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“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”
Matthew 5:9   |  Listen and Ponder


Hiroshima
August 6, 1945

Nagasaki
August 9, 1945


     Nagasaki had the largest population of Christians of any city in Japan.
     Iraq had the largest population of Christians of any nation in the Arab world, and one of the oldest Christian communities in the world.
     They were both intentionally targeted by the federal government of the United States
     The U.S. federal government is responsible for the deaths of nearly two million people in Iraq alone since 1990. In 1996 then-UN Ambassador Madeleine Albright (subsequently Clinton's Secretary of State) was asked by 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl, in reference to years of U.S.-led economic sanctions against Iraq, “We have heard that half a million children have died. I mean, that is more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?” To which Ambassador Albright responded, “I think that is a very hard choice, but the price, we think, the price is worth it.”
     In other words, converting Iraq from a secular state (in which Christians had freedom to evangelize) into an Islamic Theocracy under Sharia Law (in which church burnings are ignored by the Sharia government) is "worth" killing more children than died in Hiroshima.
     And annihilating the largest Christian city in Japan (Nagasaki) was worth preventing Japan from being an obstacle to the spread of communism in China, and the eventual murder of over 70 million Chinese.

     And if you're not a Biblical Peacemaker, you probably believe all that.

     Why is it most Americans are warmakers rather than peacemakers?


But it's not just war with guns and bombs.

The Bible has something to say about "Quantitative Easing" and the policies of the Federal Reserve Board.

The Constitution of the United States says only gold and silver can be a legal tender.

Printing money out of thin air to get something without working for it is an act of violence.

The Military-Industrial Complex appreciates the ability of the government to create money out of thin air to buy weapons from defense contractors. Weapons makers buy the things they want today, by stealing purchasing power from the pensions of widows.

If you are not a Peacemaker, you do not understand -- so you cannot oppose -- the violence of government welfare, warfare, and Congressmen who "bring home the bacon" to their District.

The Bible says creating money through inflation is an act of "violence."

The Old Testament Prophet Micah gave us the vision of the "Vine & Fig Tree" society:

they will hammer their swords into plowshares
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation will not lift up sword against nation
And never again will they train for war.
And each of them will sit under his
Vine and under his fig tree,
With no one to make them afraid.
For the LORD of hosts has spoken

Micah 4:1-7.

But Micah did more than indict arms makers. Micah also criticized bankers and merchants with their "false weights and measures":

{8} He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? {11} Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights? {12} For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
Micah 6

An informed Peacemaker not only challenges the Military-Industrial Complex, but also the Federal Reserve Board.

Not one American in a million sees the connection between the two.

America -- and the world -- needs you to become a one-in-a-million Peacemaker.


“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”
Matthew 5:9



Kevin Craig

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I want you to be the recipient of the blessings of God.
I don't want you to be cursed by God.
I want you to be a child of God.
I don't want you to be disinherited by our Heavenly Father.
I want you to be a Peacemaker.
I don't want you to be a cheerleader for war and violence.

If he were alive today, Samuel Adams would want you to be

     • an Extraordinary American
     • an Extraordinary Christian
     • an Extraordinary Human Being

These were the three goals he set before the colonists in 1772 when he circulated his first letter through a network of communication known as "the Committees of Correspondence." Adams became known as "The Father of the American Revolution" and signed the Declaration of Independence.

Samuel Adams would say you are a victim of educational malpractice. You are peer-dependent. You need to be re-educated, de-programmed, and connected with others who wish to become extraordinary Americans and peacemakers. You may also need a personal coach.


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Can a United States Citizen be a Peacemaker?

I love America.

I hate the United States.

It's important to understand the difference.

"America" is an ideal.
"America" is "an Experiment in Liberty."
"America" is different from the stagnant, church-state monarchies of Europe.
"America" stands for "peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none."
The "American Dream" is that of everyone owning his own "Vine & Fig Tree," dwelling safely without fear from tyrants.
Americans are missionaries, peacemakers, and businessmen who raise the standard of living of everyone around the world.
 
The United States is a warmongering global bully and mass-murderer.

America is an ideal in the hearts and lives of people.

The United States is an organized criminal syndicate.

Americans peacefully settled the New World and negotiated peacefully with the natives.

The United States was born in a bloody revolution, and broke all treaties made with the natives..

The government of the United States is the world's leading exporter of weapons of mass destruction.

The government of the United States helped make the world safe for communism.

The government of the United States brought an end to freedom for Iraqi Christians by changing a secular Iraq into an Islamic Theocracy under Sharia Law.

It's not easy to be a Peacemaker if you're a citizen of the United States.

After passing the California Bar Exam, a federal district court of the United States confirmed my legal research that peacemakers cannot become attorneys, public school teachers, or any other government position in the United States. I was denied a license to practice law. Peacemakers cannot become naturalized U.S. citizens.

But it's easy to be a Peacemaker if you're a true American.

Not everybody who is at war with the United States is a peacemaker, but every true peacemaker is at war with the United States.
 

James 1:8 - A double minded man is unstable in all his ways

     You are double-minded.
     You are a victim of brainwashing.
     Twelve years of atheistic public schools, plus four years of college, plus endless brainwashing by the mainstream media have blurred the distinction between the peaceful ideals of "America" and the murderous regime called "The United States Federal Government."
     You have been told we must "support the troops." Cutting defense spending is "off the table." War is the path to peace.
     We've been told that the teachings of Jesus and the Bible are "impractical," "unrealistic," or "utopian." We should keep Jesus in our heart, in our "personal" lives, and keep Him away from public policy decision-making.
     We cannot be a powerful force for peace because we are victims of educational malpractice. We need to re-educate ourselves.

In PeacemakerCoaching, we are reading the five most important books in the history of Western Civilization, beginning with the Bible, and learning how to be Peacemakers. If you would like to join us, submit your name and email in the form at left. You'll begin receiving the daily assignments. This automatic email service is free. No obligation. Unsubscribe with one click. No spamming.

You need to make the choice that will alter the rest of your life. You need to make the commitment to spend a half-hour every day learning the ways of the Prince of Peace, and unlearning the ways of the United States.

Joshua 24:14-15 
Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth.
I did not come to bring peace but a sword.”
Matthew 10:34
 

What is "The American Dream?"

• Is it to work two jobs so that more than half of everything you earn can be taken by the government and given to special interests and causes you don't agree with?
• Is it to build a home and fill it with memories only to have it seized by politicians whose campaign contributors want to build a strip mall on your property?
• Is it a 6% 30-year mortgage with a fixed rate? ("Wow! A fixed rate!")

No. None of these are the original American dream. They would all be considered a nightmare.

What motivated the Founding Fathers? What caused them to risk so much -- their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor?

Answer: the idea of every American owning his own "vine and fig tree," free and clear, and dwelling in safety and peace, without being molested by princes or politicians, lawyers or tax collectors.

"Under My Own Vine and Fig Tree, 1798" by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, Lora Robins Collection of Virginia Art, Virginia Historical Society
Under My Own Vine and Fig Tree, 1798
Jean Leon Gerome Ferris
c. 1910
Oil on canvas
Virginia Historical Society
Lora Robins Collection of Virginia Art

George Washington's Diaries are available online at the Library of Congress. They are introduced with these words:

No theme appears more frequently in the writings of Washington than his love for his land. The diaries are a monument to that concern. In his letters he referred often, as an expression of this devotion and its resulting contentment, to an Old Testament passage. After the Revolution, when he had returned to Mount Vernon, he wrote the Marquis de Lafayette on Feb. 1, 1784: "At length my Dear Marquis I am become a private citizen on the banks of the Potomac, & under the shadow of my own Vine & my own Fig-tree." This phrase occurs at least 11 times in Washington's letters. "And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree" (2 Kings 18:31).

It is also a phrase from the prophet Micah, the idea of everyone owning property and enjoying the fruits of their labor without fear of theft or political oppression, of sitting peacefully under your "Vine & Fig Tree."

Few Americans today have heard the phrase "Vine & Fig Tree," but it sums up the American Dream as it was dreamed 200 years ago. A few highly-educated scholars and historians might recognize the phrase, but you would draw a blank from the "man on the street." A few people living in New York might have a glimmer of recognition. The prophecy from Isaiah, Micah's contemporary, is memorialized in a United Nations garden. Needless to say, our idea of "Vine & Fig Tree" did not come from the U.N.

Nor did any Americans in the past get the "Vine & Fig Tree" idea from the United Nations. And the interesting thing is, many Americans once had the "Vine & Fig Tree" idea. The Bible was better understood by most Americans 200 years ago than it is today. 

"Vine & Fig Tree" is a worldview.

Explore the "Vine & Fig Tree" worldview in more detail here.

The American Dream was lost when the United States was born.

The American "Vine & Fig Tree" Dream only comes about on God's terms.
 

A True American is a Christian

In 1892 the Supreme Court of the United States declared that America is a Christian nation. Not just because there were lots of Christians in America. Legally, officially, technically, constitutionally, America was intended to be a Christian nation.

A nation "under God," but not Osama bin Laden's god.

If you want to be a Peacemaker, you must be a Christian.

If you want to be a true American, you must be a Christian.

You're perplexed by these claims, because
 

You are a victim of
Educational Malpractice.

You have been systematically deprived of the three things that every single person who signed the Constitution would say are a necessary part of a basic American education. These three things are specifically mentioned in America's Organic Law. But you were never taught that America's Organic Law consists of the most fundamental charters of America's government. Now that you know what the "Organic Law" is, you still don't know what fundamental documents it contains. Article III of one of them says this:

Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged. The utmost good faith shall always be observed towards the Indians; their lands and property shall never be taken from them without their consent . . . .

The Organic Law of America not only recognizes our dependence on and duty towards God, but specifies where we should learn about our Creator (religion), the rights with which He has endowed us, and our duties toward Him and our fellow man (morality).

Today, our schools and government are "secular" (atheistic) and confiscating property from others without their consent -- armed robbery -- is the heart and soul of our vast "entitlement" social programs. You were cheated out of an education which began with "Thou shalt not steal" and "Thou shalt not kill."

The Christian Religion and Christian morality were to be taught in public schools.

Even though Justice Douglas concurred in Engel v. Vitale, the case which removed Christianity from public schools in the early 1960's, he was honest enough to admit that

Religion was once deemed to be a function of the public school system.

Justice Douglas then quoted the Article above. Then he proceeded to ignore the law he swore to uphold, and removed "religion and morality" from public schools.

Soon after that, knowledge was removed from public schools, because when some kids have knowledge, that hurts the "self-esteem" of those who don't. Away with grades, away with knowledge! America's youth no longer score #1 on international tests.

The average teenager in 1776 knew more about what it means to be a great American, a great Christian, and a great Human Being than you do. Transport the average teenager from 1776 to our time and that teenager could figure out how to use your Blackberry, your remote control, and drive your SUV in a matter of days, but it would take you months, maybe years, to learn as much about geography, morality, history, religion, political science, virtue, and develop the habits of character which the average American possessed in 1776.

