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2014-03-09 More thoughts upon homosex

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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March 9, 2014

This is a letter to our friends –

More thoughts upon homosex

Thou shalt not be with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination” [Leviticus 18:22].

Today we hear much about homosex. The whole subject of gender seemed very clear to me when I was growing up. Our society today seems to be adopting a confused definition.

The Bible could not be more clear, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him, male and female created he them.”

If you do not care to accept the, “… Laws of Nature’s God” than have a look at the, “Laws of Nature …”. All of nature recognizes gender.

Further – Everything God creates has a purpose. Fulfill that purpose and find growth and life. Rebel against that purpose and find chaos and death.

Man’s purpose is to love (i.e. unselfishly will the very best for …) God and one another. Students of history can discover God’s hand in patiently teaching us how to do that. We are very slow learners!

Those who are accepting the belief that homosex is an acceptable lifestyle are choosing to believe a lie. What appears to me to be worse – They are placing man’s word above the laws of nature and of nature’s God. That appears to me to violate the 1st Commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

Some will object to my equating the “laws of nature” with “the laws of God” as apparently, was done by our nation’s founders. Since both sets of law come from the same source they will never be in conflict. However: Because natural law is discovered by man’s imperfect observation and reason, while revealed law comes by direct revelation, found only in the Holy Scriptures, revealed law has infinitely greater authority.

Since those practicing homosex don’t seem to care that they are violating divine law, perhaps they should realize that they are grieving the heart of One who loves them more than they love themselves.

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.

2014-01-03 Human Nature

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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January 4, 2014

Apologies to the 210 friends who are receiving a 2nd posting. I failed to remove attachments from a previous mailing to PAG students and froze my Outlook app.

This is a mail-merge letter to our friends –

Human Nature

“The whole life of the Christian, from the beginning to the end,

is a conflict with the world and the powers of darkness,

a conflict within and without … .”

[Memorials of a Christian Life by August Neander]

Yesterday, a dear friend phoned. She was distressed over the future of our country. No doubt those reading these words share her concerns.

Human nature seems to focus upon the problem. News commentators are prospering by seeking, enhancing, and reporting ever more sensational examples of the problem(s). When we seek to stay informed, we are overwhelmed with negative events. Then, in conversation with friends, we do the same thing!

What does that produce? Awe at the size of the problem, a sense of helplessness & hopelessness, perhaps anger and frustration, often irrational actions that are counterproductive!

I would ask, “Excuse me, how big is your God?” Were God to drop by for an attitude check, I would not want to be found overwhelmed by the problem(s)! I want to be found excited about the things the Hand of God is doing in the midst of the “darkness”. I want to be found winning the “conflict within and without!”

How does one do that? By focusing upon the One who can overwhelm the problem as David and God overwhelmed Goliath. The glass is never empty. Focus upon what is left in the glass!

Will American civil-government degenerate into lawless chaos, marshal law, and tyranny? It is truly a reasonable possibility. One we would do well to consider and prepare for. Who can deny that it would illustrate the justice of God? Some Christians appear to welcome it as giving us what we deserve.

I am in another camp. Human history demonstrates that God prefers mercy over justice, when He can justify it. Would a wise judge release an unrepentant murderer? In a society, there must be corporate quality character to govern human nature. Not everyone, not even a majority, is necessary to qualify for God’s mercy over justice.

I want the world to see God’s mercy demonstrated to the world. Human nature understands justice. Justice produces bondage and death. Mercy produces liberty and faith.

Throughout this year, you are invited to join me in humbly praying, seeking God’s will over human nature, and turning from our selfish (i.e. sinful) ways. Then – Let us be informed, not only about the problems, but the Godly principles we may apply to overcome them.

Nothing confuses the enemy so much as a group of Christians rejoicing over the victory before the battle begins! Let us shun those who would join us in the battle while vigorously waving a white flag!

2013-09-26 Persistance – Corrected

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

September 26, 2013

This is a letter to our friends –

Persistance

This is a time to ignore the Philistine newspapers. Persist in doing what is right. Ignore the odds of success and fight until the cloture vote is taken. Keep an eye on the “whip list” at the bottom of www.DontFundObamacare.com

Further – If the phone offers “voice mail” leave the message, “Please oppose cloture.

Call the ones in red as well. They haven’t voted yet!

2013-09-26 Persistance

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

September 26, 2013

This is a letter to our friends –

Persistance

This is a time to ignore the Philistine newspapers. Persist in doing what is right. Ignore the odds of success and fight until the cloture vote is taken. Keep an eye on the “whip list” at the bottom of www.DontFindObamacare.com

Call the ones in red as well. They haven’t voted yet!

