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Wake Up America, Your Foundations Are Being Destroyed

If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalms 11:3)

Our dangers are of two kinds, those which affect our religion, and those which affect our government.  They are, however, so closely allied that they cannot, with propriety, be separated.

The foundations which support the interest of Christianity, are also necessary to support a free and equal government like our own.

To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoys.  

In the proportion as the genuine effects of Christianity are diminished in any nation either through unbelief or the corruption of its doctrine or the neglect of its institutions, in the same proportion will the people of that nation recede from the blessings of genuine freedom, and approximate the miseries of  complete despotism. I hold this to be a TRUTH confirmed by experience.

It follows, that all efforts to destroy the foundations of our holy religion, ultimately tend to the subversion also of our political freedom and happiness.  

Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government, and all the blessings which flow from them, must fall with them.    –Jedidiah Morse (1799)

Jedidiah Morse (1761-1826) a Yale divinity school graduate, and father of Samuel Morse, inventor of the telegraph and Morse Code, was highly alarmed by how far the American laity and clergy had moved from sound Bible doctrine by the influence of European rationalism.  In a 1799 sermon  Morse said If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

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Barrack Hussein Obama Outed As Muslin By Former Pastor And Mentor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright

Obama was outed by his former pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, as a Muslim and not a Christian. To be outed means to have your cover blown, to have your identity declared, disclosed, or divulged. It means to have your secret identity brought out into the open, to be brought to light.

Obama’s Former Pastor: I Helped Obama Accept Christianity Without Having to Renounce Islam

In a stunning interview, NY Times best selling author Ed Klein said Obama’s former pastor Jeremiah Wright helped Obama accept Christianity without having to renounce Islam.

In his book “The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House,”, Klein interviewed Wright for three and a half hours. Wright told him of Obama’s secret efforts to keep him quiet during the presidential campaign. But the more significant material spotlights how important Wright was to Obama’s thinking even before the future president began going to Wright’s church in 1988.

“It’s one thing for Obama to sit in the church and listen to the Rev. Wright spew his hatred against whites, Jews, and America,” Klein says. “But in my view, having spoken to the Rev. Wright, that paled by comparison with the personal relationship that Obama had that went way beyond his simply being a member of the church listening to all this stuff.”

Obama began his relationship with Wright, whom he has called a mentor and sounding board, three years before he began attending Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

“Obama went to the Rev. Wright at every stage of his career whenever things went wrong,” says Klein, a contributing editor of Vanity Fair and a former editor-in-chief of the New York Times Magazine.

“For instance, when he lost the 2000 congressional election for the seat that Bobby Rush, the former Black Panther, holds from the South Side of Chicago,” Klein says. “He was in a state of terrible depression, and he owed a great deal of money, and his marriage was on the rocks. Who did he go to? He went to the Rev. Wright for marriage counselling. He went to the Rev. Wright about what shall I do next, Rev? Every step of his career, every step of his development as a political figure was made in conjunction with conversations that he had with the Rev. Wright personally.”

As revealed in the book “In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect,” just before Wright spoke at the National Press Club, Obama secretly met on April 4, 2008 with Wright at Trinity’s parsonage where Wright then lived.

So that they would not be noticed, agents made a point of driving Obama in a mini-van instead of the usual Suburban. They parked their other vehicles a block away. Obama spent an hour with Wright and then left.

“At this secret meeting with him, Obama practically begged him not to go on and speak any further,” Klein says. “This was after one of Obama’s best friends had sent an email to a member of the church saying that he was prepared to give the Rev. Wright $150,000 if he would shut up. The Rev. Wright told me that he has saved that email.”

In the recorded interview, Wright says he basically could not afford to shut up for $150,000, Klein says.

“Wright explained he had expenses that he had to pay,” Klein says. “He had a child and a couple of grand-kids in college that he was paying for. And so he goes around the United States giving sermons and making speeches, and he gets paid for that.”

