The Times


By Chelsea Schilling
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

A revolution is brewing as American patriots and free-market advocates unite in protest against out-of-control government spending – with a wildfire movement of more than 150 nationwide tea parties.

John M. O’Hara of The Heartland Institute is a member of New American Tea Party, a coalition of citizens and organizations concerned about reckless government spending, is helping coordinate a number of national tea party events.

“Our message is simple: ‘Bailing out’ reckless businesses and individuals is neither the burden of responsible, hard-working American taxpayers nor the role of government,” he told WND.

Read the full article here.

It is hard to believe, but a majority of Americans (including Christians and conservatives) seem oblivious to the fact that there is a very real, very legitimate New World Order (NWO) unfolding. In the face of overwhelming evidence, most Americans not only seem totally unaware of this reality, they seem unwilling to even remotely entertain the notion.

These are the words of Chuck Baldwin, a man who is not asleep as so many Americans and worse yet, Christians are. He understands the times and that they are indeed perilous as the New World Order rises up out of the sea. I encourage you to read his articles found here for part I and here for part II.

The tragedy in the slumber of our day is that too many accept as gospel truth whatever Fox News, CNN, ABC, NBC, or any of the other major media establishments tell them. Not just in facts as to what happened during the day in politics, world events, etc. but more importantly in the conclusions that are drawn for them. This being key because the way information is presented, the opinions one hears, the opinions one is not allowed to hear, the images seen and those not seen are all part of a scripted, orchestrated program that is presented to get the viewer to believe a certain way. For a simple example of this when media was in its infancy, watch this video by Francis Schaeffer.

This deception happens every day and with every major news outlet because the media has an agenda and they want you to buy in. They want to convert you to their opinion without you ever knowing this is happening. Independent thought and opinions are ridiculed or vilified as being conspiratorial, non-patriotic, or un-American. In essence, you can only think as the establishment wants you to think where any thought outside of this is deemed evil. Because of this, independent thinkers are hard to find as more and more people have lost the ability to think for themselves. Instead, the average American has been lulled to sleep unknowingly as they blindly assimilate whatever their favorite news program or media outlet reports.

One of the key ways in which they accomplish this is by having dueling personalities and media outlets slanted either “right” or “left”. For example, you have one newscaster who may be billed as being on the “right” like Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity, and then on the other side, that is the “left”, you will have someone like Wolf Blitzer or James Carville. And not unlike a Hollywood movie set that has arch-enemies battling to the death, so too does the media have their supposed mortal enemies. The combatants here not employing fists or guns, but rather tongues and rhetoric as our pundits trade verbal blows back and forth as they seek to deliver the final word to gain the day. Yet unknown to you is that as soon as the camera stops rolling these “bitter enemies” leave the set together and go out for a bite to eat as they congratulate each other on the fine job they did on today’s program.1

Another key in this deception of our day is that you will rarely find that in these debates any substantive discussions about the core issues such as the Constitution, State’s rights, Constitutionally-sound fiscal policy, etc. Instead it is very often hot-button items that are put out there to get you to react emotionally without focusing on the heart of the matter. This being all by design because the establishment does not want you to focus or ponder the real issues and they definitely do not want you to ponder the Constitution. For in so doing their ruse would be in jeopardy of being discovered. Rather, they prefer those on the “right” to be saying amen when Hannity defeats Colmes, or for those on the “left” to cheer when Carville trumps Buchanan. But in the end nothing has changed because both the “right” and the “left” are taking the country in the same direction.

It really is high time for Americans and especially Christians to wake up. Some practical steps you can take are to:

  • Turn off the television because I can assure you that you are not getting the truth here. Instead, you are being deceived and it will not be until you have been away from it for a while and detoxed from its lies that you will come to see that what I write is true.
  • Turn away from major news outlets whether they be major papers like the New York Times, Time/Newsweek, the LA Times, etc. If you want to read them then you should at least be aware of their bias, the lies and the deception which are the underpinnings of advancing the New World Order.
  • Look to the Internet and alternative news sources. Here, you are not guaranteed a bastion of truth as there is deception here just as is in the major establishments. Because the NWO folks are not dumb and seek to gain the upper hand wherever they can. A few good sites to start with include: NewsWithViews and World Net Daily. And no, I am not asking you accept everything you read at these sites (I certainly don’t) for you must do your “homework” here as is true with anything you read. But by and large the farther you get away from CNN, FOX, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, etc. the better you will be. And NewsWithViews has a number of excellent God-fearing authors that will greatly help you in your quest to understand truth and to make changes based on it.
  • Pray against this growing beast system. Pray specifically and fervently against the evil that is seeking to consume the whole world and trample it under foot. If you don’t care for yourself, think about the next generation and sacrifice for them.
  • Inform others and get together with other Christians to pray and discuss these matters.
  • Stand against this system in ways as you are led by God that do not violate his commands.
  • Get together with like minded individuals and develop networks where you can buy, sell, etc.
  • Read the Bible for herein you will find the words of eternal life because NWO or not, one day you will die and there is nothing you can do to prevent this day from coming. Today is the day of salvation where you can be set free from your sins, guilt and shame as you are washed whither than snow in the blood of the lamb of God.