2013-09-24 Social nets

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

September 24, 2013

This is a letter to our friends –

Social nets

Social net working has become a major way of mass communication. However – every time I venture into that unfamiliar area, I get lost. Thus – I stay away and stick to e-mail.

However

Many of you do know your way around those networks.

May I suggest copying and pasting my blog posts, or writing your own?

Let’s help get the world into this filibuster project.

WE can “unify” Republican Senators!

2013-09-24 Sarah Palin on FB

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

September 24, 2013

This is a letter to our friends –

Sarah Palin on FB

Gov. Palin posted this status update on Facebook today….

September 23, 2013

The U.S. Senate has some arcane procedural rules, and as ordinary Americans our eyes glaze over trying to decipher them. But it’s important for us to understand that Sen. Ted Cruz’s efforts to defund Obamacare are worthwhile and doable.

We shouldn’t preemptively surrender the fight to those who rammed through this outrageously burdensome and unaffordable ploy for government control of health care even though some are trying to convince us that the fight is futile. Just because a fight isn’t easy, doesn’t mean it’s not worth fighting.

This defund movement boils down to a very simple request. As Andrew McCarthy recently pointed out: “Obama himself has already unilaterally and unconstitutionally defunded aspects of Obamacare, including repugnant accommodations for big corporations, Obama insiders, and members of Congress.” All we’re asking is that the rest of America “get the same relief from this awful law that Obama cronies, the ruling class, and the politically-connected get.”

Please call your senators and politely ask them to stand with Senator Cruz. This is especially important if your senator is a Democrat up for re-election in a red state in 2014. That would be Senators Mark Begich (D-AK), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and Kay Hagan (D-NC). Remind them politely that we are watching their votes very carefully and even a procedural vote that shuts down this debate will be regarded as a vote for Obamacare, and there will be consequences for them at the ballot box next year. The same goes for Republicans up for re-election. We definitely expect them to stand shoulder to shoulder with Senator Cruz through thick and thin.

The number for the Capitol Hill Switchboard is 202-224-3121 Ask for your senator’s office – [and ask politely that they stand with Senator Cruz. NOTE –bracketed portion is Ben’s edit for unprintable hyperlinks. Further I would add www.DontFundObamacare.com for phone #s and updates to the “Whip List”.]


Remember, we elected these senators precisely for moments like this. If they can’t do anything with the power we’ve given them through their elected office, then perhaps it’s time for them to retire and let someone else have a go.

Opposition to Obamacare carried us to victory in 2010. And 2014 is just around the corner.

– Sarah Palin

2013-09-24 The ultimate betrayal

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

September 24, 2013

This is a letter to our friends –

The ultimate betrayal

The following is a cut & paste. It will help some to understand and give them a number to call and add pressure to Senators to do the right thing. There are many such blog posts “out there” like this one. We need to make it very clear that America wants Obamacare DEFUNDED!

Fellow Conservatives:

This is an urgent update on the fight to stop funding Obamacare.

Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and John Cornyn (R-TX) — the top two Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate — announced yesterday that they will support "cloture" on the government funding bill, giving Harry Reid and the Democrats a procedural green light to fund Obamacare with only 50 votes.

Breitbart News is reporting that McConnell and Cornyn are using their leadership positions to pressure other Republicans to oppose Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) in their effort to defund Obamacare.

According to a senior staffer quoted in the news report, "Nobody is fighting harder to make sure Obamacare is funded than Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn."

This is the ultimate betrayal.

We knew Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn weren’t with us when they voted to fund Obamacare earlier this year. But then, under pressure from grassroots, they said they supported the effort to defund it. They even ran political ads in their home states to make voters think they were on their side.

But now, faced with the prospect of having to fight for the things they claim to believe, these Senate leaders have surrendered.

Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn have surrendered to Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and the Democrats. More importantly, they have surrendered to Obamacare — the biggest job killer in America.

MELT THE PHONES

We can’t let these turncoats force millions of Americans into this liberal train wreck.

Obamacare is unaffordable, unworkable, and it’s unfair.

Please contact the other Republican senators — even if they aren’t from your state — and urge them to OPPOSE cloture so the Democrats can’t fund Obamacare.

You can find the list of senators at DontFundObamacare.com along with their contact information and where they currently stand on this issue.

It’s very important for you to call senators today and urge them to stand with Ted Cruz and Mike Lee in the fight to stop funding Obamacare.

