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The War Within

The War Within   

But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.” (James 3:14, ESV)

The hardest struggle we have in this life is not with others, but within ourself.

Humility was not valued in Roman culture, Ambition was.*

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” (James 4:1–4, ESV)

Passions in the Greek is hedon from which we get the word  hedonism.  It is self-centered pursuit of selfish and sensual pleasure.  

We want what we want. 

My grandson is in the terrible 2’s. 

2 Views of Human Nature: People are basically Good in the world’s view, they only do bad or feel bad because of what others do to them. 

No, the biblical view is that we are basically selfish, self-centered, self-willed and sinful, and we need to overcome our selfish impulses through self-discipline by the aid of the Holy Spirit. 

The sinful nature called “the flesh” in Greek and the KJV is best translated as an independent self-will that chooses its own way, rather than submit to God’s way.  When Adam decided for himself to trust his own judgment and eat the fruit, rather than depend upon God’s word, he basically became a judge of God and decided to do his own thing.  That is the flesh.  The consequence of the flesh is all sorts of disorder and every evil work, including sexual immorality, theft, anger, hostility, jealousy, murder, etc. 

Traditional Judaism described this conflict within us as a conflict between our good and evil impulses called the Yetzer in Hebrew. The problem with reading James through the lens of traditional morality is that we think James is telling us to behave if we just put our shoulder to the wheel and buck up. Yet the entire range of scripture tells us that we can’t control our own behaviors and that is the problem.  In fact, the very attempt to be good and moral out of our own resources is in fact the same fleshly self-reliance that got us into trouble in the first place. We are trying to be right and good without relying upon and depending upon God and His Holy Spirit. That is called “self-righteousness.”   

There is a curious psycho-dynamic that the attempt to be good in our own strength leads to a cycle of performance, failure, guilt and trying to do better next time.  In other words, the very thing we are trying to resist becomes an even more powerful temptation than it was if we didn’t know it was wrong. 

There is a line from a Joni Mitchell song called the Boho Dance: 

Like a priest with a pornographic watch
Looking and longing on the sly
Sure it’s stricken from your uniform
But you can’t get it out of your eyes

The power of temptation is in what is forbidden. The fact that it is forbidden makes it all the more tempting. 

Long before Sigmund Freud, Paul wrote of the strange psychology of temptation and the fruitless attempt to resist it in the 7th chapter of Romans. 

What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead.” (Romans 7:7–8, ESV)

A modern translation of covetousness would go like this:

The law says, “you shall not desire forbidden things,” but the law made me lust after and crave the forbidden things all the more, creating in me uncontrollable desires.

For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.” (Romans 7:14–20, ESV)

For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.” (Romans 7:22–25, ESV)

Paul reveals what it means to strive in human strength to resist sinful desires within the human heart. The harder we try the behinder we get.  This is the perfect picture of human nature without Jesus Christ. We know what we should do, what we should desire, but no matter what we do to control our behavior, the worse we become. This is especially true when it comes to fighting additions like drugs, tobacco, alcohol, pornography or sexual immorality. The desire is still there even if we, through force of will restrain our behavior.   

However, Jesus said,  “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:34–36, ESV)

Who is freer from addiction to smoking?  The person who has quit but still wants one, or the person who has never smoked and so has no desire? 

Jesus promises us liberty from the power of sin. Paul also speaks of this in Romans 8, where he says 

For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:2–4, ESV)

Paul says, that by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, who is the presence of God in us, the war within can be won, not by our power but by His. 

Now, sometimes addictions to drugs and cigarettes, for example, require deliverance from demonic spirits of oppression, because the human will is so bound up, that God must set you free by a supernatural act of the Spirit. Sometimes this is instantaneous, but at other times it requires cooperation and resistance to the devil, where we join our will to God’s will and by consent, ask the Holy Spirit to help us resist temptations.  

Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” (James 4:5–10, ESV)

James does not sound promising to our ears, but he knows on the other side of repentance, lies dependence upon God that will turn into joy as we submit to God’s strength and power and give up our self-righteousness.    AA in fact recognizes that we need a “higher power” as they call it. We know it is Jesus who is that higher power. 

Finally, this battle between self-will God’s will is often a lifelong battle. It is a battle which brings humility, for we often will fail which forces us to recognize our need for Jesus. And the fact that, as Paul says, there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, the power of temptation and the cycle of performance, failure and guilt is broken. We get free from our addictions as the guilt of our failures is washed away in Christ’s love and forgiveness. 


*Historical Background *The cross, in antiquity, was an instrument of Rome’s brutalizing power to humiliate. It has been well established that “humility” was not a virtue in Greco-Roman ethics. Rather the word (humilitas in Latin, or tapeinos in Greek) meant something closer to “debased” or “crushed.” It was a term reserved for failure and shame. The ancient Greeks   praised philotimia, “the love of honour.” It would seem that building one’s honor and reputation would prove to be far more advantageous than completely debasing oneself.

In the context of the prevailing Roman Imperial influence. Probably, one of the best known expression of love-of-honor is the  The Achievements of the Divine Augustus, written by the emperor himself and inscribed by his order onto bronze tablets set up in front of his monument. Copies of this were distributed throughout the empire, and it provided a catalogue of the emperor’s activities. However, more importantly, it provides a glimpse of a world-view so different than our own where a sense of boastfulness was accepted and associated with power.

In its place was philotimia, “the love of honor.” Aristotle had insisted that “honor” and “reputation” are among the pleasantest things one could contemplate and attain for oneself.

The logic was compelling. If one had achieved great things, it was only right and proper that full recognition be given: achievement deserves public praise.

Humility before the gods, of course, was appropriate, primarily because they could kill you. Humility was advisable before the emperors for the same reason.

But humility before an equal or a lesser was morally suspect. It upset the assumed equation: merit demanded honor, thus honor was the proof of merit. Avoiding honor implied a diminishment of merit. It was shameful.

Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”” (Luke 14:7–11, ESV)

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Abuse of the Legal System to Stifle Free Speech

A local Hispanic family is being sued by the Biden admin for traveling alongside the Biden-Harris bus in Texas while flying the American Flag.  They are being sued under an ancient Texan KKK law, which is ironic, since they are Hispanic.  It is a corrupt attempt to use legal intimidation to shut down dissent.  The husband is a plumber, and they don’t have the money themselves to fight the huge war chest of the Biden campaign.   This family was picked to make an example of them to frighten off others who want to express their free speech. None of the organizers were sued, only a couple of families who did nothing more than ride alongside the bus. 

“Unfortunately, our Obama-appointed judge has denied our motion to dismiss the frivolous lawsuit and ruled we will go to trial by jury in Federal court. We continue to fight back to defend free speech rights for all Americans. “

If you are still interested in sharing our story, feel free to pass on this quick video: https://youtu.be/gnv7rBe8wts

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Or feel free to share our interview on Flashpoint on The Victory Channel which aired last week: https://fb.watch/ctqM9LWiJP/

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Russia Initiates Currency War

Russia Strikes Back Against Sanctions. -from a post that was sent to me.

EDIT: an important response from a trusted jeweler friend of mine at the bottom.

Gold Backing Russian Ruble

The Russian Central Bank has announced that the ruble is now tied to gold at 5000 rubles per gram of gold.

There are 28 grams in each ounce. 28 grams for 5,000 rubles per gram is 140,000 rubles.

If the rubles are tied to gold at 5000 rubles per gram, and there are 28 grams per ounce, which means that an ounce of gold would cost 140,000 rubles, then the conversion into US dollars means that gold costs 1400 dollars per ounce when using the rubles, instead of 1,928 dollars by ounce using the dollars.

This effectively means Russia just wiped out about 30 percent (30%) of the US dollar worldwide when it comes to gold ingots.