I hope and pray you wake up to the times and take action while there is yet day for the night cometh when no man can work.

Footnotes:

1 – The same very things happens with our political system which provides us the same theatrics. Here, we likewise have our dueling parties of right vs left, Republican vs. Democrat. Yet Bush or Obama, Clinton or Bush, Reagan or Ford, it doesn’t matter as the direction of the Nation is the same no matter who is in office. The reason for this is that the powers that be change not nor do their goals of destroying the Constitution and building their nefarious global system. All as they work night and day to destroy America by flooding her with illegals, sending her jobs overseas, taking her private property, polluting her with immorality and wickedness, trampling under foot parent’s rights, brainwashing her children from infancy to be global citizens, and hoping that the people do not wake up until it is too late.

In a few weeks it will be election time. In anticipation of this, most evangelicals right now are doing their utmost to get John McCain elected. Whether it is big-time leaders like Al Mohler writing anti-Obama/pro-Mccain articles, Jim Dobson using his vast reach over the airwaves to promote McCain, or bloggers posting diatribes against Obama and lauding praises on McCain and Palin, evangelicals are working day and night to get McCain elected.

In writing today, I cannot disagree that most pursue these endeavors with good intentions as they believe McCain is the “better” man for the job when compared against Obama. Especially when they consider the hot button issue of abortion where it is no secret that Obama is both pro-abortion and pro late-term abortion (it’s all murder whether early or late folks). But most do not know, or sadly care to know, that McCain is not as pro-life as his promoters would have us believe. You can catch a glimpse into this truth by reading this article by Chuck Baldwin. You also can check out this video at YouTube which in 9 minutes reveals a glimpse into John McCain that is very troubling. See also this Time Magazine article which highlights how McCain’s campaign is riddled with lies that even the media is speaking out about!

But sadly most evangelicals elect to stay like the proverbial ostrich with its head in the sand where anyone who seeks to illume them to matters they might not have considered about McCain is vilified and ridiculed as being a fool. And so armed with their good intentions the evangelicals march onward believing that this time it will be different even though they had eight years with George W. Bush. Eight long years where for six of those years the Republicans held control of all the House, Senate and Executive office. But, surprise of surprises nothing changed with abortion and Roe v. Wade.

Likewise, we all know that good intentions really are for naught when one gets down to brass tacks. Because the truth be told, evangelicals who support McCain are deceiving and being deceived. They are blind to the days we live in and cannot discern the signs of the times right before their very eyes. Blind as most care not to look beyond the debate sound bites, promotional commercials and well-crafted news stories. Instead, they hold on like a pit bull to the professionally crafted and well scripted image of McCain as a battered patriot and friend of this nation. Sadly though, the reality is that he is anything but as the Vietnam Veterans Against John McCain will tell you.

I hope and truly pray that Christians will open their eyes and stop believing and preaching the lie. Study to show yourself approved and stop blindly accepting what the media tells you, or your pastor parrots from the pro-Republican party. Do some homework and read what Chuck Baldwin has to say. A principled, pro-Constitution man who is running for President for the Constitutional Party. Check out his videos on YouTube especially if you want to hear what a true pro-life candidate sounds like. Conduct research and read some of the excellent articles at News With Views like those by Devy Kidd (I’ll warn you that she pulls no punches).

And please, stop believing the lie that voting for Chuck Baldwin is throwing away your vote. It most certainly is NOT. This is a lie from the enemy where God does not tell us to vote for the lesser of two evils, for the lesser of two evils is STILL evil! God tells us to stand for what is right regardless of whether it “wins” with the general populace.

This is my plea to you. For another impassioned plea to Christians about McCain, please read the excellent article My Plea To Christians: Don’t Vote For John MCCain by Doug Newman. I could not agree more!

The Christian and the Theater

Published by the American Tract Society

[Introduction by brother Michael: A tract from the sounds of it written in the 1800’s. A time where the entertainment of that day in the theater would be viewed by most today as being tame and prudish. Oh how times have changed and how corrupt the church of Jesus Christ has become!  A church where so many who wear the name of Jesus frequent movies and watch television shows that are riddled with sexual content, nudity, blasphemy, cursing, violence and more that would horrify the saints of old.

How tragic it is that the church by in large can no longer feel shame or recognize that they are “…wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.”  I share this paper for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear that they might hear what the Spirit saith unto the church and might “…buy of me [Jesus] gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see.“]

The theater is an amusement which occupies much of the time and attention of multitudes in our large cities and populous towns; and, unhappily, attendance on this place of resort is not by any means confined to such as are commonly called the dissipated and licentious. Many sober citizens think themselves justified in appearing within its walls; and even some professed Christians are seen in that school of vice and debauchery; and a few of them openly and systematically attempt to vindicate the practice. How this has happened, it may be a point of some difficulty to ascertain; for nothing is more certain than that the ancient pagans always condemned theatrical exhibitions, as immoral in their character, and as utterly improper to be countenanced by the virtuous and decent part of the community. And it is equally certain that the Christian church, in all ages in which even a tolerable adherence to Christian principle was maintained, has still more pointedly condemned and denounced them. Nay, in early times, all who frequented the theater were excluded from the communion of the church, without respect of persons.

