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Thursday, July 31, 2008

He Blew With His Winds, And They Were Scattered



July 31st marks the anniversary of the first of three encounters between the English navy and the mighty Spanish Armada. In 1588, the forces clashed off the coast of Plymouth. Although the English were a great harrasment, the Spanish would continue on up the coast in the direction of London. On August 9, a great storm blew the Spanish off course, sinking many ships. They were forced to abort the mission and sail back to Spain by the northern coast of Scotland, between the Shetlands and the Orkneys, and around the western coast of Ireland. On the return trip more ships were lost to the Autumn gales that swept through the area.




Today, many people attribute this victory to the skill of the English sailors. But those who where affected most by this catastrophe knew exactly why the Spanish had failed. When Phillip II, king of Spain, heard of the debacle he said: "I sent the Armada against men, not God's winds and waves". This deliverance was such a blessing to the English people that a medal was struck commemorating the event. The inscription read: He blew with His winds, and they were scattered. Some versions even have the Hebrew word Jehovah included on the medal.




The defeat of the Spanish armada was perhaps the most important military engagement of the time. Protestantism had just gained a toehold in England and if the Roman Catholic Spainiards had taken over, that would have marked the end of Protestantism in England. The momentum caused by the Spanish defeat also encouraged the British leadership to colonize the New World. The implications of this victory are endless. If we look at history the truth becomes clear: it was God who drove back the armada. By His providential intervention, America was colonized as a Christian nation, founded on the principles of God's Word.




Oh, that we might return to those principles!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

"We The People..."

This young lady asked me an interesting set of questions in the comment box of this post. I decided to do a post on this because:a) it would make an interesting discussion and b) I need to solidify my own opinion with facts.

Do you believe the Articles of Confederation were strong enough?

The Articles of Confederation were a very decentralized set of rules. State sovereignty was paramount. I believe the Articles would have been strong enough because the government would not have been as strong as it is under the Constitution, thus more freedom for the people.

Do you believe a unifying document is needed in a government?

Definitely! I believe there should be a covenantal standard between the God, government, and the people. There is a scriptural precedence for this (II Kings 12:17).

Do you not find it necessary today to defend the Constitution?

Since this is the law of the US, then absolutely we should defend it.

If so, why do you suggest that it should not have been ratified?

The role of civil government is to "wield the sword" (i.e.-provide for the common defense). Therefore, everything else that does not forward this goal is outside of the government's jurisdiction. I don't have any problems with the organizational rules in Sec. 1-7 of Article 1. My main problem is with portions of Sec. 8, Article 1. The congress is given power to regulate trade, provide for the general welfare, and other things which do not assist the government in wielding the sword. Article 10 limits the powers of the individual states too much.

I might add that Patrick Henry
, my favorite statesman of all time, was adamantly against the ratification of the Constitution for the reasons above mentioned. He advocated the use of the Articles of Confederation. Henry probably understood better than any other American the relationship between government and tyranny.

Author's note: I am a student of the Constitution so if you read anything inaccurate, I would be obliged if you let me know!

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I'm Back!

After a rather busy weekend and inability to post for the last several days, I have returned. We had some dear friends of ours out on Friday and they stayed at our house until Sunday. There was not a single night that we went to bed before 1:00 AM!

On Monday we visited some friends at a nearby lake. The highlight of that trip was taking a spin on the jetski!
Mike and I under the watchful eye of an adult

Dad even took mom out one time!


There they go!




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Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Flowers Of The Forest Are A' Wede Away

As you probably have discovered by now, I have a tremendous love for Scotland, the land of my ancestors. Ever since the American War for Independence, Scotland has become more and more liberal. The government is gaining more and more control, and the people do not protest, they merely encourage tyranny! There is still a strong anti-English sentiment in Scotland, but even Scottish leaders are becoming liberal. They have outlawed handguns, since the Dunblane massacre, though some rifles and shotguns are still allowed for hunting. And (most of) the people approved!

I am especially saddened when laws are passed that seek to erase a portion of Scottish heritage, like this one from the "tree-huggers", to outlaw sealskin, harvested from seals, for sporrans, an integral part of Scottish traditional dress. Earlier this year, I posted on the sword ban.

It is easy to see that this is a far cry from the fire-breathing Presbyterians of old. In fact, a friend recently told me that, on his visit to John Knox's church of St. Giles, only 5-10 people attended the service.

