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The Battle for Truth – Part 2

Hello, and welcome to Raising God’s Army, where we are training Christian soldiers for spiritual battle. I am so glad you’re listening today because I am continuing my “Battle for Truth” series. Spiritual warfare comes in many different forms, but right now it’s a battle for truth, and it’s worldwide.

On that note, we’re talking about politics and religion again this week. Now, there are a lot of people that think these two topics should never be together. They believe that freedom of religion means freedom from religion. Nothing could be further from the truth. Remember what I said last week – “Truth brings freedom, but evil seeks to control by deceit, fear, and shame.”

  • Freedom of religion means that everyone has the right to believe and worship as they please, including the option to not believe or worship anything. This also means that everyone has the right to express their religious beliefs as they please. It is a win for everyone.
  • Freedom from religion means people have the right to be free from having to hear or see anyone else’s expression of religion, which means that one person’s right to express their religion could be cancelled by someone else’s “right” to be free from hearing it. That is not a right, that is control. If one person must give up their religious freedom for another person because they don’t want to hear it, then freedom is compromised for all. (Sounds like Facebook and Twitter, doesn’t it?)

Others believe church and state should never touch one another, using Thomas Jefferson’s reference to the separation of church and state as their foundation to divorce one’s personal religious values from any conversation about law or government. The problem is, that’s not what Thomas Jefferson was saying. He was talking specifically about the Church not being an entity of the Government. That is to say, the Government has no right to endorse or establish one religion over another. That is not to say that the religious beliefs of the citizens can’t influence government. As a representative government, we should fully expect our representatives to reflect our values, many of which are naturally tied to our religious beliefs.

I believe the case is clear. I have the right to express my religion and the duty to speak the truth, especially as it relates to our government and the wickedness that has permeated every level. Let’s look at some of the latest assaults on truth.

Just this week, Joe Biden released his budget proposal. Two things stand out above all else – 1) that he has not included the Hyde Amendment which keeps federal money from funding abortions, and 2) that man-made climate change is our highest priority for national security. Together, these topics reveal the struggle that Democrats have with truth.

On one hand, you have this notion of “man-made climate change” which started out as “global warming.” They had to change what they call it because nature was not cooperating. You’ve heard the warnings for decades, and every time “doomsday” comes and goes without so much as an honorable mention…because it was based on fake science, not truth. One-by-one their “studies” have been debunked. In many cases the methodologies were not sound, and some even used fabricated data. In short, the idea of man-made climate change is a hoax, a lie. Nevertheless, those who dare to challenge or expose the lies are labeled as “science-deniers.”

On the other hand, you have liberals pushing to make abortion as free and as frequent as humanly possible, even to the point where the Virginia legislature recently cheered the passing of a bill allowing babies to be aborted at any point of birth before the head emerges. I’m sure you all remember Governor Northam’s statement that if the unwanted baby did manage to live through the abortion attempt that they would keep it comfortable while the mother and doctor decide what to do with it. Saints, these people are actively sanctioning infanticide!! My question, beyond that of killing an average of 1.4 million babies a year since 1973, is, “What about the science?”

At this point, in 2021, science has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that babies are individual human beings from the moment of conception. The baby has its own heartbeat at 3-6 weeks, which is why some states, Republican states, have enacted what they call “heartbeat laws.” These are laws banning abortions at any stage of fetal development after there is a detectable heartbeat. The science of life is undeniable. The baby is not part of the mother’s body, it is its own entity – a developing human. Who are the science deniers???

How about the idea that you can choose your gender? DNA science is clear. There are only two viable options, XY for males and XX for females. Yes, mutations do occur, but they are anomalies, not the norm and not a choice. The science of gender is irrefutable, yet liberals want to believe that you can choose your gender. Who are the science deniers???

So, the next time someone has the audacity to call you a science-denier because you refuse the accept the fake science of man-made climate change, turn it around on them. Don’t let them get away with it. Call them out! The science of fetal development and DNA are science fact, man-made climate change is science fiction. Truth, my friends, is absolute. Whether you believe the truth or not, it will remain the truth. There is no such thing as “my truth” or “your truth.” It changes for no one, and it brings freedom to all who choose it.

Why am talking about this? Because Truth must be spoken so the people can be set free. How can any believer in Jesus Christ support things like abortion and same sex marriage when they are clearly forbidden in the scriptures? How can a Christian politician live in Christ while espousing policies that promote sin? How can the Bidens and Pelosi’s of the world speak of their “strong Catholic beliefs” while actively (and gleefully) pushing for laws that go against the teachings of the Church? Jesus said you cannot serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you hold to the one and despise the other (Matt 6:24). James 1:8 says a double minded man is unstable in all of his ways. Basically, any politician that supports legislation that goes against their claimed personal belief system lacks any form of integrity and cannot be trusted. The same is true for anyone, not just politicians.