Time is running out. Obamacare begins in just one week. We must act now.

This country belongs to us, not the politicians in Washington. Let’s make sure they hear us loud and clear.

Best regards,
Matt Hoskins
Executive Director
Senate Conservatives Fund

2013-09-20 Need to know

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

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September 20, 2013

This is a letter to our friends –

Need to know

Good people across the nation routinely “glaze over” when the news shifts to “government.” It is NOT because they aren’t interested and don’t sense responsibility. It is, I believe, because they do not understand, and see no purpose investing time in confusion and futility. They can’t do anything to change it anyway.

The next few days’ events will significantly change your family life-style, for good or bad, well into the future. You need to know! This post is to help you understand.

There is a set of rules of action, (laws) in place to govern everything that exists. Families, churches and nations are all governed (directed, regulated, controlled, restrained) by sets of laws.

In America, the laws are made by men and women “We the people” send to Washington, D.C. Lawmakers are called legislators. They are divided into the Senate and the House of Representatives called the “House”. (Senators & Representatives) Both groups MUST sign off on a law (bill) before it goes to the President who signs it into law, or rejects it.

Comment – I have found many who do not know these basics. Please stay with me.

The law says that all spending bills MUST ORIGINATE in the House. Then the Senate must either agree, or send an alternative bill back to the House and they designate a conference of both groups to iron out the differences until both bodies can signoff and send it to the President. A key point- Not a dime of government money can be spent without a law that begins in the House. No House authorization – No spending!

For a long time now, there has not been an annual budget bill authorizing any government spending! The law requires one each year. The Senate has refused to send an alternative budget back to the House to iron out differences! I suspect, because the Senators do not want to have to vote to cut spending and lose the votes they “buy” with government money.

Each year they wait until the very last minute, then pile all the proposed spending bills into a gigantic continuing resolution (a “CR”) that “authorizes the government to keep on doing what it is doing without a budget bill! They say, “If we don’t pass the CR and sign it into law, the government can’t write checks. The sky will fall! Babies will starve!”

Politicians are frightened of “starving babies”. Rather than do what they were hired by the people to do, i.e. debate and make the hard decisions (as we do in our families) they put off the hard choices. In this way, they have kept the voting groups happy and bankrupted our great nation.

Two days ago, having been bombarded with calls and letters from, “We the people”, the Republican Representatives met in a closed meeting and demanded that the Speaker of The House, John Boehner (R-TN) [i.e. Republican from a district in Tennessee], put the issue to a vote. The Republicans have a majority of the seats in the House.

They passed a CR spending bill that authorized everything except funds for Obamacare. Obama care is a disaster. It is a blatant effort to socialize the American medical industry, doctor and hospital services. If allowed to begin next month, it will create chaos. It was passed a while back without being read! They said, “Pass it so we can read it and see what it says!”

The Democrats control the Senate. News today will carry stories of efforts to get the Senators to agree and send the House version CR to the President. I doubt they will.

Next, the Senate will likely put Obamacare funding back into the CR and a conference of both houses will try and iron out the ONLY difference – Obamacare funding. If the House Republicans stand firm, there will be no CR sent to the President – UNLESS – the Senate bends and allows defunding of Obamacare.

Senators have a big problem. 1/3 of them are up for election in 2014! How they vote on Obamacare will be the first question voters will want to know!

The Democrats and the President will begin shouting demagoguery (A demagogue – or rabble-rouser is a political leader in a democracy who appeals to the emotions, prejudices, and ignorance of the less-educated …).

They are saying the House CR has no chance of passing. They are saying the nasty Republicans are shutting down the government. (No mention that the Senate has refused for years to pass a budget bill!) On the contrary the House CR keeps the government open EXCEPT for Obamacare, which “We the people” do not want!

Both sides – those wanting limited government under Constitutional law – those wanting ever bigger government control over everything we do – are in a great struggle. How it turns out depends upon the resolve of just under 600 politicians making up the Senate and the House.

Some of them are men and women of principle. Others are swept along by the forces around them. They need to hear from you NOW, this weekend. PLEASE Flood the e-mails, phones, mails with encouragement to do what is right because it is right and let the chips fall as they may!

Simple Google searches will locate your Senator and your Representative. If you have never contacted those who represent you in Washington, there has rarely been a better time to begin!

2013-09-19 Hacked

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

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September 19, 2013

This is a letter to our friends –

Hacked?

We have had an unconfirmed (to date) report that our computers have been hacked from points in Canada and Atlanta.

Should you receive messages from Fran or me that appear out of character – Please confirm them with us.

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