in ancient Israel. The crown, the breastplate of iron, and the sound of chariots is as good a description as one could expect. These would have to be some kind of manmade device, for locusts do not exist like this in nature. 

Also notice how Joel describes these same "locusts". Could real locusts really do this?

(Joel 2:1-11) Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the LORD is coming, For it is at hand: {2} A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness, Like the morning clouds spread over the mountains. A people come, great and strong, The like of whom has never been; Nor will there ever be any such after them, Even for many successive generations. {3} A fire devours before them, And behind them a flame burns; The land is like the Garden of Eden before them, And behind them a desolate wilderness; Surely nothing shall escape them. {4} Their appearance is like the appearance of horses; And like swift steeds, so they run. {5} With a noise like chariots Over mountaintops they leap, Like the noise of a flaming fire that devours the stubble, Like a strong people set in battle array. {6} Before them the people writhe in pain; All faces are drained of color. {7} They run like mighty men, They climb the wall like men of war; Every one marches in formation, And they do not break ranks. {8} They do not push one another; Every one marches in his own column. Though they lunge between the weapons, They are not cut down. {9} They run to and fro in the city, They run on the wall; They climb into the houses, They enter at the windows like a thief. {10} The earth quakes before them, The heavens tremble; The sun and moon grow dark, And the stars diminish their brightness. {11} The LORD gives voice before His army, For His camp is very great; For strong is the One who executes His word. For the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; Who can endure it?

Is President Obama Presidential?

Update - Now our president can be seen with Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff, who in her youth was arrested as a marxist rebel. Should the President of the United States embrace this type of person? Apparently, he see no problems with his associations.

Can anyone imagine Ronald Reagan or even Lyndon Johnson appearing on a comedy show such as Jon Stewart's Daily Show? A president had not even appeared on late night talk shows such as Johnny Carson's until President Obama appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on March 19, 2009.

Should the President of the United States be bowing to any man?

Obama's transformation of America

President Obama sounds good when he is alone, but it is very apparent what type of individual he is when you look at the people he appoints and those with whom he keeps company.

White House's Communications Director's two favorite people are Mother Theresa and Mao Zedong.

20 years in this church!?

Self-proclaimed communist!

China-United State Trade Deficit

Trade war with China? Looks like the United States is already in a war and is losing badly. Below, you will find an older post of the problem that has only gotten much worse. The table as been updated. Scroll to the bottom and see how much of our money has been plundered. 
Recently, the US has reached an agreement with China regarding its exponentially growing trade deficit. Much will have to be made up if the United States is to recover the trillions of dollars already lost to our ever-growing powerful enemy. As of 2009, over $2 trillion dollars have been shipped overseas in exchange for temporary, cheap goods. The American people have knowingly given their money to this communist nation. Consequently, the US standard of living has decreased and many good jobs have been lost. 

The table below shows the yearly trade deficit the United States has with China from the beginning of our trade relations with that country. For example in 1985, China shipped $6 million more goods to the US than we shipped to them. In 2009, the imbalance ballooned to almost $227 billion. It was just 1972 when Nixon made his famous trip to open up a dialog. Only 13 years later, the deficits begin.  

Year             Deficit
1985            $6,000,000
1986         1,664,700,000
1987         2,793,300,000
1988         3,489,300,000
1989         6,234,300,000
1990        10,431,000,000
1991        12,691,000,000
1992        18,309,000,000
1993        22,777,000,000
1994        29,505,100,000
1995        33,789,500,000
1996        39,520,200,000
1997        49,695,500,000
1998        56,927,400,000
1999        68,677,100,000
2000        83,833,000,000
2001        83,096,100,000
2002       103,064,900,000
2003       124,068,200,000
2004       164,254,300,000
2005       202,278,100,000
2006       234,101,300,000
2007       258,506,000,000
2008       268,039,800,000
2009       226,877,200,000

2010       273,065,500,000
2011       295,456,500,000
2012       315,102,500,000
2013       318,683,800,000
2014       344,817,700,000
2015       367,256,700,000
2016       347,016,000,000
2017       375,227,500,000

Total   $4,741,255,500,000

Source: US Census Bureau 

Discourse of the Common Weal of this Realm of England, 1549: "We must always take heed that we buy no more from strangers than we sell them, for so should we impoverish ourselves and enrich them."

Also see U.S. Federal Deficits, Presidents, and Congress for annual and cumulative budget deficits.

America Once Feared Catholics

In a recent newspaper article, the author gives us a small history lesson. She indicates that in the 1920s, America once feared [Roman] Catholics. She gives some fairly frightening descriptions of the persecution Catholics went through at that time. The insinuation is that we persecuted Catholics at that time because they were different from us thinking they were going to overthrow our government by taking orders from the pope. 

This is happening today, according to the author, when we fear Muslims. They too, we say, are staging an overthrow of the government. However the difference between the Catholics of the 1920s and those who follow Islam today is that you never had Catholics blowing themselves up all over the world. Catholics did not kidnap and kill their captives. They got along well with their neighbors and were a general benefit to the societies in which they lived. Can we say the same for those who follow Islam? Certainly not all or even most Muslims are violent. However to say that we have nothing to fear from them and should treat them in a similar fashion as we do Roman Catholics is naive and dangerous. We need to see the threat as real and stop deceiving ourselves.

North Carolina Constitution of 1776

This truth is self-evident: the United States was founded by Christians for Christians. The founders had no intention of other religions being treated in the same fashion as Christianity. Freedom of religion was was established so that no denomination would have supremacy over another denomination as it had in Europe. 

Section 32. "That no person who shall deny the being of God, or the truth of the Protestant religion, or the divine authority of either the Old or New Testaments, or who shall hold religious principles incompatible with the freedom and safety of the State, shall be capable of holding any office, or place of trust or profit, in the civil department, within this State."

A listing of other State Constitutions that clearly articulate the Christian religion can be found here.
Cary Jay Vaughn