You have been told that the Army of God is a violent anti-abortion group which plots and carries out the murders of abortion doctors. You have been told how horribly lawless this is, since legal abortion is “the law of the land”.
For those of you who have tuned in to be shocked by strong anti-abortion rhetoric, be patient and you won’t be disappointed. You will find statements shortly that are perhaps stronger than have ever been made to date.
But for those of you who would like to really understand what the Army of God is, and why it is, I want to put those statements in the context of the rest of the story: the story news reporters will not tell you. In other words, the Truth.
I am a recruiter for the Army of God, a position to which Jesus calls all Christians when He says:
...The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Luke 10:2
I invite you to march into the Lord’s Harvest, armed with a sword of Truth so sharp that it exposes the lies which most threaten our nation and the souls of your loved ones. The lies, in other words, through which Satan has made the most progress.
You will be attacked, of course, by those who resent the intrusion of reality. The harder it is for them to refute your evidence, the more they will attack the more vulnerable target: you. Your human weaknesses. It is much easier to attack the imperfect human that you are, than the words of God which you say. The better you can document that what you are saying is true, the more ruthlessly they will attack you.
“Understanding your attackers: the fact that they defend comfortable lies doesn’t make them liars.”
“Liars” isn’t always the right name for those who suppress the Truth. It’s not that those who censor truth tell lies, particularly. It’s not that they know one thing, and tell you another. It’s more that they are determined not to know things that they consider “unthinkable”.
They don’t even feel much pressure to refute the proofs that they censor. Rather, they rely on society’s “gentleman’s agreement” to never repeat a serious challenge to mental habits upon which polite society relies. When some ignorant social outcast repeats them, like the little boy in Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Emperor’s Clothes”, society is horrified. That society-wide horror is all that is needed to suppress an unwelcome truth, without having to go to the bother of refuting it.
I want to explain what all this has to do with abortion, sodomy, Islam, God, psychology, church, etc., but first I will warn you that this is not about a problem with “the other guy”. I am talking about the nature of human consciousness. I am talking about a tendency against which our Sword of Truth must struggle, in you. And, theoretically, in me.
I need to give examples of suppression of reality or my theories will seem too abstract to apply to anything. But keep in mind this is not a complete list. These are only a few examples.
God. Why do Americans in this generation pretend we can’t know which religion is real, or which God, of all those portrayed by hundreds of religions, actually exists? Americans pretend we can’t know but are left to grope blindly. “Blind faith” is our alleged foundation. Not only are we incapable of knowing, but even if we could know, evidence is irrelevant, because religion is supposed to be a matter of faith, not of fact!
“Your religion may be right for you, but I have a right to my own religion.”
That is not the statement of someone within the reach of evidence or reason! That is the corollary of the quote on the old wall plaque: “Don’t confuse me with the facts. My mind is already made up.”
Certainly many religions can be believed only by blind faith, because there is no way to test them. They don’t make predictions specific enough that their accuracy can be later confirmed or refuted. They don’t make statements about nature unknowable by any human means when they were written but confirmed by scientists today. They don’t even describe real historical places which archeologists can dig up and confirm.
Not so with the Bible! Hundreds of scientists over the centuries have attempted to disprove some detail alleged in the Bible but have ended up proving it and becoming converted. Perhaps the most important fact alleged in the Bible is that Jesus rose from the dead, and we have more evidence that happened than necessary to meet the “beyond reasonable doubt” standard in a murder trial. My own review of that evidence is at Saltshaker.US, click on “Bible Studies”. Don’t mistake my mention of these kinds of evidence for the evidence itself, that God, as portrayed in the Bible, exists, rules, created, and judges. This is my complaint that this evidence interests few Americans today. Why?
Apparently because “all roads lead to Heaven” is such a comfortable mental habit that actual proof to the contrary, even more than mere allegations to the contrary, is “unthinkable”, and therefore irrelevant.