Reading the Bible is the first step in our year-long program to impose a colonial American education on you. If you already know how to read and write, the Internet now makes it possible for you to experience the same childhood education that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock experienced. Their education made it inevitable that they would abolish the government -- a government which they described as a "tyranny."

You are not a Real American

A real American believes that the Declaration of Independence is really true. We have not just a right, but a duty to abolish any government that becomes destructive of our right to life, liberty and property -- in other words, a government that will not allow us to live in peace. If you believe the government has a right to kill us, enslave us, and confiscate our property, then you are a communist, not an American. And if you believe that the government has the right to kill, enslave, and steal from foreigners, then you are not a good Christian.

Most people living in the United States today are lousy Americans and are not Christians.

True Americans rejected an Empire which sent Red Coats to impose colonial rule. True Christians reject the Empire which sends predator drones to Afghanistan.

I deem [one of] the essential principles of our government, and consequently [one] which ought to shape its administration,… peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.
— Jefferson, First Inaugural Address (1801) 

Nobody who signed the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution would consider YOU to be a real American -- unless the mainstream calls you an "extremist." But you will be an "extremist" when you finish this program. Because you are going to want to abolish the present government and make America a Christian Theocracy once again. You cannot support the Prince of Peace if you support an atheistic War Machine.

Men like Sam Adams and John Hancock were "extremists." They tossed tea into the Boston Harbor and called their government a "tyranny." You, on the other hand, are a zombie. You work your boring 9-5 job like a worker-drone. You say nothing when the government takes your paycheck for a Wall Street "bailout." You say nothing when your government kills more children in Iraq than it did people in Hiroshima.

The tax on tea, the "Stamp Act" taxes, and all other taxes combined added up to only 1% or 2% of the colonists' income. The tax burden today is 20-50 times greater than it was under George III in 1776. The Pentagon consumes a trillion dollars a year. This is theft. You pay your taxes because you do not want to be locked up in prison with a psychopath. You don't want to imagine the violence you will experience if you don't pay up.

So where's your musket?*

A Real American is a Christian

On May 2, 1778, when the Continental Army had emerged from its infamous winter at Valley Forge, Commander-in-Chief George Washington issued the following:

The commander-in-chief directs that divine service be performed every Sunday at eleven o'clock in those brigades [in] which there are chaplains; those which have none [are] to attend the places of worship nearest to them. It is expected that officers of all ranks will by their attendance set an example to their men. While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian. The signal instances of providential goodness which we have experienced, and which have now almost crowned our labors with complete success, demand from us in a peculiar manner the warmest returns of gratitude and piety to the Supreme Author of all good.—
The Writings of George Washington, JC Fitzpatrick, ed., Wash. DC: US Gov't Printing Office, 1932, Vol. XI:342-343, General Orders of 5/2/1778

On May 12, 1779, in a speech to the Delaware Indian Chiefs, Washington coached them:

You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are. Congress will do every thing they can to assist you in this wise intention.
The Writings of George Washington, JC Fitzpatrick, ed., Wash. DC: US Gov't Printing Office, 1932, Vol 15, p.55.

John Witherspoon was undoubtedly one of the most influential educators of his day. His students at Princeton University included one President, one Vice President, three Supreme Court Justices, 10 Cabinet members, 12 Governors, 60 Congressmen (21 Senators; 39 Representatives) plus scores of state officials and members of the Constitutional Convention. Witherspoon said

" . . . he is the best friend to American liberty, who is most sincere and active in promoting true and undefiled religion, and who sets himself with the greatest firmness to bear down profanity and immorality of every kind. Whoever is an avowed enemy of God, I scruple not [would not hesitate] to call him an enemy to his country."[source]

Most Americans today are enemies of America. That is, enemies of the ideal that America's Founding Fathers fought for: Liberty Under God. The "Vine & Fig Tree" society.

To be a great American, America's Founders said, you have to be a Christian.

But You are NOT A Real Christian

Jesus Christ said it's better to be dogmatic and wrong than it is to be apathetic and air-headed. It's better to be a Nazi or a Communist than to be a "moderate."

I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Revelation 3:15-16

Americans are air-heads. They are more concerned with being accepted by the mainstream and the majority than they are pursuing the truth. The majority of Americans think of themselves as being independent "non-conformists" in some sense, and everyone conforms to this illusion together.
 

The United States is at War with America

Under pressure from the ACLU, federal courts have made it illegal for students in government-run schools to be taught that the Declaration of Independence is really true. Students can be taught that dead white guys like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson used to believe it was true, but public schools cannot teach that the Declaration really is true today, and that students today really should risk their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to believe and promote ideas from the Declaration of Independence such as these:

  • The existence of God is a "self-evident truth"; 

  • Our rights are the product of the intelligent design of a Creator, not random, impersonal evolution, nor arbitrary social convention; 

  • God has revealed unchanging moral absolutes ("the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God"); 

  • Our violation or conformity to these moral absolutes will be punished or rewarded by "the Supreme Judge of the world"; 

  • If we know and obey God's Commandments, we can have "a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence." (This belief is the opposite of "deism." "Providence" is the miraculous, supernatural intervention of God in history, changing the natural order of things in response to prayer. Not a single person who signed the Constitution was a "deist." Not one.)

Any government employee teaching or promoting these ideas in 2013 would be guilty of violating "the establishment clause" -- according to the ACLU and the federal government. They would be accused of attempting to "impose a Theocracy."

And of course no school will ever teach students that it is not only our right but our duty to "abolish" any government that becomes a tyranny -- such as ours. Public schools won't teach students that America's Founders believed that the most important civic duty any American can perform is abolishing tyranny one law at a time. This is done through a process you know nothing about: "Jury Nullification."

On the day after the Constitution was ratified, America was a land of "Liberty Under God." The Christian Religion and Christian Morality were taught in every school. Any intelligent person can see that America was a Christian Theocracy on the day after the Constitution was ratified. Get the facts here.

"But what about the 'separation of church and state,'" you ask. This is a myth. You have been brainwashed

Today the U.S. is not only an atheistic government, the U.S. is one of the most socialist governments on earth. This was true even before the recent Wall St. "Bailout" -- but especially after. The tax on tea was nothing compared to the $3000 being taken from every man, woman and child in America and used to bail out irresponsible Wall Street investors. And now there's "ObamaCare."

The United States is at war with the American Dream and at war with America as a Christian nation.

America's Founding Fathers would work to abolish the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama regime.

Tragically, America's Founders resorted to violence to do this.  We believe America's Founding Fathers were wrong to get their muskets out. Jesus said "put away your sword." The Bible says "pay your taxes." "Render unto Caesar." "Go the second mile." "Resist not evil." We are going to persuade you to become an anarchist, and abolish the government, but also to become a pacifist, and abolish it non-violently.

To be a Peacemaker and become a follower of the Prince of Peace is to reject the violent revolution of America 200 years ago, and also to reject the violence nurtured and imposed by the U.S. Empire today.

 

America's Three Biggest Mistakes
and why you must avoid them


America's Three Most Hated Words
and why you must embrace them


PeacemakerCoaching will help you become extraordinary by showing you how to avoid the three biggest mistakes George Washington, Samuel Adams -- and nearly all of America's Founding Fathers -- made during the American Revolutionary period. The correct course of action in each of these mistakes is despised and hated in America today, and you've been brainwashed to hate them as well.

Huge Mistake Number One:
They emphasized "rights" instead of duties.

Americans today think they have a "right" to a first-class education, a high-paying job, wonder-working healthcare, and just about everything they want -- all free, of course.

This "entitlement" mentality is bankrupting America.

The Bible says to work six days and rest on the sabbath, but modern Americans want to play six days and work only if absolutely necessary. We are disconnected from our calling to work and "exercise dominion" over the earth. We substitute military domination for Biblical dominion through service. We all want something for nothing.

America's Founders did speak of duties (in a way and to a degree that public schools today cannot), but their talk about "rights” undercut and negated their talk about duties.

You ask, "What's wrong with human rights?"

If America's Founders could see America in 2013, they would see immediately what's wrong with "rights."

I’ll give you an example.

None of us has a "right to life."

We all have a duty not to kill, but life is a gift, and we don't have a claim on life. God wasn’t obligated to create us, fearing that if He didn’t, He would violate our “right to life.”
 
Only the Sovereign has rights.
 
George Washington understood that God was Sovereign, but he inconsistently flattered Americans with talk about their “rights.”
 
Today’s concept of “rights” is destroying America.
The absence of a sense of a Duty to God is also destroying America.

Has your mind been polluted by this toxic concept?

You must avoid this mistake because it prevents you from becoming a servant of others (Mark 10:42-45), as we'll see below.

This leads us to

Most Hated Word #1 - THEOCRACY!

Literally, "God rules."

Why is it I have a duty not to kill you? Where does this duty come from? There are many theories in the universities, but none stand up to examination or can be lived out consistently in practice. The best protection for "human rights" is a strong sense of duty to God. America's Founding Fathers were unanimous in the conviction that a nation cannot remain free if it ignores its duties toward God. These duties are spelled out in the Declaration of Independence: "The Laws of Nature and of Nature's God." That linked webpage shows pretty conclusively that America's Founders understood that phrase to refer to the Bible.

We want our nation to be "under God," not a government that thinks it is God.

America used to be a nation "under God."

That's why America has always been a Christian Theocracy.

Everybody at the ACLU and every anti-theocracy action group on the Left agrees that New England was Theocratic from the early 1600's and for a few generations thereafter. If you try to get the Shorter Catechism taught in public schools, someone will accuse you of trying to "impose a theocracy," even though the Catechism was in every classroom in every colony in America in 1776.

Before the Declaration of Independence was signed, every one of the 13 colonies was a Christian Theocracy.

Did the Declaration of Independence change this? Did the Declaration secularize America?

Of course not. If you try to get the Declaration of Independence taught as truth in public secular schools today, you will be accused of "trying to impose a theocracy." The Declaration of Independence from Britain is also a Declaration of Dependence on God.

A "theocracy" is where God rules. George Washington described God as "the ruler of nations." Notably, nations that are called "Christian Nations." England was one of those "Christian nations." So was America.

The Constitution did not secularize the 13 Theocracies. They wouldn't have ratified the Constitution if they had known or suspected that it would do to America what has been done to America in the name of the Constitution. Nobody treated the Constitution as a document that secularized the 13 Theocracies. Read about their actions here. See the links in the box at right.

America was a Christian Theocracy from 1600 to 1800 and beyond. In 1892 the Supreme Court of the United States still declared that America was a Christian nation.

A Christian Theocracy is not the same thing as a Muslim Theocracy. A Theocracy led by the Prince of Peace is different from a theocracy led by a god of war. A Christian Theocracy is a "Vine & Fig Tree" society where Christ is King in heaven. No state-church. No church-state. No state-priests. No church-police.

We're going to read about this during the next 365 days. Details here.

