Sunday, August 21, 2005

My Brother's Keeper

by Hugh Lipsius

“If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.” I John 5: 16, 17.

I cannot sit by idly, praying in the face of deadly sin. This is not a time to pray but a time to speak.

To everything there is a purpose under heaven……A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak. Ecclesiastes 3: 1, 7

Therefore, the prudent keep silent at that time,
For it is an evil time.
Seek good and not evil,That you may live;
So the LORD God of hosts will be with you,
As you have spoken. Amos 5: 13, 14

"Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them. There is almost no kind of outrage-----torture, imprisonment without trial, assassination, the bombing of civilians-----which does not change its moral color when it is committed by 'our' side. The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.”: George Orwell

“Thou shalt not kill.”

There are no exceptions to this rule.

“If any man sheds mans blood, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God He made man.”

These words were spoken by the Almighty and were said by Him after the fall of man in Eden. They were spoken as a rebuke to all mankind…not just Americans, or Arabs, or Jews…but all mankind.

God is not a respecter of persons. These words were intended to address the violence and corruption in the world, both before the Great Flood in the days of Noah and after , even to this day. It is an immutable commandment with no exceptions given. Those who shed blood are they that reject Christ and the way in which He taught us. Christ shed His blood so that no other blood need be shed…nor is worthy to be for the purpose it was anointed. And any man that does not speak out for that truth is just as guilty of that shed blood as though he had shed it himself. Christ did not set us at liberty through the shedding of His blood so that we would kill each other in order to hold onto it…it is only the greed for gain that man kills for.

“For what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?
Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Mark 8: 36, 37.

He will guard the feet of His saints,
But the wicked shall be silent in darkness. I Samuel 2:9

Can you kill someone then, as God often commanded His people to do, without shedding blood?

Yes, by making them aware of their sins, they become dead in their sins…shame leaves us empty inside… dead and in need of God for salvation by the shed blood of Jesus Christ , who is life.

Where then is the manifestation of the conscious bearing thoughts, the plea stricken voice of those who have taken up God’s cause? Thou shalt not take (in relationship to oneself) the Lord thy God’s name (character) in vain (without taking up His cause).

Shame on us! Not all who call themselves Christian are Christian... because a tree is not known by its name, but rather by the fruit that it bears. If it calls itself a truth tree but only bears lies...then it is a lieing tree. If it calls itself righteous, but only bears unrighteous is an unrighteous tree...and all unrighteousness is sin.

That my God is the author of diversity is true. All of nature testifies of it. But do the clouds fight to remain united with the sky? Does the earth do battle with the tree that’s planted in it? Does the dry land wage war against the roar of the sea? No, they yield to one another.

Even now all created things declare the glory of His excellence. There is nothing, except the selfish heart of man that lives unto itself. No bird that cleaves the air, no animal that walks upon the ground, but ministers to some other life. There is no leaf of the forest, or lowly blade of grass, but that has its ministry. Every tree and shrub and leaf pours forth that element without which no man nor animal could live; and man and animal, in turn, minister to the life of tree and shrub and leaf. The flowers breathe fragrance and unfold their beauty in blessing to the world. The sun sheds its light to gladden a thousand worlds. The ocean, itself the source of all our springs and fountains, receives the streams from every land, but takes to give. The mists ascending from its bosom fall in showers to water the earth, that it may bring forth and bud: Ellen White, “The Desire of ages.” 1899

Only man, with his so called intellect, prudence, and wisdom puts his ideals and desires and need to survive above all else in creation, including and especially each other, forgetting that death is only the passageway to life. Every seed must fall from the tree, or plant or fruit, lay in the ground for a season as though dead before springing to life. If the seed fell on good ground, then it will bear much life...if not...then it will die before it bears more seed.

“For whosoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whosoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.” Mark 8:35

Only man lives like this…carving up the earth…destroying it in the name of progress…killing for what neither belongs to him, nor , at times does he even need…yet he claims these things for himself, while at the same time claiming to be “under God” who is the Creator and Possessor of all. He adds to this a lofty cause or ideal that stirs up the hearts of other men to do his dirty work, while he himself has no heart of his own. In his selfishness, his desire, his doubt, and his fear, he has become an instrument of Satan in order to do the works of the devil.