God’s complaint is not a dispute over evidence. God doesn’t resent an honest inquiry, but begs, “‘Come, let us reason together.’, saith the Lord.” Isaiah 1:18. The problem is when evidence is deemed irrelevant. The problem is when Americans don’t care whether the Bible is reliable – since whether it is or not, they still aren’t going to read it. The problem is when news reporters continually quote God’s critics, but never quote God, and Christian readers of that “news” love to have it so.
The consequence, of course, is a world and an eternity without the blessings God offers. A world about which God’s critics complain, “How could a God of Love allow so much evil in the world?”
Psychology. This is another example of suppression of reality, not because its presentation can be refuted, but because it is “unthinkable.”
It is unthinkable to take seriously the research of psychiatrists which shows their therapy doesn’t help people, even by their own standards, significantly more than it hurts them. It is unthinkable to ask why, with no more reliability than that, their testimony is relied on by courts to take children from parents and lock up adults. The Supreme Court, in a case redefining expert witnesses, said to qualify as an expert witness, one has to be a practitioner of a discipline that is scientific, which is measured by whether it is “falsifiable”. To define that term the Court referred to a book which uses psychotherapy as the strongest example of a discipline that is not “falsifiable” and therefore not scientific. C.G.Jung, the co-founder of psychology along with Freud, treated it as if it had more to do with religion than science.
Indeed it should be so classified, since it takes a position on at least seven areas fundamental to Christian faith, where it takes the opposite position.
Who can refute these facts? Few feel any pressure to even try. Yet the Christians I tell them to, who go to psychiatrists, are not annoyed that they are being scammed. They are annoyed at the intrusion of these facts into “their reality”.
Abortion. It is unthinkable to state what nobody can seriously refute: that the babies of humans are humans, which makes their killers “murderers”, which makes their enablers “accomplices to murder”, which makes a vote to protect and support abortionists a felony.
Furthermore, no prolifer will deny that an unborn baby is as fully human as an adult, and as equally protected by our Constitution’s “right to life”. (See “our posterity” in the preamble, and the opening of our Declaration; these rights are reaffirmed in the U.S. Code and in state constitutions.) But what prolife leader dares suggest publicly that whatever actions are justified to save the life of a threatened adult are justified to save the life of an unborn baby, knowing American law justifies killing a murderer when that is necessary to stop him from murdering?
Nobody can refute this logic, as confirmed by the fact that no one seriously tries even though Samsonian efforts are invested in condemning and censoring it.
The trouble is, we have a generation of Christians who are ashamed of their Bibles. Several verses identify the unborn as fully human, such as Psalm 139:13-16, or Luke 1:42 which says a baby six months in the womb has the spiritual capacity not only to recognize the voice of a righteous person, but to love righteousness so much that when he hears that voice he leaps for joy.
But when Christians who know these verses enter those forums where America decides whether to continue murdering millions with government help, they are too ashamed of these verses to explain publicly that these verses are the reason that persuaded them to take a position against the murders. I have news for Christians: the Word of God is a sharper sword than your own words.
And you should see Christians duck when I quote Proverbs 24:10-12, which tells what God thinks when we won’t rescue those being led away to slaughter! I point out that the scenario in the passage is government protected murder, since common criminals don’t have the power to conduct their crimes openly, where the public knows where and when they will happen.
Now I could understand if Christians would object that I misapply the passage in some way, and we could make that the focus of our discussion. But the majority response I get even from Christians is that the teaching of this verse is unthinkable, and it is therefore scandalous that I would quote it!
News reporters won’t tell you about the verses I quote. They won’t tell you that I even quote the Bible, much less that I quote Proverbs 24:10-12, much less what God says in that passage.
Reporters call a murderer of 60,000 a church going “doctor”, and someone like me who thinks that crime is serious enough to be stopped physically, they call a “fanatic”.
