Month: February 2014

2014-02-23 Musings on Stewardship

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February 23, 2014

This is a letter to our friends –

Musings on Stewardship

“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof, the world, and they that dwell therein.”

[Psalm 24:1]

It makes sense, that God gave Adam and the human race stewardship responsibilities over His earth and everything in it. It is HIS by right of creation (also, by discovery!).

It follows then, we are only stewards and we have no property that is ours. The Bible encourages us to be good (i.e. profitable) stewards making the best use of that which He gives us to manage. That includes our real estate, money, families, etc. It also includes our thoughts, our plans, our choices, and our most precious property – our conscience.

James Madison, one of our founding fathers, said, “Conscience is the most sacred of all property.

I was thinking, “What have I that is exclusively mine?” If I collect a bucket of water from the stream, the labor is mine, but the water and the energy of labor are provided by God. The only part of that that is exclusively mine is the choice to collect the bucket of water.

The Lord has given each of us a “free will,” the liberty to make choices. We make thousands and thousands of choices in a day. Some are unimportant, “Do you want fries with that?” Some are life changing, “Will you admit and renounce your sin and accept the Lordship of Christ?”

God makes no duplicates! Each of us is unique – finger print, DNA, hair color – err well maybe not! Those things are temporary, they will return to dust. What I exclusively create, that will exist throughout eternity is – my next choice! I am solely responsible – and answerable – for the choices I make. The totality of all the choices I make in my lifetime is the real “me.”

At the final “Judgment Seat” I will be answerable to God for the stewardship of the free will He gave me.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

[Romans 10:9-10]

2014-02-18 HELP THIS GO VIRAL!

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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Citrus Heights, CA 95621

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February 18, 2014

This is a letter to our friends –

HELP THIS GO VIRAL!

Yesterday, I contemplated a post on feeling helpless as a citizen. Then I watched this interview (see the link below). Every citizen should say, “Enough is enough!”

We are not helpless.

The U.S.A. belongs to us!

We the people” created it to protect our families from tyranny!

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/02/17/ready-jon-father-so-heartbroken-about-daughter-held-at-hospital-against-his-will-he-just-defied-a-judges-order-to-talk-to-us-i-want-to-have-all-my-guns-blazing/

2014-02-14 Fools

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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February 14, 2014

This is a letter to our friends –

Fools

A story – My guide and I saw a shepherd following his flock down the road. I asked, “Isn’t the shepherd supposed to walk in front and lead his sheep?” My guide replied, “That isn’t the shepherd, that is the butcher.”

I am in awe of any shepherd who can hold a congregation together for 20 minutes, much less a year or two. Because of the universal depravity of human nature.1 It is like herding cats! Shepherds serve a different Master, thus I want to speak carefully.2

The fact remains – Only a small percentage of Americans who attend church have been turning out to vote in recent elections. Further – Like those who do not attend church, most American citizens are woefully ignorant of their responsibilities as citizens. They have little understanding of basic political mechanics.

Suddenly, election day is upon them and they know little of the candidates or issues on their ballot. Those who choose to vote make last-minute choices based upon mailed fliers or TV commercials (Though they are aware these are usually emotional “pitches” of marginal credibility!)

Of even greater significance — Church attending citizens have limited knowledge of the Biblical principles that so influenced the founders of our “American Christian Republic.” (Note to the reader – Please do not throw stones at the messenger! You know these things are true!)

It is fair to speculate, why this situation exists. That is – Why is the American church silent, as we are forfeiting our God-given rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Several generations of K-12 and college students have been taught that religious responsibility is separated from civil responsibility. “In proportion as Americans let go of faith in the absolute power of God, they have accepted the belief in an all powerful State.”3

Think about it – Any law that violates the, “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” is to be considered, no law at all. Were that not so, man’s law would be above God’s law which the Bible calls idolatry.

Further – “… all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves…”4 Why? I speculate it is because of ignorance and apathy (“I don’t know, and I don’t care”). It is also “fear of man.” That is – “What will my –boss – wife – congregation – denomination think?”