This has been cause for people all over the world to literally throw their money on the ruble and disregarding dollars and euros to do it.

What Russia just did is the financial equivalent of detonating a nuclear bomb.

The last guy on this planet to try to support a currency with gold was Muammar Quadaffi of Libya.

That did not work out well for Quadaffi. That was a threat that needed to be removed by those not wanting to see currency supported by gold.

What Russia has done will damage both the both the US dollar and the Euro.

Last week, Russia said it would sell only OIL and GAS in Rubles

This means that Russian oil and gas are anchored in gold with rubles like gold proxy.

EFFECT: Europe (which needs Russian gas and oil) will now have to buy rubles from Russia using gold, or pay for oil and gas with gold itself.

Currently, the FOREX rate for Rubles to Dollar is around 100:1

BUT… with 5,000 Rubles now equivalent to a gram of Gold, and oil being priced directly into Gold, we will see a MASSIVE price disturbance in the FOREX markets, in terms of how much Gold a Dollar can still buy.

Foreign countries holding dollar debt notes as a reserve will see an immediate and much less use for them and will want to start downloading them in favor of something more stable; something that holds its value.

Basically, any currency anchored in gold will fit into the account. which means countries like that – like Japan – will start unloading their dollar debt as soon as possible. They’ll move to more stable values like… The Ruble.

This will have a DE-flationistic effect on the Ruble, making it more precious with time.

The immediate result is that all those foreign countries dumping their dollar reserves will make all those excess dollars start going home, triggering a worse hyper-inflation than we already have in the USA.

Russia holds roughly $130 billion in gold reserves, according to lawmakers.

Unleashing sanctions on Russia will bring a backlash that will effect the entire global economy.

It will be interesting to monitor the monitor the daily price of gold going forward.

from BenDannie… https://goldbuyer.com

First of all, gold is weighed in Troy ounces (31.1 grams per oz) not Avoirdupois  ounces (28 grams per oz) The math is a small difference when 28 is used rather than the correct value of 31.1 in the formula and its applied to a single ounce. But this is a huge difference when calculating the world trade for a year or decade. This is a red flag to me that the report is unaware of a very simple fact & I find it an unbelievable one that anyone knowledgeable could make such a mistake. 

On to the rest of the report, many factors & variables and forces contribute to the worlds “dominant reserve currency” other than the few described in the report. And a Paradigm shift will be prevented by the non-described forces that will arise, so I see no possibility of the reports scenario playing out. IMHO It’s a desperate attempt by Russia to distract the news cycle from war & to side step US & NATO sanctions by offering 1850 dollars of oil for a discounted price of 1400 & get gold which it can sell anywhere as the world bank has barred Russia. Also China has been trying to replace US as the reserve currency for quite some time and would never be willingly beaten to it by another country.  

Also since Russia has announced there has been very little movement in gold prices, although it’s slightly elevated on Friday. 

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I Was in FedEx Jail for 3 Days

FedEx Jail

So, I ordered a piece of equipment from B&H Photo for our church. I have no complaints about them. Just praise. They were very helpful, answering all my questions as a novice Video man for our church. We settled on a good camera with accessories. All well and good. The equipment was to arrive on Friday.

My wife met the delivery man from FedEx at our gate as she arrived at the same time as he did. He gave her 2 of the three packages, but could not find the third, which was the camera. He told us it would be delivered on Saturday. Not his fault, obviously. Someone did not load it on the truck.

Here is where the jail begins. My wife and I were working the front yard all Saturday, awaiting delivery. We got a note that a delivery was attempted at 1:39 pm but no one was home. That was a total fabrication. We were in the front yard at that time. No one came to our home. Plus, rather than just deliver it to our porch, a signature would be required. So, we had to be there.

I called FedEx to complain about this discrepancy, and the customer service rep said it would be rescheduled to be delivered later that day, by 8 pm. We waited… and waited… and waited… and waited…. No delivery. We wasted the rest of the day waiting on FedEx.

