Adapted from the Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership
“Good people are obligated to support the lesser of two evils.”
Is this true? Should we support the lesser of two evils? No, for four reasons.
4. The lesser of two evils is still evil.
3. It rewards bad behavior. We cannot achieve victory by rewarding politicians who vote against our principles.
2. It demoralizes our own people. “There is no difference between the parties.” Therefore, non-voting is on the rise.
1. It simply isn’t true. In most cases, the alleged “lesser” evil actually is the “greater” evil because it is more of a danger to liberty and freedom.
If you find yourself, in your own estimation, not supporting a “good” candidate, but a “lesser evil,” you must ask yourself, “Is this lesser evil, really the lesser?”
It isn’t the devil with a pitchfork that you should fear, it’s the one who comes smiling, preaching in a suit and tie, telling you everything that you want to hear despite his past behavior. “No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” ~ 2 Cor 11:14
Which is more evil?
George W. Bush gave us
• Medicare Expansion
• Patriot Act
• No Child Left Behind
• Increased funding to Planned Parenthood.
This led to the loss of House and Senate GOP seats in 2006
Barack H. Obama gave us
• Medicaid Expansion
• Stimulus Bill
• Patriot Act
• Common Core
• Increased funding to Planned Parenthood.
Obama led to The GOP gaining seats. Insurgent candidates such as Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, Nikki Haley and Marco Rubio beat establishment GOP candidates.
The greater evil gives us something to organize against. The lesser evil causes us to accept the status quo and as a consequence lose influence. Remember that once most politicians are elected – especially most Republicans – their goal is to do as little as possible, to take no controversial stands and offend no one, in order to get re-elected. Special interest groups represent voting blocks that politicians use to hold on to their power.
Electing Donald Trump in 2016 would be a giant step backwards for influence of Christian principles at the grassroots level. Imagine Trump with a Democrat Congress negotiating and making “deals.” Now imagine Hillary Clinton with a solid resistance and a growing number of freshman Republicans in Congress who represent conservative Christian values.
The Biggest Lie in Politics is designed to separate legislative session from election season causing voters to forget the results this has always produced in the past.
“To achieve victory, first you must seek it.” ~ Howard Phillips
You may have seen this meme in various forms. Spurgeon isn’t talking politics specifically here, but he applies this principle consistently when he does venture into preaching on the political involvement of Christians.
Someone has asked: “Is politics dirty, then? Shall the Christian completely abstain? Stay out? Is there no hope?”
Well, yes and no. The conclusion Spurgeon comes to in the quotes below is that it is unusual to find a Christian politician, even in a nation with a state-church such as England, who will stand for the Gospel without compromise. The truth is that we can’t ever look to politics as a savior. If we do, we will always be disappointed. Salvation comes from personal regeneration. Then we should evangelize our family. Then we should work to build strong churches. Finally, the culture will be transformed and politics will follow. Our slogans should be, “No King but Jesus” and “Politics fourth!”
How do we apply this to the current election? Many Christians are going to support Donald Trump because it is “the only way of stopping Hillary” and “If we lose the Supreme Court, we lose our liberty for the next generation or more” and so on. Well no, we lost our liberty when we lost our salt and hid our light under a bushel. We lost our liberty when we lost our families. We lost our liberty the moment the church began preaching a compromised Gospel.
This isn’t an admonition to stay out of politics. On the contrary, it is a strong warning not to trust politics to be the answer. Even so, choosing the lesser of two evils when a third or fourth choice is the best representative of the Gospel in public life shows a idolatry of the political system. We must be more prepared to lose with the Truth — or the closest imperfect human representative of the Truth — than we are to “win” with the gross promise of first principles. It is only in standing for Truth as “Athanasius against the world” that we win in the long run.
Finally, I submit that we lose because many Christians have a pessimistic long term view. “The world is getting worse and worse. Why polish the brass on a sinking ship. And the only course is to run up our debts until the Antichrist takes over the world.” We have greater faith in Zeitgeist than in sound biblical hermeneutics.
The good news is we will win, but not in an instant. If we have faith in a mighty, conquering God, He will in time will put all things under His feet, not only when He returns, but progressively as His people obey His Word.
What follows are some excepts from Spurgeon’s sermons as quoted in this piece by Joel McDurmon.