Klein says Obama originally sought out Wright to discuss community activism.

“Quickly the conversations turned from picking up garbage on the street and getting streetlights put up on street corners to political matters and religious matters,” Klein says. “And the Rev. Wright turned into really a substitute father figure, who guided Obama in the two major areas of his life.”

The first area was Obama’s identity — just who was he?

“Obama was steeped in Islam, he knew a lot about Islam, but knew nothing about Christianity,” Klein says.

Klein asked, “Do you think he [Obama] ever thought of himself as a Muslim?” To which Wright replied, “Yep, yep, yep, and that was this thing, I’m sure he got some grief, not proselytising grief, but grief from that part of his family, just from, and I say that based on my wide range of Muslim friends.”

Klein asked Wright if he converted Obama from being a Muslim into a Christian. He said, “I don’t know about that, but I can tell you that I made it easy for him to come to an understanding of who Jesus Christ is and not feel that he was turning his back on his Islamic friends and his Islamic traditions and his understanding of Islam,” Wright said.

The second area was Obama’s political philosophy. Wright introduced Obama to Black Liberation theology.

“Black Liberation theology is based essentially on the Marxist belief that there is an oppressor class and an oppressed class,” Klein says. “And in the case of Black Liberation theology, the oppressor class are the whites, and the oppressed are the blacks. And there is a ‘maldistribution’ of wealth in this country, a quote from Black Liberation theology.”

The point is that wealth should be redistributed.

“This is quite close, if not identical, to Marxist beliefs,” Klein says.

Happier times: Rev. Wright was considered as a ‘Second Father’ to Obama.

As noted in the story “Media Blackout on Rev. Wright Started in 2007,” for three months during Obama’s primary campaign, the mainstream media ignored Newsmax stories reporting on Rev. Wright’s hate-filled sermons; his denunciations of America, whites, and Israel; and the fact that he gave an award for lifetime achievement to Louis Farrakhan.

By the time the media picked up the stories, Obama was ahead of Hillary Clinton in the primary elections.

According to a Hillary Clinton aide quoted in David Remnick’s “The Ridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama,” if the media had run the Wright story just two months earlier, Obama’s candidacy “would have been over.”

“Everybody says Obama sat there for 20 years listening to the Rev. Wright spew his anti-white, anti-Jewish, anti-American tirade in church,” Klein says. “The fact of the matter is that his relationship with the Rev. Wright goes back further than his membership in the church and sitting and listening to the Rev. Wright.”

Klein says it was clear from his interview with Wright that he felt abandoned and stabbed in the back by Obama.

“For many, many years, Wright was Obama’s single most important intellectual and spiritual guide, and when things got rough, Obama threw him under the bus,” Klein says. “Wright was still stinging from that experience.”

IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE 

An Iranian Woman Refugee, Aynaz Anni Cyrus, Warns of Insidious Muslim Threat That Will Topple the U.S. Constitution.
Aynaz Anni Cyrus is a 31-year-old Iranian-born woman who rejected Islam and fled Iran to America legally in her teens. She came to the United States after years of persecution, torture, and imprisonment. She now lives as an American citizen. Anni wants everyone to know the truth behind the threat of Islam that is not being told. She says the Muslim leaders objective is to mainstream Islam and convert the United States to a Muslim country – period. There are people in power at the federal level who also want that. Anni’s information has been ignored by the mainstream media. Her insights are compelling, Anni Cyrus states the following:
• There is no such thing as a “moderate” Muslim. All Muslims are bound by the Quran to be called to Jihad and will kill when ordered to accomplish a Muslim conversion.
• ISIS is alive and well in the United States
• ISIS is not the only threat. The infiltration of Syrian refuges who are not fully vetted will expose the United States to random and recurrent acts of terrorism on our own soil. All Muslim followers should be subject to scrutiny.
President Obama is actually a Shiite Muslim and quotes messages from the Quran.
• The ultimate goal of real Muslims is to convert everyone to Islam. The United States as we know it will no longer exist. Freedom of religion would become a state-ordered religion of Islam.
• Muslims hold positions of power at the federal level and are silently influencing a gradual Muslim transition that will persecute non-Muslims, women, homosexuals, and anyone who is an “infidel.”
• This insidious, hidden threat cannot be handled with tolerance and passive disinterest. It will destroy American freedoms at their core. Change must be now.