Continue to "Huge Mistake #2"

False Religions

Consider these passages of Scripture:

Romans 12-13

1 Peter 2:13ff

Matthew 5:38ff 

Luke 17:7-10 

Jude 8-10  /  2 Peter 2:10-12

Many Jews in Jesus' day expected the coming Messiah to overthrow the Roman Empire in a great military battle. The "Zealots" were constantly ready to resist the Romans and foment violent revolution. Jesus disappointed them all.

Everybody has heard Jesus' line about going "the second mile." Not one out of a thousand Americans understands its historical context, and can apply it to geo-political affairs today.

Imagine Italy invades Israel. You may have to imagine that some 21st-century Mussolini emerges to rescue Italy from bankruptcy and raise it to an imposing industrial power. Imagine further than Italian soldiers are on every corner in Israel, imposing Italian rule on Israeli citizens. Now imagine that Italian soldiers are authorized to conscript Israelis to carry the soldiers backpacks for up to one mile. You can easily imagine that Israelis would be infuriated by this legal enslavement, to say nothing of the whole military occupation and collection of forced tribute gig.

Now imagine Benjamin Netanyahu telling Israelis not to resist the conscription, but carry the soldiers provisions for an extra mile. How long would Netanyahu remain in office?

But that's exactly what Jesus told His hearers to do. Do not resist armed invasion and occupation, even if it violates human rights and international law.

This one verse completely overthrows modern concepts of war, defense, and national security.

Huge Mistake Number Two:
They took up arms to abolish the government.
They overthrew the government by force and violence.

Abolishing tyranny is a good idea. But not with muskets and cannons. Killing a human being created in the Image of God just because that human being is an IRS agent and wants to take your money -- this is not a Christian thing to do.

Nothing could be clearer from the teachings of Jesus and the Apostles than that we must not take up arms to overthrow Caesar. Understanding these commandments will require you to make a complete turn-around in your thinking.

Violent revolution is always wrong, but getting out your musket and killing other Christians is even
worse.
 
When you enroll in PeacemakerCoaching, you'll study the Bible and find out that Jesus clearly taught that Christians should not overthrow even the most barbaric, violent, oppressive tyranny in history: the Roman Empire that imposed a military occupation of Israel.
 
Britain in 1776 was certainly more civilized and Christian than the Roman Empire, but Jesus and the Apostles firmly prohibited resisting even the pagan military occupation of Israel and attempting to overthrow Caesar by violent revolution.
 
And this was not for tactical reasons or considerations of prudence or the likelihood of success.
Violent revolution is contrary to Christian ethics even if it can succeed.
Followers of Christ don't kill their enemies.
They convert them. They pray for them.
They preach the Word of God,
     the Spirit bears witness to the Word,
     the hearts of the enemy are changed
     and they repent of socialism, fascism
     military occupation and totalitarianism.
When they repent, they resign their political office.
They end imperial conquest and confiscation.
They end their enslavement and conscription of others.
We preach; they repent.
That's the Christian goal, not blowing their brains out.
 
America would be a very different nation if we had obeyed our duties instead of killing for our “rights.”
 
Abolishing tyranny is a good idea. But not with muskets and cannons. Killing a human being created in the Image of God just because that human being is an IRS agent and wants to take your money -- this is not a Christian thing to do.

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Most Hated Word #2: Pacifism

If you're not allowed to resist an Empire, you're not allowed to resist lesser enemies. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus commanded, "Resist not evil."

Pacifism is clearly at the heart of being a Christian Peacemaker.

Pacifism is a critical issue in our day.

"Pacifists" are often criticized for being willing to stand by and do nothing while their wife or daughter is raped.

This is slanderous, a violation of the Ninth Commandment.

Pacifists continually meet objections like those of Samuel Bacchiocchi, who said:

It would be morally irresponsible to turn over one's wife to a rapist just to "keep peace."

This is a "straw man." Such critics cannot name a single pacifist who would do nothing to try to prevent or stop a rape. I've never met a pacifist (and I've met hundreds and lived with several) who would say to a rapist, "Here she is. Go for it. And peace to you." A pacifist believes in evil, and believes violence is evil. A pacifist opposes violence because violence is evil, and a pacifist wants to eliminate or prevent evil. A pacifist would take prudent steps to stop evil, avoid evil, catch evil off guard, and evangelize evil, but would not, as many non-pacifists seem to advocate, start out immediately with lethal force. Many 2nd Amendment zealots would pull out their gun at the drop of the hat. At least that's the way they talk. Probably they are a bit more rational. Like Bacchiocchi.

Here's a simple question that will prove you are a pacifist.

Imagine you are "Star Trek" Captain Kirk of the U.S.S. Enterprise. You are walking down the street of a planet in the Deltoid Galaxy with one of your never-ending stream of beautiful women at your arm, when a large burly alien with the tattoo "I AM A RAPIST" across his forehead jumps out from a dark alley, grabs your female companion and says "I'm going to rape this woman!" You pull out your Phazer gun and . . . here's the question:

Do you set the Phazer to "stun" and quickly put the rapist to sleep and call the proper authorities, or do you set your Phazer to "maximum molecular disruption" and utterly obliterate the rapist, ending his life?

When given such a choice, only a sociopath would choose annihilation or lethal force. Everyone else is a "pacifist." It's that simple.

What happens if you're consistent with this innate, conscientious pacifism?

Answer: you will begin to change the world.

In many ways the most violent world in recorded history.

Christ is the Prince of Peace. His vassal-subjects must be committed to Peace. The Prince of Peace commanded us to love our enemies. True Christians are willing to follow Christ to the cross (Matthew 16:25; 1 Peter 2:21).

But the religion of Secular Humanism (America's State religion) teaches vengeance. Modern Man believes it's better to make someone else die for you than to give your life for another. Entire populations are organized on the principle of institutionalized vengeance.

Most people don't want to be called a "pacifist," but more and more people are adopting a social philosophy which is very close: the "Non-Aggression Principle" or "Zero-Aggression Principle."

This principle is at the heart of modern defenses of capitalism. "Capitalism" means many things to many people, especially those who oppose it. Most mainstream voices, even "conservative" voices (e.g., Fox News) would not call themselves defenders of "capitalism," much less "laissez-faire capitalism." Most of those who openly call themselves defenders of "capitalism" rely on the Non-Aggression Principle.

The most consistent adherents of the Zero-Aggression Principle call themselves "anarcho-capitalists." More about both Capitalism and Anarchism below.

Continue

 


Huge Mistake Number Three:
After they abolished the government,

They replaced the government he abolished with a new one.

Yes, that was a mistake.

And you'll see why, and you'll have an alternative, after you read the next two of the five great works that we cover in the PeacemakerCoaching program.

Following the end of the war in 1783, Washington returned to private life and retired to his plantation at Mount Vernon. He spoke of his desire to live safely under his own Vine & Fig Tree, prompting an incredulous King George III to state, "If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world."

Despite his yearnings, Washington came out of retirement to preside over the Constitutional Convention and become President of the United States of America.

Was this a mistake? Would Washington have been a greater American if he hadn't? Did America really need a President? Did Israel really need a king?

Patrick Henry (“Give me liberty or give me Death”) refused to support the Constitution.
“I smell a rat in Philadelphia,” he said.
 
He was right. So was George Mason, the “Father of the Bill of Rights,” who also opposed the new constitution.

At first, Samuel Adams was an opponent of the Constitution of 1787. Eventually Adams agreed to support it. Patrick Henry never did.

Patrick Henry was right. So was George Mason. So were other noted Anti-Federalists:

One can also argue that Thomas Jefferson expressed several anti-federalist thoughts throughout his life, but that his involvement in the discussion was limited, since he was stationed as Ambassador to France while the debate over federalism was going on in America in the Federalist papers and Anti-Federalist Papers.

The Constitution, with its "separation of powers," "checks and balances," and theory of "enumerated powers," failed to prevent the rise of an atheistic tyranny.

Madison, Hamilton, and John Jay sold America on a Constitution which they claimed would prevent the rise of another tyranny.

They were wrong.

As great as the Constitution was, it could not prevent a tyranny worse than the one America abolished in a war from 1775-1783.

Every single person who signed the Declaration of Independence and/or the Constitution would take immediate steps to begin abolishing our present government if they were here in 2013.

And because America's Founding Fathers were excellent students of history, if they could see the history of the world from 1789 to 2013, they would become the most radical of libertarians.

They gave us what they called "an Experiment in Liberty," and America became the most prosperous and admired nation in history. Washington D.C. abandoned that experiment in the 20th century, embarking on an experiment in government central planning. Everywhere this experiment was tried -- Germany, Italy, the Soviet Union -- it left poverty and mass death.

Sam Adams would see that we need to abolish the current tyranny, and replace it with nothing but "the Invisible Hand" of 100% unregulated, Laissez-faire capitalism. 

You're thinking: "Those greedy capitalists will exploit the poor!"

As if greedy politicians don't.

But your moral concerns are valid.

That's why George Washington, Samuel Adams and nearly all of America's Founding Fathers believed America had to be a Christian Theocracy.

In his Farewell Address, Washington reminded the nation:

Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, Religion, and Morality are indispensable supports.—In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens. —The mere Politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them.—A volume could not trace all their connexions with private and public felicity.—Let it simply be asked where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion.—Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure—reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.—

Religion is a public, not just a private matter. You can't be a good American citizen if you ignore Christianity. Atheism is contrary to reason.

 Sam Adams said,

[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.

His cousin, John Adams, said:

[W]e have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. . . . Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

[I]t is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue.

Sam Adams wrote to his cousin John:

Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age, by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, of inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity. . . and, in subordination to these great principles, the love of their country. . . . In short, of leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system.

Letter to John Adams, 1790, who wrote back: "You and I agree."
Four Letters: Being an Interesting Correspondence Between Those Eminently Distinguished Characters, John Adams, Late President of the United States; and Samuel Adams, Late Governor of Massachusetts. On the Important Subject of Government
(Boston: Adams and Rhoades, 1802) pp. 9-10

On the day after the Constitution went into effect in March of 1789, America and each one of the 13 united States was a Christian Theocracy.

As a militant non-violent Peacemaker, you are going to join other extraordinary Americans in undertaking the task of abolishing the U.S. government and making America a Christian Theocracy again.

America's Founders agreed that our nation must be "under God" -- the true God, not Osama bin Ladin's God -- and thus a Christian Theocracy, governed by the true religion.

From a Christian perspective, two things characterize pure religion. They can be summed up in the words of the Apostle James:

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this,
To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and
to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

James 1:27

This is why voluntary charities were everywhere in early America, and why welfare has now been nationalized by the State.
 

The war was revolutionary. It began by the dissolution of the British Government in the Colonies; the People of which were, by that operation, left without any Government whatever.
John Quincy Adams on Independence

 

If they were logically consistent with their ideals,
America's Founding Fathers would not have replaced
the government they abolished with another.
 
