Tag Archives: freedom

500 Years of Religious Liberty…will it make it another 500 years?

I reiterate my sincere condolences and prayers for those who so tragically had their lives taken from them in Las Vegas. To those forever scarred by the memory of this violent attack and the loved ones who will have an empty chair going forward at family gatherings, we express our humble sorrow.

I pray we’ll not just seek to move on as we seem to do in America, but ask, and answer, the hard questions about what happened in Las Vegas. It’a not about the tool, but the evil that motivates. We cannot just settle for the fact that the coward who committed this heinous and despicable act took his own life. We must seek out and eradicate that which influenced and motivated him to commit such a disgusting act.

We face many assaults against our liberty, and we must never forget that our very first unalienable right, from our Creator, is life. Let’s us endeavor to do all that we can to preserve those rights, and our liberty.

With that being said, I want to share with y’all a very important piece of history that set forth and determined the establishment of these United States of America, and our God given unalienable rights. We all know 31 October as the day we celebrate as Halloween. Our children, and some adults, dress up in costumes and roam the neighborhoods saying those time-honored words, “trick or treat.” We indulge kids with massive amounts of candy, sweets, and assorted treats, giving them the ultimate sugar high, and causing at least a week of despair for parents all over the country.

However, I want to bring to your attention a very special date in history that had a profound effect on our nation. I pray you’ll share this, and discuss this date and its importance for our Constitutional Republic.

The date is 31 October 1517. The historical moment, our treat, was the action of a Germanic monk by the name of Martin Luther. It was on that date, 500 years ago, that Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Church. Martin Luther’s act was a defiant stance against the religious orthodoxy of the day, and one of its practices. The Catholic Church ruled the day and maintained immense influence on the ruling class of royalty in Europe.

It was, however, the practice of indulgences that drew the ire of Luther. Indulgences were the monetary collections taken by the Catholic Church in order to purchase freedom – absolution — from God’s punishment for sins. Imagine going to church and having a fee chart displayed based on the sins of an individual which had to be paid in order for a church official to intercede for your transgressions…an insidious form of taxation for salvation.

It was Luther’s belief, his theology, that salvation was not attained through deeds — certainly not through purchase. He believed that we all have an inherent right to a relationship with God and our Savior Jesus Christ through our faith, as professed in Romans 10:9, (NIV), “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Luther took on the Catholic Church and in the end he was excommunicated by Pope Leo X for not refuting his assertions. Luther believed that our salvation, our eternal life is simply a free gift of God’s grace to us all. What Martin Luther did was to challenge the Catholic Church, the institution, claiming that it wasn’t supreme over the individual. Martin Luther was the first to present the idea of a personal relationship with our Creator that supersedes the false claim of intercession by way of man-made institutions. Thanks to Luther, the word “Protestant” came to define the movement that challenged the institution of the Catholic Church, the root word being “protest.” And what Luther was truly protesting and advocating is what English political philosopher John Locke would further define.

It was Locke who introduced the idea of natural rights theory. Locke proposed that we all have natural rights bestowed upon us emanating from our Creator. This was contrary to the reigning thought of the day — divine rights theory — which placed all power and authority with the ruling royalty over the individual, a power bestowed upon them by the institution of the Catholic Church. And in the case of King Henry VIII, when the institution did not grant him as he wished – a divorce — he made himself head of state, and created his own church, the Church of England, where he was also head.

Locke didn’t believe the rights of the individual, by way of divine rights theory, came from intercessors. He wrote in his Second Treatise that the natural rights theory meant we had God-given rights, these being life, liberty, and property. What a continuation of the revolutionary idea of Martin Luther, to breakdown the social construct of Lords and Serfs, to say each individual was endowed with rights, and did not have to seek permission, bye of leave, and approval from someone established over them, by another.

And so it was, when a certain man from Virginia named Thomas Jefferson — you know that fella whose statue they defaced at the University of Virginia — was tasked to write the document establishing these United States of America he wrote…”We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

When you fathom the action of Martin Luther, you realize that his nailing the 95 Theses on the church door set in motion a deeper movement. It challenged and toppled the idea that the individual is subservient to the institution. America represents the manifestation of Luther’s idea, that simple protest he made on 31 October 1517. Perhaps that’s why James Madison, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton enshrined our first right in the Bill of Rights as freedom of religion and the free exercise thereof. This is why the Founding Fathers never wanted the establishment of a state sponsored religion. Jefferson asserted in his letter to the Danbury (Connecticut) Baptist Convention that we would have a separation of church and state. What he meant was that we would not have a head of state who is also a head of church.

However, when we do not study history, we enable others, namely the progressive socialist secular humanists, to redefine this as separating our Judeo-Christian faith heritage from who we are as a people, a nation. And therefore we are now at a point in time where the institution, government, is again making the individual subservient, and redefining freedom of religion as a specified freedom of worship, and where.

It is time for a new “Protestantism” that protests against the orthodoxy of today. Wouldn’t it be grand that in this 500th year remembrance of the 95 Theses, we had some citizen go to Washington DC and nail such a modern document within the walls of Congress? Of course, the institution of government would probably have them arrested, but it is a novel concept.

