Friend, are you unable to read the Bible, that is, make sense of it? Or do some parts make sense, but others, such as Leviticus or Revelation or Romans seem totally bewildering? Are you desiring to go deeper, or reach a higher ground, spiritually, but your difficulty in comprehending scripture is holding you back? It may well be you need to consider that the Bible is essentially Messianic--that is, it exists to tell you about the Messiah and Savior, and virtually everything in the Bible points to Him. With this understanding, you are on your way to unlocking the scriptures and opening the door to Yeshua--for they are, in truth, a living Person, Jesus (Yeshua), who delights in His Name, the Word (John 1:1: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
I am the Bible.
I am God's wonderful library.
I make known to all, Him who is Truth.
To the weary pilgrim, I am a good, strong staff.
To the one who sits in black gloom, [like the Dalit or Untouchable in India, or the drug or porn addict or the victim of abuse or neglect, or the tortured Christian in Laos or China or Burma or Nepal, or the Sudanese Christian slave abducted from Darfur] I am glorious light.
To those who stoop beneath many burdens, I am sweet rest.
To him who has lost his way, I am a safe guide.
To those who have been hurt by sin, I am healing balm.
To the discouraged, I whisper a glad message of hope.
To those who are distressed by the storms of life,
I am an anchor, sure and steadfast.
To those who suffer in lonely solitude,
I am as a cool, soft hand resting on a fevered brow.
Oh, child of man, to best defend me, JUST USE ME.
The Bible is God's road map as you travel through life.--from Faith Magazine, Author Unknown
The secular humanist Congress in charge now has retracted the U.S. Congress's former praiseworthy, truthful endorsement of Christian faith and the Bible as the cornerstone of our American nation, government, and way of life. With the Democrats in Congress leading, the Congress of our country is now busy throwing out God, the Bible, and Christian values! If you, as a Christian and citizen, know about pending bills in Congress (not to mention many state legislatures), you will know that we are in grave danger of losing our most fundamental rights and liberties. In the following Article 1 (which was adopted to be the First Amendment of the Constitution), we are told what they are:
Article 1, Bill of Rights:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
Congress now is deliberately violating and breaking this Article, which is the Cornerstone of our freedoms and liberties under law in this land of America. Congress is purposely respecting the establishment of a religion, which it has declared secularist humanism to be, favoring this religion above all other religions. This is the religion presently dominant in the schools, courts, and even the government--supplanting Christian faith and religion. This is undeniable--as Evolutionary Theory, Tolerance, Diversity, Separation of Church and State, Multiculturalism, are some main tenets of its creed. These are all being preached and promoted and forced on the whole society with funding by tax monies.
Second, Congress is prohibiting the free exercise of religion, namely the Christian religion, by many laws or adherence to unconstitutional court rulings or actively hostile government interference and harrassment by government agencies, such as the IRS (which is a favored punitive arm of certain known presidential administrations and the White House against dissenters and critics in the Christian churches).
Third, Congress has trampled on Article 1 by abridging the freedom of speech by passing and considering many bills against Christian observances and traditions in public spheres, that are known to be an integral part of our nation's founding and a cause of its unparalleled blessing by Almighty God.
Fourth, Congress is jeopardizing the freedom of the people peaceably to assemble, as it allows the enforcement of laws governing the peace to be continually usurped by special interest groups and activists for special rights for homosexuals vis a vis the Christian community and the Christian churches. The peaceable assemblies of Christians are often disturbed, while the perpetrators of disruption are not punished by the officers of the law but allowed to disturb the public peace outside the church doors while advising the church members to remain quiet, closeted and sequestered, in effect, while their assaulters enjoy free rein. [I once attended a rally at an arena in Seattle, where Dr. Dobson was one of the speakers on behalf of traditional marriage, and protestors from radical liberal groups fighting traditional marriage were outside, held back by many police officers so we could get in to the arena without being assaulted. Once in, I found my group was seated near a group of commando-like, professional activist protestors, who had been allowed entrance but were at least kept to one area that had to be constantly watched by ushers. This was acceptable, as long as they did not act to make noise to disrupt the meeting, but outside the arena the protestors chanted and screamed and beat their drums and made all sorts of noise that carried into the open-air meeting, making it very difficult for me to hear and concentrate on the speeches of the guest speakers. I do not go, as these hired protestors do, to the meetings of the homosexual activists and atheists and the ACLU or NARAL or any other such meeting, to protest and harrass and distrupt. But yet I had to suffer the intrusive noise of these protestors! It is entirely one-sided, and a form of persecution that the laws permit, all under the banner of "freedom of speech." They have no such freedom, if they disrupt the peaceful gatherings and peaceful business of fellow Americans!].
Fifth, Article 1, to be upheld, must allow for the Christians to petition Congress to make full redress of their grievances. Yet Congress routinely, cavalierly, ignores Christians, its Senators and Representatives passing bills that defame, belittle, marginalize, and otherwise disenfranchise and separate Christians from the mainstream of society and government circles, while favoring and granting special privileges to secular humanists, or atheists, and Muslims, at the expense of Christians, who cannot find any similar favor at the hands of Congress, simply because they are Christians.
For these reasons, we hold Congress to be acting in defiance of the First Article of the Bill of Rights, through badly conceived laws, and through purposed new bills proscribing so-called "hate speech," particularly through laws prohibiting the free exercise of pastors and teachers in the Christian churches, through laws making it a crime to read certain portions of the Holy Scriptures, the Bible, which particularly identify and condemn homosexuality as immorality, a perversion which God states in His Word the Bible that He hates and abominates, and which no Christian who reveres the Bible can approve or justify, no matter how much government approves or justifies it.
Whereas the First Article has been broken by Congress most greviously and deliberately and repeatedly, we hold the Senate, the House, and the Speaker of the House altogether responsible for the conscious, deliberate abrogation and destruction of Article 1, and charge these high government bodies, with all their members, to cease and decist immediately from this wrongful behavior.
Not merely this, but Congress must retract, withdraw, annul all its laws that are unconstitutional, which, purposely or not purposely, make the First Article of the Bill of Rights null and void or, at the least, compromise its meanings.