The soul of America’s citizens is crying out for leaders who will lift the torch of God’s law above any other, and lead righteous armies of citizens in restoring what the hand of God has exhibited in North America.

The Perfect Quote
Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way that you can quickly understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic . Someone over there has it figured out. It was translated into English from an article in the Prague newspaper, Prager Zeitungon .

"The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.

“The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their President."

Please share this paper. I hope you will take the time to view this youtube link.

[youtube http://youtube.com/w/?v=dkA8JR2p_tQ]

Notes –

  1. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? [Jeremiah 17:9]
  2. “Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? To his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.” [Romans 14:4]
  3. Verna M. Hall, “The Christian History of The Constitution Of The United States Of America” page II.
  4. From “The Declaration of Independence” (1776)

2014-02-06 Meet Dr. Hammond

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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February 6, 2014

This is a letter to our friends –

Meet Dr. Hammond

We first met Peter Hammond in Johannesburg, South Africa, during our twelve month tour of 37 nations in 1977. He is fearless in his passion to help societies in need. Frontier Fellowship, which he heads, publishes an e-mail blog that I recommend to the serious Christian activist. (Should all Christians be “activists”?)

A WINNABLE WAR

"Be very careful, then, how your live, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil." Ephesians 5:15-16

The Family Is Foundational

The family is the basic building block of society. The foundations for a successful society are laid in characters, minds and lives changed by the grace of God. In order to be successful, a society needs to be made up of individuals of integrity and compassionate families. For any nation to be strong, the families need to be strong.

A Battle for the Family

Pornography is waging a war against the family. It is particularly targeting the men who are meant to be the providers, protectors and leaders of the family. It is devoted Christian husbands and dedicated fathers who are the bedrock of civilised society.

Targeting Men

However, it is these men who are being targeted by the exploitative pornography industry. One would have thought that any responsible government would want to do everything in their power to protect families and those who hold families together, the husbands and fathers.

Hell Bent on Destruction

However, it would appear that many modern governments are hell-bent on not only imploding the economy, but undermining the essential foundations for civilised society. Those irresponsible individuals and parties promoting legalised pornography, prostitution and abortion are not offering us progress, but regression to the most base, vulgar and primitive societies that are the antithesis of civilisation.

Return to Paganism

Public nakedness, permissiveness, prostitution and human sacrifice were practised in every culture before Christianity and civilisation transformed their lives and communities. By legalising pornography and promoting permissiveness, secular humanists are destroying centuries of progress and returning us to paganism. The exploitative industry of pornography (and the assorted sexually orientated businesses which flourish and fester around it) grows only at the expense of the general well-being of society as a whole.

Parasitic

Pornography is parasitic, it undermines the economy by wasting vast amounts of time, money, energy and productivity. It also erodes the essential foundation for any sound economy – the family. By glamourising adultery and encouraging promiscuity, pornography has played a key role in the break-up of many families.

Cultural Suicide

As family men make up the overwhelming majority of law-abiding, hard-working, tax-paying, stable and productive citizens, it is economic suicide for any society to tolerate this threat of pornography. It is also cultural suicide and invites the wrath of God in judgement upon any society which tolerates such abominable perversion.

Disease Factories

Pornography is also a health issue. The flood of sexually exploitative magazines, videos and websites, which have been allowed to pollute morals, minds and marriages, has greatly aggravated the health crisis. By stimulating sexual promiscuity, pornography has had the effect of greatly accelerating the spread of sexual diseases, including HIV/AIDS. If the Ministry of Health is really serious about combatting the spread of AIDS, and other STDs, then it should do all in its power to persuade the Ministry of Home Affairs to effectively eradicate all pornography and shut down the disease factories of sex shops and brothels.

"But if anyone causes one of these little one who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be downed in the depths of the sea." Matthew 18:6

A Call for the Church to Take a Stand

In 1990, as Director of United Christian Action, I made a stand for family values at the National Conference of Churches Rustenberg Conference. My proposal that the Rustenburg Declaration include the statement: We oppose the exploitative pornography industry… was shouted down by angry delegates who were incensed at my statements against pornography and abortion. The leader of the Association of Evangelicals, at that time, actually made the outrageous comment that if we wanted Bibles to be allowed, then we had to allow equal freedom for pornography!!