What happened? Everyone knows American law doesn’t call it a crime to stop a mass murderer, when adults are being killed. And an overwhelming majority of Americans have enough brains to recognize the baby of a human as a human, whether he is born or unborn. The defenses in American law, which I was able by God’s Grace to insert into the record of the Scott Roeder trial and appeal, are valid. But news reporters won’t tell you the defenses. Only rarely do they even drop the phrase “necessity defense”, and then without explaining how basic it is to American law, or how it works.
Everyone knows the Constitution does not protect anyone’s right to murder 60,000 Americans for a salary huge enough to buy prosecutors and governors, like George Tiller was allowed to do.
News reporters won’t tell you what I report about American law. They won’t explain how I refute the absurd reasoning of courts for ignoring the defense. They certainly won’t tell you that since 2004 my focus has not even been on the Necessity Defense, but on 18 USC 1841(d) which declares precisely what Roe said must be said for legal abortion to end.
So if news reporters won’t tell you my legal arguments, or my Scriptural arguments, what does that leave for them to say about me? Why, they will say that I, personally, “support shooting doctors”!!
Let me assure you, my message has never been that I, personally, support shooting anyone! I seldom even think about it. But at those four times when a prolifer actually did kill an abortionist, my interest was in doing whatever I could to use the case to place arguments before courts that would force them to acknowledge the utter illegality and unconstitutionality of abortion.
Of course, getting those arguments before courts requires that the public understand that under American law, abortion is actually illegal and unconstitutional, and physically preventing it is justified by established American legal defenses. And, of course, that knowledge, along with the goal of actually ending abortion legally, is more hated by news reporters than actually killing abortionists.
And even if my goal were more dead abortionists, I think news reporters know, even if they won’t admit it, that that would be hardly news, since millions of Americans are happier that abortionists died, than they are disturbed at how they died.
What is news enough to be reported as news, are what American law, and the Bible, say about stopping mass murderers. But reporters will never tell you what God says. God is utterly censored by news reporters, unless you count their rare one sided Bible study glorifying sodomy, or their occasional Christmas series which doesn’t actually quote the Bible, by some professor explaining how Jesus wasn’t actually born.
To report someone's controversial conclusions, without reporting his reasoning or evidence for them, or that he even has any reasoning or evidence, is to paint him "fanatic".
We live in a generation of churches which tells you not to pick up your Sword where Satan is attacking, because that is “politics”; you should only pick up your sword once a week, with the pastor there to tell you which verses are important. And judging by how often verses like Luke 1:42 get mentioned in sermons – once a year if your pastor is a real activist – abortion is not very important! And don’t expect to ever hear Proverbs 24:10-12 quoted in a sermon in connection with abortion!
Abortion isn’t the only battle. The Devil is in the details, and there are millions of American laws which are of the Devil, which ought to be preached against, and which Christians should organize to effectively oppose and repeal. I mention abortion a lot because it is the battle where the lies are the most obvious. When a news reporter can speak respectfully of a murderer, and contemptuously of his opponent, with a straight face, that tells you how far down the toilet truth and common sense have been flushed.
When Christians will patronize news reporters that out of touch with reality, and will decline to start their own news services in their churches because that is “politics”, that is a measure of Christian unwillingness to confront Satan. When a pastor can tell a Christian, who is moved by the pastor’s biennial prolife sermon, not to put feet to his message on church premises because that is “politics”, that is a measure of how much the Gospel has been marginalized even by Christians.
The consequences of this denial: Christians murdering their own babies at almost the same rate as non-Christians, an economy on the edge of collapse from too many old people supported by too few young workers, and the innocent blood of hundreds of millions around the globe.
Immigration. (This is one for my fellow conservative Bible believing Christians who want to reduce legal immigration even lower than today’s quotas:) if Jesus wasn’t lying in Luke 6:38, when He said life does to us what we do to others, how can we possibly expect our own economic opportunities to not be restricted to the precise extent we restrict the economic opportunities of immigrants?
If Christians aren’t ready to believe Jesus, why aren’t they ready to believe the great majority of economists who agree with God that the more legal immigration we allow, the greater our economy will grow, and the better jobs there will be for citizens?