Not only this, but Congress must apologize, publicly, in a body, to the American people for its crimes against the rights of the people of America, as it has pursued a treacherous, dangerous path of wreaking havoc with the meaning, intention, observance, and enforcement of the First Article in innumerable acts, bills, lack of enforcement, neglect, disdain, and pride.
We charge the Congress with all these serious crimes against the Bill of Rights and the Constitution and the American People, not to mention the members of the historic Christian faith, because this Article speaks to our most cherished and treasured and fundamental liberties, the very ones for which the Pilgrim Fathers and the Puritan Fathers of this our nation journeyed with great hazard by ship, sacrificing property and even their lives, to gain a new life in this land, so that, utilizing that new life, they might be free to worship and preach the inerrant Word of God, the Holy Bible, according to their Christian faith and the dictates of their consciences, without government interference or the interference and intimidation of any other bodies, religious or governmental.
In conclusion, the gross dereliction of Congress and its decades-long hostility toward the Christian faith can be explained by pointing out its basic misunderstanding and belittling and slighting of the central, foundational ground of being and focus of the Christian religion--to wit, traditional and historic Christianity has always meant, not a religion or any philosophy, but a real, living Person, namely, Jesus Christ. To outlaw the naming of Jesus Christ in the prayers of military chaplains, for example, through military regulations (as in the case of Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, given below in a following note), or even government laws and regulations, is to annihilate Christianity, to pass sentence of death on Christian faith. All the other aspects are trappings, and are expendable, but Christ the Lord, Jesus, cannot be given up, and His Name is the Same as His Person--He cannot be separated from his Name, by using the generic word, "God" or "Deity," for that is shown to be a specious, false handling of the Christian God, if you forbid or proscribe the use of Jesus Christ, Who as the Second Person of the Trinity is God. Besides all this, Scripture teaches that His Name is above all other names in heaven and earth. To defy the Christian faith by forbidding or limiting the use of the name, Jesus Christ, which is a name of God, Congress or the military is committing an act of war against the Christian Faith, its practicioners, and also an act of war against Jesus Christ Who is God, the great I Am. This act of war is born of an anti-Christ spirit and is most grevious to God, who will defend His Son, Jesus, Who is rightfully the Supreme Power in rule over all the inhabitants, nations, and governments and authorities of earth. This must be repented of if this U.S. Congress is to avert the wrath of Almighty God, and the imminent destruction of this nation that such an act will inevitably incur.
A letter from "Seventy Weeks to Save America" sums up everything said so far, very aptly:
"People of faith are openly ridiculed and belitted by those who goal is nothing less than the transformation of our country in their own self-absorbed, atheist-humanist, God-demeaning image. This concerted anti-God bigotry seeks to silence our witness and banish the Lord from the public square.
"Isn't it clear that active Christian involvement in civil government is NOT OPTIONAL? It is an essential part of our calling from God to our citizenship vocation, to shine the light of Truth into an ever-darkening culture. It's imperative for God's people to address current, frontline moral issues while God still stays His hand of deserved judgment upon our nation." [Truly, is it not clear what we must do as Christians and concerned Orthodox Jews and all who support the Judaeo-Christian heritage and foundation of America? It is high time to formulate and issue a "JUDAEO-CHRISTIAN MANIFESTO" to the entire nation and to the runaway, unconstitutional, secular humanist-subverted U.S. Government.
As Chaplain Klingenschmitt (on right) states in his joint letter with Alan Keyes and Rick Scarborough, June 29, 2007: "I lost everything when the Navy convicted and then ousted me from my career of military service for the crime of praying in Jesus' Name."
If you want to join your part to the efforts to save America, check out this grass roots Christian group which Scarborough, Keyes, and Klingenschmitt are raising up to restore this nation back to its Christian roots and Christian foundations before it is too late and too much damage has been done:
Thank God for Pastor Hagee for making this brave stand for Israel, our fine and loyal ally, in a time when anti-Semitism is rising and is rampant in Europe and even now rearing its ugly head in America, in the State Department, and the media, in the universities funded by Arab petro-dollars, and now in the infamous book just issued by former President Jimmy Carter, who has denounced Israel in the most sickening, false way as an "apartheid state" [see the picture and caption below of this anti-Semite Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president].
A large portion of the assembly with speakers' messages was broadcast by Daystar Television; you can access this very intense, exciting, thrilling broadcast by going to Daystar's website. It is possible the program will be featured again. CUFI Founder John Hagee, and a leading San Antonio Orthodox Jewish rabbi, with Bridge of Hope Founder and Cultural Commentator Rod Parsley (whose book "Culturally Incorrect" is a New York Times List Bestseller), and Mr. Dore, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S., were among the main speakers. Former Israeli P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on a video to the assembly of thousands. Israeli Ambassador Dore gave a tremendous speech, which detailed the greatest threat to Israel, Europe, and America is a nuclear-armed, Islamofascist Iran, whose leader has called for the destruction of Israel, calling Israel "the Little Satan" and America "the Great Satan", with missiles also aimed at European capitals "the Medium-Sized Satan".
America, Ambassador Dore said, will have to move against Iran soon, or we will lose the opportunity to stop Iran's fanatic, Hitler-like ruler before he unleashes nuclear Holocaust on Israel, the U.S. and also Europe the decadent appeaser of dictators. 1938 is being repeated, we were told a number of times, when Britain's prime minister, Neville Chamberlain, seeking peace at any price, gave the crocodile, Hitler, the free nation of Czechoslovakia, which wasn't enough to satisfy him but only whetted his appetite for the rest of Europe.
Neville Chamberlain, the fatally duped fool who trusted crocodiles, went to his grave bemoaning Hitler's failure to live up to his gentleman's agreement, by his breaking of Chamberlain's treaty with him, which he had solemnly believed would keep a crocodile from acting like a crocodile.
Neville Chamberlain did not live in the real world, obviously. He thought: Feed the crocodile one little country, and he would leave the rest of Europe alone! Who cared about Czechoslavakia, a small Eastern European country, so why not sacrifice one country for the good of all?