Sitting far from the battlefield, these are men who cannot create one blade of grass, or any other living thing for that matter, but in all they create, death and destruction follows in his path. Dead works in which there is no life…dead works in which life is destroyed in order to create them and feed his lusts wearing out the earth like an old cloth. This kind of plant cannot sustain itself willo eventually die before it can produce any seed.

Then, what is the heart of man?

That all men (and women) are created equal is true, but that does not mean that all men are created identical. That equal means identical is a lie. Compliance with the laws and adventures of man and his rulers, when it knowingly goes against the laws of God is nothing short of taking the mark of the beast that pursues the injustices of a worldly kingdom.

When God created Eve, he created a partner for Adam equal to himself…Two diverse individuals, yet equally sharing God’s love in which they were created. It is God’s love that made them equal...not that each were identically the same.

For some men to impose their identical ideals, thoughts, visions, dreams and ambitions on anyone…or any nation…by coercion, intimidation, force, or fear, or even through the enactment of laws of any kind is an attempt to lord these same things over men in an effort to compel others to become identical to them; to usurp Gods love as instruments of Satan, begetting instruments of Satan through the introduction of lies that create doubt and fear, which are the true causes of violence and corruption.

The highest form of worship is to imitate the one who is worshipped...whether it be governments, powers, or principalities...apart from God and His ways, it is the worship of the devil.Eve offering Adam the same fruit in which she ate, and Adam accepting it, knowing full well that it was not what God desired. It is an attempt to defy Christ’s words when He said… “In My Fathers house there are many mansions,” or the words of Paul… “There are diversities of ministries…but the same Lord”… “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit”… “And there are diversities of activities; but it is the same God who works all in all.” Or even that God made some to be honored and some to be dishonored…so who are we to say “why have you made me this way.” He made some to laugh and some to cry…some to be rich and some to be poor…some to lead and some to follow…some to sow and some to reap.

If these ideals, these causes, these visions are equal to those of God, then we are reflecting His image and doing what is according to His Word and according to His will. But these manufactured causes are often not in equality with God’s. They are only disguised as though they were. The very loftiness and ambition of their nature testifies where they are from. They test the true nature of men just as surely as Satan tempted Christ in the wilderness “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.”

These causes are not for the purpose of teaching the voluntary act of love…but are for the oppression of other men through the deceit of a manufactured cause and for the sake of gain for a few. There is really nothing to rule and lord over in this world except for other men who are all created equal.It is usually propagated by lies, disguised as truth, to create a fear making wars that only shift power from the hands of a select to the hands of a different select; whoever creates a better cause worth fighting for. What is worse is that the men who pursue these lies believe them, preferring to believe they are more noble, worthy and good and that their intentions, visions, ambitions, ideals, and goals are what is best for the human race. If that were so, then what do they fear, and why do they try to deceive except in an effort to protect thei lofty place.Only God is good. Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: “That You may be justified in Your words, and may overcome when You are judged.” Romans 3:4What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jewes and Greeks that they are all under sin. As it is written: "There are none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There are none who does good, no, not one."Their throat is an open tomb (grave); With their tongue they have practiced deceit; The poison of asps is under their lips; Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways; And the way of peace they have not known. Their is no fear of God before their eyes." Romans 3: 11-18.Fear is a powerful and dangerous force. Men who create fear through lies are the same ones who use liberty as a cloak for covetousness. The soldier on the battle field gains nothing except to win or loose with his blood the cause he was sold. But when it’s over all will suffer except those who have gained the most power with the money or blood they used to buy it, or the cause they gathered men around. Over time even those causes fought for may, or will soon die or be killed. In the end all will have to give an account.

The founding fathers of this nation…America…The United States…are rolling over in their graves while the elitist few have their way. Their evilness disguised as good intentions have led this nation down its path to ruin.

If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest: -Thomas Jefferson

How you can win the population for war: At first, the statesman will invent cheap lying, that impute the guilt of the attacked nation, and each person will be happy over this deceit that calm the conscience. It will study it detailed and refuse to test arguments of the other opinion. So he will convince step for step even there from that the war is just and thank God, that he, after this process of grotesque even deceit, can sleep better: Mark Twain

“One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” This is our pledge that we attempt to fulfill while the leaders of the so called free world enrich themselves on it by heaping its rewards to themselves through their conquests.

