Honor

Wherefore the Lord God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the Lord saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed. 1 Samuel 2:30 KJV

The concepts of honor and respect seems to have been lost to this generation of secular humanists. To them, nothing is sacred.

The progressive left not only has no regard for civility but is also without moral restaint. No wonder, for man without God is given over to the vile and degrading passions of the sin nature.

Scripture teaches us to honor God and to show honor to those to whom honor is due. God has little estimation of those who do not honor Him and His Christ.

“. . . them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.” 1 Samuel 2:30 KJV

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Romans 12:10 KJV

Honor and respect are critical components to the longevity of a civil society.


Warfare


(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 2 Corinthians 10:4 KJV

There is tremendous pressure from the atheistic communists in America to get rid of our guns. That is the major hurdle that is needed to subdue and sunjugate our society. This must be resisted by every freedom loving American.

Those who want open borders and a one world government are unknowingly being directed and controlled by the spirit of anti-Christ. Our real warfare is supernatural.

We do face physical enemies, such as the promoters of atheistic communism, but must always keep in mind that the real battle is a spiritual one. 

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12 KJV


Unity

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; Revelation 5:9 KJV

True unity, harmony, and peace is only possible when we are ruled by the Prince of Peace, Jesus. the Messiah of Israel and the Savior of the world.

Harmony can only be found when there are differences in pitch and tone. The sounds of many different instruments can harmonize under the direction of a master conductor. 

People can only harmonize in life when they follow the Master conductor.

Unity is not necessarily total agreement on everything, but rests in the ability to agree to disagee agreeably and to live cheerfully with and appreciate differences.

Jesus doesn’t make clones. He makes disciples and co-laborers of all manner of men.

For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:27‭-‬29 KJV


Reconstructionism

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. James 1:8 KJV

Being double minded is to be unstable, without a firm foundation and blown by every wind of doctrine. To say you are a Christian and ignore the teaching of scripture is to fall prey to the modern reconstructionists and become double minded.

Reconstructionism follows the deconstruction of a culture’s history, writings, art and structure. All memory of what was held dear to a society’s past must be attacked and destroyed in order to establish the new order. Tje first step is to silence opposition.

This taking place before our numbed minds and blinded eyes by people mesmerized by the spirit of anti- Christ. It’s time for the church to wake up and relearn the good old ways that cause civilizstion to flourish.

Thus saith the Lord , Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. . . . Jeremiah 6:16a KJV

Don’t join them who rebel against God and His ways.

. . . But they said, We will not walk therein Jeremiah 6:16b KJV


Why Integrity?

The following is from my book, “Integrity – The Last Great Battle.”

Why, exactly, do we need moral integrity? What, exactly, is moral integrity? Can there be individual integrity without a moral basis?

There is no possibility of the successful development of a society without a common value system to order the daily affairs of its members. It simply cannot withstand the pressures or heat that it must move through any more than the could the Titanic or the Columbia. Even if there are only two individuals, there must be a set of ground rules by which one may relate to the other. In fact, an individual cannot function alone without a certain sense of purpose and worth. In other words, there must be a proper sense of being and adequate rules to live by. Recognizing this basic human need brings us face to face with the need to question who, or what, has the right to mandate or decree a set of moral values that could be the framework or basis of integrity? Is mankind left to itself to develop and establish such a critical framework for interpersonal relationships, or is there someone who holds the right to hold the plumb line from which all society might gain direction?

We cannot speak of being moral without believing that there might be an absolute standard of behavior that would qualify a person as being moral or immoral. If, as we read in Chapter One, in my book, Integrity – The Last Great Battle,” integrity is partially defined as, the quality of having strong moral principles, then morality must be defined to the degree that all people within a given community could agree as to the absoluteness of its standard. And if we understand being moral to mean being concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior, the goodness or badness of human character, and adhering to a code of behavior that is considered right or acceptable, or a standard of behavior, a principle of right and wrong, then we begin to see the need for an established and accepted norm of moral values.