How mistaken he was! That naive appeasement program of Chamberlain's cost fifty million people their lives, not to mention the lives of 400,000 U.S. soldiers (contrasting with the 3,000 or so U.S. soldiers in the second Iraq War) and hundreds of billions of dollars that could have fed and housed everybody on earth, all squandered for bombs and warfare and later the reconstruction of an almost totally ruined Europe.
What cost a few months of phony peace? Thanks to Chamberlain's stupidity and gross miscalculation of his enemy Hitler nearly cost Britain its very existence as a free country.
This political form of Russian roulette played by Chamberlain with Hitler's gun (sign this treaty with our foe and see if no Nazi bullet is discharged into our skulls!) is paralleled with the current, vociferous, anti-Iraq war bills promoted by Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, Boxer, Feinstein, Adam Smith, Maria Cantwell, and other arch-liberal Democratic appeasers in the U.S. Congress who seek to pull out of Iraq precipitously, leaving Iraq to disintegrate into a bloodbath of sectarian genocide and also to become an incubator for even greater than 9/11 attacks of terrorists upon our homeland.
Just as will happen to us in America if we appease our foes to gain "peace" with them, Britain was nearly made a footnote in history, appended to the history of Nazi German's fascist slave empire. Back in World War II we too could have fallen and become slaves, with millions of Americans thrown into death camps and exterminated if we hadn't been able to overwhelm German's war machine with more bombers and tanks than Hitler could produce. He was working on the A-bomb, at least in its initial phases. What if he had gotten one first? He had the jet, and had developed various experimental prototypes that worked and far surpassed anything we had. He also had a transcontinental missile in development for a time, but scrapped it because it wouldn't come on-line in time. If he had only had more time! Hitler had a list all drawn up of British people to be liquidated after he invaded and conquered the country, so there is no reason why he would not have done the same to us in turn if he had won the war.
Neville Chamberlain's stupendous failure to discern how best to handle a ravenous crocodile such as Herr Hitler nearly destroyed Western Civilization.
Today we have many such men and women as Neville Chamberlain in the U.S. Congress and the U.S. State Department, who have stepped into his shoes and picked up his umbrella, to go and appease the crocodiles of Islam, one after the other--PLO, Fatah, Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Aksa, Al Qaida--the list goes on an on as the Islamic crocodile mutates and proliferates in the stagnant swamps of Islamic states and also secular humanist societies.
We will pay with our freedom, with our national sovereignty, with our future, with our very lives, and the lives of the children, if we do not stop this failed policy of appeasement and do whatever needs to be done economically and, if need be militarily, to crush this mad President of Iran and his program of world-wide terrorism as well as the other forces of Islamic Jehad.
For such a perilous, cliff-hanging time as this, CUFI and all who love Israel and America have risen up, hand in hand, to march for the precious things that make life sustainable and worth living--freedom, religion of conscience, morality, traditional marriage, the sanctity of all human life, the government by the people, for the people, and of the people--while not forgetting to stand for fellow democracies and free peoples such as Israel despite all the risks of confronting the tyrants and despotisms of the Middle East and Global Islam.
2. I can think of a hundred things at least that God has done for me this past week, but how about you? God's goodness is incredible and bountiful--like a great river. Where is the end of it? You cannot ever find the end of it, and the Source is God, who is inexhaustible in His goodness showered upon us!
1. Christian Education
3. Holy Spirit
4. Biblical Science
5. Foundational Principles
6. Witnessing and Discipleship
7. Types of Christ (OT)
8. Bible Covenants/Israel/Bible Atlas
9. Christian Hope and Character
10. The Prophetic Calling
European courts, following five millennia of Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Median, Mitannian, Uratan, Chinese, Greek, and Roman, Byzantine, Arab Caliphate, Turkish, Persian, British, Russian, and French examples, were surrounded with all the panoply of privilege and royal majesty. These rulers found it also helped them immeasurably to create awe and a worshipful aura around their persons and courts, by declaring themselves gods, or individuals favored especially by the gods, with suitable titles attached to their names.
Early Americans did not want to follow stupidly with lock-step, sheeplike, thoughtless obedience in this tradition of absolutism and autocratic presumption forced on common, subject people. We wanted no kings, no divine right of rule, no majestic, ceremonial courts and all the other trappings that impoverished the common people who had to foot the bill. In other words, we did not want Versailles and the Court of Louis the "Sun King" transplanted to the Potomac.
But given time, that is what we have got--an imperial presidency, an imperial judiciary, an imperial secret service, an imperial dog catcher. The whole government has become imperialized--withdrawn from the common people, majestic, privileged, and in place indefinitely, though there may well be no reason for it to exist.
Secrecy and exclusivity are a primary means to maintain oppressive governing elites and oligarchies in the imperial government almost forever. These are the classes, supposedly the "intelligentsia," who go to the "best schools" and come from the "best families" and have the "best credentials," who all think they know better than common people how we should think and live and spend our money and rear families and educate them. They decline to be accountable, by citing rules of privilege they have created for hedging round their own imperial well-being and privilege. Witness the elaborate courtesy that Senators use addressing one another, whether they are the worst scoundrels or not. Everyone knows that most such men and women would be better off serving in real capacities of work, such as custodial jobs or shoe stores or corner A.M./P.M. gas/booze outlets. But there they are, holding forth on issues in the most fatuous way in their self-advancing, worthless speeches, making a show of themselves that cannot conceal the fact they are fools and self-serving scoundrels, and because they are so impressive and untouchable in their posts and positions, with this title and that attached to their names, we the common people cannot hope to approach them with our grievances and be seriously considered.
Instead, special interest groups, the most shameless, self-serving lobbyist groups of the radical Left, the more extreme the better ("Code Pink", for example, a cadre of pink-coxcombed anti-war activists and feminists who dare to disrupt the speeches and comments of Congressmen they oppose, while reserving the right to speak their views), have money and use it to gain the ears of the imperial Congressional Court, even though we the people are financing the whole of the government's operation and should have first, foremost attention from these officials. A complete double-standard applies in Washington! Radical Left protestors are allowed to spray-paint Leftist slogans and graphitti on the Capitol buildings, and are not arrested, while evangelicals who paused to pray on the steps of the same buildings have been run off and threatened with arrest!