Do you think when Jesus made our willingness to “take in the stranger” His measure of our fitness for Heaven, in Matthew 25:39-46, that He meant we should only take in 1% of those begging to come in and work hard for us?
If the Mark of the Beast in Revelation 13 is the only sin specified in the Bible of which God says every person who takes it will go to Hell, how shall Christians escape who vote to fast-track Mark of the Beast databases and technology, in order to keep from “taking in” those whom Jesus says we must?
I cannot find anyone trying to refute these truths. But I can’t find anyone proclaiming them, either. And when I show them to fellow Christians, the response ranges from bemusement to fury. What I haven’t stirred, that I can tell, is an urgency about studying the facts to see if they are true, as a prelude to sharing the warnings of God and of economists.
Politics is a whole new level of the policy of staying out of touch with reality, deliberately. In Politics, you can present your evidence to someone and he will agree with you but will say “but you can’t say that in politics; that is ‘politically unrealistic’. You will lose all your credibility and won’t be able to accomplish anything, if you talk like that.” So in politics, one makes a calculation about how much reality 50% of voters will dare to acknowledge, and then participates in lying about the rest.
What a system! It is impossible to be sure what anyone actually believes! All you know from their public words is how dumb they calculate everyone else is! For all you can tell, they might actually all agree with each other but be terrified of finding out the hard way (by being honest)!
Come to think of it, maybe that isn’t different from human relationships in business, church, and family. Except that in politics, the deception is in the open, through the term “politically realistic”, which by definition is distinguished from “realistic”, which makes it out of touch with reality.
Misc. If these truths, about matters where right and wrong can be understood by anybody, cannot stir in people an urgency to study, pray, and act together, how will more abstract matters unite Americans in saving themselves? Things like national debts, deficits, waste, and the lies which politicians tell which could easily be exposed by comparing their recent statements with older statements if people cared enough?
“Church”. Debate about Catholicism vs. Protestantism vs. Mormons, vs. Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc. seems much less important to me than the errors into which all of these have fallen, to the extent they are all leaving our nation and the world virtually salt and light free, inviting the Last Days.
By comparison, the debates that divide Christians into competing denominations seem to me as much a distraction from anything important as when the priests of Constantinople, as the city was surrounded by Moslems, debated how many angels could dance on the head of a pin.
Although I should mention that Jehovan’s Witnesses make it a fundamental of their faith to keep their salt and light out of any part of our culture that can be called “politics”, and that doctrine appears to have spread to other churches from them. If Satan embedded that doctrine in the Jehovah’s Witnesses just so it could spread from there, it was a brilliant move.
God designed His Church to be a “Partnership Machine”, not some lecture series where everyone goes to the stadium and the teams sit in the bleachers and watch the coaches play each other. God did not design Church to be a theological dictatorship where laymen just learn to repeat the truths the pastors tells them. God designed Church to be a Think Tank.
No, not just a place where people think. But an Army. An Army of God. A Partnership Machine that marches against enemies. Not necessarily enemies of flesh and blood although sometimes physical action is necessary to rescue the physically perishing, but primarily enemies of willful ignorance.
God promises that in a multitude of counsellors – that is, people with the freedom of speech to advise and sharpen each other, debating their way to consensus – that purposes are established. Proverbs 15:22. The Bible makes salt and light ministry a job not just for clergy, but for everyone, working together, discussing together, debating, agreeing, cooperating, succeeding. Like the members of a body. It is not just unBiblical, but unreasonable, to imagine that a church using only 1% of its brainpower, such as where there are 100 members but only one is allowed to speak to everybody, can accomplish more than 1% of what it could if it obeyed God.
“The Gospel” has come to mean whatever snippets of the Bible you can fit in a Romans Road tract, and not the whole rest of the Bible. Funny, since Romans 10:16 says it includes the preaching of Isaiah. Galatians 3:8 says it includes one of God’s promises to Abraham. 1 Thessalonians 1:5 says the Gospel is not just words, but is power. Matthew 26:13 said if “the Gospel” is not presented comprehensively enough to include the story of the woman pouring alabaster over His head, it isn’t “the Gospel”.