Reverend James Robison, in his article, Defining Evil, distributed in August, 2006 observes the following concerning this very thought:

There is much in our world that doesn’t make sense. Today, we discover another plot to commit mass murder.

Tomorrow, someone will try to justify it. Just when logic and wisdom tell you that something is right or wrong, a whole hoard of voices tries to convince you differently.

Hezbollah shattered the fragile peace between Lebanon and Israel by crossing an internationally-recognized border to kill and capture Israelis, then began a rocket attack that has surpassed 2,000 launches in three weeks, yet the United Nations condemns Israel for a “disproportionate response.” Islamo-fascists have routinely rioted, bombed and terrorized Europe, yet many Europeans view America as the greatest threat to world peace.

Domestically, millions of living human beings have been killed while still in the womb, yet those opposing abortion are labeled as oppressors of liberty. Homosexual activists continue to impose their sex acts upon a nation that prefers monogamous, heterosexual families, while blasting defenders of marriage as “radicals” and “hate mongers.”

When former President George W. Bush vetoed a bill to fund embryonic stem cell experiments on moral grounds (instead favoring more advanced, alternate stem cell research), Iowa Senator Tom Harkin viciously attacked him for standing up for his convictions. “He is vetoing it because he says he believes it is immoral,” Harkin said. “Mr. President, you are not our moral Ayatollah — maybe the president, nothing more.”

Apparently, possessing any sense of right and wrong makes you the most radical of extremists. If that’s the case, then count me in. I do believe in right and wrong, good and evil. (And what’s with the phrase “maybe the president?” Does Harkin still view Al Gore as “the real president?”)

Everyone wants to claim the moral high ground, but who determines which way is up? What is right and what is wrong? Is it larger than the individual person, or do we each decide what is right in our own eyes?

To determine right and wrong, we need to start with some absolutes: what is evil and what is good. Here are a few thoughts and examples. There are many more.

  1. Goodness values life. Evil destroys it.
  2. Goodness protects innocence. Evil exploits it.
  3. Goodness regrets the loss of innocent human life. Evil dances in the streets in celebration.
  4. Goodness seeks reconciliation. Evil never forgets and certainly never forgives.
  5. Goodness shares the blessings of wealth and abundance. Evil hides and hordes it.
  6. Goodness honors truth and justice. Evil rewards deceit and tyranny.
  7. Goodness tears down evil in order to rebuild a better society. Evil targets goodness in order to create chaos.
  8. Goodness produces prosperity. Evil results in poverty.
  9. Goodness enables common people to reach their full potential. Evil subjugates all people to prevent any success.
  10. Goodness finds cures to diseases that plague mankind. Evil releases disease to annihilate populations.
  11. Goodness expresses heaven on earth. Evil brings hell.

As we debate the merits of various social policies and political positions, we must return to absolute truth to evaluate our decisions. We all like to think of ourselves as “right,” but at the same time, are we “good?”

Most of the West is “great” because the people are “good.” If we fail to hold to goodness, we risk falling prey to all kinds of evil.

My premise here is that the greatness of the people hinged on their common belief in basic biblical truth.

The book, “Integrity – The Last Great Battle,” is available on Amazon.com, Kindle Books, and at Wellspring Publishing


Commitment

54 Years

Commitment is something this society seems to have lost. Whether committing oneself to marriage, to the local church, to preserving our free America, or committing to raise the children created by our intimacies is now foreign to way too many.
Abortion or desertion is the answer for “unwanted” pregnancies. The rights of the child are set aside for the selfish desires of the, should be, parent.

Welfare and entitlements are demanded rather than committing to go to work and earn a living. Lazy self pampering has replaced energetic service centered productive endeavor.

Rather than commit to building the local church with giving of resources and volunteerism, the only commitment is to receive whatever benefit one can derive from the experience of a, hopefully, short worship service or the warm fuzzy feeling from giving out food or clothing to the street people.

It seems that only the LGBTQ community is really interested in the institution of “marriage.” Most heterosexuals are shunning the commitment of marriage between one man and one woman in favor of “a relationship.” Committing to someone “until death do us part” seems to be a strange concept. Entering into a marriage relationship with the understanding that it is a life long commitment sanctioned by God flies in the face of liberal, self-gratifying thought.