But there were senators, there were forums of political discussion, there were the places where the representatives of the people make the laws, was there no room for Christ there?
Alas! my brethren, none, and to this day there is very little room for Christ in parliaments. How seldom is religion recognised by politicians!
Of course a State-religion, if it will consent to be a poor, tame, powerless thing, a lion with its teeth all drawn, its mane all shaven off, and its claws all trimmed— yes, that may be recognised; but the true Christ and they that follow him and dare to obey his laws in an evil generation, what room is there for such?
Christ and his gospel—oh! this is sectarianism, and is scarcely worthy of the notice of contempt. Who pleads for Jesus in the senate? Is not his religion, under the name of sectarianism, the great terror of all parties? Who quotes his golden rule as a direction for prime ministers, or preaches Christ-like forgiveness as a rule for national policy? One or two will give him a good word, but if it be put to the vote whether the Lord Jesus should be obeyed or no, it will be many a day before the ayes have it. Parties, policies, place-hunters, and pleasure-seekers exclude the Representative of Heaven from a place among representatives of Earth.
To what then do we look? We answer, we believe that national peace, and the security of our great cities, can only be guaranteed for a long future, by the recognition of the religion of Jesus Christ, and the wider spread of its principles.
In his Manifesto of 1848, Karl Marx wrote: "The theory of the communists may be summed up in a single sentence: Abolition of private property."
"You reproach us with intending to do away with your property. Precisely so: that is just what we intend."
Have We Adopted Marxist Ideas?
To this end, he advocated:
- Abolition of property rights and application of all rents to the state.
- A heavy progressive graduated income tax.
- Abolition of all rights of inheritance by taxing inheritance.
- Confiscation of the property of emigrants and all rebels to the state.
- Centralisation of credit in banks of the state, by means of a national bank with an exclusive monopoly on money supply.
- Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.
- Factories and instruments of production to be owned by the state; wilderness areas to be nationalised by the state.
- Equal obligation of all to be put to work by the state.
- Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
- Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country, by more equable distribution of the populous over the country.
- Free and compulsory education for all children in state schools.
Abolition of Religion
Karl Marx wrote: "The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of man is a requisite for their real happiness." In the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx wrote, "Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion and all morality."
Marx wrote: "I wish to avenge myself against the One who rules above."
"I shall build my throne high overhead,
cold, tremendous shall its summit be.
For its bulwark – superstitious dread.
For its marshal - blackest agony."
Karl Marx wrote to his father: "New gods have to be installed."
In his drama Oulanem, he wrote:
"The hellish vapours rise and fill the brain,
till I go mad and my heart is utterly changed.
See this sword? The prince of darkness sold it to me.
For me beats the time
and gives the signs
evermore boldly I play the dance of death."
Marx loved to quote the words of Faust: "Everything in existence is worth being destroyed."
"If there is a something which devours,
I'll leap within it, though I bring the world to ruins
– the world which bulks between me and the abyss,
I will smash to pieces with my enduring curses."
"Without violence, nothing is ever accomplished in history."
Chosen for Hell
"Thus Heaven I've forfeited, I know it full well. My soul, once true to God, is chosen for hell."
To Bring This World to Ruins
In his poem, Human Pride, Marx, wrote:
"With disdain I will throw my gauntlet full in the face of the world,
and see the collapse of this pygmy giant whose fall will not stifle my ardour.
Then will I wander god-like and victorious through the ruins of the world.
and, giving my words an active force, I will feel equal to the Creator."
Karl Marx's good friend, Frederick Engels wrote: "Karl Marx is a monster possessed by ten thousand devils."
Robert Payne, a friend of Karl Marx, wrote: that Karl Marx "had the devil's view of the world and the devil's malignity. Sometimes he seemed to know that he was accomplishing the works of evil."
God is Our Enemy
Karl Marx wrote that he wanted to: "Hurl gigantic curses on mankind." Marx quoted positively from Paris Communard, Flourens, who declared: "Our enemy is God. Hatred of God is the beginning of wisdom."
The Family of Karl Marx
Karl Marx's family life was a disaster. He had seven children by his wife, Jenny, and another by his housemaid Helen Demuth. One of his daughters, Eleanor, married Edward Aveling, a Satanist known for his blasphemous lectures on "The wickedness of God", and for his poem to satan. Three of Karl Marx's children starved to death. Five of his children died prematurely. Two of his daughters committed suicide, as did his wife. Karl Marx wrote that he did not love anyone and that he was entirely comfortable with hatred.