Then these imperial officials, and this includes the imperial White House and the imperial President, surrounded by all this majesty and privilege that would eclipse an Egyptian Pharaoh's, cite rules of offical privacy concerning their affairs and deeds and acts while in office. We the common people cannot penetrate this demigogoguery and quasi-divine smokescreen that the imperial Government has erected to maintain, preserve, and extend its privileges and longevity. Oh, of course, there are laws that were passed that guarantee rights to obtain documents that the Government has in its keeping, but the Government reserves the right to use its Magic Marker and obliterate in the imperial court documents anything it does not want the eyes of commoners, the average citizens, to see. And the Government simply has to delay, and delay, and delay, and this is a kind of withholding from public view that works most effectively, removing any possible scutiny of official wrong-doing and corruption of power into the dim future.
Our nation's Founders would be appalled, not impressed, if they should visit Washington today, and the same goes for the State capitols which are only regional copies of the imperial monstrosity crouching on the Potomac.
They hated and loathed and feared an imperial government of any kind taking root here in America. They did everything possible to protect the people from such a thing developing there. But despite all their best efforts, it did develop here. We now have a full-blown imperial government, the size and power and majesty and corruption of such is staggering, almost incomprehensible.
And the powers in Washington love to have it so! As soon as a former Budget shoe store salesman steps down off an airport shuttle bus in Washington, come to assume his seat in Congress, a limoisine meets him and whisks him away to a cocktail party in a sophisticated salon in Georgetown, where he meets the "important people" who mentor him on how things are best arranged and done in the Capital. He soon changes his attitudes in regard to his consitutency, which is now far removed from his circumstances. He even forgets them entirely, except to answer some mail now and then he deems worth his attention.
In a short time the fledgling Congressman, a mere novice in the imperial system, is transformed by a complete make-over! You would never recognize the bumbling greenhorn from Seattle or Peoria or Pensacola or Colorado Springs or Anchorage--he dresses imperial, he lives like an imperial, he acts imperial, he entertains imperial, he eats and sleeps imperial. He is also worthless, a scoundrel worse than he was before, a party hack who panders to every special interest group for the money and backing, and sells himself to any issue that will consolidate his power and influence in the imperial Government.
Martin Luther knew the imperial system intimately. He grew up to maturity in the imperial Holy Roman Empire, which was a global empire extending from Germany to the Netherlands to Northern Italy and Naples to South America. He knew what politicians of the imperial system were like. These are his words about them: They "are generallyt the biggest fools and worst scoundrels on earth, but God will find them out, better than anhyone else can, as indeed he has done since the beginning of the world."--from Christian History Magazine, Issue 34, page 43, in article, "The Political Luther," by Dr. Lewis W. Spitz.
Part of the smokescreen (the system of smoke and mirrors you used to find at carnivals) erected to conceal the true nature of this scoundrel-ridden edifice of imperial government is not only secrecy but lies. No one is obligated to tell the truth once they take office. Truth will not serve them, they quickly find, so they quickly discard it and lie from dawn to dark and from dark to dawn. Witness the imperial Presidential press conferences. They are public exercises in casuistry and lying and sophistry--no one at them expects a shred of truth to come forth from the man at the podium emblazoned with the Presidential Seal, and so none are disappointed with the absolute avoidance of truth-telling. Always, National Security, is categorically invoked as the justification for this charade conducted to merely reassure the American people, the common people, that the imperial Government is conscious of current events and crises confronting the nation. This is nothing but shameless lying, or evasion of the truth--a fine show that fools nobody but satisfies the demands of the imperial court etiquette and ceremony.
Before God's all-seeing Eye these officials and presidents and courts and all their scurrying watchdogs of the secret service and court security are less than nothing--they are a drop in the bucket, a bit of dust that the wind blows away! God sees through it all--and it is all a lie. This is not "representative republican government"--it does not even approach such a thing. It is an imperial court system no less. It is not what our Founding Fathers intended. They would reject it on sight. They would call us all to stand up and overthrow it!
America would be a free country, with free people, more happy and prosperous, if Washington, the imperial Capital, had not been built. Federalism as we see it expressed today has been a big mistake, for it has become an imperial system. Though we need a limited central government of sorts for defense of our borders (something the imperial system today does not think important or even necessary!), the imperial Federal Absolutism is not what our Forefathers envisaged and founded. If this top-heavy head were removed (like the 20 top stories of the United Nations building), the sorely-oppressed body of America would perhaps come back to its rightful senses and restore our rights and liberties under the Constitution. We would experience at the same time a return to our moral and Christian foundations as a society and culture and people. Washington, however, is absolutely opposed to any such development, and a million Prayer Breakfasts and Christian conferences and Moral Majority reforms will never reform this nation from the top, Washington, on down to the least community.
Only a merciful and righteous and all-powerful God can break through this Wall of Separation erected by the imperial government of America, erected against the common people in order to oppress, over-tax, and subjugate them indefinitely, so that Washington's officaldom and the government's leaders can enjoy their majesty and power and big money forever.
Mighty Pharoah of Egypt is gone, so is the demi-god, the self-styled, megalomanical Sun King of Versailles. Where is Caesar? Where is Napoleon? Where are these imperialists? Where is the "lese majestie," all that tawdry show and gimcrackery intended to impress the hoi polloi, the common mass of people, and keep them cowed and subservient?
Washington need take note, that its time is coming, perhaps very soon, if the terrorists of Islam have their way. Its days are numbered in God's book. They know what they are doing--they are culpable and responsible and accountable in God's eyes--but they continue doing it anyway for their own self-advancement. How dare they squander the God-given national resources, the national wealth, the hard-earned money of America's working people in useless and extravagant government schemes that are proven failures, such as they do in Education and Welfare!
[Just the other day I heard a self-declared atheist call in to Coast to Coast, Art Bell's Radio program, and express his thankfulness for prostitution, since he said he was disabled with a syndrome and had to resort to prostitutes so he wouldn't be a virgin all his life. He also said he was looking for an atheist woman to live with, but couldn't find an atheist woman. Using his SSI for prostitutes did not bother him in the least, as he ranted against "right-wing, evangelical hypocrites" in the Country who say one thing and practice another, he said. This is what the secular humanist government welfare system has created--a corrupt immoralist who is so lazy he will not work for his own support, claiming a disability prevents him, yet he can still go and spend SSI money on prostitutes!]