We get to church on Sunday and get a text message that it was going to be delivered that day. So, we turn around, leave church at the start of the service and head home; knowing we either have to sign for the package or drive 50 miles (25 there and back) to pick up the package at the FedEx warehouse. It is now 1 pm… 2 pm… 3 pm…. Can’t do any other errands or other things we had planned. No, we are captive awaiting FedEx to deliver a package so we can sign for it… 4 o’clock, 5 o’clock, 6… Nothing

Finally at 7:50 pm, I see the truck out side the driveway and walk out to meet him. I see the driver’s assistant sling the package over our walking-in gate, get back in the truck and drive away. No signature required!

Can you tell, I’m a bit upset? Just wanted to vent to that hopefully someone from FedEx reads this and they improve their services. BTW, have not had these issues with UPS. Just saying.

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Surprise, Surprise… I Sold 2 Artworks on Instagram

I followed a tutorial on how to set up my art work for sale on Facebook and Instagram. It is a very complex process, and it is kind of weird that you can’t see your store on your Instagram page from a computer, but can if you are on a mobile device. Anyway, I didn’t have much hope for sales online, since my venture in FASO.com and Fine Art America have not yielded much interest.

However, I just sold 2 pieces from the Instagram account last week, and I am very happily surprised. A couple from California moved to Texas and were looking for art for their new home and found my work. Just so joyful, as these have been my biggest dollar sales to date. I’ve sold many individual pieces from my art gallery at Arton12.com, but this couple bought two pieces. These were original oil paintings and I am so glad they found a home. Made my day. Wait, Made my Week! No, Made my Month! Thank you, patrons! And Thank You Lord!

Canyon De Chelly
El Capitan from the West

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FASO – Art Marketing Site Reviewed

(shared  from my artist’s site: Jefferis.Gallery)

FASO.com is an art marketing platform that lets you create your own website and offers free and paid promotions of your artwork, as well as free and paid entry into monthly contests.  I started a trial back in August of 2021 and let it run until March 2022. After the free first 30 days,  I was paying $31 a month for the level that will send out your artwork to “30,000” people in email.  Sounds great, doesn’t it?  I even paid for larger placement for 4 paintings for $100.

It will mail out free images of each art piece you upload to your account (1 upload per day) and it goes out with a thumbnail to medium-sized image depending on your plan.

The images go out at the bottom of a daily email and the smaller one looks like this:  As you can see, there is a lot of competition and the images are small. The medium images are a bit larger but still suffer from what I call information overload.  For someone to view the image, they click on it and it becomes larger, and you are presented with a button to take you to your FASO website.

When I put up a new picture, even in the medium category, I often got a few new views.  Being in the monthly contests got me a few more views, and I got an honorable mention which gave me $100 to spend on advertising.  But in the end, after several months, I received no inquiries and no sales.

Here are the problems I see with FASO.  I asked them for demographic info on newsletter recipients. They could not provide any.  I asked, what days of the week are the most effective for people responding to the emails.  They could not answer. How many people of the 30k actually click through on the emails and look at the art. No answer. Can they tell who even reads the emails out of the 30k?  Probably not.

Are the emails mostly going to FASO members who are trying to sell their own work, rather than buy? Unknown. I guess you can spend hundreds of dollars to do advertising on one of their Bold Brush newsletters, and that may get you some sales, but if you are a semi-pro artist and your prices are in the few hundred dollar range, you can quickly outspend what you hope to earn.

And I noticed that after a couple of months, I stopped looking at the daily newsletter, not bothering to look at the images or click on them.

Now the websites they create for you are decent. If you don’t have one, and you are not technically inclined, $31 a month is a reasonable price considering hosting and registering a domain name annually would cost you perhaps a little less. As it is, I am a web developer and I create my own sites, so the FASO was redundant. FASO also gives you some social media marketing tools that are helpful to get you started.