So, where have they all gone? How did a nation, which did so much to further the kingdom of God, fall into tyranny? I would guess that the true Scots, the Presbyterians, were so persecuted that they left. They journeyed to a new land called America. They founded this country under God, governed by the law they had died for in Scotland. And once they left Scotland, the liberals had no one to stop them.

In many ways, the same thing is happening here in America. We have the greatest heritage of any nation on the face of the earth, and we trod it under like trash. We have experienced the blessing of God, but we have broken covenant.

May our leaders acknowledge this and cry for mercy!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Greek And Hebrew

Two of the most influential cultures in History, and yet their basic worldviews are the antithesis of each other. Despite this, the Bible was written in both of these languages.

Greek philosophy features man as the god. Man’s mind, body, acts, are all highly lauded. That’s why the great philosophers Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, etc., were, and still are, highly respected. The philosophy of family was pagan: you must prove yourself to be useful, brave, etc., before I can love you. The education model was that the children are educated by the state (i.e.-sent away from the home to be educated). As all lies do, there is a twisted good in the Greek philosophy of education. Thinking and reading is greatly encouraged. These are great things because thinkers cannot be slaves. Why? Because by thinking, they challenge the status quo, always bringing the status quo in conformity with a standard. But the Greeks did this to learn so they could glorify their own minds, instead of learning in order to glorify God. In other words, knowledge was an end, instead of a means to an end.

The Hebrew philosophy toward family is a reflection of God’s love for us- “no matter what you do, you are my son/daughter and I will always love you”. This was portrayed through the trans-generational vision: the father giving his life for his children so they can live in freedom to serve God. Children, especially in the Old Testament, included the coming generations, those who were yet to be born. This is a great illustration of Christ’s sacrifice for us. Before we were born, before the foundation of the world, while we were still sinners, God gave his only Son to die for us. Although this is an unconditional love, there is a covenant involved. Hebrew education was accomplished by the parents inside the home, as God intended. Here the children were taught everyday life, practical skills, that they would use for the rest of their lives, not some irrelevant philosophy that they would only be able to use in a class room. They read and learned to think so they could defend the faith, not so they could exalt their own minds.

Considering these facts, the very least we can do is honor the Lord, by remembering our heritage, remembering the mighty acts of the Lord in the past, and honoring our Fathers

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Death Of The Lion


Richard Cameron was perhaps the greatest of the Covenanter pastors. He was fiery, articulate, and radical. Known as the "Lion of the Covenant", he was forced to flee to Holland for a time, he soon returned and began to lead a group of milita, who would later come to be known as the Cameronians. Probably the best known Covenanter document, the Sanquhar Declaration was written by him. This declaration disowned all allegiance to the Stuart tyranny and renewed the allegiance of all true Presbyterians to the lordship of King Jesus.

On this day in 1680, his militia was attacked by the British at Airds Moss. As his party sighted the dragoons, they came together and Cameron prayed, repeating over and over, "Lord, spare the green and take the ripe". To his brother, who was a soldier under him, he said, "Come, let us fight it out to the last; for this is the day which I have longed for, and the day that I have prayed for, to die fighting against our Lord's avowed enemies; this is the day we will get the crown. As true Scotsmen they fought gallantly, making their foe pay for the victory, but they were all slain, overwhelmed by numbers. Cameron, being already dead, was beheaded and his hands were cut off to be displayed in Edinborough.

Richard Cameron continues to be an inspiration to me. His non-compromising attitude toward the enemies of Christ is most admirable and worth emulating. What a glorious way to die! Fighting to the last against the enemies of Christ. We too can lament, as did Cameron's friend and fellow pastor Alexander Peden, "O tae be wi' Ritchie!".

Here is yet another good example of a Christian Sheepdog.

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Monday, July 21, 2008

147 Years Ago....


The good guys won!





The battle of 1st Manassas was was a battle of several firsts. Besides being the first major battle, and the first major Confederate victory, it also caused the first civilian casualty of the war. Judith Henry, who lived in the Henry house, was killed when a Yankee shell detonated inside her house. All civilian deaths are terrible, but Mrs. Henry's was even more noteworthy. She had been born on the day Gen. Cornwallis surrendered to Gen. Washington at Yorktown.

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Friday, July 18, 2008

The Agrarian Lifestyle

We are blessed to live in a part of the country where you are considered unusual if you do not have a garden. We are extremely blessed to be able to garden. I am convinced God intended humans to live off of the land. When I am working out in the garden I feel an incredible sense of fulfillment: God made me to work outside.