I used to work with a guy who would say, “Look, this is what I do, it’s not who I am.” Unfortunately, a large number of Christians act this way about their faith. Christianity is something they do, it’s not who they are. I reject that. My faith in Christ is not just something I believe. It is who I am. In fact, as Paul wrote to the Galatians, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” My faith is who I am.

People say, Jesus was not interested in politics so neither should we. They point to where Jesus said, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.” (Matt 22:21) The truth is, this was not a moment of Christ saying that he was not interested in politics. This was where “religious leaders” sought to trip him up with a trick question, and Jesus wasn’t having it. Perceiving their intentions, he gave them an answer that totally astounded them. They left, knowing that they had just been beaten. Jesus’ mission was to bring spiritual salvation to man, not to free Israel from Roman rule. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t interested in politics; it just wasn’t his focus. Furthermore, Jesus was not in a position to choose who would represent him in government. In the United States of America, we are.

The United States is a republic, where every citizen is represented by an elected official. We choose our representatives based on their espoused values, because we want to be represented by someone with a like mind. Unfortunately, many believers have forsaken their Christian values, fooled by the deception of the day which has become the Democratic platform. They have been lured in by the idea of helping the “less privileged”. They have allowed themselves to be indoctrinated by the lies of the left who have perverted the Gospel of Freedom to enslave the masses with their agenda of power and control. The left has taken the Christian model of community seen in the book of Acts and twisted it. They use deceit, fear, and shame to press the public into serving their agenda, which history shows doesn’t lift anyone out of poverty, but makes them even more dependent on the government, which is the exact opposite of what the scriptures teach. Remember…truth brings freedom.

Let see what the Christian model of community really is. Acts 4:32-37 shows the true spirit of community. The people in the Church were of one heart and soul. They shared everything. Those who had a lot shared with those who had little. The scripture says, “neither was there any among them that lacked.” That is the Christian model of community. Socialists point to this and say, “See, even the Bible supports what we’re saying.” The key being that all of the giving was voluntary, not required. Look at Exodus 25:2 where God describes the kind of offering he wants.

2 “Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.”

God said that the offering had to be voluntary, not forced. That is the primary difference between the true model of Christian community versus the forced model of Democratic “social justice”. Unfortunately, a vast number of Christians don’t understand the difference, so they have bought into the Democratic agenda without question, selling their souls at the same time.

Look at Christians that support today’s Democratic Platform of abortion, illegal immigration, class warfare, racial division, and more. You cannot serve to masters. You cannot have two sets of values.

– Either you believe that all life is sacred (made by God) and follow the 5th commandment, “thou shall not kill”, or you support the killing of children in the womb. (An average of 1.4M/yr since 1973) Make no mistake, supporting abortion puts the blood of those children on your hands – even in the cases of rape, incest, or the health of the mother. Taking a life, is taking a life.

https://www.christianpost.com/news/m-babies-aborted-in-2020-surpassing-leading-causes-of-death.html

– Either you follow the scriptures where God said, “to obey is better than sacrifice…for rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft” (1 Samuel 15:22, 23), or you support the breaking of the law by allowing people to come into this country by illegal means.
Have you not read the scriptures where God is clear on the borders of Israel? It is no different today. Countries must have borders, and laws must be followed.

– Either you follow the principles taught by Jesus to not focus on earthly treasures (Matthew 6), and you follow the commandment to not covet your neighbor’s stuff (including wealth), or you follow the so called “social justice” platform which is purely based on the envy of someone else’s wealth.
The scriptures teach that if you don’t work, you don’t eat. The Apostle Paul was abundantly clear that he would not rely on support from the church, even though it was within his right to ask for it. He supported himself while building churches.

– Either you believe the scriptures that say that, in Christ there is not Greek or Jew, Scythian, Barbarian, or slave or free (Colossians 3:10-12), or you follow the “racial equity” lies that seek to define people by their race, color, and gender.
The equality that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his life for, to be judged by the content of character, not color of skin, has been replaced by so-called equity which defines people by the color of their skin to allow the suppression of one color for the advancement of another. Again, truth brings freedom, whereas the wicked seek to control by deceit, division, fear, and shame.

 It is a battle like we have never seen before in the United States. Good versus Evil. Truth versus Lies. Freedom versus Oppression. Stand up, Christian soldier! Stand for truth and righteousness! Depend on The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit to guide you in truth, not politicians and government. Do not let the flowery words of the wicked blind you to the truth of their plan – dominance and control. Remember, truth brings freedom, but the wicked seek to control through fear, shame, and oppression.

May the Lord bless you and keep you, my friends!

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