He referred to the Slavic people, like Russians, as "ethnic trash" and prophesied that: "their very name will vanish." He dismissed Mexicans as "lazy", and Negroes as "frozen at pre-historic levels" who would never contribute anything worthwhile to society.
War Against the Family
In the Manifesto, Karl Marx wrote: "We destroy the most hallowed oblations, when we replace home education with social."
Atheism and Hatred
Marx's dedicated disciple, Vladimir Lenin, declared: "Atheism is the natural and inseparable part of Communism. We must hate. Hatred is the basis of Communism".
War Against God
Under Vladimir Lenin, one of the slogans of the Soviet Union was: "WE FIGHT AGAINST GOD to snatch believers from Him." A prominent slogan of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union was: "Let us drive out the Capitalists from the earth, and God from Heaven."
Hatred of God
Alexander Solzhenitsyn declared: "The world has never before known a godlessness as organised, militarised and tenaciously malevolent as that preached by Marxism. Within the philosophical system of Marx and Lenin, and at the heart of their psychology, Hatred of God is the principle driving force, more fundamental than all their political and economic pretensions. Militant atheism is not merely incidental, or marginal, to Communist policy; it is not a side effect, but the central pivot. To achieve its diabolical ends, Communism needs to control a population devoid of religious and national feeling, and this entails a destruction of faith and nationhood. Communists proclaim both of these objectives openly, and just as openly put them into practice."
"They promise them freedom while they themselves are slaves of depravity." 2 Peter
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I saw this posted on a group I follow on Facebook. It’s important to understand the different roles of the Church vs. the Kingdom of God. Each serves a purpose and both are important. ~ Jay Rogers
From Hugh Trevor-Roper’s The Rise of Christian Europe.
I think this is a lesson that Christians desperately need to understand, but on the whole will resist fiercely and for the most part simply stick their heads in the sand in our day as they mostly have done in the past. The Christian culture of today is church centred and for the most part Christian culture always has been. And, with the exception of a few periods of forward movement, it has been a monumental failure.
Whenever progress is made, it afterwards degenerates into stagnation and failure. And it is again in crisis. And it will always, following a time of reformation or progress, end up back in failure and crisis, because it is church centred,—it resists the Kingdom of God by substituting the Church for the Kingdom. The Church invests in itself but cannot easily change its orientation, and its social dominance in the Christian community and the institutions through which it exercises its dominance prevent others from securing power from within and changing things for the future. If things are to change and real progress is to be made therefore it will come from outside the guild mentality that is crippling the Church.
No form of Church organisation can solve our problems: not Presbyterianism, not Episcopalianism, not Congregationalism, or any variant of these. And this is because Christianity is not a church centred faith—at least not the biblical version. It is a Kingdom centred faith, a faith centred on God’s justice and making the nations the disciples of Christ. This is the command Jesus gave us. He did not command us to go Church planting, but Kingdom seeking. If we do that, all these other things will be given to us, including the Church.
Any organisation or Church or Christian mission that sees its goal as Church plating is simply idolatrous, because it replaces God’s priority with man’s priority, replaces the Kingdom with the Church. But God does not give his glory to others, and so the result is more crisis and failure. If you are involved in any kind of work or ministry that sees church planting as its goal you are involved in idolatry, and you need to repent, which means changing your mind, and as a consequence your actions.
The first priority of the Christian, no matter what walk of life he is engaged in, and the first propriety of the Church, and of all ministry and mission, and indeed of all work of any kind is, building the Kingdom of God and prioritising God’s righteousness, God’s justice. Only by pursing this will the nations be discipled to Christ. What then is the Kingdom of God? The Kingdom of God is a social order, and it is a social order that is meant to be manifested practically in the lives and societies of men and nations, in the world now.
Of course, the Church is an important institution in the Kingdom. But it is not the goal of the Kingdom, it is a servant. The last time I spoke to a clergyman about this issue he could not swallow the idea that the Kingdom is what we should seek first, not the Church. It just stuck in his throat, despite the fact that Jesus taught it so clearly, and this is powerful testimony to just how spiritually blinding this idolatry is. He could only say that we realise the Kingdom through the Church, which is really just another way of saying what churchmen have always said—the Church comes first (of course this myopic and unbiblical perspective means that the work and vocations of the vast majority of men, because they are not “ministers” in the Church, are without Christian meaning, and so they are told—as I have heard from two clergymen recently—that the most important thing they ever do in life is to be at the Church ritual every Sunday morning. In this perspective only the minister has a job that has any Christian meaning).