The whole purpose of “The Gospel” has become assumed to meet the minimum requirements for Heaven, and not to come to the aid of Satan’s innocent victims on Earth. Matthew 25:39-46 makes our physical relief of Satan’s victims the test of whether we may enter Heaven, but those verses aren’t included in “Romans Road” tracts.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 lists four things we must do in order to get government off Christian backs. At least three on the list mean, in Greek, interaction with those rulers for whom we are supposed to pray. Today we call it “lobbying”. Yet churches today read the four things as to pray, pray, pray, pray, and certainly not to ever talk to political leaders, which would be “getting involved in politics”!!
Paul was excited that the Gospel was “furthered” by its witness in Caesar’s palace, Philippians 1:12-13, but today American pastors are proud when they can keep from “associating” with anything that “controversial”.
So what about verses against sins which today’s governments promote? Are those verses part of “the Gospel”?
Well, talking about them would be pretty “controversial”, because that is “getting involved in politics”.
Certainly no church should allow discussions of how the Bible applies to political issues and how members might work together to shine God’s light in those forums where Americans decide whether our laws should be patterned after the principles of Heaven or of Hell. Certainly that is no place for any church to spread “salt and light”.
That kind of discussion and strategizing would fit naturally as part of a model worship service as Paul described it in 1 Corinthians 14, which has more detail than anywhere else in the Bible about the format of a worship service. Seven verses, in that chapter, describe the defining feature of the service as for “all” to interact verbally. My documentary at www.1620.US shows how the Pilgrims included those verses in their catechism and patterned their afternoon services after them, and that was the origin of the Freedoms we take for granted today: Freedom of Speech even to criticize those in authority, Freedom of Religion to respectfully disagree about matters of faith without penalty, and a vote for every man and for every female head of household.
But over the centuries that robust interaction, and that access that every member had, to propose any idea or correct any error, gradually slipped out of America’s churches and settled in America’s legislatures. Today, instead of all that discussion and strategizing in church, only one man – the pastor – is allowed to express his opinions of such things to the whole body. And no one is allowed to interact with him for any reason: not to question, not to clarify, and certainly not to criticize.
We call it a “sermon”: a word not found in the Bible, to describe a practice not found in the Bible. Nor does the word “preach” describe such a practice. Greeks described by that word were usually representatives of kings sent to remote areas to get people to agree to do certain things the king wanted. They used more than just fear of the king: they also used debate, reasoning, and persuasion. That, therefore, is what the word “preach” signifies. Similarly, Acts reports that Paul “reasoned” with people, and the same Greek word describes his “preaching” in Troas.
This ridiculously brief summary of this issue is backed up by several Bible studies at www.Saltshaker.US.
Of course no one can be blamed for ignoring this undersanding of these verses, who has never heard it. But I have shown these passages to hundreds of pastors, besides laymen, and the “unthinkability” of these verses is evident from the responses I get from those who agree with me about what the verses say to do, but who will still not do them.
“You are asking me to share MY pulpit?” one pastor asked, as if confused about Who owns the pulpit. “My sheep are my responsibility”, said another, as if confused of whose sheep she was given charge, and as if the directions of the Chief Shepherd are not practical. “My congregation would never allow it”, pleaded one. “The church board has to approve”, said another. (They didn’t, so the pastor didn’t either.) “We get enough of God’s blessing without that change.” (Almost all sin is a matter of willingness to accept some of God’s blessings, ie. Matthew 5:45, but refusal to accept more by obeying more.)
The consequence, of course, is much needless suffering by innocent people whom united Christians could have helped, and many souls bound for Hell, including many of those in denial of God’s Truth.
