Month: May 2015

2015-05-27 Principles

ACH Study Groups

Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621


May 27, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –


You have no choice! You will submit to be directed, regulated, controlled, and restrained (i.e. governed)! If not by a man’s laws, then by God’s laws. If by man’s law – either by another man (slavery), — or by yourself (anarchy). Either way you will be governed by a tyrant! “… Choose you this day whom you will serve. …” [Joshua 24:15]

The only way to be free is to be governed by God’s law of liberty. That is the foundation upon which rest the “Principles of American Government:” Principles of American self-government; principles of American family-government; principles of American church-government; and principles of American civil-government.

We must make choices every day. “When we choose an action, we choose a consequence.” [Harry Conn] What is involved in our choices? From “outside” there is force and manipulation. From “within” is our own will and appetite. To be properly self-governed our will and appetite must be submitted to our reason, and our reason must be submitted to God. [see Proverbs 16:3]

How does that work in real-life practice? I believe it requires that we train-up our reasoning ability. To a great extent, it appears to me, reason has been trained-out of our present society. For more than four decades, my God-given passion has been to teach biblical principles of American government.

If someone has not studied and meditated upon principles, he only has opinions. Without sound principles, who is to say my opinion is any better than yours? If American government is ever to be salvaged, it appears to me that we must have a core of people in the future, who understand the principles upon which American government rests. That is my passion.

The next online course in “Principles of American government” (PAG) begins on June 8. There is still time to join this class. Please contact me to discuss it (see letterhead).

The course lasts for three months. Class meets at 9AM (PT) M & W for 75 minutes. Homework commitment is 4-5 hours per week. More details are on our web site (see letterhead).

"Help us, our Father, to show other nations an America to imitate… the America that loves fair play, honest dealing, straight talk, real freedom and faith in God."

[1948 U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall]

2015-04-30 Moral Suasion vs Property

ACH Study Groups

Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621


April 30, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

Moral Suasion vs. Property

Let’s begin with basics:

· God gives life to man.

· Man must have liberty to sustain his life.

· To sustain life requires private property.

John Locke’s writing had a great influence upon America’s founding pastors. His reasoning was consistent with the Bible. The pastors passed that on to their flocks in sermons.

Locke points out, that what we need is given to man in common. He asks, “Must we first, get permission from everyone else, before eating an apple for nourishment?” We would all starve, waiting for permission!

When does the apple become our property? It becomes ours, when we remove it from the state nature left it in. Locke wrote, “Every man has a Property in his own Person.” No one has a right to my body, my labor, the work of my hands, but myself.

The water in the stream is free to everyone. Suppose you take a bucket of stream water for your kitchen counter. Anyone drinking from that bucket without your permission is taking your property! You have mixed your labor with what was available to everyone.

The “civil-rights movement” was a good thing. The right to assemble for redress of grievances comes with God-given Liberty, and is protected by our Constitution. When civil-government discriminates between citizens, it violates, “all men are created equal.

“Moral Suasion”. Dr. King lead peaceful marches and rallies. He brought attention to unjust civil-laws of discrimination. Human nature is such that, a little authority wants more. A line was crossed when his followers used that political power to pass laws regarding private property. They passed laws that private businesses could not discriminate.

Like the bucket of stream water, if I make a cake, it contains my labor. No one has a right to my cake without my consent. Were that not so, my God-given liberty is lost, and I become a slave. Persuade me as best you can, but do not attempt to force my free choice. If I choose not to serve you, it is my choice. I may be wrong. If you can force me to serve you, we both lose and socialism grows another step.

It was largely that, that many good people in the south were opposing. It takes time to change the mind of a free society. Persuading good people not to choose to buy from stores with bad policies, is a peaceful way to bring change while respecting private property.

Without respect for Private Property, Liberty is lost to everyone. Tyranny will grow.

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