If you were to have a part in creating 95 Theses for today to challenge Washington DC, what would be your main point? This month, reflect upon that date 31 October 1517 — they won’t be teaching this in our schools … heck, they don’t teach very much it appears when you have players kneeling for the National Anthem but standing for God Save the Queen.

Martin Luther’s action ensured we’ve had 500 years of individual and religious liberty and freedom. The question is, will we still have it 500 years from now? It had to be fought for, and that is true to this day. Yep, there are decorations already out for Halloween, but we best wake up because we keep getting tricked, while the ruling class of political elites get out treats.

God bless Martin Luther for the 95 Theses.

Original article: 500 Years of Religious Freedom

Advertisements

The Light of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

The torch held aloft by the Statue of Liberty is not so she can set liberty on fire as some propose.

It is a beacon, a guiding light, calling all who love freedom to come, enjoy self-destiny, and defend life, liberty, and the pursuit of one’s happiness from those who would extinguish that same light in favor of darkness and cold chains.

Freedom and the Conscious Mind

The only escape from tyranny is mental freedom, or a move from the unconscious to the conscious mind.

Americans would scoff and laugh at any hint that they don’t have freedom, let alone a conscious mind. Yet we are subject to a system of thought that can and is constantly manipulating our lives. Few even suspect this.

Who has the time and focus to penetrate the hidden agenda of the media and government? For the multitude, there is nothing in their unconscious mind to spark suspicion or inquiry into devious political demagoguery. We practically go through our entire existence in an unconscious state. We pay respect to the very influences that are life-consuming and constantly drain our lives and assets.

Modern psychological force is based on the propaganda doctrines of altruism and self-sacrifice among the people. Anti-productive politicians and bureaucrats use and coerce the public mind with the doctrines of self-sacrifice and altruism. This is a system of appeal to the unconscious mind. When you hear a politician use the term “fairness” or “your fair share,” he is manipulating you to give up something to nonproductive government.

If the manipulative fiction of self-sacrifice were to become widely known, the people could readily see that taxes, regulations and innumerable laws are a complex system of government force.

Original article: Freedom and the Conscious Mind

Unbound

Chains

You are not chained by anything except what you allow.

It is not about race or sex or income.

It is not about here or there, yesterday or tomorrow.

All that is on you…

All that binds you…

Is in your mind.

Engage your spirit and the chains of bigotry, racism, chauvism, sexism, envy… whatever…

Will slowly fade away and you will be free.

A Kindler & Gentler Slavery

Many of my friends across the philosophical and political aisle firmly believe (and have openly stated) the government (presumably the U.S. government) should be entitled to up to 65% of their income. They believe despite the fact they have all admitted they could not support their current lifestyle if the government actually taxed them at that rate.

I wonder, for those of you who actually endorse this idea that the government deserves 65% of your income do you also believe the government has legal claim to 65% of your total:

  • Investments?
  • Inheritance?
  • Property?
  • Assets?

What about 65% of your

  • Intellectual Property?
  • Creativity?
  • Worship?
  • Family?
  • Time?
  • Life?
  • Joy?

If not, why not? Make no mistake money always comes first to the liberal (they are still stuck in materialism) but it is only the opening prize on their very, very long wish list.

People who want to enslave other people (even under the most seemingly egalitarian of delusions) must tear down those boundaries and barriers wise men have installed that oppose their plans of dominion.

It’s the old saving short list:

  • Freedom of speech
  • Freedom of religion
  • Freedom of the press
  • Freedom of private property
  • Freedom to keep the majority of what you earn

America was freed by revolution and founded expressly for the purpose of liberating the new nation from the chains of socialism (the monarchy of England) but the same old conspirators are back; men and women and lobbyists dedicated to the utter decimation of human independence, self-destiny and individual accomplishment. Nothing needs or deserves 65% of your existence (including your money): not your city, county, parish, state, country, church, union, guild or club. There are only two causes: 1) the municipalities (city, county, state, federal) are completely seduced by the wealth they have taken from others (without the discipline and hard work to earn it themselves) and are incurable spendthrifts; or 2) the are clandestinely conducting operations that are so expensive they cannot openly admit to needing funding for them. If the U.S. Government had to abide by the same standard accounting practices as every citizen and corporation in our nation it would be bankrupt and its front men imprisoned.

I knew a guy who inherited a great fortune and spent several lifetime’s worth of income in a matter of twenty-four months. Why? It wasn’t his money. There’s always more where that came from. And when he ran out he was thrown back into poverty all for lack of discipline.

Never forget: the spiritual man embraces free will and uses it wisely and for the benefit of the Human Race. The spiritual man achieves this through reason, balance and discipline. The bestial man abhors all freedom (especially that of the will) and schemes tirelessly to put iron yokes back on the necks of those men who have shrugged them off for a far better and freer life.

The spiritual man is a man of singular reason and follows the light; the bestial man is broiling paradox of emotions. The childish person wants—not to achieve himself, but the achievements of others ripped from their work-blistered hands.

There are monsters in every age that shriek and claw at all the joys and freedoms God and Nature gave Man from the beginning and through every age since.

Monsters do not like to hunt. They prefer their victims in chains until such time as their appetite requires their slaughter.