As I said, those were examples of an “unthinkability factor” that exists in all human consciousness. These are examples of where innocent people suffer because those in a position to save them are made too unthinkably uncomfortable by the reality of their suffering. So that is a portion of reality that must be denied, at all costs. Certain parts of reality are too much of a challenge to our comfortable habits to process. We don’t believe Jesus’ promise that these “mountains” are within our power to pull down, so it seems fruitless to even think about them.
When evidence is irrefutable, those whose happiness depends on staying out of touch with reality must attack the easier target: your human weaknesses. It is much easier to attack the imperfect human that you are, than the words of God which you say.
The wiser your presentation, the more thorough your research, and the more directly you strike at the heart of Satan’s most successful lies in our culture, the bigger target you make of yourself. But it is these truths, the unthinkable ones, the ones most unacceptable to our culture, the ones most costly to proclaim, that will bring in the harvest you pray for.
Well, at least your Christian friends will all to be grateful for your work alongside God to answer your prayers for our nation, right?
Aren’t the lies through which Satan has made the most progress, by definition, the lies which the most Christians also believe – lies that have become familiar, comfortable habits, customs, and traditions? Who is going to thank you for proving that some of their most beloved, core beliefs are wrong, if not evil?
Expect your Christian friends to be slow to understand your exposure of them. Expect them to resent you disturbing their familiar traditions and customs, rocking the boat, and drawing Satan’s fire not only to you but to those near you.
The consequences of ignorance are not bliss, but ignorance is. Don’t expect human beings to appreciate being shaken out of their bliss. Look to any child before you think it is human nature to appreciate a loving adult shaking you out of your comfort zone to prepare for the intrusion of reality which will be more severe the longer it is ignored.
Here is a paradox. Most Christians want to draw near God. They want to go to Heaven. They read books, observe rituals, and attend worship services that promise to draw them nearer to God. They kneel. They raise their hands. They pray. They wonder if God really does answer prayers, do miracles, and speak clearly and directly to a few people, as some claim. They long for that special relationship with God if it is real.
Yet only 61% of Evangelical, Bible believing Christians have even read the Bible all the way through, once. (Along with 18% of people of other faiths and 9% of people with no faith.) What will happen if one of the requirements of Heaven is that you have to read five chapters of the Bible every day? How many Christians will pack up and leave? Or what if God starts speaking directly to Christians but He sounds just like the Bible? How many will decide they don’t really want to draw nearer to God, if God is just going to start TALKING?
And of those who have read the whole Bible, how many are yearning to pick up that mighty sword, and let its light shine on all sin, even sins which Christian voters authorize government to protect, and even the sins in themselves?
I invite you to join the Army of God. I encourage you to help God shine salt on all sins.
I invite you also to join me as a recruiter for the Army of God. Look around you and see Christians with their Bibles safely waiting for them on their pews. Encourage them to pick them up as you do and march against Satan where he has been most successful, including in the cultural and political forums where our nation decides whether to fashion its policies after the principles of Heaven or of Hell, and in churches where you have been told that is so unimportant, because that is somehow not part of “the Gospel” (according to a Romans Road tract), that Christians should be free to vote the same way the Devil votes, without fear of the Light.
I invite you to challenge people to become better than they think it is necessary to become. I invite you to reveal Truths so startling that they are unthinkable. So unthinkable, that it is irrelevant whether they are true. So threatening, that the more evidence you present that you are right, the more society will fight to sideline you.
To look at this harmless looking little book with “Holy Bible” stamped on the front, you wouldn’t expect it to be capable of all that much. You wouldn’t think it could actually melt a hard heart, or give courage to a fearful Christian. But God promises success. No other religion promises success. Not like Christianity does, which says you can succeed even at moving mountains!
Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Truth sharp enough to save souls and save our nation is very costly.
It is very costly to acquire. It requires study, prayer, time, and courage. You will need to double check what you discover with experts, some of whom will ridicule you for even wondering about such unthinkable possibilities.