How dare they throw this tax money of ours as bribes to every tinpot dictator in Moslem countries and other lands that hate our way of life and the democratic values and freedoms we stand for! How dare they live in a lavish way, while most of the world goes to bed hungry, without clean water to drink, with disease and death stalking every other dooryard in the Third World! How dare they call corruption a good way to do things--the AMERICAN WAY! How dare they think and claim to be elected representatives of the People, when they behave altogether like imperialists! How dare they claim to be compassionate and caring when they spend tax money wrung from every tax payer (regardless of that tax payer's religious views about abortion) for abortion and the decimation of families worldwide--and do nothing to help these people economically and with job training at the village level!
How dare they violate the consciences and rob innocent children of their innocence as well as a moral education, teaching the tenets of atheism and sexual promiscuity and "privacy" instead. How dare they rob whole generations of God, and His Bible, removing God and the Bible from the public sphere where He rightfully belongs as Lord of all!
How dare they define what can and cannot be preached from America's Christian pulpits!
How dare they put thesmselves above and beyond God, Morality, Marriage, and Righteousness as the Bible, as history, as even common sense and tradition have defined these for thousands of years.
How dare they redefine God, Marriage, Parent, Truth!--who gave them such rights? They have no such rights under the Consitution. They are defying the Constitution with their re-definitions backed by imperial Supreme Court rulings.
America's God will not sit silently viewing this cesspool of rebellion and immorality and profiteering off abortion on demand forever--and do nothing. He is acting already, and our "deserved judgment" is already falling upon us from sea to shining sea. God, who is the Covenant God of Israel invoked by our nation's Forefathers, the Puritans and Pilgrims, remembers this covenant they made with Him at the very beginning, and since we have flouted its every provision, can we expect forebearance and mercy forever? Israel was punished, severely, hideously, repeatedly, by divine wrath when she turned apostate and rebelled against this Covenant God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. How can we escape the same chastening and then punishing divine Hand of God if we do the same things, breaking our Covenant with God and congratulating ourselves over breaking it!
Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid brought in a Hindu chaplain (a pagan priest) to pray and invoke Hindu gods at the beginning of a Senate session. This flouted the Covenant, slapped the face of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob--our nation's Covenant God. He laughs at this God. This vainglorious clot of dust thinks there will be no retribution, that our God is powerless and will not as much as tweak his tie. We shall see Harry Reid's inglorious, pathetic end--and it will not be good--brought on by his own rebellion and defiance and mockery of God Almighty, our Covenant God, our nation's supreme Deity and Providence, the Same that is Jesus Christ.
It is a sad and very dark day when a common citizen has to write these words of rebuke to these leaders at the nation's Capitol, and every one is true to what he knows has been the general practice for many years. These things are common knowledge, common practices, and cannot be justified. And they are an outrage in the eyes of God. The nation flourishes and is blessed that honors the Lord, the Bible declares, and the people mourn when their leaders turn unrighteous. We the people of the United States are in deep mourning. We wait on God, we implore His mercy and forgiveness, we pray for repentence in ourselves and in our leaders and fellow citizens, and we...wait. We wait on God our Judge and Savior and Vindicator...and weep.
1. Attack and kill the unborn (particularly the unborn of blacks, the poor, the "disadvantaged," according to the philosophy of eugenics championed and written about by Planned Parenthood's Founder, Margaret Sanger).
2. Attack and subvert the children.
3. Muzzle the churches, marginalize them, scorn and ridicule them publicly, and defund them through tax exemption being withdrawn.
4. Attack the public schools (and their teachers and administrators) and subvert them.
5. Attack the courts and subvert them.
5. Attack the media and subvert them.
6. Attack the history of America and subvert it.
7. Attack the colleges and universities, even the seminaries and Bible schools and subvert them.
8. Attack the mainstream culture and subvert it.
9. Attack the legislatures and Congress and subvert them.
10. Attack the press and subvert the newspapers and news agencies.
11. Attack the military.
12. Attack the institutions of traditional marriage, the Ten Commandments, and traditional Christian morality and subvert them and supplant them.
13. Attack the Presidency and White House.
14. Attack the Constitution of the United States and subvert it.
15. Attack the law enforcement agencies and officers of the nation.
16. Attack the national sovereignty of the United States and subvert and supplant it with transnationalism and subservience to the world courts of the European Union and the sovereignty of the United Nations.
17. Attack the integrity of the U.S. borders and reduce the borders to mere lines drawn on a map, thus permitting invasions of millions of people coming in without respect to U.S. laws, the Amnerican people, American culture, American history, the American language (which is English), Americans' property, or national security.
What is wrong with this popular reasoning? Despite all the moral failures of well-known Christian leaders they can point to, their thesis does not hold water. It is, simply, unBiblical and ignorant and false. Our enemies do not know the Bible, they do not know God, and they refuse both and are going to be destroyed if they continue in their defiance and rebellion.
Biblical Christian activism is Christianity--there can be no Christianity if there is no acting out its morals, principles of righteousness, and Truth (which includes the proclamation of the Gospel of Salvation Alone in Jesus Christ).
Regarding activism for Biblical principles and morality, Proverbs 28 states: 1. "The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righeous are bold as a lion.
2. Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes, but by a man of understanding and knowledge right will be prolonged.
3. A poor man who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain which leaves no food.
4. Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but such as keep the law contend with them.
5. Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand all.
6. Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich."
Years ago at Bible school I had a strange dream, that does not seem so strange now, twenty some years later. The dream was of a downtown of a large city, and Jews were made to wear identifying marks (I think I saw yellow stars of David) and they were being persecuted violently and rounded up. I told the Bible school director about this dream. At that time there was no such anti-Semitism going on in America, but it was clearly America being pictured in the dream. That was in the late 1970s.
