2017-03-20 Are we ready

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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March 20, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

Are we ready?

All of human history demonstrates that there is a desire for individual liberty within every heart. It comes with the “human nature” package – “back off – give me my space.”

But there is no such thing as total liberty. Nothing and no one exists without laws that govern. To govern is to direct, regulate, control, or restrain.

Inert things, like rocks and dirt are governed by cause and effect. Most plants are governed by photosynthesis. Animals are governed by instinct. Only man (generic) is governed by choice.

I believe the sum total of every choice we make in a lifetime is the ultimate definition of who we are. Our choice is exclusively our own creation. Each of us alone is responsible for that pile of choices. It is our very own creation. We made it! We can’t blame it on anyone else – not even God!

Which brings us back to the question – Are we ready?

We all want liberty, but liberty is not license, i.e. free will. Something or someone is still in control. The difference between law and advice – ignoring a law has consequences!

It all comes down to two choices: God’s law of liberty; or slavery. Slavery also boils down to another two choices: Submission to none but my own will and appetite; or submission to the will of someone else. In either case, rule by a tyrant!

If you choose to live within the laws of nature and the laws of nature’s God you will find peace and growth. Why? Because you were designed to live that way. Stepping outside God’s law of liberty always produces chaos. The choice – each and every choice – is yours!

As it is with individuals so it is with societies. As individuals within a society gather within God’s laws, liberty grows. It does not require a majority to influence a society, but it does require a dedicated and growing minority. Freedom is not free!

If the righteous minority is not dedicated and growing “Liberty” cannot be sustained. Thus the question – Are we ready as a society, to sustain the increase in liberty that President Trump and his team are battling so hard to win for us? Answering, “No” I believe is not an option! The alternative is a continued drift into slavery. Ultimately, each of us must stand or yield. It will only get harder!

Our part of this battle begins by concluding that the Creator God exists and is knowable by studying His creation (observation and reason). In His love for each individual, because our observation and reason are imperfect, He inspired (“dictated” to -) numerous writers the Holy Scriptures (the Bible) which is infinitely more trustworthy than human observation and human reason.

That much is a beginning. God’s law of liberty is learned by study and prayer. [Prayer is a conversation between two individuals that love one another!] Study what? The Bible is the best way to learn how to be what you were designed to be.

So there is the answer. Submit to peace and growth and become part of the movement toward greater liberty. Or – Rebel against commonsense and join those dragging our society into greater and greater turmoil.

Where the spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.”

[2nd Corinthians 3:17]

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Ben Gilmore 1929-2023

On March 30, 2023 Ben Gilmore, the co-founder of ACHStudyGroups (co-founded with his wife Fran), went to be with the Lord in Glory.

A Memorial: https://www.mykeeper.com/profile/BenGilmore/