Tragically, America's Founders were men of their age,
products of their times,
And they labored under the mistaken belief that
God commands men to form civil governments.

This was the third huge mistake they made.

The time has come to bury this belief.
It's time to put the Bible ahead of human traditions.
 
The government America's Founders created
turned out to be
more tyrannical than the government
they abolished.
They sold the Constitution to America
as a document of "enumerated powers,"
“checks and balances,” “separation of powers,”
and popular representation that would
prevent another tyranny from arising.

Or so they said.

Their Constitution failed miserably.
 
Every Single person who signed the Constitution
in a convention presided over by George Washington
was concerned about tyranny,
and worked diligently to prevent it.
But they would all admit
that today's government is
a greater tyranny
than the one they abolished,
and the Constitution is a complete failure
as a document intended to protect our so-called "rights."
 
The tax on tea in 1775 was three pence per pound.
The tax on gas today is ten times greater.
The total tax burden today is 20 times greater
than all the taxes imposed on the colonies
by Britain combined.
 
And the British government never dreamed
of using the tax revenue they collected to
fund abortions,
or pull copies of the Ten Commandments
off classroom walls.
 
Instead of declaring that we had a "right" to
"No Taxation without Representation,"
We should have said,
politicians have a duty to God
not to steal.
 
The British Empire was not as atheistic or
totalitarian as our government is today.
Washington and the Founders would be
horrified at our tolerance for atheistic tyranny.
 
Once you admit that some men have the right
to rule over others, on what basis do you stop them
from "going too far?"
This question has never been successfully answered
in the history of political science.
It certainly hasn't been answered in America.
What about Romans 13?

We'll cover that.

Believe me; we'll cover that.

See also here.

The common understanding of Romans 13 and the Biblical doctrine of the State is more of a bumper sticker or sound-bite than a complete theory of the State that takes into account the entire Bible.

This is not a difficult or complex issue. It simply requires a degree of boldness to say "yes" to the Bible and to reject the theories of human institutions.

You will have many questions and objections to these ideas. If you have the courage to wrestle with the ideas with an open mind, then iron will sharpen iron.

 


Most Hated Word #3: Anarchism

An-archism = Opposition to Archism
Archism = Institutionalized Vengeance/Violence

If you oppose violence, then you reject the concept of imposing your will on other people by initiating force against them or threatening them with violence.

But that's what "the State" is. The whole idea of "the State" is to use force to accomplish some personal or social goal, or eliminate some personal or social obstacle.

A logically consistent pacifist is an anarchist.

Jesus was a pacifist, therefore He was an anarchist.

We were taught in our government school civics class that "anarchists" are bad. The dictionary tells us that the word comes from the Greek words a-  meaning "not" and "archist." But we were never told what an "archist" is.

It turns out that "an-archists" are good people. It is "archists" who are bad.

When most people hear the word "anarchist" they think of a bomb-throwing assassin who doesn't believe in private property. But in fact, during the 20th century, "archists" -- the government opponents of "anarchism" -- dropped more bombs and confiscated more private property in a single day than so-called "anarchists" did in an entire year.

But mostly, when people hear the word "anarchist" they think of someone who is against "the government."

  • I believe in a well-governed, orderly society.

So why a defense of "anarchism?"

Because the greatest threat to a well-governed, orderly society, is the institution that drops the most bombs, assassinates the most people, and confiscates the most private property.

That dangerous force is none other than "the government."

Mark 10:42-45

The classic passage in which Jesus forbids us to be "archists" (and thereby commands us to be "anarchists") is Mark 10:42-45

But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. {43} Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. {44} And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. {45} "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

The word translated "rulers" comes from the Greek word from which we derive our word "anarchist." Jesus clearly says His followers are not to be "archists," and that means we are to be "an-archists." In fact, God hates archists.

Archists attempt to convince us that when things don't go the way we would like them to go, we can resort to violence to change matters. Even if nothing will be changed by violence, that's OK, because making them suffer who made us suffer is called "justice." Archists thus believe in institutionalized vengeance.

Aren't "Anarchists" Lawless and Disorderly?

No. Archists are.

When the mainstream media uses the word "anarchist," they don't mean someone who opposes the vengeance, violence, and coercion of "archism." They mean someone who engages in riots, assassinations, destruction of private property, and creation of chaos and disorder.

But it is archists, not anarchists, who do the most assassinating, destruction of property, and creation of disorder. The picture of riots, overturning cars, bricks through windows, are acts of little wanna-be archists, who oppose one violent archist order only because they themselves want to set up a new archist order, with them in charge, with them disbursing violence, with them ordering the troops to arrest, imprison and execute the "capitalist pigs."

What the mainstream media calls "anarchy" is really "multi-archy" or "poly-archy." It is certainly not the absence of archist coercion and violence.

Archists are in rebellion against the True Source of Law and Order, Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. The history of the world and especially the history of America makes clear this correlation:

More "government" = more disorder and lawlessness

"Anarchists"

  • believe that no person or group of people should "rule" over other people
  • believe that no one has the right to initiate force against others
  • believe that no person or group of people has a right to steal, kidnap or kill.

"Archists"

  • believe they have the right to "rule" over others
  • believe they have the right to initiate force against others
  • believe they have the right to steal ("tax"), kidnap ("conscript") and kill ("smart bomb")
    (or to "vote" for someone to do it for them).

Embrace Those Three Hated Words

In order to become a Peacemaker you must be willing to take the barbs of those who believe in war and conflict. You will be called a "wimp!" You will be told you need to "stand up for your rights!" Some people just throw out insults at you to justify their refusal to listen, to forgive, to make sacrifices -- in short, their refusal to follow the Prince of Peace.

If they absolutely refuse to listen to reason, and simply want to insult you, you can only pray that God will soften their hearts so you can talk on another day.

But if a person insults you as being "unrealistic," "impractical," or "utopian," and still seems willing to talk to you and listen to your peacemaking advice, you need to be prepared to overcome their objections.

The PeacemakerCoaching Program will equip you.

But you yourself may have to open your mind to ideas you've been trained to despise.

As Americans -- as products of violent revolution, arms exporting, and consumer selfishness -- we have been trained to shut-off and turn-off ideas which conflict with national ideology. Here are the three issues which you must wrestle with in order to be a Peacemaker.

  • Pacifism - Revolution
  • Anarchism -
  • Theocracy - Rights
 
Ideas Have Consequences, by Richard M Weaver

The Importance of Ideas

The human beings that settled the New World
were the same species of humans that remained in Europe.
But America became extraordinary,
while Europe stagnated under monarchy and socialism.
The difference was ideas.
Ideas have consequences.

These same ideas can have consequences in your life.

The  PeacemakerCoaching Program

Here's a description of our program, along with our continuing attempt to persuade you to sign up.

PeacemakerCoaching is a distance-learning program that helps you learn these ideas and develop the skills to put them into effect and promote them in our society.

The PeacemakerCoaching Program gives participants:

  • a confident understanding of Biblical Christianity.
  • conversational tools for engaging friends, co-workers, and complete strangers about Christian Reconstruction in a winsome and loving way.
  • a community of like-minded believers for learning, loving and living out faith together.
  • a road map for living out an authentic faith in a relativistic, postmodern world.
  • opportunities to influence and transform the State, the Church, communities, and culture.

The goal of our program is not to dump a bunch of intellectual content into someone’s brain so they can then spew it back out to others and sound really smart. Our aim is to see people transformed from the inside out, to so inculcate them in biblical truth, and in how and why those truths matter in our personal lives and in our public institutions, that it seeps into their mind, heart, and soul and transforms the way they think, feel, and behave. This is the only foundation upon which effective peacemaking can occur.

The program centers around the daily reading of the five most important works in the history of America and Western Civilization.

  1. The Bible
  2. The Catechisms and Confession of the Westminster Assembly (1644-48)
  3. Capitalism and the Wealth of Nations
  4. The Myth of the Separation of Church and State
  5. The Basis for Optimism concerning the possibility of future progress and peace on earth.

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The most important work in the history of America and Western Civilization, obviously, is the Bible.
George Washington read the Bible an hour every morning.
Then another hour in the evening.
America's Founding Fathers knew it well.
It takes 11 minutes a day to read the Bible
from cover to cover in one year.
Maybe you've already read the Bible --
but you read it as a religious book.
A "devotional" book.
A book to "inspire" you.
A book to help your "self-esteem."
 
We're going to read the Bible as
marching orders from General Headquarters.
We're going to read the Bible as a
textbook in political science and economics.
For example,
We're going to pay close attention to
what the Bible says about
inflation and fractional reserve banking,
which led the Framers of the Constitution to say
"No state shall make anything but gold or silver a tender in payment in of debts."
 
Americans in 1776 knew what the Bible said about economics, law, political science, and more.
Americans today do not.

Christianity is not just religious devotionals.

Christianity is a worldview that affects every area of life.

At left you can see a list of contemporary issues which the Bible addresses directly and clearly. During the next 365 days, you'll see these issues in the Bible like America's Founding Fathers did, and like you've never seen them before.
In addition, you're going to see the story of the Bible like you've never seen it before. Many Christians today believe the story of the Bible goes something like this:
  • God created planet earth;
  • God put man on earth to be a good steward;
  • Satan tempted man;
  • Man rebelled against God, choosing to be his own god instead,
  • Satan now controls the world.
  • Since Satan and man are not playing God's game by God's rules, God is soon going to take his cosmic football and go home.

In other words, Satan wins.

Pretty dismal story, isn't it?

Sure, God sent His Son, who died on the cross, so that some of the players can be forgiven for their rebellion and go home with God, but God's original purposes for man and the creation were thwarted by Satan, the ultimate victor.

The Bible doesn't teach this.

The Bible says our purpose as human beings is to turn a fallen wilderness into a Garden-City. The New Jerusalem is the "Vine & Fig Tree" society.

Hundreds of years before Christ, the prophet Daniel spoke of the first Christmas, the birth of the Messiah in the days of the Roman Empire. That barbaric, debauched empire was destroyed, and the Kingdom of Christ began growing like a mustard tree, like leaven, like a field (Matthew 13). The Emperor Justinian began Christianizing the Eastern Roman Empire, and in the West kings like Alfred and Ethelbert made the 10 Commandments the basis of new legal systems. The "Common Law" began, with a Christian foundation, and eventually found its way into the Constitution of the United States, "a Christian nation." Though there have been ups and downs, the progress of Christianity has been undeniable -- at least to those who have been taught the facts of history.

Most Americans in the 21st century have not.

If you enroll in the PeacemakerCoaching Program, you will learn the story of the "Vine & Fig Tree." You will learn that the Bible says the purpose of the first Christmas was that "the knowledge of the Lord should cover the earth as the waters cover the sea." (Isaiah 11:9; Habakkuk 2:14). This has been going on for 2,000 years now. This is a wonderful story that isn't being told.

Some people sincerely believe that the Bible says that everything is going to get worse and worse until God finally destroys everything and then starts over. (Why He would want to go through failure again is not disclosed.)