Truth isn’t something you can just read a page of and think you have enough. You need to research. You need to double check your facts. Like Jesus at age 12, as described in Luke 2:45-47, you need to seek out the world’s experts on the facts you want to expose, and test what you know by them.
Luke 2:45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. 46 [Jesus’ parents] found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. 47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
You need to match wits with them.
Proverbs 4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. 6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. 7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
Proverbs 1:20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: 21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, 22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? 23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. 24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; 25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. 28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: 29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: 30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. 31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. 32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. 33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
You need to search out the world’s most eloquent arguments against the truths you are moved to share, and be able to answer them.
1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
And even after all that, you need to always remain watchful for any errors in your understanding, and grateful to anyone, friendly or unfriendly, a scholar or a dropout, who is willing to show them to you.
Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
Proverbs 9:8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. 9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
It is costly to give the gift of truth. It is costly to show people reality so much more clearly than they have seen it, that they find it unthinkably contrary to everything their society stands for. Some accusations are so serious that it is irrelevant whether they are true. You earn the label “fanatic” in proportion to how much “unthinkable” reality you dare to acknowledge. Your critics don’t even try to refute your evidence, because it doesn’t matter. Reality is irrelevant that doesn’t fit Satan’s most entrenched lies because it isn’t politically realistic.
But that is exactly the level of truth you must master, and that you must share, if you want to defeat Satan where he has made the most progress.
Martin Luther said:
"If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Wherever the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved and to be steady on all the battlefield besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that one point." ~ Martin Luther
For any Christian, and for any American, evidence that a message is true ought to be a defense against the charge that it is unthinkable.
But we are living in a generation of Christians and of Americans who think if something is unthinkable, it is irrelevant whether it is true. Like the judge actually said in the John Peter Zenger trial in 1735, if criticism is true, publishing it is an even greater crime, because it hurts all the more.
In 1735, the jury decided an American newspaper had a right to print the truth no matter how much the truth hurt the governor’s feelings, and Freedom of Press was reborn, and no American court since has prosecuted any American newspaper for printing the truth, no matter who it hurt.
The judge wouldn’t allow evidence of whether the insults to the royal governor were true, because he said whether they were true was irrelevant. The defense said whether the statements were true was very relevant, but because the evidence was censored, the jury could consider that “suppression of the evidence ought always to be taken as the strongest possible evidence”.
But today, people who state the truth, depending on who it hurts, are prosecuted and convicted in the Court of Public Opinion, and newspapers are the chief prosecutors and judges.
And the very people who are convicted in this way, who understand what news reporters did to them and how they did it, continue buying, reading, and quoting those very same newspapers, patronizing their advertisers, actually buying ads, and keeping them in business. Christian churches in general understand what enemies of God control those news sources, but they will not develop their own more reliable news networks even though they could easily do so. Because if churches permitted updates about government and community promotion of the sins identified in their sermons, someone would accuse the church of “getting involved in politics”. God must be barred from politics. If Caesar claims what is God’s, God must step back.
The less Truth there is in a land, the more starved a few become for Truth, as desperately as if they were deprived of air.
This army is indeed engaged in a war of good vs evil. Jesus didn’t promise that the work would be safe for your money, your honor, or your life in this world. But if a reason to live matters to you, or life that does not end, or the love of God, this harvest is the safest place for you.
I am inviting you to a war of good against evil, using a weapon that will hurt you more than it hurts anybody else: Truth.
I invite you because a few will accept the blessing you offer. A few people are as desperate without truth as they are without air. Lives will be saved. Souls will be saved. Perhaps our nation will be saved.
That is, if the Sword you pick up is not just some already widely understood and supported truth but is the Whole Truth, and nothing but the truth, The Truth most needed. The unthinkable truths. The truths that expose the entrenched, government-promoted, schoolhouse-taught, newspaper-published lies strangling souls and our nation, and if you determine not to lay it down when it turns around and challenges yourself, or costs you everything.
Truths gripped that tightly cannot long be censored by any tyrant; even by the Devil himself.