In contrast, I was pleasantly surprised this week by $1,100 sales of my work on my Instagram business page, without paying for any advertising.  Just FYI, setting up Instagram/Facebook business sales is very complicated, even for a professional web developer like myself.

In conclusion,  if you are a creative artist but lack the skills to do your own website, I would either hire a developer, perhaps use a WordPress site, or use FASO.  However, I would not expect sales from or through FASO. You would need to rely on other marketing to get sales. I think the free daily mail offers false comfort and creates false expectations for a return on the investment.

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Is Abortion Truly a Liberal Cause?

A Reprise from The Scholars Corner

 Abortion – A Liberal Cause?

Abortion has been numbered among the liberal causes of modern politics. Abortion is identified with women’s rights just as the Civil Rights Movement was identified with equal rights for African Americans and other minorities. But is abortion really a liberal cause? A careful examination of the history of the abortion rights movement would shock even the most ardent defender of a woman’s right to choose. The founders of the movement were in fact racists who despised the poor and who were searching for a way to prevent colored races from reproducing. Rather than defending the rights of the poorest of the poor, which is the tradition of liberalism, the founders advocated abortion as a means of eliminating the poor; especially Blacks, Jews, Slavs, and Italians. And rather than desiring to help the poor through welfare programs, they wanted to eliminate all charities and government aid. Today, most liberals would be shocked to know of this racist heritage. Not only is the founding of the abortion rights movement anti-liberal, but it may have been an attempt to promote racial genocide.

The modern day abortion rights movement began as the American Birth Control League in 1921. Among its founding board members were Margaret Sanger, Lothrup Stoddard, and C. C. Little. The latter two people were known for their racist views, but Margaret Sanger continually shows up in the company of other racists. In fact, she was the guest speaker at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Silverlake, N. J. in 1926.1 Not only did she not disassociate herself from these racist views, her own writings leave little doubt as to her sympathies. In implementing a plan called the “Negro Project,” that was designed to sterilize Blacks and reduce the number of Black children being born in the south, Sanger wrote:

“(we propose to) hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. And we do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” 2

Sanger also viewed welfare as a detriment to society because it increased the number of poor blacks and foreigners. “Organized charity (modern welfare) is the symptom of a malignant social disease… increasing numbers of defectives, delinquents, and dependents. My criticism, therefore, is not directed at the ‘failure’ of philanthropy, but rather at its success.”3 The urban poor, and their increasing numbers, she called, “an ever widening margin of biological waste.”4 Welfare, she believed, encouraged the breeding of the poor, or “human waste,” as she called them. She feared that welfare would encourage the urban poor to give birth to those “stocks that are the most detrimental to the future of the race…”5 Therefore, she believed the government should actively encourage the sterilization of those who are unfit to propagate the race, using as her motto: “More (children) from the fit, less from the unfit.”6

No modern day liberal would dare question the need for some form of government aid to the poor. But Margaret Sanger wanted more for the privileged and less for the poor. How did someone who was so obviously biased and lacking in compassion become the heroine of today’s liberals? It is a strange reversal of political direction. It is as if the Democratic Party suddenly turned around and supported David Duke for Supreme online Court Justice.

Margaret Sanger also continued to advocate for her racial prejudices in her magazine, Birth Control Review. In six successive issues of that magazine, she advocated limiting the racial quotas of immigration of “Slavs, Hebrews, and Latins,”7 because of their lower intelligence! Although Ms. Sanger was the editor of the magazine, she shared its pages with the racist co-founders of the American Birth Control League. Board member Lothrup Stoddard wrote the racist book The Rising Tide of Color Against White World- Supremacy 8, which was reviewed favorably in Birth Control Review.9 Co- founder and board member, C. C. Little, was president of the Third Race Betterment Conference. He advocated preserving the purity of “Yankee stock” through limiting the births of non-Whites.10