But, by some strange concurrence of circumstances, this evil, sinful and pestiferous as it evidently is, has crept, under a sort of disguise, into the Church of Christ; and has come to be considered by many, as an amusement lawful for Christians! With respect to most other sins which we are in the habit of reproving, they are freely and generally acknowledged to be such; and when any of those who belong to the communion of our churches fall into them, they are dealt with as circumstances require. But we have here the strange phenomenon of a great and crying sin, which some professed Christians not only indulge—but which they openly endeavor to justify; to which they freely introduce their children; and, as if this were not enough, in behalf of which they take serious offence when the ministers of Christ speak of it in the terms which it deserves. Rely upon it, reader, this practice will not stand the test of examination. It is corrupt and indefensible throughout; and the more speedily you become convinced of this, and act accordingly, the better will it be for yourself, and the better for society.

Fellow-mortal, be persuaded to attend seriously to this subject. Do not turn away from it. It is a most important concern. And if there is in the practice in question all that evil which there may be demonstrated to be, it certainly will not alleviate the load of your guilt to be obliged to say, that, though warned, you refused to consider the subject.

Theatrical exhibitions, then, may be shown to be sinful, and productive of much evil, in a great variety of respects. Bear with a sincere friend to your temporal and eternal happiness, while he endeavors, with all plainness and fidelity, to state them. And,

I. To attend the theater is a sinful waste of TIME. You will not dare to deny, that every moment of your time is given you by the great Author of life; and that you must render an account to Him for the manner in which you spend it. Neither will you deny that life is short; that there is much important work to be done; and that no one can be sure that he has another day or hour to live. To creatures situated as we are, every hour which passes over us must be incalculably, nay, infinitely momentous; because we know not but there may be suspended upon it the destiny of our immortal souls, and all the never-dying interests of eternity. Placed in circumstances so solemn as these, can any rational, conscientious man consent to sit for a number of hours in a playhouse, attending to amusements which, to say the least of them, are as perfectly vain and frivolous as they can be? Can you appeal to the great Searcher of hearts, and say that you think this is right? Can you say that it is acting as an accountable and dying creature ought to act? No! The most determined advocate of the theater who lives, would not dare to say this. He would be shocked at the thought of seriously adopting such a principle. Either, then, the scriptural precept to redeem time, and the scriptural rules for disposing of time, must be utterly rejected, or theatrical amusements must be pronounced sinful. Either men are not accountable for the manner in which they spend their time, and are not bound to devote it to the glory of God and the promotion of their own moral and spiritual benefit, or it is a grievous sin to squander precious hours in an amusement, of which the lightest censure that can possible be passed upon it is, that it is wholly unprofitable. But we go further.

II. Theatrical entertainments are not merely unprofitable—not merely a sinful waste of time—but they also directly tend to dissipate the mind, and destroy all taste for serious and spiritual employments. Let me appeal to the experience of those who have been in the habit of attending the theater, whether this amusement is not strongly unfavorable to everything like a pious frame of mind? When you return from the playhouse, after witnessing the most decent play which was ever exhibited—have you any taste for prayer, for reading the Scriptures, or holding communion with God in any sacred exercise? Is there not something in the sentiments uttered in the theater, in the scenery displayed, in the dress, attitudes, and deportment of the performers, and in the licentious appearance and libertine conduct of many of the spectators, which is calculated, to say the least, to expel all seriousness from the mind; to drive away all thoughts of God, of eternity, and of a judgment to come; and to extinguish all taste for spiritual employments? Need we wait for an answer? Everyone, who has the least experience on the subject, knows that these things are so. He can bear testimony that few things have a more direct tendency to give the mind a vain and frivolous cast; to make it familiar with licentious images and objects; to destroy a taste for devotion; and to banish that spirituality which is at once the duty and happiness of the Christian.

And will any man, who means to stand on Christian ground, venture to deny that whatever has this tendency must be sinful? That whatever draws off the heart from that which is sober, useful, and pious—and inspires it with a prevailing taste for the vain, the romantic, the extravagant, the sensual, and the impure—cannot but be deeply pernicious? Alas! the theater does not properly instruct a man how to live, how to suffer, how to die. It does not tend to inspire those serious, practical sentiments which befit one who remembers that he may be called tomorrow to leave this transient scene. On the contrary, its direct and only tendency is, to make men forget their duty and their real happiness, and altogether to beguile the feelings proper for one who has no continuing city here, but who ought to be continually seeking one to come, whose builder and maker is God. But what has been said is not the worst.

III. The theater is now, and ever has been—a school of vice and profligacy. By far the greater part of the most popular plays, though they may, and, doubtless, often do contain many good sentiments, yet also contain much that is profane, obscene, and calculated to pollute the imagination, to inflame the passions, and instill the most corrupt principles, and the most pernicious practices. How common is it to find in the language of the theater the most unqualified profaneness, and even blasphemy! How often are mock-prayers and irreverent appeals to the Majesty of heaven, exhibited on the most trivial occasions! How often is the dialogue interspersed with such unchaste expressions or allusions as cannot but grievously pain the ear of modesty; and these pronounced and set forth in a way calculated to give additional force to the evil! Can such exhibitions be innocent? Are they such as a disciple of Christ can witness with safety, or encourage with a good conscience? If they are, then it is difficult to say what is sinful, or what may not be justified.