Now the dream is coming into its own--shining a spotlight on what we see developing here--our own home-ground anti-Semitic movement and pogroms in the making! Jimmy Carter, former president, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, revealed recently to be recipient of funds at the Carter Library Center from terrorist friends, has come out with his published book attacking Israel, charging it with being an "apartheid state" such as South Africa was before Nelson Mandela was released from prison and the racist Dutch Afrikaner government lost power and new elections held that put a black majority dominated government in power. Nothing could be further from the truth than Carter's book. Fifteen of his advisors and chief aides working at the Carter Center resigned when the book came out. Carter defied the criticism that began, when Americans everywhere realized the falseness of his charges.
Israel is still the only democracy in the Mideast, other than Turkey, and that is fast crumbling away into something approaching a fundamentalist Islamic state.
Israel has 1.3 million Arabs, all citizens of Israel, holding equal rights with Jewish Israelis, and electing Arab representatives in the Knesset, the government's legislative body in Jerusalem. What do Arab countries around this "apartheid state" of Israel have to compare with this record. Nothing! Saudi Arabia, as a prime example of Arabic apartheid, will not allow one Jew to live within its borders--not one! No Christians either--if they exist, they cannot meet in churches or even hold prayer meetings in their homes--they are subject to arrest, imprisonment, and even execution by beheading. Religious police prowl the streets looking for anyone to arrest for displaying signs of infractions against extreme Wahabist Moslem dress codes! They also raid underground Christian meetings, imprisoning those attending, no matter who they are, Saudi Arabian or foreign-born or Western. Those caught with Bibles or preaching or simply attending the meetings are imprisoned, tortured and sometimes beheaded.
So much for our U.S. "ally," Saudi Arabia, one of Jimmy Carter's exemplars of Muslim Arab freedom and liberty for all.
The same can be said for Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, and all the other friends of Jimmy Carter. They won't permit Jews either, and rigorously persue Christians, particularly Muslims who have converted, imprisoning them, torturing them, and often killing them in the town and village squares, tearing them literally apart while the mobs pass the body parts around with fiendish glee (this scene was described by Walid Shoebat, as taking place in Ramallah, the West Bank hell-hole capital of the PLO and now the seat of the Abbas Fatah terrorist state).
So this perpetually smiling (like Alfred E. Newman of the comics) former Georgian peanut farmer turned liberal Democratic president has stepped firmly and defiantly into the camp of the terrorists and the Jew-Christian hating and persecuting Arab countries and societies with his book condeming the nation of Israel.
Seldom has a former U.S. president fallen so low as this (though Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is approaching this depth, with his having a pagan, polytheistic Hindu chaplain come and give the opening prayer for the U.S. Senate). It is hard to think of anything worse than his case. He can keep his Nobel Prize, which he received, by the way, with the likes of Yassir Arafat, who killed more Jews with suicide bombers than any killer and mass murderer since Hitler. Now Arafat has gone to his eternal desserts, but Mr. Carter is very much alive, and speaking in encouraging terms everywhere to terrorist groups and terrorist states in the Mideast, Asia, and Africa. This man needs to be challenged, as Pastor Hagee challenged him from the speaker's podium at the CUFI conference in Washington yesterday, to reveal to the American people the sources of his funding. This will tell us all exactly what he is and what his agenda is. We can know this man by his friends, and his friends are sworn enemies of the United States, who have vowed to destroy Israel and also America. We are all Jimmy Carter's targets, by terrorist hands. My family used to give to his Habitat for Humanity, but no more! He deprived us of our opportunity to help this building of homes for the homeless by his terrorist connections and also his denouncing of Israel on the most execrable, untrue grounds--apartheidism.
If anyone is apartheidist and supportive of apartheidist states, it is Mr. Jimmy Carter! Own up to it, Mr. Carter! You are known by your friends and supporters--and you cannot continue under a smokescreen of philanthropy to conduct your agenda of anti-Americanism and anti=Semitism with impunity. God has a reckoning due for you and your kind, as His Word states that whoever blesses Israel will be bless, and whoever curses Israel (as you have cursed Israel) will be cursed. That is the Word of God, and it cannot be overturned. It will be your sentence from the great Judge of all souls, Jesus Christ, when you step before the Great White Throne someday to account for your misdeeds and guilt.
Repent now, and be saved. You may be a Sunday school teacher in a Baptist church in Plains, Georgia, but you are no Christian who could commit such crimes as you have committed continually for many years now. Your reckoning is tarrying, but is is certain, and it may come any day now.
Repent, Mr. Carter. God's wonderful, free grace can still save you, if you will give up your pride and your folly and Anti-Semitism and ask for forgiveness, and then make public confession to try to rectify some of the vast damage you have done to Israel and millions of Americans and innocent people through your decades of perfidy and lies.
One of the programs of deception practiced by the White House is this: conciliation of Islam in America. CAIR is courted, and radical Islam operates behind this smokescreen of an organization of "moderate Moslems," though "moderate" it is not. The President even goes to mosques to assure them that they are accepted and respected by the U.S. government. No matter their terrorist ties, encouraging terrorism and funding it, no matter their attack on Walid Shoebat, Brigitte Gabriel, and other former Moslems who are Americans trying to warn America about Islam's agenda--the President turns a blind eye to CAIR's true, anti-democratic, anti-American agenda. American Moslems are supportive of democracy, he says--because he has one fixed idea about himself--really a misconception. He believes he is a global bridge-builder between religions and cultures--a failed role, by the way, that he imported from happier days in Texas as a governor when he seemed to bring both parties together in a working relationship on various causes.
It matters little how much we evangelical Christians and orthodox Jews fight this White House and Presidential program of deception regarding Islam in our midst if the President officially endorses organizations like CAIR--an anti-American group that needs to be banned and, preferably, exported to Saudi Arabia where the members will be given a rather shocking reception no doubt by the fellows with the dull knives.