Margaret Sanger was also strongly anti-Semitic. She started a similar birth control organization with a man named Henry Pratt Fairchild, who wrote The Melting Pot Mistake, in which he accused “the Jews” of diluting the true American stock.11 In his book, Race and Nationality, (1947), Fairchild blamed anti-Semitism and the holocaust in part on “the Jews.”12

Finally, Margaret Sanger and her organization began to be primary sponsors of eugenics during her lifetime. But because she had associated herself with Adolph Hitler, praising him for his racial politics of eugenics, she changed the name of American Birth Control League to Planned Parenthood during WWII in order to disguise her racist past.13 Today, her organization, Planned Parenthood, is still in the forefront of advocating abortion as a means of eliminating the unwanted and “unfit.” Not only does the organization perform thousands abortions each year, it also receives 100’s of millions of tax dollars each year through Federal and State Governments.14 And rather than being in the forefront of a woman’s right to choose, International Planned Parenthood is a primary advocate for the Chinese Government’s policy of forcing women to have abortions against their will, and it also advocates for the sterilization of Third World non-Whites across the globe.15 It seems that PP is “pro-choice” when trying to impress the U.S. media, but anti-choice in the actual implementation of its world-wide agenda.

But has Planned Parenthood changed? It is significant to note that Planned Parenthood has never distanced itself from the vision and ideology of its founder. Successive presidents of the organization have praised her work, including Faye Wattleton, who said, “As we celebrate the 100th birthday of Margaret Sanger, our courageous leader… we should be very proud of what we are and what our mission is. It is a very grand mission… abortion is only the tip of the iceberg.”16

One can only wonder how abortion rights came to be adopted by liberals in the Democratic Party, or any other party. It is difficult to image how it came to be identified with other liberal causes. Through a slick media campaign and effective sloganeering, Planned Parenthood painted abortion as a compassionate and caring alternative to childbirth. Their motivation however may be altogether different. It seems that abortion still today, rather than being seen as a way of helping the poor and minorities, is considered the easiest solution for our economic problems:

Don’t help the poor – just eliminate them.

Footnotes:

  1. Emily Taft Douglas, Margaret Sanger; Pioneer of the Future, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, N.Y., 1970, p. 192.
  2. Margaret Sanger, letter to Clarence Gamble, Oct. 19,1939. – Sanger manuscripts, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College.
  3. Margaret Sanger, The Pivot of Civilization, Brentano’s, N.Y., 1922, p. 108.
  4. Ibid. p.134.
  5. Ibid. pp. 116-117.
  6. Ibid. p.104 & 179.
  7. Birth Control Review article “Racial Quotas in Immigration,” Margaret Sanger, editor, Aug. 1920, pp. 9-10. Article continues in next 5 issues.
  8. Linda Gordon, Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America, Grossman, N.Y., 1976, p. 283.
  9. Birth Control Review, Margaret Sanger, editor, Oct. 1920.
  10. Gordon, Woman’s Body, p. 283.
  11. Fairchild, The Melting Pot Mistake, 1926, pp. 212 ff.
  12. Fairchild, Race and Nationality, 1947, pp. 137-161, esp. p. 147. 1
  13. Gordon, Woman’s Body, p. 347.
  14. Based on 1984 figures compiled by the Alan Guttmacher Institute, Issues in Brief, 4:1 (March 1984).
  15. Planned Parenthood Review, 5:1 (winter 1984/85) & 2:4 (winter 1982), p. 16. Report of the Working Group on the Promotion of Family Planning as a Basic Human Right, International Planned Parenthood Federation, London, 1984, pp. 21-23.
  16. Faye Wattleton, president Planned Parenthood Federation of America, speech, February 5, 1979.

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Law, Grace, and Holiness

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Law, Grace, and Holiness

In Today’s church there are 2 Extremes:

Legalism vs. Grace. The reaction to religious legalism is a distorted grace that indulges all behaviors.

A spirit of religion ends in legalism, where people judge others based on outward appearances and by the way they live.