How shall we account for it, then, that decent females, who would be shocked at the least approach to obscene language in their presence in private, and who, if it were uttered, would think their reputation sullied, if not ruined, by being found in such company a second time; can yet go every week to the theater, and there listen to such language, and sometimes in very gross forms, without, perhaps, a blush, and without the smallest apparent consciousness of doing wrong? However painful the alternative, we must necessarily conclude that such females have less real delicacy, less truly virtuous principle, than they would wish us to believe.

Nor is this the whole of the evil. Of many plays which cannot be charged with profaneness or indelicacy of language, the general moral tone is detestable; such as no person of real virtue, to say nothing of the Christian, can contemplate without abhorrence. Piety and virtue are made to appear contemptible; and vice, in the person of some favorite hero, is exhibited as attractive, honorable, and triumphant. Folly and sin have commendatory names bestowed upon them; and the extravagance of sinful passion is represented as amiable sensibility. Pride, revenge, false honor, violence, the indulgence of unhallowed love, marital infidelity, and making the applause of men the governing rule of life—if not openly commended, are yet so depicted as to make them appear objects of envy rather than of abhorrence. Provided a man is frank, generous, and brave, he may be an abandoned libertine, an invader of marital purity, a spendthrift of other men’s property, a defrauder of the fatherless and widow, a despiser of God, and a trampler on his laws; and yet, on the stage, may be, and often is, celebrated as the possessor of an excellent heart.

Now, can any man of decent character—above all, can any man who professes to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, go to a place, or encourage representations, in which sentiments such as these are almost continually brought into view, and often under the most alluring aspect? Is this a school to which we ought to be willing to introduce our sons and our daughters, even if we had no higher aim than to prepare them for virtuous, dignified, and useful activity in the present life? It is indeed, as astonishing as it is humiliating, that we are driven to the necessity of asking such questions; and still more so, that thousands, who call themselves Christians, act as if they might be confidently answered in the affirmative!

IV. Those who go to the theater, not only contribute to the support of an impious and harmful amusement, but also contribute to the encouragement and support of a set of licentious play-actors.

That we ought not to countenance any class of wicked people in their sinful course, or, by any means, to encourage them to continue in it, will be acknowledged by all who believe that there is a difference between right and wrong—that there is any such thing as sin. But what are the prevailing character and lives of actors? Can anyone who values truth, say that they are commonly, or, indeed, are ever, excepting in very rare cases, people of decent, sober character? He certainly cannot. They are generally a licentious, immoral people. And, indeed, from the nature of their occupation, it is hardly to be expected that they should be otherwise. They are constantly engaged in personating different characters; and, perhaps more frequently than otherwise, very bad characters! In other words, a large portion of the time of all of them, is employed in impersonating, displaying, and recommending vice—which itself, can scarcely fail to corrupt their principles and habits! Add to this, that the nature of the fellowship which takes place, and must take place, between performers on the same stage, more particularly between those of different sexes, can scarcely fail of corrupting their morals. Were general purity, both of principle and of practice, to be maintained under circumstances such as these—it would be almost a miracle!

Accordingly, in all ages and countries, play-actors have been generally found triflers, buffoons, sensualists, unfit for sober employment, and loose in their morals. It is not pretended that there have been no exceptions to this character. But the exceptions have been so few, and their circumstances so extraordinary, as to confirm, rather than invalidate the general argument. And is it even true, that there ever has been a complete exception? Was there ever an actor who exhibited a life of steady, exemplary, Christian purity and piety? I never heard of such a person; and until I do, I shall venture to say there never was one. Yet this is the profession which all who frequent the theater contribute their share, to encourage and support. They give their presence, their influence, and their money—for the maintenance of a class of people whose business it is—directly or indirectly, to instill error and sin, to corrupt our children, and to counteract whatever the friends of piety and good morals are striving to accomplish for the benefit of society.

If this representation be just; if attending on the theater is a sinful waste of time; if it tends to dissipate the mind, and to render it indisposed for all sober, useful, or spiritual employments; if hardly any man living would DARE to retire, and, upon his knees, ask the blessing of God upon it before he went, or implore the sanctified use of it after he returned; if theatrical exhibitions are often—very often—indecent and profane, and always demoralizing in their tendency; and if their patrons, by every attendance upon them, encourage and support sin as a trade; then, I ask, can any man who claims to be barely moral—placing piety out of the question—can any man who claims to be barely moral, conscientiously countenance such a seminary of vice? Especially, can a disciple of Jesus Christ, who professes to be governed by the Spirit, and to imitate the example of his Divine Master; who is commanded to “live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present evil world;” who is warned to have “no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather to reprove them;” who is required to “crucify the flesh, with the affections and lusts;” and “whether he eats or drinks, or whatever he does, to do all to the glory of God;” can a disciple of Christ, I say, who is commanded to “shun the company of the profane,” to avoid the very appearance of evil, and to pray, “Lead us not into temptation”—can HE be found in such a place without sin; without polluting his conscience, tarnishing his profession, and offending his God? I would sincerely hope that no one could hesitate a moment as to the answer which ought to be given to this question.