You will read a different story in the Bible when you enroll in the PeacemakerCoaching Program, and have a coach pointing out things in the Bible that you may have missed.

Perhaps you're reluctant to pay your tuition for a class that teaches something very different from what you've always heard. So we'll give you the entire year-long curriculum. We want to make it clear that simply reading the class outline in a week, or even a month, will not give you the same result as you will have if you enroll in the PeacemakerCoaching Program and study a little bit each day, think about it, study more the next day, pray about it, and take an entire year to complete your reading of the “Vine & Fig Tree” story. It just won't be the same.

But you wouldn't be a good shopper if you bought a product without knowing what it delivered. So if you're doubtful about our agenda, here are two ways to survey the story of the Bible that you'll learn in the year-long PeacemakerCoaching Program.

The first way is a 12-day study entitled "The 12 Days of Liberty." It's modeled after the "12 Days of Christmas, which take place from December 25 to January 6. You've never heard the Christmas message like this:

This study is obviously not a review of the entire Bible, though many other parts of the Bible are reviewed besides the Christmas narratives in the Gospels.

Here, then, is a review of the entire Bible. Again, it is no substitute for the Berean model of searching the Scriptures daily. And reading them all in an afternoon is not the same as reading one a day and thinking about it prayerfully over a period of time. But just so you can see an example of the worldview of the PeacemakerCoaching Program, here are 95 Bible Studies, patterned loosely after Martin Luther's "95 Theses," somewhat-humorously called “The 95 Days of Christmas”:

Welcome to “The 95 Days of Christmas” | View
The Importance of Luther's 95 Theses | View
The Origin of These 95 Theses | View
Introduction: Taking the Bible Seriously | View
Thesis 1: Christ the Word | View
Thesis 2: Christ the Creator | View
Thesis 3: Creation, not Evolution | View
Thesis 4: Omniscience, Predestination, and Provide... | View
Thesis 5: “Self-Evident Truths” | View
A. “Vine & Fig TreeBEFORE THE FALL | View
Thesis 6: The Biological Basis of Patriarchy | View
Thesis 7: The Dominion Mandate | View
Thesis 8: Patriarchy and “the Extended Family” | View
Thesis 9: “Vine & Fig Tree” and the Sanctions of the Covenant | View
Thesis 10: The Priority of Agrarianism | View
Thesis 11: “Vine & Fig Tree” and the Mountain | View
B. “Vine & Fig TreeBEFORE THE FLOOD | View
Thesis 12: The Fall Of The Angels | View
Thesis 13: The Fall of Man | View
Thesis 14: The Purpose of Cain’s “Suspended Sentence” | View
Thesis 15: Cain’s City: The Autonomy of the State | View
Thesis 16: The Demonic Roots of Violent Tyranny | View
C. “Vine & Fig TreeBEFORE SINAI | View
Thesis 17: The Post-Flood Absence of The Institutional Church | View
Thesis 18: The Patriarchal Power Of “Capital Punishment” | View
Thesis 19: Nimrod: The First Politician (Post-Flood) | View
Thesis 20: “Vine & Fig Tree” vs. Political Slavery | View
Thesis 21: Demonic Activity At   Babel | View
Thesis 22: The Division of The Nations | View
Thesis 23: Evangelism In The Old Covenant | View
Thesis 24: “Vine & Fig Tree,” “National Defense,” And Military Socialism | View
Thesis 25: “Vine & Fig Tree” and “Sacraments”: Circumcision | View
Thesis 27: “Vine & Fig Tree”, Precious Metals, and Money | View
Thesis 26: The Myth of The “Separation Of Church And State” | View
Thesis 28: Salvation is Political | View
D. “Vine & Fig TreeUNDER MOSES | View
Thesis 29: “Vine & Fig Tree” and Resistance to Tyranny in the Early Days of the Old Testament | View
Thesis 30: As With All Angelic Activity, No State Action Is Coincidental or Random | View
Thesis 31: Ceremony, Ritual, Liturgy, And The “Pedagogical Law” | View
Thesis 32: “Vine & Fig Tree” and “Sacraments”: Passover | View
Thesis 33: Patriarchs And “Elders” | View
Thesis 34: The Need for a Pedagogical Legal Structure | View
Thesis 35: Angels And The Pedagogical Legal Structure | View
Thesis 36: The Promised Land | View
Thesis 37: The Temporary Character of The First “Church Officers” | View
Thesis 38: “Vine & Fig Tree” and the Temple  | View
Thesis 39: Patriarchy and Education | View
Thesis 40: “Vine & Fig Tree” and Oaths | View
E. “Vine & Fig TreeAND THE RISE OF THE STATE | View
Thesis 41: The Character of “gods” | View
Thesis 42: National Security Without a State | View
Thesis 43: The Prohibition of Monarchism | View
Thesis 44: The State as the Answer to the Prayers of Rebels | View
Thesis 45: The Inferiority of Old Covenant Typological Mediators | View
F. “Vine & Fig TreeAND PROVIDENCE : THE STATE | View
Thesis 46: Romans 8:28 and The State | View
Thesis 47: God’s Sovereign Ordering of Every State | View
Thesis 48: The State Serves God by Sinning | View
Thesis 49: The State As Sanctified “Servant”/“Deacon”/”Minister” | View
Thesis 50: The State Does Not Serve God Self-Consciously | View
Thesis 51: Only One King Self-Consciously Serves God | View
Thesis 52: Judgment of the State in Heaven and Earth | View
Thesis 53: Moloch-Worship and the Nature of Idols | View
Thesis 54: War, Capital Punishment, and “The Sword” | View
Thesis 55: The Throne of David | View
G. “Vine & Fig TreeAND THE MESSIAH | View
Thesis 56: Statism At The Time Of Christ | View
Thesis 57: Kingship, Citizenship, and The Gospel | View
Thesis 58: The Civil Authority of The Pastor: Christ The Shepherd | View
Thesis 59: Jewish Opposition To The Kingdom | View
Thesis 60: Christ’s Binding of Satan | View
Thesis 61: True Power vs. Political Power | View
Thesis 62: Agrarianism As Environmentalism | View
Thesis 63: Christ’s Ascension to the Throne of David | View
Thesis 64: The Camaraderie of “Church” And State | View
Thesis 65: Fox News and the Coming of the Kingdom | View
Thesis 66: The Anointed King vs. Political Kings | View
Thesis 67: Jesus The Nazarene | View
H. “Vine & Fig TreeAND THE EARLY HOME-CHURCHES | View
Thesis 68: Extremism Vs. Neutrality | View
Thesis 69: Sons of God and Pedagogues | View
Thesis 70: Judgment and the Church-Courts of Christ | View
Thesis 71: The Apostolic Church and the Spread of Power | View
Thesis 72: “Vine & Fig Tree” and the House-Church | View
Thesis 73: “Vine & Fig Tree” and the “Sacraments”: Baptism | View
Thesis 74: “Vine & Fig Tree” and the “Sacraments”: “The Lord’s Supper” | View
Thesis 75: Self-Ordination | View
Thesis 76: Salt and Statism | View
Thesis 77: Political Authority and Kingdom Citizenship | View
Thesis 78: “Vine & Fig Tree” and Resistance to Tyranny in the Last Days of the Old Covenant | View
Thesis 79: Taxation, Kingdom Citizenship, and Overcoming Through Suffering | View
Thesis 80: Violence | View
Thesis 81: Vengeance | View
Thesis 82: Creationist Anarcho-Socialism and Darwinian Archo-Socialism | View
Thesis 83: Pedagogy and The Powers | View
Thesis 84: The End of Archists: The Pedagogues Judged by the Church | View
Thesis 85: The Last Days of the Old Covenant | View
I. “Vine & Fig TreeINTHE MILLENNIUM” | View
Thesis 86: “The Millennium” | View
Thesis 87: “Ruling with Christ” | View
Thesis 88: Salvation as Light and Social Healing | View
Thesis 89: Edenic Restoration | View
Thesis 90: The New Heavens and New Earth | View
Thesis 91: The Unconverted In the “Millennium” | View
Thesis 92: The Last Acts of Earthly Archists | View
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If you're an atheist, your goal must not be to get Christians to renounce their faith, but to help them become more like Jesus Christ -- even if you don't believe He existed. You must agree to be in pursuit of the character qualities listed below.


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Biblical Character Traits

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Each day as we read the Bible we're going to focus on things that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Samuel Adams focused on in their studies: virtue, morality and character.
 
Not the kind of character that makes a person a prissy priest or clergyman.
 
But the kind of character than can create entrepreneurs, CEOs, and heroes; build businesses and hospitals.
 
We'll study the character traits you see at left, and we will begin developing them into habits in our own lives.
We'll discover a program to develop extraordinary habits in the next great work we're going to read.

Thomas Jefferson, despite his criticisms of clergy and ecclesiastical corruption, would want to be remembered as one who lived and encouraged a life of virtue and morality. He would not take credit for the army of people who champion "separation of church and state" as a cloak for selfish immorality and a lack of virtue.

The practice of morality being necessary for the well-being of society, He has taken care to impress its precepts so indelibly on our hearts that they shall not be effaced by the subtleties of our brain. We all agree in the obligation of the moral precepts of Jesus, and nowhere will they be found delivered in greater purity than in his discourses. — TJ to James Fishback, Sept 27, 1809, Bergh 12:315. (1809.)

Jefferson had written in 1819, "I never go to bed without an hour or half an hour's reading of something moral, whereon to ruminate in the intervals of sleep" -- to which Randall adds, "The book oftenest chosen . . . was a collection of extracts from the Bible." Henry Wilder Foote, "Introduction," The Jefferson Bible, 23

He was passionately devoted to the gospel of Jesus, which stirred him to the depths of his being and was the most powerful motive force in his life. Donald S. Harrington, "Foreword," The Jefferson Bible, 11

Speaking of "the widespread denunciation of him by his political opponents as an anti-Christian infidel or atheist," Foote observes,

[I]t is one of the minor ironies of history that such slanders should have been so generally and so long believed about the man whose knowledge of and admiration for the teachings of Jesus have never been equaled by any other President. Henry Wilder Foote, "Introduction," The Jefferson Bible, 18

It was not, however, to be understood that instruction in religious opinion and duties was meant to be precluded by the public authorities as indifferent to the interests of society. On the contrary, the relations which exist between man and his Maker and the duties resulting from those relations are the most interesting and important to every human being and the most incumbent on his study and investigation. -- TJ, Report to the Visitors [school boards] Oct 7, 1822


America's Founders were agreed that religion and morality were an essential part of a public school education.

This is because good character, which is the embodiment of religion and morality, was essential to liberty and a free Republic. If everyone thinks he is his own god, and can steal, enslave, or kill anyone who stands in his way, you cannot have ordered liberty. People of bad character will clamor for a strong government to take vengeance against other people of bad character. Soon you have totalitarianism and lawlessness.

Read the Founders on the connection between morality and liberty here.