Every boy in "the valley" (where we live) has thrown hay. It's kind of a passage rite into manhood. For those of you that don't know, throwing hay is a fancy term for picking up the hay bales after they have been cut. It's hot, it's tiring, and it's good manual labor. Really manual. Several weeks ago, I and my brother, along with three buddies, threw hay for our across the road neighbor. We were hurrying to get it in before it rained. It was with a great sense of satisfaction that we slammed the door shut on the last hay bale as thunder rumbled in the distance. Mr. Liverett, our boss, then led us in prayer as we thanked the Lord for allowing us to get the hay in. I thought, people don't do this anymore.

The Lord has ingrained in all men a natural desire to work the land with his hands. I believe the God's curse on Adam has something to do with this. You can also see this in the promises God gives to the Old Testament patriarchs. But when the Industrial Revolution began, more and more people moved away from the land. The land was abused and violated. In today's mainstream society, manual labor is looked down upon.

But what is it about the land?

Most people don't understand this: the land is an inheritance. It is a piece of family history, a gift from God, a provider. Something worth dying for! All throughout the Old Testament, the nation of Israel placed a high value on the land. When Ahab demanded Naboth's vineyard, Naboth replied, "The Lord keep me from giving the inheritance of my fathers unto thee". Both the Scots and their descendants, the soldiers of the Southern army were fighting an invader who was seeking to take their land and put it under the jurisdiction of the Government. Douglas Southall Freeman once said, "I think the American people lose a large part of the joy of life because they do not live for generations in the same place".

After all, there is only so much land.

Here's a poem my family and I really appreciate. I have no idea who wrote it.

Let the wealthy and great
Roll in splendor and state
I envy them not, I declare it.
I eat my own lamb
My own chickens and ham
I shear my own fleece and I wear it.
I have lawns, I have bowers
I have fruits, I have flowers
The lark is my morning alarmer.
So jolly boys now
Here's God speed the plow
Long life and success to the
Farmer

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Truth Comes Forth

Here is a gentleman who was educated in some of the most liberal institutions in America. Yet he seeks and proclaims the truth. I would seriously consider supporting this man for president!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Slavery

This morning, the Birmingham News reported that Alabama legislators are seeking to scrap the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Fund, which is basically a scholarship fund. According to this article, this fund has awarded 53 interest free loans since 1989. Now, I don't really care what the government names the scholarship fund. They could call it the Jeremiah Wright Memorial Fund, for all I care, but I can't sit idly by while Stonewall's name is getting dragged through the mud.

Here is what our liberal politicians are saying about Jackson and the Confederacy:

I don't think we should be spending any funds on Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis or any other Confederate leader. They fought to maintain the institution of slavery.

The purpose of the Confederacy was to maintain the institution of slavery.

The Confederacy fought to uphold slavery. It's just hurtful to one segment of the population of Alabama for them to keep memorializing Confederate generals. It's just like the Confederate flag.


In Roanoke, Virginia, there stands an old church with some beautiful stained glass windows. This is the Fifth Ave. Presbyterian Church and it was founded in 1906. The founding pastor was Reverend Lylburn Downing, a freed slave. The congregation today is predominantly of African American descent. The average visitor would be rather surprised to find Stonewall Jackson depicted in one of the stained glass windows. You see, Lylburn Downing was one of the charter members of a bible study led by Jackson. The people of the congregation are descendants of those first members. Jackson taught these people to read and write, even though there was a government sanction against the education of blacks.

Slavery was a terrible thing and Jackson understood that. James I. Robertson (author of Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend)
puts it this way:

"As he (Jackson) saw it, slavery was something that God ordained upon black people in America for God's own reasons and he had no right to challenge God's will. That was blasphemy. And so, while he hated slavery, he was opposed to slavery, Jackson had to obey his Heavenly Father and accept the system. And he accepted it through doing the Golden Rule, do unto others as he would wish they do unto him."

As to Robert E. Lee, we could compare him to his Yankee counterpart, U.S. Grant. One of these men released his slaves three years before the war. The other man released his slaves three years after the war. Which one released his slaves before the war? Robert E. Lee.

Every year, more and more evidence is gathered to suggest that African slavery was not the main reason for the war. In fact, it was not even one of the causes! Slavery was a term used merely to define the agrarian South.