I thank God that I was raised in an era before society began to unravel. I thank God that I met the girl of my dreams when I was 16. I thank God that four years later, after my military service and her graduating nurses school, that we made a commitment for life to love, honor, and cherish one another. I thank God that we are celebrating our 54th Wedding Anniversary today!

I also thank God that we have been able to help others develop meaningful, lasting marriage relationships in the midst of a morally bankrupt society. I thank God that not all Americans have been swept into the destructive spiral of relativistic thinking.

I thank God that my wife and I are celebrating our years together and looking forward to many more.
I thank God that, through Christ Jesus, He is allowing us to preach the gospel together and work as ministers of reconciliation.

I thank God that He has surrounded us with others of like mind that are changing the world around them one soul at a time.
God is Good! All the time! We are committed to each other, to Him, and to those He has brought into our lives.

Remember. God is committed to you.

Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] Hebrews 13:5 (AMP)


From my book, “Integrity – The Last Great Battle”

The Loss of Integrity

On Saturday, February 1, 2003 the Columbia space shuttle broke into pieces just 16 minutes away from landing. All 7 of the astronauts died. This tragic event took place, quite possibly, because an individual, or a group of individuals, did not maintain the integrity of the mission.

At the time of this writing, the final analysis of all information that might shed light on the cause for the disaster is not complete. One thing is sure. No one wants to admit that they might be responsible, at least in part.

Enron, World Com, and the many other corporate scandals, all show the great need to resurrect integrity in the market place. Situational ethics reign. No one wants to take responsibility for error, but everyone wants to profit at the expense of others. We live in a society that has lost it’s moral moorings. It appears as though the business owner no longer feels any obligation to care for his employees. Nor is there evidence that many employees feel a responsibility to be their best for their employers. These biblical mandates have been set aside to make room for selfish motives. (Ephesians 6:5; Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 3:22; Colossians 4:1; 1 Tim. 6:1-2; Titus 2:9; 1 Peter 2:18)

The collapse of corporations, the loss of the space shuttle, and yes, even the utter destruction of nations follows the breakdown of moral integrity. What starts as a small, seemingly insignificant oversight begins a domino effect that eventually destabilizes everything, and everyone, near or connected to it.

The slightest lie, oversight, postponement, or lapse of attention, will eventually bring about a catastrophic event. We do reap what we sow.

“Be not deceived; … for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” – Galatians 6:7

The Tile Effect

The mission was just sixteen days long. Seven men and women from three nations rode the Columbia into the sky. They would see the creation of God from a perspective that most will never have an opportunity to see. Their goals were noble. The youth of their respective nations saw them as heroes, role models of the highest order.

Their well being, their very lives, rested in the hands of the ground crew. Oh, they had their part to play, but only mission control could see what they could not. A piece of foam, frozen solid and caked with ice broke off and hit the wing. A small thing, “nothing of any significance,” something that had happened before and caused no problem. Just a few tiles broken; a few heat tiles missing. Nothing to worry about. Nothing to pay any attention to.

Really? That was the wing where the problem began. What was the problem? Well, nobody paid any attention to the monitor camera that would have told the story. Someone didn’t think it was important enough to fix the out-of-focus camera. Just a small thing in the midst of a big mission. Oversight? Complacency? Laziness? Who will ever really know? One thing is sure. Seven are dead. Not to mention that the billion dollar Columbia is gone.

Could it be “the tile effect”? A few small tiles missing in an area where the heat of reentry would damage critical systems? Would a higher degree of mission integrity made a difference? We wait to hear.

What small thing have you overlooked? In what situation did you look the other way? Was your integrity breached? Were you unable to stand for what is right? What will your “tile effect” (the principle of sowing and reaping) bring to your life? To the lives of others? How many will die? What will be lost?

“Integrity – The Last Great Battle” is available on Amazon.com and signed copies may be ordered at the Wellspring Resource Center