Continue to Westminster Standards


Over the course of 365 days, you'll begin internalizing Christianity as a worldview.

You will begin applying Christian principles to every area of your life. Christianity will no longer be a private belief for you, but a public matter. You will become your own "City upon a Hill."


Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920), the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, delivered a series of lectures at the Princeton Theological Seminary in 1898 under the auspices of the L. P. Stone Foundation. Kuyper explained how the Christian faith as set forth in the Westminster Standards related to Religion, Politics, Science, and the Arts. Kuyper said,

"In the total expanse of human life there is not a single square inch of which the Christ, who alone is sovereign, does not declare, that is Mine!"

If Christianity is relegated to Sunday school, then Monday through Friday we can deny justice, infringe on liberty, and destroy the life, liberty and property of others. It is because the Westminster Standard viewed life as a whole, all of it under the jurisdiction of God and His Laws and morality, that America became prosperous and admired. Americans Christianized business, science, the arts, and every area of life. This made America a great place to live.

Consider your alternatives:
An atheistic Soviet Union
Buddhist Sri Lanka
Most people would rather live in America, a Christian nation.

It was Calvinism that shaped America.

The second
most popular work in colonial America
(after the Bible)
was the Westminster Standards.

This comprised a Confession of Faith, a Larger Catechism and a Smaller Catechism.

The Smaller Catechism was for children. The Larger Catechism for teens. Both exceed the depth of most seminary graduates in the 21st century.

At a time when the total population of America was only four million people, it is estimated that some five million copies of the "Westminster Shorter Catechism" were available in the colonies. Historian Richard Gardiner writes:

The Westminster Catechism was not only a central part of the colonial educational curriculum, learning it was required by law. Each town employed an officer whose duty was to visit homes to hear the children recite the Catechism. The primary schoolbook for children, the New England Primer, included the Catechism. Daily recitations of it were required at these schools. Their curriculum included memorization of the Westminster Confession and the Westminster Larger Catechism. There was not a person at Independence Hall in 1776 who had not been exposed to it, and most of them had it spoon fed to them before they could walk.

It takes approximately 11 minutes per day to read through the Bible from cover to cover. It only takes a couple of minutes a day to read through the Westminster Catechisms and Confession in a year. They were written around 1645 and the drafters unequivocally opposed our brand of political libertarianism. But they believed that God is God, and denied that the State is God, a necessary first step on your road to becoming an extraordinary American, an extraordinary Christian, and an extraordinary human being..


And from the Westminster Standards we're going to discover a program that will rapidly and profoundly change our personal character and habits.
In the 18th century, America's Founders gave us what they called "an Experiment in Liberty," and in the 19th century America became the most prosperous and admired nation in history. Washington D.C. abandoned that experiment in the 20th century, embarking on an experiment in government central planning. Everywhere this experiment was tried -- German, Italy, the Soviet Union -- it left poverty and mass death.

George Washington would see that we need to abolish the current tyranny, and replace it with nothing but "the Invisible Hand" of 100% unregulated, Laissez-faire capitalism.

You're thinking: "Those greedy capitalists will exploit the poor!"

As if greedy politicians don't.

But your moral concerns are valid.

That's why George Washington and America's Founding Fathers believed America had to be a Christian Theocracy.

That's right. Theocracy. This is

The third most important work in the
history of America and Western Civilization
It is not a single book, but a concept.
It’s a concept that transformed barbaric pagan
Empires into limited governments and a
Land of liberty:
And yet for all the good it has done the world, the word is hated even by many Christians.
 
That word is
Theocracy
Americans have been trained to react in horror to the word "Theocracy." This is an especially devious trick by atheists. A nation "under God" is a Theocracy, because a nation "under God" is a nation that acknowledges that God rules, and "God Rules" is the literal meaning of "Theocracy." Since we've all been brainwashed to repel any move toward "Theocracy," we say nothing when public schools cannot teach children that we are a nation "under God." That might constitute "imposing a Theocracy." Can't have that!

America became the most prosperous and admired nation in history because it was a nation "under God." In short, America was a Christian Theocracy. Today the word "theocracy" conjures up images of Islamic terrorists and mullahs. People think of "theocracy" as a police state governed by priests. This is inaccurate. The word "theocracy" comes from two Greek words, theos, meaning "God," and a Greek word meaning "rule." A theocracy where God rules is a nation "under God." America has always been known as "one nation under God," and therefore America has always been a Christian Theocracy.

But there are good theocracies and there are bad ones. A nation can be attempting to be a Christian Theocracy and do a very poor job of it. We do not believe that a good Christian Theocracy is a police state. We believe a good Christian Theocracy is one where all the priests and princes have resigned and gotten real jobs where they serve others.

Everything that the ACLU opposes when it speaks of "imposing a theocracy" was done by Washington and the Founding Fathers.
 

[27] 4 Washington Irving, Life of George Washington 475 (New York: G. P. Putnam & Co., 1857); Mrs. C. M Kirkland, Memoirs of Washington 438 (New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1870); Charles Carleton Coffin, Building the Nation 26 (New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1882); etc.

[28] 1 Richardson, Messages and Papers 51-54 (April 30, 1789).

[29] 1 Annals of Congress 29 (April 30, 1789).

[30] Acts Passed at a Congress of the United States of America Begun and Held at the City of New-York, on Wednesday the Fourth of March, in the Year 1789, 104 (Hartford: Hudson & Goodwin, 1791) (August 7, 1789).

[31] 1 Debates and Proceedings 685 (1st Cong., 1st Sess.) (July 21, 1789, passage by the House), and 1 Debates and Proceedings 57 (August 4, 1789, passage by the Senate).

[32] Constitutions (1813) 364 ("An Ordinance of the Territory of the United States Northwest of the River Ohio," Article III).

[33] For example, State constitutions across the decades reflecting this requirement include the 1803 Ohio Constitution (Constitutions (1813), 334, Ohio, 1802, Article 8, Section 3); the 1817 Mississippi Constitution (The Constitutions of All the United States According to the Latest Amendments (Lexington, KY: Thomas T. Skillman, 1817), 389, Mississippi, 1817, Article 9, Section 16); the 1858 Kansas Constitution (House of Representatives, Mis. Doc. No. 44, 35th Cong., 2nd Sess., February 2, 1859, 3-4, Article 1, Section 7, of the Kansas Constitution); the 1875 Nebraska Constitution (M. B. C. True, A Manual of the History and Civil Government of the State of Nebraska (Omaha: Gibson, Miller, & Richardson, 1885), 34, Nebraska, 1875, Article 1, Section 4); etc.

[34] See The Constitution of North Carolina 42 (Raleigh: Rufus L. Edmisten, Secretary of State, 1989) (Article 9, Section 1); Constitution of the State of Nebraska 1-2 (Lincoln: Allen J. Beermann, Secretary of State, 1992) (Article 1, Section 4); Page's Ohio Revised Code Annotated 24 (Cincinnati: Anderson Publishing Co., 1994) (Article 1, Section 7).

[35] United States Code Annotated 1 (St. Paul: West Publishing Co., 1987) ("The Organic Laws of the United States of America").

Religion in Public | WallBuilders

Congress was sitting in New York on April 30, 1789, when Washington took the oath of office as Chief Executive. During his inauguration, Washington took the oath as prescribed by the Constitution but added several religious components to that official ceremony. Before taking his oath of office, he summoned a Bible on which to take the oath, added the words "So help me God!" to the end of the oath, then leaned over and kissed the Bible. [27] His "Inaugural Address" was filled with numerous religious references, [28] and following that address, he and the Congress "proceeded to St. Paul's Chapel, where Divine service was performed." [29]

Only weeks later, Washington signed his first major federal bill [30] - the Northwest Ordinance, drafted concurrently with the creation of the First Amendment. [31] That act stipulated that for a territory to become a State, the "schools and the means of education" in that territory must encourage the "religion, morality, and knowledge" that was "necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind." [32] Conforming to this requirement, numerous subsequent State constitutions included that clause, [33] and it still appears in State constitutions today. [34] Furthermore, that law is listed in the current federal code, along with the Constitution, the Declaration, and the Articles of Confederation, as one of America's four "organic" or foundational laws. [35]

Washington would be appalled that today's Supreme Court says it is "unconstitutional" for children in public schools to be taught that Christianity is "necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind." Every single person who signed the Constitution believed that it was, and intended for government to endorse that idea.

In his Inaugural Address, Washington, speaking publicly and officially as the new President of the United States, said:

Such being the impressions under which I have, in obedience to the public summons, repaired to the present station, it would be peculiarly improper to omit, in this first official act, my fervent supplications to the Almighty Being, who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes, and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success the functions allotted to his charge.
      In tendering this homage to the great Author of every public and private good, I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own; nor those of my fellow-citizens at large, less than either. No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the affairs of men, more than the people of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency. And, in the revolution just accomplished in the system of their united government, the tranquil deliberations and voluntary consent of so many distinct communities, from which the event has resulted, cannot be compared with the means by which most governments have been established, without some return of pious gratitude along with a humble anticipation of the future blessings which the past seem to presage. These reflections, arising out of the present crisis, have forced themselves too strongly on my mind to be suppressed. You will join with me, I trust, in thinking that there are none under the influence of which the proceedings of a new and free government can more auspiciously commence.

President Washington could not have said these things to children in a public school classroom. (And not just because American public school students are generally illiterate and wouldn't understand half of what colonial teenagers would have understood.)

Is the Constitution a Secular Document?

Any government that will not acknowledge itself to be under God is a government that believes it is God.

False Religions


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In his Farewell Address, Washington reminded the nation:

Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, Religion, and Morality are indispensable supports.—In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens. —The mere Politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them.—A volume could not trace all their connexions with private and public felicity.—Let it simply be asked where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion.—Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure—reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.—

Washington - indisputably a constitutional expert - declared that religion and morality were inseparable from government, and that no true patriot, whether politician or clergyman, would attempt to weaken the relationship between government and the influence of religion and morality.

These statements clearly violate the modern-day Supreme Court's delusion that the government must be "separate" from religion, that believers not be favored over unbelievers, and the Humanist myth that religion be kept private.

To the extent that you believe in the modern myth of "separation of church and state," you are an inferior American, and George Washington would be disgusted with you. The program at PeacemakerCoaching will help you become a Christian Theocrat like George Washington and the rest of America's Founding Fathers.

Sam Adams said,

[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.

His cousin, John Adams, said:

[W]e have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. . . . Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

[I]t is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue.

Sam Adams wrote to his cousin John:

Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age, by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, of inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity. . . and, in subordination to these great principles, the love of their country. . . . In short, of leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system.

Letter to John Adams, 1790, who wrote back: "You and I agree."
Four Letters: Being an Interesting Correspondence Between Those Eminently Distinguished Characters, John Adams, Late President of the United States; and Samuel Adams, Late Governor of Massachusetts. On the Important Subject of Government (Boston: Adams and Rhoades, 1802) pp. 9-10

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On the day after the Constitution went into effect in March of 1789, America as a whole and each one of the 13 united States was a Christian Theocracy.