Perhaps some will consider this as taking an unnecessarily strict, and even puritanical view of the theater, as an amusement. This is so far from being the case, that the sentiments which have been expressed, are those in which the wise and the virtuous, in all ages, have been entirely unanimous, even from the origin of the practice. As was intimated at the beginning, all the sober Pagans pronounced the theater a school of vice. Plato tells us, that “plays raise the passions, and pervert the use of them; and, of consequence, are dangerous to morality.” Aristotle lays it down as rule, “that the seeing of comedies ought to be forbidden to young people; such indulgences not being safe, until age and discipline have confirmed them in sobriety, fortified their virtue, and made them proof against debauchery.” And even Ovid, in his most licentious poems, speaks of the theater as conducing to dissoluteness of principle and manners. And afterwards, advises the suppression of this amusement, as being a grand source of corruption.

In the primitive Church, too, as has been already hinted, both the actors and those who attended the theater were debarred from the Christian sacraments. All the early writers who speak on the subject, with one voice attest that this was the case. And some of them, as well as some of the early synods and councils, employ language, in reference to this amusement and the class of people who conduct it, expressive of the strongest abhorrence. Not only actors were excluded from the privileges of the Church, but also all who intermarried with them, or in any ways openly encouraged them; thereby declaring that they considered the whole institution, in all its connections and influences, as altogether pernicious, and to be detested.

And almost all the reformed churches have, at different times, spoken the same language, and enacted regulations of a similar kind. They have declared it to be “unlawful to go to comedies, tragedies, interludes, farces, or other stage-plays, acted in public or private; because, in all ages, these have been forbidden among Christians, as bringing in a corruption of good manners.” Surely, this remarkable concurrence of opinion, in different ages and countries, ought to command the most serious attention of those who wish to know what is their duty.

To these authorities it may be of use to add the judgment of a few conspicuous individuals, of different characters and situations, all of whom were well qualified to decide on the subject: individuals, not of austere or illiberal minds, and who have never been charged with the desire of contracting, to an unreasonable degree, the limits of public or private amusement.

Tillotson, after some pointed and forcible reasoning against it, pronounces the playhouse to be “the devil’s chapel;” “a nursery of licentiousness and vice;” “a recreation which ought not to be allowed among a civilized people, much less a Christian people.” Collier solemnly declares, that he was persuaded “nothing had done more to debauch the age in which he lived, than the theater and the playhouse.” Lord Chief Justice Hale informs us, that when he was a youth at college the actors visiting Oxford, he was so much corrupted by frequenting the theater, that, for some months, he almost wholly forsook his studies. By this habit he not only lost much time, but also found his mind filled with so many “vain images” and “false sentiments” that he began to be alarmed for himself, and determined to abandon a course which he saw was leading him to ruin. On going to London, he resolved never to see a play again; and rigidly adhered to his resolution. Even the infidel philosopher, Rousseau, declared himself to be of the opinion that the theater is, in all cases, a school of vice. Though he had himself written for the stage, yet, when it was proposed to establish a theater in the city of Geneva, he wrote against the project with zeal and great force, and expressed the opinion, that every friend of pure morals ought to oppose it.

After this amount of reasoning and of testimony against the theater, is it possible that any, who are not determined to set at defiance all considerations of duty, can hesitate a moment? Even if one-half of what has been said of this amusement is true, then every father of a family—every good citizen—every friend to social order and happiness, ought to set his face against it as a flint, and to discountenance it by all fair and lawful means. But, reader, if you call yourself a Christian, or have any desire worthily to bear that hallowed name—can you ever again be seen within the walls of a theater? Can you ever willingly permit anyone over whom you have any influence to be seen there? Say not, that the habits of society are such that you can scarcely avoid it. The question is plain, “Will you obey God, or man? Will you timidly or basely give way, to that which you must acknowledge to be wicked? or will you dare to do what is right, though all the world were against you? Will you take the Scriptures—or the maxims of a corrupt world—for your guide?” The question is left with your conscience in the sight of God.

Attendant on the theater, whoever you are, if the foregoing representations are correct, then your conduct carries with it a degree of guilt which ought, surely, to alarm you. Every time you go to that scene of temptation and vice, you sin against your family, if you have any, against the purity and order of civil society, and against God, as well as against your own soul. Can you think of this, and still go with a quiet conscience? It is related of the late Mr. Hervey, a well-known and eminently pious divine of England, that being once on a journey in a stage-coach, the theater became the topic of conversation. A lady in company, who was much attached to this amusement, expatiated largely on the pleasures attending it. She observed, that she found much pleasure in anticipating the performance, much in witnessing it, and much in recollecting and conversing upon it afterwards. Mr. Hervey listened with respectful attention, and, when she had done, said, “Madam, there is one pleasure growing out of the theater which you have omitted to mention.” Delighted to think of her opinion being confirmed by a person of his respectable appearance, she asked him with eagerness to what he referred. “Madam,” said he, gravely, “I refer to the pleasure which the remembrance of having attended on the theater, will give you on a dying bed!” This seasonable remark proved better than a thousand arguments. It made a deep and permanent impression. The lady never again went to the theater, and became eminently pious. Every lover and frequenter of the theater will soon lie upon a sick and dying bed. How will the amusement then appear? How will the remembrance of having yielded to its allurements then lie on the conscience? Think of that hour, and be wise in time!

