Celebrting America’s Birthday

LET’S CELEBRATE!!! As we approach this 239th birthday of our country it is time to celebrate the fact that we have endured, as the question that was raised by Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg address – testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure.

A wise man made thee comments recently,  “While I suspect that our Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves seeing what we have done with these very liberties and principles in the years that have followed, I will reluctantly hold back from making this into a political commentary. There’s something far more interesting to follow, so bear with me, please.

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams became fast friends during the First Continental Congress but the political elections, which made them both presidents, illuminated their very different political views, creating a rift that would last most of their lives. A mutual friend engineered a reconciliation between the two, culminating in a rich and heartwarming relationship, documented in 12 years of letters between them, which historians say must be read to be fully appreciated. As two of the few surviving signers of the Declaration of Independence, they were finally able to see that they had far more in common than any differences they had once perceived.

Amazingly, on July 4th, 1826 — the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence — these two luminaries died… within hours of each other.

This alone leaves me spinning.

What’s more, Adams’ last words, as he drifted in and out of consciousness on his final day, were, “Jefferson…survives.”

Jefferson had passed away hours earlier.

In his last moments, Jefferson awakes to ask his aides in his final utterance, “Is it the Fourth?”

Indeed it is, Mr. Jefferson. Today is the Fourth of July. We owe you and Mr. Adams tremendous thanks.

Happy Independence Day!”

So, LET’S CELEBRATE and allow this day to draw us to the principles and sacrifices that made this country great.

The Tipping Point

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ONE NATION UNDER GOD
Is this statement true or not?
In conversations with my atheist friends two questions often come up.

1. What right do some people that we totally disagree with have to force their religious views on others in a free country … Christian, Muslim or otherwise?”

2. Look at all of the conflict in the world that is a direct result of religion, wouldn’t it be better if we did away with religion altogether?”
If one of the other many religions were in control of the courts and our laws, I would probably agree with my atheist friends. As a monotheist, I stand against false religions … no matter how well-meaning they might be.

The gay marriage decision should not come as a surprise to everyone. The most recent democratic convention loudly voted three times to take God out of their platform prior to the most recent elections. The atheist judges were voting their support of this “there is no god” position.

My belief is that America was established under the principle of: “One Nation Under God.” This is a biblical principle. “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Rom. 13:1″

The majority of the court ruled on its rejection of this religious belief and is consistent with the progressive “no god” view voted on by the democrats.

This is why I believe the Tipping Point came when the teaching of Evolution gained legal control of our educational system. If the majority of Americans believe that there is no creator then it is a natural conclusion to disregard all of the teachings of the bible in the making of our country’s laws. As more children who are convinced there is no god become voting adults anti god and bible decision was inevitable.
This most important issue of this decision is not even about gay marriage, but rather it is about how America will be governed. The progressives would say there are no absolutes and that the majority rules … PERIOD.

My personal view would be to end the hypocrisy one way or the other.
The pretense that we are One Nation Under God has now been legally demonstrated to be false. Now that this tipping point has been pushed to a new extreme, I would expect that we will see moral absolutes challenged on one issue after another and I would not even be surprised the see a move to disregard religious freedom altogether.
Maybe I’m too old to watch it all play out but it will surely be an discouraging and chaotic ride.

Peace … Bob West. [psted pm July 1, 2015 in “Tipping Points”

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the worldyou have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:3

Franklin Graham: “Gay” Rainbow Ends Badly

“May it remind all of us of God’s judgment to come’

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Franklin Graham’s word is respected worldwide, through his work with Samaritan’s Purse and the organization his father founded, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and now he’s begun warning America of God’s looming judgment.

Because of the nation’s adoption, through its Supreme Court, of mandatory recognition of same-sex marriage across the states.

“Our nation will not like what’s at the end of this rainbow,” he wrote this week.

“‘Pride goeth before a fall.’ Supreme Court Justice [Antonin] Scalia used Proverbs 16:18 in his comments regarding the court’s disappointing and dangerous ruling about same-sex marriage,” Graham wrote. “He rightly called the decision ‘a threat to the American democracy.’ This is so true. Arrogantly disregarding God’s authority always has serious consequences.”

Graham has millions following his comments and routinely gets hundreds of thousands of “likes” and tens of thousands of “shares” for his postings.

He has commented several times on the court’s ruling Friday, which immediately generated forecasts of persecution coming in America to citizens whose beliefs disallow homosexuality.

His comments included a blast at President Obama.

“The president had the White House lit up in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. This is outrageous – a real slap in the face to the millions of Americans who do not support same-sex marriage and whose voice is being ignored.

“God is the one who gave the rainbow, and it was associated with His judgment. God sent a flood to wipe out the entire world because mankind had become so wicked and violent,” he wrote.

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“One man, Noah, was found righteous and escaped God’s judgment with his family. The rainbow was a sign to Noah that God would not use the flood again to judge the world. But one day God is going to judge sin – all sin. Only those who are found righteous will be able to escape His judgement. The righteousness comes through faith, believing on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ who took our sins and shed His blood on the cross for each and every one.