A Christian Theocracy seeks to give God all the glory. It's hard to see that God rules today when the State claims to be the Messiah.

Americans today have been misled by the myth of "the Separation of Church and State." This mythical idea -- not found anywhere in the Constitution -- has come to mean the separation of God and State, with God being separated into the private world of fantasy and imagination, and the State having omnipotent power in "the real world."

In 1892 the United States Supreme Court unanimously declared that America was "a Christian nation." The Court went back to the discovery of North America by Columbus, and summarized all the official legal charters and documents that acknowledged our duty to God and created the American Theocracy, the most prosperous and admired nation in history. In 1989 the Court said, "This Court  squarely has rejected the proposition that the First Amendment is to be interpreted in light of any favoritism for Christianity that may have existed among the Founders of the Republic. "May have?" America is no longer a nation under God. As a result, America -- once prosperous and admired --  is now bankrupt and despised.

The great conflict in Western Civilization today is whether our world will become

 • an Islamic theocracy,
 • an atheistic theocracy (where man thinks he is his own god, but the omnipotent secular State wields total, crushing power),
 • or whether America will again be a "City upon a Hill," persuading the world to become a peaceful, global Christian Theocracy -- the kind described by the Prophet Micah.

The third reading assignment will be the history of Christian Theocracy and "Western Civilization."

Hundreds of years before Christ, the prophet Daniel spoke of the first Christmas, the birth of the Messiah in the days of the Roman Empire. That empire was destroyed, and Christian Theocracy began growing. The Emperor Justinian began Christianizing the Eastern Roman Empire, and in the West kings like Alfred and Ethelbert made the 10 Commandments the basis of new legal systems. The "Common Law" began, with a Christian foundation, and eventually found its way into the Constitution of the United States, "a Christian nation." No one book adequately chronicles this history, so we will read from a number of books that try:

           

Excerpts from these books are freely available on the Internet. Only one of the authors agrees with our radical conclusions (described below), but their arguments lead to our conclusions if consistently held.

There are two stories that need to be told:

The first is how Christianity destroyed the slavery and paganism of the Roman Empire and inaugurated "Liberty Under God," the foundation of "Western Civilization"   (476 A.D.- 1517 A.D.).

The second story is the story of America, and how

Calvinism created America  (1517-1787)
• America apostatized into an atheistic empire  (1787-2013)
• and -- hopefully -- how America repented and became an anarchist-theocracy (2013 - ????).

To begin this second story, George Washington would assign the reading of the Supreme Court's opinion in the 1892 Decision Holy Trinity Church vs. The United States and all the historic legal documents cited by the Court.

The fourth book
of the five most important books in the history of America and Western Civilization is about

Capitalism

Capitalism or socialism?

This is the second great question of our age. It is a derivative of the first great question, Theonomy or Automony?

It's all about violence.

If you want to help the poor, can you justify the use of government violence, or must you rely on acts that come from the heart, voluntarily, spontaneously, or as a result of persuasion, education, enlightenment, and faith?

The Wealth of Nations

Many Americans today believe that the government produces wealth. Others want the government to redistribute wealth ("spread the wealth") to special interests -- the most special of all interests, of course, being "ME!"  Such people wouldn't even entertain the idea of abolishing the current tyranny, much less actively work toward that goal, because that which America's Founders described as "tyranny" many in our day would praise as a big benevolent brother. "The government can give us whatever we want if we just vote the most generous and compassionate politicians into office," they believe.

Those who disagree or resist will be wiretapped, arrested, fined, imprisoned, or executed.

Adam Smith would be appalled at such ignorance and immorality. Smith taught ethics at the University of Glasgow and wrote a Theory of Moral Sentiments. In the same year as the Declaration of Independence was written (1776), Adam Smith wrote a book entitled An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of The Wealth of Nations, widely regarded as the first treatise on capitalism.

Capitalism is unquestionably one of the most important features of Western Civilization. Capitalist nations enjoy health and prosperity. Socialist nations enjoy sickness and poverty, to the extent they do not receive foreign aid or the fruits of capitalist nations.

"Capitalism" is the opposite of "socialism."

Socialist nations can't spread the wealth, they can only spread the poverty by compulsion and threats of violence. Socialism -- government intervention in the economy -- is not just inefficient and wasteful, it is immoral.

Smith's Wealth of Nations is not easy reading, but Samuel Adams and George Washington would insist that no true American can be without a basic understanding of capitalism and the laws of a free economy. Fortunately, in our day a more recent treatise on capitalism as been written which is wonderfully illuminating and readable:  Capitalism by Prof. George Reisman.

        

George Washington would assign Reisman's text to any American who wanted to become an extraordinary American. Consistent socialism is maximum government. We believe consistent capitalism is the exact opposite.

If you thought "Theocracy" was controversial, please have a seat. The odds are good that you are a victim of

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George Washington was the father of a nation "under God" -- a Christian Theocracy. He was also the father of nation of "LIBERTY UNDER GOD." And if he could see the progress (and regress) of the last 200 years, he would advocate

100% pure laissez-faire capitalism

You might not be offended at that idea. Yet.

It means the absence of all socialism. Every trace.

If you think about that for a minute or two, you'll realize that another word for the complete absence of socialism is "anarchism."

That word is explosive. That's because you've been brainwashed. That's because you are a victim of

The Biggest Government Lie in all of Human History.

Pure capitalism is anarcho-capitalism, the absence of government force. Prof. Reisman disagrees with us, but his book will help us prove our point with credibility and impeccable logic. 

Are you a socialist or a capitalist?

You probably haven't even begun to answer this question.

"Trust No One"

How do libertarians respond to the accusation that they do not have enough trust in government? John Adams wrote in 1772:

There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty."

Should libertarians have more confidence in their government? Thomas Jefferson, 1799:

Confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism. Free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence; it is jealousy, and not confidence, which prescribes limited constitutions to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power.… In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.

James Madison warned the people of Virginia (1799):

the nation which reposes on the pillow of political confidence, will sooner or later end its political existence in a deadly lethargy.

Madison added in Federalist No. 55,

[T]here is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust. . . .

Trusting government, having "confidence in government," is un-American.

The British historian Lord Acton put it this way:

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.

The exercise of political power is problematic. We should assume that "great men" -- that is, powerful men -- men who wield the force of "the government" -- are morally corrupt. This assumption should be considered confirmed if he increases his own power during his time of "public service."

Why Bad Men Rule by Hans-Hermann Hoppe

"Good intentions will always be pleaded for any assumption of power. The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters ... but they mean to be masters."
~ Daniel Webster
Everybody talks about "smaller government." Everybody agrees that some government needs to be cut. How much? When and where do we stop cutting?

In 1776, America's Founding Fathers proposed a form of government which scandalized many. A government with NO KING.

It was unprecedented.

How can a nation preserve social order -- how can a government govern -- with no king? It would be like a headless horseman!

It got worse. America's government would be a government characterized by "the Consent of the Governed."

This turned the entire concept of "government" on its head. When the king has a "divine right" to govern his subjects, the subjects have no right to disagree with the king. Every decree of the king is assumed to be valid, even if the subjects don't like it. But in America, every action of the government would be presumed to be INVALID unless the governed consented to the government's act.

We The People would govern ourselves.

And -- We the People would govern the government.

We the People would tell the government how to govern!

Breathtaking.

It rocked the world.

Only a Theocracy -- a people "under God" -- can be trusted with self-government -- capitalism and a Free Market. And if religion and morality hold sway in a nation, then we can safely criticize America's Founding Fathers for replacing one government with another. They themselves taught us not to trust civil governments for social order, but to trust in religion and morality. If you're having second thoughts about enrolling in PeacemakerCoaching, read the quotes on that page. Take a glance at the linked pages on that page. After reading the Bible, the Westminster Standards, the history of Theocracy and Western Civilization, and Reisman's treatise on Capitalism, you will be ready for the next paradigm.

It will be bigger than "consent of the governed."

If you and I don't follow the lead of George Washington, the next generation will be engulfed in socialism and the darkness of "false religions" (to use the words of James Madison, the "Father of the Constitution").

The Final Book

The message of the angels to the shepherds on the first Christmas:

And this is the sign unto you: Ye shall find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest,
And
peace on earth
among men in whom He is well pleased.

Is Peace on Earth possible? If you think so, many people will call you an "unrealistic" "utopian." They will say you're just not taking into consideration "the depravity of man."

For many people, "realism" = pessimism.

And for 100 million evangelical Americans, God has predestined life to get worse and worse. Wars will inevitably increase. Totalitarian military dictatorship and tribulation are inevitable. God's experiment of putting human beings on earth to cultivate the Garden and build a New Jerusalem will be complete failure. Jesus will end it all by coming again, in the cosmic equivalent of "If it's your football and you're losing the game, just take your football and go home."

One of the most popular objections to undertaking the task of abolishing an atheistic dictatorship by working to persuade archists to repent (resign) is the belief that Christ is going to return "any day now," and "you don't polish brass on a sinking ship." Christians are soon going to be "raptured," many believe, so why work against the tyranny of "The New World Order" or invest energy in a defense of "Liberty Under God?"

This entire theological edifice, and the millions of people believing it, did not exist in 1776. No theologian was preaching "the Rapture" in 1776. America's Founders felt comfortable proclaiming their creation of a "Novus Ordo Seclorum," a New Order to last for Ages. According to the U.S. Dept. of Treasury, the motto on the Great Seal "signifies a new American era" that "will always grow, improve and build."

This optimism has virtually disappeared in the 21st century.

The final book assigned for reading in our PeacemakerCoaching Program will be a book that refutes modern "pessimillennialism" and restores optimism and confidence in God's ability to achieve His goals. This book will give us courage to be Peacemakers. This book will become one of the most important books in Western Civilization because it will prevent the plunge into pessimism and nihilism that threatens to bring down Western Civilization itself.

We are searching diligently for this book.

In the meantime, We are going to assign the reading of an 1876 book entitled The Parousia:

"Parousia" is the Greek word used for "second coming." This book is simply a catalog of all New Testament prophecies concerning "the second coming." The result of looking at all the evidence will be a "paradigm shift."

We admit that this book is not yet one of the most important books in American history or the history of Western Civilization. What we believe is that the idea that Christians should not be a "city upon a hill," a "light unto the world," or "the salt of the earth," and should allow Satan to rule or destroy the world, is an idea that has already done much to undo everything George Washington and the Founding Fathers worked for, as well as all that Calvin and Augustine worked for. It is, in fact, turning over the City of God and the Kingdom of Christ to the city of man and the kingdom of Satan.

In other words, one of the most important ideas in the history of Western Civilization is the refutation of the idea that Western Civilization --Christian Civilization -- is not worth perpetuating.