Aynaz Anni Cyrus’ Background:

• Lashed a total of 109 times on different occasions.
• Imprisoned 12 times from age 9 to 14.
• Raped.
• Denied high school even though she rated “exceptional” on national intelligence tests and scholastic exams.
• Was not raised by her mother until the age of three because her mother was imprisoned While in prison her mother was tortured.
• Witnessed an adult inmate’s suicide attempt at the age of 11 while she was jailed at an adults prison
• Forced to marry an abusive man at a very young age who tortured, raped, and beat her. A judge refused to grant her a divorce.
• Anni witnessed her best friend being savagely sodomized by guards after she and Anni had been jailed for singing in public.

Anni wants everyone to know the truth about modern day Islam. She has a compelling message of what will happen in the United States if the Muslim threat is not curtailed.

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Immigration As An Act Of War, Dawn Of The New World Order

In Defense of Christianity

Having ignored their inheritances, America and Europe wonder why their houses are falling apart.

The death of Europe and America (as we know it) are in sight. Still hazy and not yet inevitable, but nevertheless visible and drawing nearer—like a distant planet in the lens of an approaching satellite. Western Civilization is reaching its end not because of its sclerotic economy, or stagnant demography, or the dysfunctions of the superstate. Nor is the real cause the massive influx of Middle Eastern and African migrants. Hussein Obama, The Beneficent, and Angela Merkel, The Iron Butterfly, have orchestrated the peaceful invasion of their own countries by a Muslim Horde still fighting the Last Crusade. The ultimate absurdity is that all this has been done without firing a shot. This invasion of desperate displaced mostly young men of military age is just the latest stiff breeze against the timber of a desiccated (ie, dried up, morally empty or bankrupt, lacking passion) civilization.

Europe and America no longer believe in the Great Commandment to love yourself. Unless you can love yourself first, then you are incapable of loving your neighbor or anyone else. Christ never taught that self-love is wrong or evil. It is the Second Greatest Commandment in Christendom and Judaism; the First being that you should love God with all your heart, mind, and strength.

Europe is dried up and dying because it has become morally incompetent. It isn’t that Europe stands for nothing. It’s that it stands for shallow things, shallowly. Europeans believe in human rights, tolerance, openness, peace, progress, the environment, pleasure. These beliefs are all very nice, but they are also secondary.

Americans and Europeans no longer believe in the good things in their own history. All they see in their own history is the despicable and the destructive. Manifest Destiny was a license to kill, maim, maul and destroy. To bring culture, Christianity, and civilization to the New World was to rape, pillage and commit genocide.They no longer believe in absolutes; good or bad, right or wrong. The cavalry no longer rides in at the last minute and saves the day.  Saint George may not have had the absolute moral authority to slay that evil Dragon.

What Europeans no longer believe in are the things from which their beliefs spring: Judaism and Christianity; liberalism and the Enlightenment; martial pride and capability; capitalism and wealth. Still less do they believe in fighting or sacrificing or paying or even arguing for these things. Having ignored and undermined their own foundations, they wonder why their house is coming apart.

That’s what makes the diplomacy of Angela Merkel, undisputed regent of European foreign policy, so odd and disconcerting. The German chancellor leads a party called the Christian Democratic Union, one of the chief purposes of which is to rally the German right to a reasonable conservatism.

Yet there she was in Istanbul on Sunday, offering a deal in which Europe would agree to visa-free travel for Turks in Europe starting next year, along with quicker movement on Turkish membership in the European Union, if only Ankara will do more to resettle Syrian and other refugees in their own country. Europe would also foot the bill.