Attendant on the theater, did you ever hear of that awful catastrophe which caused the tears of so many to flow, a few years since, in one of our cities—when a theater, in the midst of its performances, and unusually crowded, was destroyed by fire—and seventy-five people perished in the flames? Did you ever hear of that heart-rending scene? Did you ever try to image to yourself how you would have felt, if you had been there? Think of A THEATER IN FLAMES! and ask whether you would be willing to meet death in a playhouse—to pass, as it were in a moment, from all the polluted vanities of such company, and such a scene—to the immediate presence of a holy God! How tremendous the thought! yet no one can tell that a like calamity may not happen at any time when he allows himself to be present in such a place. But, fellow-mortal, if you never should see a theater in flames, you will see a WORLD IN FLAMES, and a holy Judge descending to his “great white throne;” and “the heavens and the earth passing away, that there shall be no place found for them.” And you shall see “many great men, and rich men, and mighty men, hiding themselves in the dens, and in the rocks of the mountains; saying to the mountains and rocks, Fall upon us, and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of his wrath has come, and who shall be able to stand?” Will attendance on the theater, do you think, be a means of preparing any man to meet that Judge, and to stand the trial of that great day? May God, of his infinite mercy, open the eyes, and turn the hearts of infatuated men, that they may see their folly and danger before it is forever too late!

The 2nd District Court of Appeals in California has spoken loud and clear as to how the ungodly view the parent’s right to raise and teach their children. Here, Justice H. Walter Croskey wrote in a February 28 opinion that “Parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children.” This is the view of fascism, communism and all “isms” that hate God and believe the state owns the children. A world view that impacts not only Christians but any parent of any religions/non-religious beliefs who desires to raise their children and teach them per their belief system and not the state’s.

This being so as the state of California wants to mandate that parents either get sanctioned and accredited by the state to teach, or they send their children to the government run institutions. Institutions that are infested with crime, sex, drugs, alcohol, violence, and all other sorts of sordid activities engaged in by a festering mass of hormonally charged and morally adrift youth. And, if a parent chooses to not comply with this draconian ruling, criminal changes may be filed.

Think of it, a parent charged with being a criminal because they want to teach their own child! A child given unto them by God above yet the state says, no, sorry, not your child because it is us alone, the supreme elitists who know what is best for your offspring and society at large. What vile arrogance. One only need look at the state-run schools to see how abysmally these self-professed “experts” are doing in creating their Orwellian plutocracy.

In terms of statistics it is estimated that 166,000 students are home schooled in California. The rub though is that in order to home school California requires parents be accredited. Here, the number complying or not complying with this regulation is unknown. Also, accreditation requirements vary across the state. One example is where a five-year preliminary teaching credential requires the parent earn a bachelor degree from an a accredited college or university. All of this entailing their completing and passing multiple examinations.

In the past California has graciously granted parents the right to home school their children if they establish themselves as a small private school, file the necessary paperwork and either hire a credentialed tutor, or enroll their child in an independent study program run by an state-sanctioned school while teaching the child at home. The net-net being that the state does not want any child out from under their control so as to indoctrinate them to the party line. A party line which includes homosexuality, condoms, evolution, athism and a host of other doctrines contrary to natural law and God’s word.

This party line can be summed up beautifully by quoting from Croskey who wrote that “A primary purpose of the educational system is to train school children in good citizenship, patriotism and loyalty to the state and the nation as a means of protecting the public welfare.” (Emphasis added) And you thought it was all about reading, writing and arithmetic. Sorry, it isn’t but rather it is about raising up a generation of lemmings drugged on Ritalin who will not question anyone or anybody that is sanctioned by the state. Lemmings that will nod yes and amen to everything the state says regardless of whether it goes against their conscience, natural law or the Scriptures.

Is this America where freedom of thought was always prized and welcomed or Nazi Germany where the government raised up a generation of Hitler youth that gave unquestioned allegiance to the state? Youth who also were trained in government schools in good citizenship, patriotism and loyalty to the state and nation so as to protect the public welfare. The problem is that there were millions who fell outside of the “public welfare” but were instead counted as dross to be burned in the pyres of the myriad gas chambers.

The question to those parents who value their children and their right to raise and teach them per their belief system is what are you going to do about this? This question applies to those of all belief systems where everyone should think long and hard about why they keep their child or children in a system that disdains the parent’s rights as to how they raise them.

And to those who are Christian the alarm is sounding louder then it ever has for you to wake up from your slumber if you still believe that the government run schools are looking out for the Christ-centric welfare of your children. They are not nor are the majority of legislators, educators or judges. Just look at what these institutes teach with a critical eye and measure it up against the Scriptures and see how opposed it is to the things of God. Look at the values your child brings home from school, the foul words they learn and spew back to you, the sexual practices they are engaging in, the drugs/alcohol they may well be dabbling in, the “pack” of troubled individuals they run with. I know as I have been there and have experienced it from within where the irony is that I attended religious educational institutions (Roman Catholic). Here, my friends and I freely engaged in these sinful behaviors and more without our parents around to rightfully stop such wickedness. But that is another story.