When the Church is put first in this way, the Kingdom is always neglected. We see this virtually everywhere. Churchmen do not want the Kingdom of God, at least not the real Kingdom, a Christian social order that takes root in men’s lives now and in the lives of the nations, in their social order—they are happy instead with a spiritualised version, pie in the sky when you die.
What they want is a Christian mystery cult that prioritises the Church’s Sunday rituals, and the ministries and interests of churchmen, not a faith that transforms society, that creates a Christian social order that transforms the world, that disciples nations. This is why so many Christians hate God’s law. It demands the sacrificing of their idols, what they have invested in. The future does not belong to those with their heads stuck in the past and in its failures, but to those who seek the Kingdom of God and his justice, and the conversion of the nations.
To seek the Kingdom first means to seek to manifest the Christian social order on earth in all the nations. It means converting nations, since it is the nations that are to be the disciples of Christ according to the Great Commission. The Church culture we have today is precisely the kind of hardened culture of vested interest committed to the past that Hugh Trevor-Roper speaks of. The future is the Kingdom of God, which may seem minuscule to the world, and even to Christians committed to the idolatry of the Church, but it will transform the world if we seek it first. But that will necessitate sacrifice. It will not be appealing to those who are invested in the past and in the world.
And this is why it is so unpopular in the Churches and with so many Christians. They want a Christianity that is a mere mystery cult, since this will not challenge their lives or the secular humanist social order they have invested their lives in. But the Kingdom of God challenges this, it demands a new, a different social order, one structured by God’s law, one that is covenantally faithful.
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Dr. Schaeffer, who was one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the twentieth century, shows that secular humanism has displaced the Judeo-Christian consensus that once defined our nation’s moral boundaries. Law, education, and medicine have all been reshaped for the worse as a consequence. America’s dominant worldview changed, Schaeffer charges, when Christians weren’t looking.
Schaeffer lists two reasons for evangelical indifference: a false concept of spirituality and fear. He calls on believers to stand against the tyranny and moral chaos that come when humanism reigns-and warns that believers may, at some point, be forced to make the hard choice between obeying God or Caesar. A Christian Manifesto is a thought-provoking and bracing Christian analysis of American culture and the obligation Christians have to engage the culture with the claims of Christ.
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Is there a connection between pagan religion and the abortion industry?
This powerful presentation traces the biblical roots of child sacrifice and then delves into the social, political and cultural fall-out that this sin against God and crime against humanity has produced in our beleaguered society.
Conceived as a sequel and update to the 1988 classic, The Massacre of Innocence, the new title, The Abortion Matrix, is entirely fitting. It not only references abortion’s specific target – the sacred matrix where human beings are formed in the womb in the very image of God, but it also implies the existence of a conspiracy, a matrix of seemingly disparate forces that are driving this holocaust.
The occult activity surrounding the abortion industry is exposed with numerous examples. But are these just aberrations, bizarre yet anomalous examples of abortionists who just happen to have ties to modern day witchcraft? Or is this representative of something deeper, more sinister and even endemic to the entire abortion movement?
As the allusion to the film of over a decade ago suggests, the viewer may learn that things are not always as they appear to be. The Abortion Matrix reveals the reality of child-killing and strikes the proper moral chord to move hearts to fulfill the biblical responsibility to rescue those unjustly sentenced to death and to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 24:11,12; 31:8,9).
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“When the lives of the unborn are snuffed out, they often feel pain, pain that is long and agonizing.” – President Ronald Reagan to National Religious Broadcasters Convention, January 1981
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With “preaching to the lost” being such a basic foundation of Christianity, why do many in the church seem to be apathetic on this issue of preaching in highways and byways of towns and cities?
Is it biblical to stand in the public places of the world and proclaim the gospel, regardless if people want to hear it or not?
Does the Bible really call church pastors, leaders and evangelists to proclaim the gospel in the public square as part of obedience to the Great Commission, or is public preaching something that is outdated and not applicable for our day and age?
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