This is machtpolitik in reverse, in which the chancellor is begging small favors from weaker powers on temporary matters in exchange for broad concessions with far-reaching ramifications. There are 75 million Turks, whose per capita income doesn’t match that of Panamanians. The country is led by an elected Islamist with an autocratic streak, prone to anti-Semitic outbursts, who openly supports Hamas, denies the Armenian genocide, jails journalists in record numbers, and orchestrates Soviet-style show trials against his political opponents. Turkey also has borders with Syria, Iraq and Iran. These would become Europe’s borders in the event of Turkish membership.

This is the country Ms. Merkel proposes to bring into the bosom of Europe. Her apologists will say she’s being disingenuous, but that only compounds the disgrace of her overture.

It also compounds the danger. Could Europe’s liberal political traditions, its religious and cultural heritage, long survive a massive influx of Muslim immigrants, in the order of tens of millions of people? No. Not given Europe’s frequently unhappy experience with much of its Muslim population. Not when you have immigrant groups that resist assimilation and host countries that make only tentative civic demands.

And not when a heedless immigration policy, conducted in fits of moral self-congratulation, leads to the inevitable reaction. In Switzerland on Sunday, a plurality of voters cast ballots for the Swiss People’s Party, known mainly for its anti-immigrant stance. Its sister parties throughout Europe are also the political beneficiaries of the migrant influx, trafficking on legitimate grievances against the postmodern state to peddle illiberal cures. Few things are as dangerous to democracy as a populist with half a case.

It says something about the politics of our day that this column will be condemned as beyond the moral pale. Such is the tenor of the times that it is no longer possible to assert without angry contradiction that Europe cannot be Europe if it is not true to its core inheritance. This is the marriage of reason and revelation that produced a civilization of technological mastery tempered by human decency.

“It is commendable that the West is trying to be more open, to be more understanding of the values of outsiders, but it has lost the capacity for self-love,” a prominent German theologian noted about a decade ago. “All that it sees in its own history is the despicable and the destructive; it is no longer able to perceive what is great and pure. What Europe needs is a new self-acceptance, a self acceptance that is critical and humble, if it truly wishes to survive.”

That’s Joseph Ratzinger, better known as Benedict XVI. He’s out of fashion, which makes him that much more worth hearing. (In part based on, WSJ, Stephens, Bret)

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The Moral Titan Of The Western World Resigns

The prince of this world has claimed another victim. The moral titan of the Western World throws in the towel. Homosexual “marriage,” contraception, sexual promiscuity, euthanasia, pornography, abortion and moral relativism proved too daunting a challenge for the aging pontiff.

The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI has sent shock waves throughout the USA and Catholic world. He has fought a ceaseless war against sin and moral relativism. He has kept the faith, but he did not finish the course. There is much work to be done. The Holy Father’s eight-year reign was very successful. With his announcement that he will be stepping down at the end of February, the church must find a suitable successor. It will be difficult.

PopeMobile Passes White House

Pope Benedict’s greatest accomplishment is that he put in place an impregnable defense of the culture of life — continuing the mission of his charismatic predecessor, Pope John Paul II. Pope Benedict is more than a gifted manager. He is a brilliant scholar and theologian. He has bravely spoken out against abortion, homosexual “marriage,” contraception, sexual promiscuity, euthanasia, pornography and moral relativism. His worldview can be distilled to one seminal idea: Secular liberalism is a false god and pseudo-religion; the only source of transcendental meaning is the church and Jesus Christ.

Obama Meets Benedict XVI

Many people and politicians see the role of the pope as simply a spiritual father who puts out documents now and then, and can be counted on for a blessing and a photo op with the occasional baby.