Truly it is time to wake up and I hope you are seeing that things will not change from within for the better as government run schools will continue to wax worse and worse. Just do a little research as to what is taught today in these schools verses that taught say 25 years ago and I’m sure you will be shocked.

My view from God’s word and I pray some godly wisdom is for you and your family to work with all of your might to either remove your child from the public school system and teach them yourself, to send them to a God-fearing, sound Christian school (realizing they are a dying breed) or to move out of the state to a more family friendly state. Easy? No, most certainly not but God never said it would be and the health and spiritual well being of your child/children is at stake. Some practical advice I would share is:

  • Find a local homeschooling group in your area. Meet with them and get to know them even if you think you cannot home school due to financial reasons, lack of a supportive spouse, or you feel you are unqualified to teach. Speak to them, if they are Christians, pray with them and seek godly counsel from those who have been in the battle longer than you have.
  • Bring this up with the elders at your local church and put the goad to them to address this issue with more than rhetoric, sermonizing or worse yet silence. Get them to address the issue head-on with prayer, study, preaching against this tyranny and practical, constructive help to be given to parents who want to home school but are struggling to see how they can. Talk to them specifically about having funds provided to the people in the church instead of the building, the new carpet, the “holiday” decorations, the sound system, the coffee shop, the book store, etc. This I recognize is novel in most 501c-3 churches today but if you study the Scriptures it is to the people and their needs where the money of the church is supposed to go to and not some unnecessary megalith.
  • If your church will not support you in this God-ordained endeavor with practical and even financial help, then shake the dust off your feet and seek out those with like values who meet house-to-house in home churches. These groups typically are very home-school focused. See http://www.ntrf.org for some churches and/or search the web for home church sites. Don’t neglect sound doctrine though when looking for a church if you go this route.
  • Reach out to other national homeschooling groups to network with.
  • Set aside time with some brethren, even if only one or two to start with, to pray, fast, read the Scriptures and humbly seek the Lord’s face. Pray for guidance, wisdom and a work of God to reverse this situation or to direct your steps and those of your family. Also repent where you have been in sin as the Spirit convicts you.
  • Make a point of having more family time together. Bible studies, prayer, meals, outings, etc. Work to bond your family closer this year than last year. Skip the movies, turn off the TV, DVD players, iPods and computers/Internet, cut way back on after school activities that keep your children away from you for more and more hours and even on weekends and work diligently to strengthen your family to bond closer with your children. Children whom the enemy is doing everything in his power to steal, destroy and kill them both physically and more importantly spiritually.
  • Fathers – turn off ESPN, put away your golf clubs, stop being a slave to your job and a ghost to your family, repent of your selfishness and start being a Godly man and lead your family as Christ leads the church. You are responsible for your children and it will be you that the Lord holds accountable for their education and upbringing or lack thereof. Stop pawning it off on the state and step up to the plate and play ball where you take responsibility for your children and life to serve your wife and them instead of yourself.

In closing those who live in other states should take this as a shot across the bow from the opposing forces. The question is whether you will hear it or continue to slumber thinking that such a thing will never happen in your state. It will where my advice to you is the same given to those in CA. Get your kids OUT of the government sponsored schools and “…bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” (Eph 6:4) Do whatever it takes while you still can!

I close with the Word of the Lord sent unto Israel but just as applicable for us today. “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” (Deut 6:4-7)

An extremely popular movie circulating on the Web these days is known as Zeitgeist. A movie where it can be concluded that one of its primary objective is to discredit Christianity and to “prove” that Jesus the Messiah was a fraud and that Christianity is nothing more than an amalgam of pagan beliefs. Along with this charge, the creators of this movie draw the conclusion that religion is simply a tool of the world employed by the powerful to keep the masses in subjugation through superstitious ignorance.

Sadly, the vast majority who have watched this film are representative of the Internet “get it now” generation that does not do its homework or perform due diligence when presented with a thesis. Instead, if what is presented sounds and looks good to them and falls in line with their world view, they accept it as “gospel” truth without question or further research. So it goes with Zeitgeist for countless individuals who have watched the movie, been baptized into its doctrine and become its evangelists.

This is ironic when you consider that those who say they are open minded and seeking truth are actually guilty of the very thing they accuse Christians of. The accusation of course being that Christians are gullible simpletons who have believed a lie, which if only they took the time to research, would see they are deceived. Yet when the disciples of Zeitgeist accept everything in this movie that discredits Christianity without raising a questioning eyebrow they are seen as being the true seekers of truth. I’m sorry but this is hypocrisy.

True Christians though, contrary to any inferences or accusations, are not afraid of truth. Examine Christianity honestly and you will see that the claims of Jesus Christ and the writings of the apostles and prophets have been the most studied and scrutinized ever to have existed in all of history. Try this with the writings from Zeitgeist’s heralded “experts” and see how long they last under a microscope of equal power.

And so I present a challenge to those who have watched Zeitgeist and even those who have not. This being for you to examine evidence that the writers of Zeitgeist failed to provide to their viewers. Evidence you should evaluate and examine for yourself so that at the end of the “day” you have done your homework and can base you beliefs on what is presented from both sides of the spectrum.