“So, when we see the gay pride rainbow splashed on business advertisements and many people’s Facebook pages, may it remind all of us of God’s judgment to come. Are you ready? Are your sins forgiven?”

When the decision was announced, he wrote, “The court has no authority to change or override God’s laws which define marriage as between one man and one woman.”

He said: “With all due respect to the court, it did not define marriage, and therefore is not entitled to re-define it. Long before our government came into existence, marriage was created by the One who created man and woman – Almighty God – and His decisions are not subject to review or revisions by any manmade court. God is clear about the definition of marriage in His Holy Word: ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).

“I pray God will spare America from His judgment, though, by our actions as a nation, we give Him less and less reason to do so.”

A major news source reported just before the decision was announced on a warning from another prominent faith leader directed at the Supreme Court justices.

It was Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of the New York Times bestseller “The Harbinger” and the inspiration behind the “Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” movie, who smacked down the Supreme Court’s assumption that it even has the authority to redefine marriage.

At a prayer event in Washington, he said: “The justices of the Supreme Court took up their seats [in a hearing] on whether they should strike down the biblical and historic definition of marriage. That the event should even take place is a sign this is America of [George] Washington’s warning … a nation at war against its own foundation.”

Washington warned the smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation “that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which heaven itself hath ordained.”

“Justices, can you judge the ways of God? There is another court and there another judge, where all men and all judges will give account,” he warned.

“If a nation’s high court should pass judgment on the Almighty, should you then be surprised God will pass judgment on the court and that nation? We are doing that which Israel did on the altars of Baal,” he said.

“We are exchanging our light for darkness.”

See Jonathan’s Cahn’s message at Washington: Man of Prayer event at the Capitol.

Cahn said America’s biblical foundation was affirmed throughout history, and the nation came into existence “solely for the glory and purposes of God.”

“No historian can rewrite that. No president can expunge that,” he warned. “If a thousand angels swore on a thousand Bibles that this was not the case, it would in no way alter the fact. … America was brought into existence for the will and purposes of God.”

He explained ancient Israel turned away from God.

“They drove God out of the government. They worshiped idols and served other gods. They celebrated immorality and they persecuted righteousness. The blessings of God were removed and replaced with judgments,” he said.

Now, he said, “America has made the same mistakes.”

He cited the deaths of 55 million through abortion.

“What we were warned never to do we now have done,” he thundered.

Moving to directly confront President Obama, whose pro-abortion and pro-homosexual agenda has been unparalleled in American history, he questioned what happens when a leader places his left hand on the Bible to assume to highest office in the land but with his right hand “enacts laws that violate the laws of God.”

“Mr. President, when you address the House, look up above the senators and the representatives, above the Supreme Court justices, you’ll see a face, the only full visage in that wall. It is the face of Moses. … It would say this, ‘No man can overrule the laws of God. No judgment of man can stand against the judgment of God’.”

America, he warned, is faced with a critical decision: “Choose you this day whom you will serve … if the Lord be God, then follow Him. If Baal, then follow him and go to hell.”

SERIOUS PUSHBACK OVER SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

Clerks quit, judges drop licensing, senator says just ignore ruling.

The negative reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s creation of a right to same-sex “marriage” is surging, with clerks quitting, judges dropping their license procedures and even one U.S. senator telling people it should be ignored.

By a 5-4 majority, including two justices who publicly had advocated for same-sex marriage and possibly violated ethics standards by participating in the case, the Supreme Court on Friday ordered that states could not refuse to grant same-sex duos marriage licenses or recognize such licenses from other states.

Since then, there have been numerous warnings of looming governmental persecution against Americans whose religious beliefs condemn homosexuality.

Now the Associated Press reported it found in a survey that one-third of the counties in Alabama, 22, were not issuing licenses.

The report said many were shutting down marriage license operations altogether as probate judges said they needed time to sort out the ruling.

Randolph County Probate Judge George Diamond told the AP he is waiting for the end of a 25-day appeal period following the U.S. Supreme Court decision before he begins issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

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The report said Alabama laws specify that probate judges “may” issue marriage licenses, so they are not required to do anything.

AP also reported a county clerk in Arkansas announced her resignation because of her religious and moral opposition to the mandate for same-sex marriage.

Cleburne County Clerk Dana Guffey said she told her boss, Judge Jerry Holmes, of her plans, CBS reported.

“It is definitely a moral conviction for me,” she said. “I didn’t announce anything publicly or on social media or anything because I didn’t want my decision to be seen as hateful. I know some people will look at it like that, but this wasn’t easy. It wasn’t a decision I made lightly. And I do not hate anybody.”

Meanwhile, in Kentucky, several county clerks announced they would not issue marriage licenses to “gay” couples. In Rowan County, Clerk Kim Davis said her office has decided to stop issuing marriage certificates altogether to avoid discrimination lawsuits.

“We’ve not had any applicants yet, but we’ve had several calls,” she said to the Lexington Herald-Leader. “It’s hard, I will tell you that. What has happened is that five lawyers have imposed their personal view of what the definition of marriage should be on the rest of us. And I, as a Christian, have strong views, too. And I know I don’t stand alone.”