Africa Christian Action

This led us to launch Africa Christian Action in March 1991. ACA initiated the first nationwide campaign against pornography in April 1991. Operation Clean Sweep included publishing Finding Freedom from the Pornography Plague, which was so highly in demand that it quickly sold out and had to be revised, expanded and reprinted, again and again.

Operation Clean Sweep

By God’s grace, Africa Christian Action’s Operation Clean Sweep succeeded in persuading over 9,000 stores in South Africa to no longer stock pornography. By contacting advertisers in locally produced pornographic magazines, such as Scope, ACA succeeded in making these publications uneconomical. By the time Scope was finally closed down by Republican Press, they complained that fundamentalist Christian groups had caused their flagship publication, Scope, to put Republican Press several million Rand into the red!

You Can Make a Difference

Pornography can and must be beaten. This is a winnable war. You can make a crucial difference.

"Who will rise up for Me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for Me against the evildoers." Psalm 94:16

Everything Has Consequences

What we see influences what we think. What we think influences what we believe. Our values and beliefs affects our actions.

"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things." Philippians 4:8

A Call to Action

Christian Action’s new book, Porndemic shows us why we must all be involved in cleaning up our society from this threat to our families and to civilization itself. More importantly, it shows us how to defeat it, on the personal and family level, all the way through to the national and international level. This is a winnable war.

Are you part of God’s Army?

Are you one of those with a clear vision of a lost world in rebellion to its Creator?

Do you have the moral backbone to stand up against the immoral degeneration of our society?

Do you have the spiritual courage to step out and do something about it?

What Can You Do?

It is the responsibility of every believer to seek God’s will for his, or her, life by studying God’s Word, the Bible. Once we see the area where the Lord wants us to work, we are then responsible to boldly go and to put our Faith in action. You can make a difference!

"But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain."

1 Corinthians 15:57-58


Now Available
Africa Christian Action’snew bookPORNDEMIC: How the Pornography Plague Affects You and What You Can Do About It will equip you, with the help of God, to begin to transform your community.

This256-page book (with 22 info-graphics and 23 pro-family action pictures) is available for $110 or R85 (excluding postage). Contact info to order.

Dr Peter Hammond

Christian Action Network

P. O. Box 23632 Claremont 7735

Cape Town South Africa

Tel: 021-689-4481

Email: info

Website: www.christianaction.org.za

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Book Launch – Today – Thursday, 6 February, Cape Town
You are warmly invited to the launch of Africa Christian Action’s new book: PORNDEMIC – How the Pornography Plague Affects You and What You Can Do About It – Thursday, 6 February, 7:30pm, Pinelands Town Hall, St Stephen’s Road, Pinelands, Cape Town.

2014-02-01 On Homosex

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

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February 1, 2014

This is a letter to our friends –

On Homosex

Forgive me, I watch television shows. Fran and I enjoy mystery stories, football, golf, and an occasional chick-flick. I understand that the TV recorder hurts the free enterprise system, but we prefer to watch a recorded show to fast-forward the bedroom scenes as well as the commercials.

I have noticed an increasing number of TV scripts that involve everyday acceptance of homosexuality. That can not help but enhance public (i.e. society) acceptance of homosex.

When someone speaks against such acceptance, a small but noisy uproar will take place. That, I believe, is designed to intimidate others from doing the same. The problem – Truth will always struggle to reach the surface.

A few days ago, I posted an article on “Natural Law” (discovered by observation and reason) and “Revealed Law” (found only in the Holy Scriptures). God is the source of both sets of Law. They will never be in conflict.

Homosex is clearly outside Holy Scripture law (the Bible). See Romans chapter one as just one example.

Homosex is clearly outside the laws of nature. A homosexual society will not reproduce itself.

Fear of man is also outside both sets of law. If we want the very best for our neighbor, it seems to me, we must speak out when he is being deceived into believing homosex is acceptable.

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