As a starter consider Zeitgeist Refuted. Watch it with an open mind and take the time to do your own research. For I would just as much hate for you to accept what is presented in this rebuttal anymore than what you may have believed from Zeitgeist. Because if at the end of the “day” you come away rejecting Jesus Christ this is your choice where I am not here to strong arm you to my beliefs. But your rejection should be based on fact and not the wild and fanciful conclusions drawn by Zeitgeist which wither away when honestly examined.

Likewise, I want to state that myriad true Christians, contrary to what you might think in watching the Zeitgeist “exposé”, are not ignorant to what is presented therein. We will readily admit that men are liars for our Lord and the Scriptures teach us this truth over and over again. We even have commandments of God and the Lord Jesus that teach against lying.

It goes hand-in-hand with this truth about men being liars where we preach to the world that false religion has been one of the greatest purveyors of lies. A fact as much true today as it was in Jesus’ day where we can read just one of his many scathing denunciation of the Pharisees who were emblematic of outward professors of religious godliness in words and deed yet inwardly they were “ravening wolves.” Jesus says to them and all false professors you “…are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (Jesus in John 8:44)

We likewise are astute to the banking institution and Federal Reserve being a fraudulent system. Not because of Zeitgeist though, but because our Scriptures, the ones Zeitgeist vainly attempt to disprove, tell us so. Truths that have known by God’s people for thousands of years before the Federal Reserve was even conceived in the mind of man. Yet most men then, as is true today, reject God’s word and build systems in direct opposition to his commands as they are ever seeking to fleece people of their wealth and to enslave them to ungodly institutions. For our God tells his people that they are to “…have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” (Deuteronomy 25:15)

But men, ungodly men, have throughout history used unjust weights and measures just as is the case with the Federal Reserve and her fiat money, fractional reserves and other ungodly practices. Men who are just like those who produced Zeitgeist, Christ denying, God hating individuals who hate his word and seek to build their own religion of humanism. Yet the Word of God stands against the Fed even as our LORD declares that “A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.” (Proverbs 11:1)

We too know about false religion and that of Roman Catholicism and her Babylonian mysteries. Here, many of us have studied to show ourselves approved where we understand that Christ Mass (i.e. Christmas) is pagan just as is Easter. Here, we boldly preach against these lies that have crept into the church even when it means mockery from the religious of our day and shunning from our friends and family. You can if you like read a detailed study I have done on Rome’s adopting of the pagan into the church here where she magically crafted Christmas out of the Roman Saturnalia. It is written specifically to those who call themselves Christians and keep this day so as to educate them, yet you will profit from it if you take the time to read it and to see that our Lord has shown us these truths. Truths that our brethren throughout history have valiantly defended when attacked by Rome’s lies and those of all false religion.

Brethren who defended the truth with their very lives for it was these, that is the true Christians, who were tortured and killed by Rome’s murderous killing machine know as the Inquisitions. Killing not done by Christians but by Christ-denying papists who were dead in their sins and hated Jesus Christ. They being just like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day who had him scourged and nailed to a tree! Again, our Lord warned us about such things two thousand years ago so we know full well that religious men will do many evil and vile things in the name of God. For our Lord spoke specifically to this very thing where he said, “These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them.” (John 16:1-4)

Finally, be in known that true Christians who have “done their homework”, are well aware that conspiracies exist whether they be in governments, homes or even religious institutions. Why you ask? Because once again our Scriptures reveal this truth. A truth where our Lord taught that “…men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.” (Jesus in John 3:19-20)

This is the very nature of sin or evil which does not want to come into the light lest it be exposed. Sin that may be as “small” as you telling someone a lie, or as large as a group of men plotting the destruction of western civilization. Our Scriptures also deal in exacting precision with conspiracies as they have been plotted against the Lord and his anointed. Below we will look at just two.

The first is where the Jews sought to kill Paul whom they hated with a bitter passion after he went from killing Christians (that’s right) to preaching Jesus Christ crucified as being the only way for a man to be made right with God. We read that, “And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy. And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul.” (Acts 23:12)

And the most famous, or infamous example of all conspiracies is when men conspired to kill the Prince of Peace, the Lord of Glory where “[t]hen assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him [Jesus].” (Matthew 26:3-4)

And so you see we are not as ignorant as Zeitgeist make us out to be, no quite the contrary. And the fact that some of our brethren, that is the few chosen Christians that are in the world may not yet see these things does not in any way negate the truths that our Lord and his Word reveals. For all of mankind has been deceived at one time or another and Jesus Christ warns all against such deception where he says “Take heed that no man deceive you.” (Matthew 24:4)

I close by saying to all that you truly take heed that no man or movie deceive you. Truth does exist and I unashamedly declare that it is found in the person of Jesus the Christ. You will have to make a choice today whom you will serve. Will it be the world and her institutions and lying spokesman or will it be Jesus Christ? Will you be on the side of those who shouted out “crucify him!” when presented with Jesus Christ just as Zeitgeist shouts today, or will you fall down at his feet and cry out for mercy that he grant you repentance and eternal life?