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HOLDING ON TO LIBERTY, BARELY
By Paul Cappadona
Liberty, in its highest sense, can not be separated from virtue and intelligence. The people set the standards of government, and we must be sufficiently educated. What passes for education today leaves selfishness undisturbed, or more accurately, it arouses its growth, and multiplies its devices for misbehavior. This leads the whole nation down into the world of unintended consequences.
Mutual principles of our government and the sphere and responsibilities of the elective contract (the Constitution) must be understood. All governments must be established on some set of values in order to survive. There has never been a government void from religion of one sort or another. And none could ever expect to function without a firm religious foundation.
Biblical Christianity, by its spirit and government is republican in form. The republican principles of our nation have been culled from early church governments as drawn from the Bible. From a Biblical education people influenced its fundamental principles into the state of which its members were citizens. Religious elements at and especially before the founding of our country were everywhere foremost in the cause of liberty and the rights of mankind. One such example is the Mecklenburg Declaration. In May of the year 1775, the people of the District of Mecklenburg County, N.C. sent a delegation of twenty- seven men to Charlotte to discuss their political oppressions and rights. These men were every one, Christians, and there decisions were to be binding on all the people by mutual trust and honor.
It is easy to notice the similarities in language and sentiment between this and our national Declaration of Independence, which came fourteen months later. Biblical republics, with rock true foundations, built our great noble experiment by many arguments drawn both from the rights of man and the revelation of God. There can be no denial, for as sure as the sun makes the day; religion has made this Republic in spite of the tyrants of that day or now.
Without virtue and intelligence within the Christian communities, American free institutions are impossible. Liberty is in danger of perishing before our very eyes. A renewed spirit within the laity is needed. A deeper investigation into the Bible can be a more efficient instrument of warfare and boldness to cope with the evils before us. The heart and soul of the salt of the nation must be reached, and its conscience aroused. Christ’s churches have been infiltrated and neutralized, and His people ‘hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing he hates.’ The tide of spiritual death which threatens to overwhelm our Christian nation must be arrested. With religious faith, hope, and boldness, we can begin again an invisible, overpowering movement against the enemy. We must strive to be infused with the feeling of personal liberty against despotism. This immense moral power can overwhelm every variety of bondage, in favor of our true republican liberty.
The Antichrist of infidelity, is sweeping away all of the old foundations of our nation and our faith. The elite foes of freedom have placed the blame of their past doings on Christianity. Using their “state church” and pseudo-science or what I call science fiction, they have caused people to identify Christianity with civil and religious tyranny. Their propaganda create in people intense re-actions, which influence them to adopt the wildest forms of unbelief. These foes to Christ and his freedom are never idle. They have their schools, pulpits, press, and media. They are directing our Nation, with its God given rights, into a headlong descent into socialism or anarchy. They make light of marriage and profane God. Their end is death, death to all which we have inherited from our Christian fathers.
We must expose the pretensions of the corrupt religion of humanism, by showing her real weaknesses, her partial truths, all leading to a world of unintended consequences. This defense, to be successful, can only be achieved in our courts of law. Suits at law can stop the special interests from manipulation of our system. Grand jury indictments are a more efficient instrument of aggressive warfare and are strong and bold enough to cope with the evils which presently besiege us. We must be qualified to wrestle with and be victorious over the shrewd scheming of corrupt leaders. The ability to hurl these men from power must be displayed to compel them by fear of indictment and prosecution to a degree of caution which will secure our liberties and the gift of our God-given rights. The indictment powers of the people will scare straight our representatives. The heart and the conscience of the nation must be reached by us.
With help from God, the tide of spiritual death which has sent our country head long into the valley of darkness could come to a close. Daily, the numbers of people grow with the spirit of personal liberty on one hand against tyranny and decadence on the other. As this moral power grows it will fight against every species of bondage in favor of true republican liberty. Join the battle against the crimes that threaten national ruin.
In that day shall the Lord of hosts be as a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people, and for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate. Isaiah 28: 5, 6. Those gates are our courts.
Through knowledge shall the just be delivered. When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting. By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked. Proverbs 11: 9-11
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bearth rule, the people mourn. Proverbs 29: 2. Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath. Proverbs 29:8
Thus saith thy Lord, the Lord, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people. Behold I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling … I will put it into the hand of then that afflict thee; which have said to thy soul, Bow down, that we may go over: and thou hast laid thy body as the ground, and as a street, to them that went over. Isaiah 51.22 & 23
In every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; … that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. … For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. … Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? Cor. 1: 5, 8, 19, & 20
For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 2 Peter 2: 18, 19
Other times in
history people have broken the chains of tyranny and stood for a moment
free, but having no solid religious convictions to keep them from excess,
they lost by unintended consequences what they bought with blood.
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Biblical Christianity, by its spirit and government is republican in form. The republican principles of our nation have been culled from early church governments as drawn from the Bible.