The world's greatest Creation Science museum has just opened, and is drawing record attendance already. Located outside Cincinnati, in the lush, green Kentucky countryside that is, by air and interstate highways, a transportation and cultural hub accessible to two thirds of the U.S. population, the magnificent museum is world-class in every respect and teaches the role of God the Creator in all that he made on earth and in the forming of the earth itself geologically. Macro-Evolution is false (fake science), and can be proven so. We need not operate with blind faith in opposing Evolution, which says that the Earth and the Unvierse came about by blind forces and random, fortuitous accidents of molecules that paired up somehow and make the first building blocks of life. Nothing is so improbable as that happening! We human beings did not evolve somehow from monkeys, or crawl out of duckweed or a tidal pool as some salamander-like amphibian that ultimately developed lungs from gills and replaced fins with legs and feet and toes and fingers. Lungfish which crawl out of the Everglades into people's yards in Florida are not our ancestors! These things are being taught American school children as if they are scientific fact. Go and see yourself how baseless Evolution is, and how abundant is the evidence for Creationism and a Creator God who made all of us and everything around us. One river, the Colorado, created the Grand Canyon--right? Imagine a river cutting down each section, layer by layer, then moving on to the next section, and there would not be time enough in the universe for the Colorado to carve out the Grand Canyon in that way, much less the Copper Canyon in Mexico, which is bigger than own part of the same gigantic erosion system. Clearly, no river could have done all this mass erosion of rock--and it is rock, not easily erodible. It had to be an ocean pouring off the continent--such as would occur in a world-war flood, like the Great Flood of Noah's time. What happened to all the silt and debris, by the way, carried off by the Colorado? Where is it? It is not in the Gulf of Baha California, for there would be no gulf there if the silt had been carried by the river to its mouth. Where is all the material removed from the Grand and Copper Canyon system? Please inform me! Obviously, an oceanic surge leaving the North American continent would be powerful enough to sweep up all those uncountable billions of tons of rocks and earth right into the depths of the Pacific Ocean. No river could have accomplished such a massive earth removal. You see what I am saying by all this? Evolutionary thinking dumbs down the thinking of ordinarily intelligent people. They then, mindlessly, ask no questions of this sacred cow of Evolution, and no light shines in the darkness, and they continue to darken the minds of school children, who accept this doctrine unquestioningly and blindly--this is not education, it is sheer, unadulterated indoctrination.
What can we do, as ordinary citizens? Let us repent and seek God's intervention! He will intervene, and stop this great evil and the murder of innocents, if we will sincerely seek Him!
Remeember what I said about her exposing America's dirty laundry to the world? She did it today, literally, on her program--showing the stained underwear of child rape victims in the photographs made by the predator! She also said, the day before, that "many fathers are sexual abusers" of their children. Where does she get the statistics for that? Many might as well be most--for her use of "many" casts a cloud over all fathers in America as potential or actual sex predators and child abusers. This is the sorcery of this woman--that women cannot get enough of this kind of graphic exposure to the most horrendous crimes of abuse against children and women--as a result, biblically, of Eve's choice to eat the forbidden fruit so that she might possess the knowledge of good and evil. Eve's wayward daughters of modern times, such as Oprah and all her followers, are still eating that deadly forbidden fruit, with the consequences of defiling their minds and souls with virulent evil, which they then spread like new strains of pneumonia or TB by talking about it to their own children and friends and acquaintances. This kind of mass propagation and popularization of evil (all done under the banner of "informing the public" against it) is forbidden by God, but Oprah goes about it for profit, with the zeal of a traditional muck-raker of the 19th century.
What does this statement mean on a Bible school page? Simply: What good is all the Bible knowledge in the world, if you have no Bible to hand to the next generation? All that knowledge and wisdom will die with you! You will be effectively muzzled, gagged, by hate speech and hate crime laws enacted by Congress and the legislatures and backed up by the courts! Believe me, the armed might of U.S. Federal and local enforcement is awesome--witness how Clinton's Attorney General Janet Reno reacted to the cultists of Koresh's at Waco, Texas! These anti-cult, anti-militia, anti-evangelical armed agencies (such as the Treasury Department's ATF) still exist--and can be turned against American churches that resist the hate crime and hate speech bills that are now pending all across the country. Wouldn't it be better to spare ourselves and our families imprisonment and real bloodshed, a confrontation with the overwhelming firepower of the U.S. and state authorities by acting like responsible Christian citizens should and VOTING our beliefs and consciences in the next election?
We have failed in our duties--so we have helped, by default, to establish elites and oligarchies that are determined to destroy religious liberty in our country (and put us completely out of sight, down in basements or "closets" where we will be forced to conduct underground church meetings to be free of the hate speech and hate crime laws of the country).
If we do not vote, our enemies will! They will vote us right into complete cultural and political irrelevance and, as a result, non-existence. We evangelical Christians and all those who hold to Judaeo-Christian values will be a Vanished Species just like the Dodo and the Great Auk, the Passenger Pigeon and the Wooly Mammoth! Secular humanists and atheists and allied Moslems will annihilate us, liquidate us, in other words. It can happen here! When the laws protecting us are removed, with protections stolen from us and given to special law-created groups such as homosexuals, we are defenseless and will be treated as Jews were treated during the years of Hitler in Germany. People who say it cannot happen here do not know history, and are dangerous optimists. Chamberlain was a dangerous optimist--he just didn't believe the worst was possible, or he would have never gone to Hitler and got him to sign a treaty, giving him Czechoslovakia in exchange for "peace." What Chamberlain secured was not peace but total war and the destruction of Europe. We are, in effect, signing similar treaties with our enemies here at home when we do not vote and then assure ourselves that it will "all pan out in the end." Things will go on the way they always have, despite our basic rights stripped from us in legislative bill after bill? That is the ostrich syndrome--a malady that dooms us.
"This prayer has been around for a while. As you read it, reflect upon faith that this mess can be turned around--if only our nation once again turns to God!
"Thought you might enjoy this interesting prayer given in Kansas at the opening session of their Senate. It seems prayer still upsets some people. When Minister Joe Wright was asked to opent he new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:
'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. we know your Word says, "Woe to those who call evil good," but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.
We confess that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it Pluralism. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We habve coveted our neighbors possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornograpnhy and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, O God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent: to direct us to the center of Your will and openly ask these things in the name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen! "The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church [in Wichita, Kansas] where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa, and Korea. Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, "The Rest of the Story," and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called 'one nation under God.'"--Fran Stenberg, Executive Director, Union Gospel Mission, Sioux Falls, SD 57103.