This is the pledge of the people, and yet, their government, which is by the people, for the people, and of the people, are not under GOD. They have not placed themselves under His authority voluntarily but rather have seperated themselves from what the Christian majority have come to believe is the body of their GOD...the Church with Christ as its head.

How can this be. How can the American people...or at least the believing public allow themselves to be ruled by two heads...or rather, ruled by a head that has become severed from their body.

Perhaps you are saying to yourself, " I am not ruled by any man...but that Christ is your only ruler." You deceive yourself!!! You have voted for, you support with taxes, and you succumb to the decisions made by an entity that has seperated itself from you and all members as the body of Christ.

But that should not keep us from fulfilling the pledge you have made..."One nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all." Even if that means going up against that seperate entity who has deceived the people into thinking they work for their good as if they were GOD.

Though we are one nation, and claim in our pledge to be indivisible, our leaders have divided us in an effort to subjugate us to their agenda of power and greed.

Class against class, educated against labor, black against white,Christian against Christian, strong against weak, citizen against stranger, party against party and cause agaist cause...This is in essence, shoving our own pledge in our own faces so that some may benefit while lives and love are torn apart. It has been the way of some men throughout the history of man to divide, without ever learning a thing; because “We the People” insist on putting our decisions in the hands of anybody other than ourselves. By doing this, it gives us someone to blame, and as long as we are willing to pay someone to blame, we give them free reign to do as they please…as long as you or I don’t have to take responsibility and can hold others responsible in the end. But we all share in the blame. Everyone who keeps silent, allowing it to continue while their conscience says it is wrong shares in the blame. And then we will cover our mouths and say, “How did things get this way?” Yet if we followed the golden rule to love one another as Christ loved us, with truth spoken, then all should be as concerned for his or her neighbors salvation as much as they are for their own. Love thy neighbor as thyself.

War is not the price for peace. “One” has already shed the blood for our peace with God, for which no other blood needs to be shed, nor is worthy to be, “once and for all.” And without peace with God, there will never be peace on this earth. “One” has already set men at liberty through the forgiveness of sin. Upon His cross he said, “It is finished.” But those who create the visions, the dreams, the causes, the ideals, by which they hope to rule over what God has already set free, are usurpers to the forgiveness which God has designed that all mankind should benefit from, selling a false doctrine of worldly peace that excludes the God of our fathers and makes for themselves the title of “god, lord, ruler,” by the destruction of their wars. This is Baal, and all that worship this falsehood worship a false god, a false prophet. These men tally up the cost for their peace in human lives lost and blood shed to consolidate or transfer the power that they crave with greed, flown in on the wings of a worldly vision and then sold to the masses who then buy it with their blood, or the blood of their neighbor.

One day, a final battle will be fought; one that will so sicken men by its brutality, that the smell will be fixed in his soul forever, an odor no mans lust can erase; or that any man’s cause or vision or ideal or difference can ever bring him to lift up his hand in anger or vengeance or hatred against his fellow human, his neighbor, his brother, ever again. This olfactory smell can only bring to recall an agony so sharp, an inherited piercing of the soul so deep, that it can never, ever again be ignored because of the words of men or the thoughts of self. It will be a remembrance that is so deep in the earth and in our thoughts that it will make a soul cringe at the very thought of ever taking another life rather than forgiving it, or of ever lifting a hand up in anger against its neighbor, friend, or brother from this race we call humanity. It will cry out from the very ground we stand on; the very ground that has soaked up the blood from countless lives in days gone by of endless wars, forgiven, but not forgotten; from the multitude of kindred souls crying up, “never again. It is finished. It is enough.”

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the LORD. Now we know that whatever the law says, it is written to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore, by the deeds of the law no flesh shall be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Romans 3:19,20.

America has no mandate by God to judge or condemn the way of life of any other nation. What intentions its administrators have is nothing short of imposing a way of life that is foreign to that nation and to which God intends... and then lording over it with its laws.


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