The problem is that we don’t just judge their actions, we judge the person as well.

Jesus said, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you…” (Matthew 7:1–5, ESV)

The other extreme is lawlessness where people endorse all kinds of sinful behaviors because “we aren’t supposed to judge.”

Well, we aren’t supposed to judge people, but we are supposed to judge behaviors:

“Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,… What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” (Romans 5:20–6:2, ESV)

What is Sin?  An arrow missing the mark – what is the mark? The image of God in man.

Three types of laws: Civil, Moral, and Ritual (or Ceremonial Law)

Old Testament civil law: how to govern a people and what should be done to people who violate the law.  Eye for an eye, stoning for rape and adultery, e.g.

Ritual law:  what sacrifices are to be offered, what foods to eat, what the priests are to wear.

Moral law reveals the character of God that does not change: no adultery, no murder, etc.

The biggest confusion in today’s society is over sexual morality and how it relates to the image of God. Sexual morality isn’t civil or ritual or OT, it is moral.  But many denominations have raised up false teachers, abandoning the Word of God and confusing Grace with Lawlessness.

For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.” (2 Peter 2:18–19, ESV)

When Paul says that the Law cannot save anyone because all fall short of the righteousness of God. BUT he does not say that the moral law has passed away in Christ, because the moral law reveals the character of God.

And God has called us to Holiness, not by the power of our own good deeds but by the power of God’s Holy Spirit living in us.

“For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do.” (Romans 7:21–8:3, ESV)

Paul points to the inability of humanity to achieve godly righteousness by an external law, and God had to create a new covenant which put his righteousness in our hearts:

The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. … I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.– Jeremiah 31:31-34

The Holy Spirit enables us to be a holy people, and God still looks for holiness in us through the work of Holy Spirit. The “just requirements” of the Law now fulfilled in us by the Spirit – in Paul’s mind – necessarily include sexual purity, no thievery, no idolatry, no homosexuality, etc. (I Cor. 6:9).

And so, there is no contradiction between the idea of being saved by faith through grace, not by works of the flesh, and the new Law of Love, which reflects the character of God in sanctified conduct.

“You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.” (Leviticus 11:45, ESV)

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My Testimony: Breaking a religious spirit

How religious spirits infect and invade the church and bring people into bondage. Pardoned or Paroled

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What Are the Gifts of the Spirit?

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Background:

Corinth is a seaport filled with dock workers, streetwalkers, thieves, ruffians.   Pagans who worshiped Bacchus, the demon god of wine and orgies, with no sense of sexual morality. 

Now brought into the kingdom of God through Jesus, but have no idea how to live. They don’t know the moral laws of God.  They have to be instructed not to visit prostitutes, for example. 

Brash, immature, boastful, yet Paul calls them Holy and Sanctified.  And there is not one gift lacking among them. 

Sometimes it is easier to reach and disciple pagans than it is to teach the religious. 

Caution:  Beware of Elitism. You are not God’s ONLY chosen vessel 😮 🙂 

1 Corinthians 1:2–8

To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: 

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— 

even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:2–8

1 Corinthians 12:1–11

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. 

Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. 

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 

to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 

to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 

All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills. 1 Corinthians 12:1–11

1 Corinthians 12:27–13:3

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 

And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 

Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts. 

And I will show you a still more excellent way. 

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 

And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 

If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 12:27–13:3

1 Corinthians 14:1–5

Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts, and above all that you may prophesy. 

For the person who speaks in another language is not speaking to men but to God, since no one understands him; however, he speaks mysteries in the Spirit. 

But the person who prophesies speaks to people for edification, encouragement, and consolation. The person who speaks in another language builds himself up, but he who prophesies builds up the church. 

I wish all of you spoke in other languages, but even more that you prophesied. The person who prophesies is greater than the person who speaks in languages, unless he interprets so that the church may be built up. 1 Corinthians 14:1–5

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