Aesop the ancient Greek creator of many great Greek fables, described two wayfarers--one a man, the other a snake. I have heard several versions, but this is the gist of the classic fable. Both man and snake travelled and came to a river. "Please carry me across," the snake asked the man, "lest I sink and drown." The kind-hearted man agreed to do it, put the snake in his bosum, and the moment they were safely across, the snake bit the man. "You bit me! Why? Didn't I show kindness and mercy to you?" the dying man cried. "But you knew I was a snake," the snake replied as it slithered away up the riverbank.
Yes, we know the snake is really a snake--but our government won't accept the fact and still trusts it--invites it, makes treaties with it, seeks to befriend it, funds it, just as President Bush has repeatedly done with CAIR, and the Democrats, and Moslem autocracies, and countless Mexican illegals. Now that they are biting us fatally, why are we so surprised by their treachery and ingratitude?
We cannot achieve this long-overdue, needed end of the Democratic Party "snake", of course, but Almighty God can! He does not see Republican or Democrat, he sees the Righteousness of His own eternal Kingdom, and the various anti-God individuals and nations and forces arrayed against Him. Yet the pagans, heathens, and atheists of this time are united together in this one organization in order to conquer and subvert the government and nation to its agenda, so there is no reason why God does not abhor it, since it is committed to the destruction of His kingdom and the destruction of the Covenant People of America.
Why study the English language and English literature in America? If we do not resurrect them soon, we will soon forget what America is, and what America was. America will be liquidated, its very memory erased by a triumphantist secular humanism in the public schools, the government, the business sector, the churches, and in the marketplace of ideas! I have no idea what we will have in its place, but it will nto be America as founded and created and intended by our Founding Fathers to be.
In the following excerpt, we have a provocative picture of several wayfarers walking through a wasteland of desert where no life, no water, exists--yet God is there! Nobel Prize winning T.S. Eliot's masterpiece, "The Wasteland," a strange figure appears, hooded, that has to be divine, walking along with other travelers on a lonely road.
This word of the Son of God stands forever. Atheists assault it, secular humanists scorn and belittle and ignore it--but it stands forever. It is the Truth, and the Truth is eternal and absolute. All its enemies will be shamed and convicted and sentenced on the basis of denying this Truth, which is Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior and Redeemer of the World. You cannot build a nation on a lasting foundation without acknowledging Jesus Christ as the foundational Cornerstone. All nations that reject this foundation are anathema, doomed at their inception, and will pass away into eternal shame and oblivion. America's civilization cannot stand without Jesus Christ, Who is its Cornerstone. America is rapidly passing away, despite the current high state of the economy, for it is tearing out and throwing away the Cornerstone, Jesus Christ, Who made American civilization chief and foremost in the world. Blessed by Jesus Christ, King of kings, and Lord of lords, forever!
2. A second Dunce of the week is Democratic presidential contender, Barak Obama. He has come out in favor, according to the Dennis Prager Talk Radio program, of teaching "age appropriate sex education" to Kindergarter students! This is not as appropriate to the best interests of children as Obama wants us to think, so says Lars Larson of the Lars Larson Talk Radio program. The children will not just be taught to speak out if they are touched in inappropriate places by adults in their family or outside the family--they will be t taught that homosexuality is a good thing to engage in. This is the objective of the homosexual lobby--to homosexualize mainstream culture, and the best way is to subvert the children at the earliest age, in Kindergarten. In those early years a child's character is formed--so you can make them homosexual and homosexually-inclined if you gain access to them at that critical, character-forming time. Their attitudes and thoughts and values are in a pliable, moldable form--almost like clay. Speaking for the activist homosexual lobby and NARAL, Obama first ridiculed Alan Sears, a former rival for a Congressional seat, and and then went on to promote his idea about the sexual indoctrination of children (though he clothed it in his politically correct language: "age appropriate sex education."). This is a snake speaking, of course. Dennis Prager exposed the snake perfectly. An evil cannot be accepted if it does not hide or camouflage itself, and so "age appropriate sex education," a euphemism that covers the evil, is the language that is used to cloak the deadly serpent.
Be aware of the secular humanist's use of euphemisms--always strip aside the nice words to see what the snake is that is hiding behind the language. In Obama's case, it is the radical homosexual lobby's agenda. This lobby has no doubt given millions to him in his fund-raising campaigns.
The excellent "Levitt Letter," the newsletter of the Zola Levitt Ministries, has a recent article in the May 2007 issue that every Christian in America should read, entitled, "How do Christians Live With Muslims?", authored by Frank Pastore, www.townhall.com. Another timely article, "Muslims Accept Israel's Messiah," is offered in the Februasry 2007 issue of Levitt Letter, and it details the turning to Jesus by millions of Muslims, country by country. This is information you probably won't see anywhere else, and it will no doubt astound and encourage you. You can try the web address of Mr. Pastore. Otherwise, the excellent Levitt Letter magazine can be ordered or the article by Mr. Pastore can be accessed, perhaps, by going to the Zola Levitt website:
Please do your Bible scholarship a favor and give yourself this boost, which is a big one, by subscribing. I hope to order a whole series of these already printed magazines on all the major evangelists, which is over for less than $100 as long as the supply lasts.
Seek God whether He wants you to attend the Aglow (Aglow in the Spirit) anniversary. He may!
How these imposters and charlatans get on Christian television, I have no idea! They look great, but ten words out of their mouth ought to unmask them to any head of programming on Christian channels. Obviously, they are not screened. Credentials are enough to get them on. They are usually "bishops" of this or that mega-church. That will do it! Or they write a book. They have managed to corner something marketable in the Christian world that will gain them fifteen minutes of fame and exposure on world-wide Christian television channels on TBN or Daystar. This is a sad commentary, is it not? But it is merely what I have observed--and the truth is the truth. We have, in today's Christianity in America, come a long, long way from Apostolic Christianity, and have little or no idea of what Christ intended when He said, "I am the Vine, you are the branches."
Jesus Christ first, and all the rest will fall into line.