Consider these facts:

Around 500,000 men served in the Confederate army and about 200,000 of these would become casualties. According to this page, in 1860, the total slave population was 3,953,760. This includes slaves living in Delaware, Washington D.C., Kentucky, and Maryland. The total Southern population was around 9,000,000. Even if every single household included slaves, that still leaves roughly 6,000,000 Southerners who did not own slaves. So, mathematically, it does not make sense that the North fought to defeat slavery because 2/3 of the Southern population did not own slaves.

Many African-Americans fought for the Confederacy during the war. I would highly recommend Richard Rollins book entitled Black Southerners in Gray. In this book he provides period accounts of Confederate soldiers of African descent.



The winner of the war wrote the history book.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

"Once Upon A Time"....


...Christians were free to worship God in France. Even if they were not agreed with, they were at least tolerated. The Huguenots of France were some of the most Godly people to walk the earth. They raised their sons to be men of valor and their daughters to be virtuous women. The Huguenot legacy is truly heroic. But France began to fall further from obeying the Law of God and these French protestants came under a period of severe persecution, during which, many fled to the American colonies. France drove these Godly people away and soon experienced the judgment of God.

On this day in 1789, complete anarchy reigned in France as the people revolted, in a most unbiblical manner, against the tyrannical government of Louis XVI. What is now known as Bastille Day, began the French Revolution. The French Revolution is an excellent example of a nation trying to find freedom without God.

France has suffered from the effects of the Huguenot persecution ever since then. They have become one of the most liberal, God-forsaken, countries in the world. They may struggle in vain for freedom and happiness, but, as many Americans, they don't understand that true freedom is found through submission to God, and the authority he has placed over us.

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Friday, July 11, 2008

The Flying Scotsman

On July 11, 1924, an incredible athlete showed the world that those who follow God's law will be blessed.

Eric Liddell refused to participate in a secular event on the Lord's day and was widely ridiculed. Several days later, he competed in a race he didn't even train for.

Here is original footage of the event, Eric is in the outside lane


Here is my favorite part from Chariots of Fire.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Training Tools

I would encourage ya'll to go read Micah Ferrill's article on Airsoft. He does an excellent job of explaining the practical balance provided by Airsoft as a tool.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Slaves You Never Hear About


Pastor Morecraft, in this lecture, speaks of the Scottish Covenanters who were persecuted for their faith. An astonishing number of these Godly people came to the colonies as slaves. They worked plantations from Virginia to South Carolina. Black Spirituals are based on the same tunes (metre, etc.) these Presbyterians used to sing the Psalms.

The two people groups that have had the biggest impact on the South came as slaves.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Another Great Song...

Road to Spencer has been one of my favorite bluegrass/celtic songs for several years. (Watch it for the bluegrass and celtic....they REALLY should not have played with a orchestra even though it was the Boston Pops.)


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Monday, July 7, 2008

It's All In The Definition...

DLR once stated, "The ultimate tyranny is the redefinition of words". This is a profound statement. Ever since the founding of our government, people have used terms with warped definitions, which sometimes mean the exact opposite of what they are intended to represent. Today, I hope to clear up some misconceptions regarding some common political terms by looking strictly at the word's definition.

Liberal
The term used to describe a person, or agenda, that advocates a totalitarian government, very susceptible to tyranny.

Conservative
The opposite of Liberal, this person, or agenda, advocates a limited, or "conservative" government.

Republican

The root word, republic, means representative government. This was the form of government used by the Old Testament Hebrews before Saul became king. It is the least susceptible to tyranny, and therefore, is the best form of government. In America, the original Republican party began right before the War for Southern Independence. It was extremely liberal to the core and the exact opposite of it's definition.

Democrat
This is also a form of government. A Democrat believes in a strict "majority rules" type of government. This is not a good model. Democrats before and during the War for Southern Independence were also the exact opposite of this definition. In fact, they were more republican than the republicans were!

Federalist
This term was used to describe supporters of the US Constitution. The word federal comes from a Latin word, which means "covenant". So basically, federalists are covenanters. In this case, it was a confusing misuse of the word, since both the Constitution and the Articles of Confederation are covenants.

Anti-Federalist
Used to describe people who were against the ratification of the Consitution, even though they supported the use of the Articles of Confederation.

My personal opinion is that the Constitution should have never been ratified. The Constitution gives WAY to much power to a centralized government.

Tyranny
There are many definitions of this word so here is my personal interpretation. Tyranny occurs when anything sets itself up in the place of God and assumes responsibilities that He never gave it.