More and more Christians are applying Christian worldview materials. Charles Colson writes:

       One lawyer told me that he has started a discussion group, studying worldview with non-believers in his firm. A college professor said that he uses BreakPoints to start discussions in his secular college classroom. A businessman in Minneapolis leads a group of businessmen in worldview discussions and sends them out to teach others.
       And my friend Nancy Fitzgerald in Indianapolis teaches worldview lessons to teenagers in her home. Last year, two groups of one hundred arrived each Sunday, listened to an hour-long lecture, and then camped out all over her house in small groups to talk about what they had learned. Many of them keep up with her after they get to college.

Elsewhere Colson describes a coaching program of his own:

       Three years ago, I launched a year-long distance education program called Centurions, designed to equip one hundred men and women each year to defend truth in an age when too many are throwing their weapons down.
       Sadly, bad philosophy—like relativism, naturalism, and secular humanism—runs rampant in our legislatures, schools, movie theaters, and even our churches. In the face of this, Centurions is preparing men and women not just to understand and articulate their own Christian worldview, but also to proactively teach that worldview to others and engage the culture in their own particular sphere of influence.
       One of our Centurion graduates, Jeff Clinton, a contributor to BreakPoint’s blog, The Point, describes in a recent post what sets the program apart. He writes, “The Centurions program is not a program where you [leave simply] with a fresh set of books. Entering the program comes with a commitment to . . . influence others and pass on knowledge, [which] creates a special dynamic that goes with being part of a community of serious, kingdom-minded Christians who want to engage a needy world for the cause of Christ.” Jeff underscores exactly the vision we have for the program, one of exponential cultural impact.
       And we have plenty of examples of Centurions doing just that from Wendell Cantrell in Johannesburg, South Africa, who is investing deeply in discipling fifteen others in biblical worldview, to Centurions Nanci Boice, Rick Hooten, and Dave Brown, who hosted a worldview conference in Austin, Texas, for 130 people last January.
       But not only are Centurions sharing the training they’ve received, they are also impacting the culture firsthand. There’s Jim Walter, who is engaging in public debate, meeting with public officials, and writing letters-to-editors on issues of bioethics and human dignity. There’s Will Burns, who is part of a team that is planting a church that will seek to draw in artists, encouraging and supporting them in their craft during the week and celebrating the Creator on Sundays. And there’s John Nunnikhoven, who has taught an eight-week worldview course for civic and political leaders in Vermont.
       Our culture urgently needs more men and women who will rightly wield good philosophy to counter the bad philosophy of the postmodern era, men and women who can winsomely present the Christian worldview in their sphere of influence.

Colson's "Centurions" program is a great program.
We've plagiarized a great deal from it.
But PeacemakerCoaching is more
radical and extremist than the "Centurions" program.
The Founder of PeacemakerCoaching
was denied a slot in the "Centurions" program
because he believes
George Washington made huge mistakes.
As you review those alleged mistakes below,
ask yourself if you want to be a "conservative" and
conserve (or repeat) the mistakes of the past,
or whether you want to
"turn the world upside down"
with a new paradigm
 
PeacemakerCoaching can equip you
to make a difference,
and to bring glory to God.
(And it's half the price of Chuck Colson's
"Centurions" program.")
 
When you complete a year of
PeacemakerCoaching,
you will have a passion for making America
a nation "Under God." During the next year
we are not just going to read five books.
We are going to formulate the steps
that George Washington would take if
he could look back with 20/20 hindsight
and realize that violent revolution
is not the answer to tyranny and atheistic dictatorship.
 
You will become an
  •  an extraordinary American
  •  an extraordinary Christian
  •  an extraordinary Human Being
 
We have more time than Washington did.
Washington had to chop firewood to heat his home.
You just flick a switch.
His horse took hours to get to town.
Your car takes mere minutes.
Your kitchen and office are filled with
“labor-saving devices” that free up your time
to watch American Idol and read the sports page
every day.
 
Replace one hour of the “mainstream media”
with an hour of PeacemakerCoaching over the next
365 days, and you will become
  •  an extraordinary American
  •  an extraordinary Christian
  •  an extraordinary Human Being
 
PeacemakerCoaching uses internet technology to
recreate a complete colonial education
for adults
in just one year.
You are going to join other extraordinary Americans in undertaking the task of abolishing the U.S. government and making America a Christian Theocracy again.

Or you can expect Jesus to vomit you out.

You're frightened by the word "abolish." You don't own a musket or a cannon. You don't like the idea of killing today's "Red Coats," because many of them are your friends and neighbors.

I share your concerns.

The only way you'll be convinced you should work to abolish the government is to be convinced that
killing is always wrong. That
stealing or extortion ("taxation") is always wrong. That
• kidnapping or "conscription" is always wrong. That
violence -- even the politically-legitimized violence of "the State" -- is always wrong.

In short, you're going to become a pacifist.

And your opposition to violence, revolution, assassination, vandalism, extortion, and the destruction of peace and order will compel you to work to abolish the U.S. federal government, the greatest threat to peace and Godly order.

Samuel Adams went to Harvard. George Washington was homeschooled. Both received similar educations. They built a new nation on "religion, morality, and knowledge."

I'm betting that in one year I can coach you through the education Sam Adams and George Washington received, and turn you into
a radical American,
a Christian extremist, and
an extraordinary human being.
You in turn will become a coach to another, who will then coach another. And if you aren't convinced you need to become the next George Washington or Sam Adams, and coach another radical Christian anarchist into existence, I'll give you your tuition back. Every penny. Without an argument.

Who Will You Follow?

Hippie Peaceniks

Statesmen, Professors, Think Tanks

Terrorists/Revolutionaries

Jesus Christ was tortured to death

Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize

Osama was killed (?) by Obama's Navy SEALS

   The vast majority of people do not want to follow "extremists" like Jesus or Osama bin Laden. They prefer the middle of the road. They don't want to endanger the security of their "personal peace and affluence."  
Jesus said He has more respect for the followers of Osama than the followers of Obama. Jesus said "lukewarm" moderates make Him puke: The great middle-of-the-road empires of our day (U.S.A., U.K., U.S.S.R. etc.) have all been threatened by "terrorists." Osama bin Laden and his "freedom fighters" received weapons from the U.S.A. to fight the U.S.S.R.
I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Revelation 3:15-16
But the empires are also threatened by "peaceniks" who discourage hundreds of millions of people in these empires from working 9-5 for the military-industrial complex and keeping the wheels of empire turning.  
"Choose life." Deuteronomy 30:19-21 The ideas of the "respectable," "practical," and "realistic" statesmen, professors, and think tanks of the great empires of our day have led to the deaths of hundreds of millions of human beings. "Terrorists" have only killed thousands of people.

Read through the Bible in one year
with a mentor who can help you see
that Peace is Possible


Why Read the Bible?

Myth:
The Old Testament
advocates war, slavery, genocide, and vengeful retaliation.
Myth:
The Teachings of Jesus
are impractical, utopian, unrealistic, and should be relegated to the inner religious meditations of a Mother Theresa, but should be kept away from public policy, especially foreign affairs and military strategy.

Both sides of this coin are wrong.
We need to examine these myths.

Jesus quoted the Old Testament. The prophets spoke of a day when we would beat our swords into plowshares and everyone would dwell securely under his own Vine & Fig Tree -- not because his property was being taken from him to fund the "military-industrial complex," which "keeps us all safe," but because nobody was training for war any more. If we were to follow the teachings of Jesus in Washington D.C., we would experience security, peace, and economic prosperity. No war that the U.S. federal government has waged has ever made things better than they would have been without military intervention.
  • How did the Civil War make things better? It gave us complete domination by the federal government.
  • What future was improved for Poland and Czechoslovakia by World War II? They were rescued from Hitler and turned over to Stalin.
  • How did U.S. war help the people of Iraq? A westernized, secular nation was converted into an Islamic Theocracy that leans toward Iran. Hundreds of thousands of Christians were killed or made homeless. Infrastructure was destroyed.
  • Which improvements in the human condition were won by war?

Conclusion:

We should take both the Old Testament and the New Testament seriously.

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Seven Themes in Micah's Vine & Fig Tree Prophecy

  Micah's Prophecy (Micah 4:1-7)
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Archetypes Controversy Comfort
1 And it will come about in the last days
[For the LORD of hosts has spoken.]
That the mountain of the House of the LORD
Will be established as the chief of the mountains
And it will be raised above the hills

Audio

Predestination
vs. "Free Will"
Chose birth?
• Nobody used "free will" to come into existence
• Real issue: The nature of the Creator | Person or Mud
Calvinism
"Free Will" = imago dei | Image of God
 • reason
 • planning for future
 • symphonies
Providence
Protection is an act of love
Prayer  = anti-deism
      "Last Days"

V&FT "impossible even for God."

Predestinated tribulation?
No. Vine & Fig Tree
2 And the peoples will stream to it.
And many nations will come and say,
"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD
And to the House of the God of Jacob,

Audio

Conversion of the Gentiles

One religion is superior to the others

One has caught our attention: jihadism

blow-up vs. convert

Peace is possible
Peace is inevitable
3 That He may teach us about His ways
And that we may walk in His paths."
For from Zion will go forth the Law
Even the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
And He will judge between many peoples
And render decisions for mighty, distant nations.

Audio

• The God who gave you life deserves your respect
Every Word this God speaks deserves your attention/obedience
• Bible is not just for "private" religion, "down in your heart"
• Also for public policy
Textbook for every area
When Americans learned the Bible in public schools,
America most prosperous, admired nation on earth

Now U.S. exports weapons/pornography

Laws of Nature and of Nature's God.

"judgmental" vs. Hitler

4 [And each of them will sit under his
Vine and under his fig tree,]

Audio

Male + Female
Father + mother

Family = "undemocratic"

When families are functional, the State is unnecessary;
Archism is suppressed

Adams: mothers:
religion + morality

5 Then they will hammer their
swords into plowshares
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation will not lift up sword against nation
And never again will they train for war.

 

Thou shalt not kill

Thou shalt not steal

Audio

Pacifism = "criminals will take over"
 
really? More people will die under pacifism than under archism?
More money will be confiscated under pacifism than under archists?
Myth:
  • OT = violence, slavery
  • Jesus = irrelevant utopian hippie; not
    "practical" or "realistic."

Fact:

6 And each of them will sit under his
Vine and under his Fig Tree,
With no one to make them afraid.
For the LORD of hosts has spoken.

Audio

Agrarianism vs. technology

Environmentalism

Garden of Eden / City of God

Wilderness vs. Garden

"False weights and Measures."

7 Though all the peoples walk
Each in the name of his god,
As for us, we will walk
In the Name of the LORD our God
forever and ever.
In that day, saith the LORD
       will I assemble her that halteth,
and I will gather her that is driven out,
and her that I have afflicted;
And I will make her that halted a remnant,
and her that was cast far off a strong nation:
and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion
from henceforth, even for ever.

Audio

social darwinism

immigration vs. "enumerated powers."

works of mercy vs. focus on "winners," celebrities, power-brokers
  "Iron Sharpens Iron"

Audio

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