Chris Joe, the president of the Kentucky County Clerks Association, said several clerks have called him to cite religious objection to the court’s decision. And in response, they’ve decided to stop issuing marriage certificates entirely.

And Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a candidate for GOP nomination for president, told NPR that there are many across America who can just ignore it.

He said the case was brought by parties from four states, but that “does not mean that those who are not parties to a case are bound by a judicial order.”

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U.S. Sen Ted Cruz, R-Texas
He said it’s tragic that the Supreme Court justices decided in the case to rewrite the Constitution instead of doing their job, which was to interpret the law.

“It is a sad moment for the court when you have judges seizing authority that does not belong to them,” he said.

One change that would help, he believes, is to have justices on the ballot for retention or removal by voters periodically.

“If judges overstep their bounds, violate the Constitution, then the people have a check to remove them of office. I’ve called for that change,” he said.

Long-term plans to mitigate the damage from the Supreme Court also are starting to appear.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, also a candidate for the GOP nomination for president, said that if elected, he would sign executive orders to protect businesses, churches and others from the “discrimination, intimidation, or civil or criminal penalties” expected for exercising their religious beliefs.

He said the attorney general also could prosecute violations of First Amendment rights.

“While some cowardly politicians wave the white flag and surrender to this unconstitutional, out-of-control act of judicial tyranny, I reject this decision and will fight from ‘Day One’ of my administration to defend our Constitution and protect religious liberty,” he said.

In Alabama, the state Supreme Court, which earlier instructed state officials not to follow a federal judge’s demand for same-sex marriage recognition, said it was accepting motions or comments on the dispute.

There, Chief Justice Roy Moore said the high court was not ordering probate judges either to follow or not follow the U.S. Supreme Court. Alabama was not part of the Supreme Court’s Obergefell case.

WND reported talk-radio giant Rush Limbaugh expects polygamy to be the next goal.

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“Look, folks, you can think all you want, but there’s no legal basis to stop it now,” Limbaugh told his listeners on Monday’s show. “There is no intellectually honest way to distinguish the reasoning on gay marriage from applying the same reasoning to supporting polygamy.”

Limbaugh explained the case for same-sex marriage was “all rooted in self-esteem and dignity and not being denied things that make you happy.”

The Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, he said, doesn’t assume marriage is a union of only two people.

In fact, it didn’t set any boundaries at all.

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“That limit is not specifically there,” Limbaugh explained. “They’ve rewritten what marriage is now, is the point here, folks. Marriage was what it was as ordained from the ancient biblical texts.”

He then read passages from Genesis 2:23-24 and Matthew 16:4-6, which define marriage.

“But it’s been rewritten now, and it’s been written not under any sort of constitutional purview but rather some people out there that were denied something, and it’s not right,” he said. “A lot of people had something and those people didn’t and then those people want it, so we think they should have it. Their self-esteem and their dignity is tied up into it.”

WND reported Monday that not only did the court’s mandate for same-sex marriage not resolve the controversy, it triggered a wave of rejection.

“This ruling by the five lawyers is no law at all,” said Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel, a prominent legal defender of biblical marriage. “It is lawless and must be treated as such.”

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., wants to remove the government from marriage completely.

He said “some rights are more equal than others” and concluded “perhaps the time has come to examine whether or not government recognition of marriage is a good idea, for either party.”

“Since government has been involved in marriage, they have done what they always do – taxed it, regulated it and now redefined it. It is hard to argue that government’s involvement in marriage has made it better, a fact also not surprising to those who believe government does little right,” he said.

Some want Congress to limit the courts’ jurisdiction over marriage issues.

A recent iteration of that idea comes from Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, whose plan was announced just weeks ago.

“For too long, federal courts have overstepped their constitutionally limited duty to interpret the Constitution,” he said then. “Rather, federal courts have perverted the Constitution to make law and create constitutional rights to things such as privacy, birth control and abortion. These unenumerated, so-called constitutionally protected rights were not envisioned by our Founding Fathers.”

At Conservative Review, Daniel Horowitz said the Supreme Court has threatened the nation’s foundational principle.

“We have seen the court redefine statutes. We have seen the court redefine the Constitution like they did with Obamacare and in Roe v. Wade. But now we witness the court go a step further and void out natural law, the very foundation on which the Declaration of Independence was constructed – the document that asserts fundamental rights and liberties.”

The decision, he said, was based on “indefensible” assertions and “is not just immoral.”

“It is irrational and illegal,” he said of the majority opinion written by Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Mississippi State House Judiciary Chairman Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, told the Jackson Clarion Ledger one possibility could be for the state to quit issuing licenses.

“One of the options that other states have looked at is removing the state marriage license requirement,” Gipson said. “We will be researching what options there are. I personally can see pros and cons to that. I don’t know if it would be better to have no marriage certificate sponsored by the state or not. But it’s an option out there to be considered.”

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said he’s reviewing the state’s options.
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