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

I Pledge Allegiance To The Flag, Part 3

To pledge allegiance to anything is a grave matter. A pledge is basically an oath. When you pledge, you are giving your word of honor. In the word "allegiance" we hear the word "liege", which means "lord". So you are swearing an oath that something has lordship over you. Who, or what, should we swear our allegiance to as having complete lordship over us?

The Pledge of Allegiance states: I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. (I could go further but I will stop there for sake of brevity) A flag is a symbol. In this case it symbolizes the United States. Consider the ramifications of the phrase the United States. Before the War for Southern Independence, "the" United States was referred to as "these" Unites States, the proper term for the loose confederation of sovereign states. When you swear allegiance to the United States, you are swearing that a strong centralized government has lordship over you. Not just a strong centralized government, although that is bad enough, but a government that has broken covenant with God, through it's toleration of things which God declares abominations! The government of the United States is no longer exercising its duty as given in Romans 13, as ministers of God's justice, doing evil to evildoers and rewarding the righteous, but rather doing the opposite.

In consideration of these facts, is that what Christians should swear allegiance to? I hope that you do not get the impression that I do not believe in oaths of allegiance, but my allegiance is to God alone. He is the true Lord of everything and everyone whether they acknowledge His Lordship or not. If you feel the need to say a pledge, may I suggest the following, which we as a family recite every morning after breakfast:
The Apostle's Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.
Deo Lex Rex (God's Law is King)

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Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th!

Let us remember those who fought during the second war of independence, as well as the first. After all, these men were the descendants of the original patriots.



A good post on the Presbyterian influences on American Independence.

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

I Pledge Allegiance To The Flag, Part 2

Modern Americans associate the Pledge of Allegiance with patriotism. If one refuses to say the pledge, they are looked down upon as being at the least, unpatriotic, and at most, a communist. If the Pledge is your standard of patriotism, how were men judged to be patriots before the Pledge was even in existence? George Washington, John Tyler, Patrick Henry, along with all the rest of the Founding Fathers never said the Pledge. As of this year, America and the Philippines are the only two countries that have a Pledge.

So let's take a look at the author of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Francis Bellamy was born in 1855, in New York, six years before the War for Southern Independence. His Socialist attitude was obvious early on, as he gave a lecture lauding the ideals of the French Revolution at his commencement ceremony. As he became older, he became more and more radical. As a Baptist pastor, he was even kicked out of his own church because of his communistic philosophies. He became a member of the American Socialist party, and was one of the first to promote the idea of National Socialism (Nazism). It was during this time he came up with the idea for a Pledge of Allegiance. The original Pledge, written in 1892, was as follows:

I pledge allegiance to my flag and the republic for which it stands. One nation, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

Bellamy was a big fan of Lincoln's war goal, which was: to revolutionize government into a centralized bureaucracy from a constitutional republic. The phrasing, of the original pledge, was drawn from the oath of allegiance that former Confederate veterans were forced to swear, or be shot. Bellamy commented on his choice of words and the reason for a pledge:

It began as an intensive communing with the salient points of our national history; from the Declaration of Independence onward, with the making of the Constitution, with the meaning of the Civil War, with the aspiration of the people....The true reason for allegiance to the flag is the republic for which it stands. And what does that vast thing "the republic" mean? It is the concise political word for the nation, the one nation which the Civil War was fought to prove. To make the "one nation" idea clear, we must say that it is indivisible as Webster and Lincoln used to repeat in their great speeches.

On the prerogative of children's education.

It belongs irrevocably to the state.


The Pledge went through two more revisions. The phrase "under God" was the last revision, added in 1954.
Although Bellamy died in 1931, he had made a large impact on the American philosophy of patriotism.

Next time, we will look at the implications of the pledge.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

I Pledge Allegiance To The Flag, Part 1

This weekend, Americans all over the nation will celebrate the Fourth of July. Shooting off fireworks, grilling out, and other traditional patriotic activities will occur. But as Christians we should constantly be challenging the pop culture and take dominion by bringing it into conformity with the Word of God. Two ways that Americans display their patriotism, are by singing the national anthem, and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. When I was younger, there seemed to be something almost sacred about those two things. I always stood up and I always put my hand over my heart. I don't have a problem with the National Anthem. Although it is rather unnecessary, it commemorates a historical event and does not seem to have a blatant political agenda attached (unless I have missed something).

The same cannot be said for the Pledge of Allegiance. When a declaration of allegience attains the status of the Pledge, we need to carefully examine what it was originally intended for, who wrote it, and is it in conformity to the word of God. I hope to answer some of these questions in my next post.

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