Hence, liberals despise him. They are now dancing on his papal grave. Since he ascended to the papacy, the anti-Catholic left has accused him of numerous crimes — being a Nazi sympathizer, fostering the hatred of women and perpetuating “homophobia” and “Islamophobia.” The now-deceased Christopher Hitchens referred to Pope Benedict’s career as having “the stench of evil.” (This from a man who, for years, rationalized communist tyrannies responsible for the slaughter of millions.)

Pope With NASA Astronauts Altman and Massimono

In the eyes of the secular left, the Holy Father’s real crime is he is a genuine Catholic. The pope’s teachings simply reinforced traditional orthodoxy, expressing the tenets of natural law. His views went against trendy progressive opinion. They amounted to restating basic, historic Catholic doctrine, such as homosexual behavior — sodomy — is immoral and unnatural; the family is the central unit of society; marriage consists of one man and one woman; contraception violates the fundamental purpose of sex, which is procreation; human life is sacrosanct from conception until natural death; and that male and female natures are distinct and different. He has consistently excoriated totalitarianism — both communism and fascism. In short, he opposes the culture of death in all of its malignant forms. No wonder liberals hate him.

Pope At WTC Ground Zero New York

Early in his papacy, he criticized radical Islam. Pope Benedict cited a 14th-century Byzantine emperor, pointing out that since its inception, Islam has had periods of violent expansion. For this, enraged protesters took to the streets in cities across the Muslim world, many of them calling for the pope to be killed. The Holy See has repeatedly championed the rights of Christians, especially in Muslim lands. Throughout the Middle East and Asia, Christians are the victims of persecution and pogroms. Yet, as Western leaders remain largely silent about this mass religious expulsion, the pope continues to raise his voice.

Pope AT UN

The topic he returns to repeatedly is the long-term threat posed by moral relativism to the West. It is fostering moral paralysis, hedonism and cultural decline. Ethical standards have been smashed. The doctrine of personal liberation is rampant. In America, the results have been disastrous: the breakdown of the family, skyrocketing divorce rates, a huge rise in illegitimate births, drugs, pornography, the mass murder of nearly 50 million unborn children and an AIDS epidemic that has led to millions of deaths. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report stating there are 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections each year. The most common diseases are gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, hepatitis B and HIV. The CDC says the United States faces an “epidemic” of sexually transmitted diseases. We have become Sodom and Gomorrah.

Pope IN Israel

Like John Paul II, Pope Benedict continued to reach out to the Jewish community. Moreover, he began to finally confront and crack down on the sex-abuse scandal that has plagued the church. He apologized to the victims. He stripped pedophile priests of their positions, and started the long, difficult process of healing.

Pope In Africa

For decades, moral relativism — the belief there are no moral absolutes, no enduring principles of right and wrong — has been used as a battering ram to destroy the West’s Christian foundations. In particular, it forms the essence of our postmodern society’s fashionable bigotry: Christophobia. The hatred of Christianity lies at the core of the socialist project. In Europe, Christianity is dying. It is widely viewed as a superstitious institution that existed prior to the Enlightenment. Yet, the extinction of a religion inevitably leads to the destruction of the culture and the civilization it spawned.

The most recent popes have been preparing the Church for leadership in a world the likes of which has not existed in human history. John Paul II was young and had the energy to visit more than 100 countries, taking the leadership of the Church outside the Vatican walls to the world. He was known to almost everyone.

Benedict was 78 when he was elected pope, at a time when he was planning to retire and live quietly in Bavaria with his brother. He made clear from the beginning that he would not keep the same schedule that had helped define his predecessor.

The world has changed significantly, and the Church needs leaders who are more agile, supported by the natural endowments of relative youth. In the past, it might have made sense to nominate an older person who had a wealth of experience. Now, we need leaders who have experience and the ability to engage in a world that changes minute by minute.

Pope Benedict understood this. This is why he has been the West’s spiritual titan. His resignation opens up a moral vacuum. God willing, his successor will be able to fill his giant shoes.

(Selected Excerpts by Jeffrey Kuhner)

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