But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
Well, we have great churches and we have beautiful sanctuaries and we join in the chorus, “We have need of nothing.” But there is every indication that we are in need of worshipers.
We have a lot of men willing to sit on our church boards who have no desire for spiritual joy and radiance and who never show up for the church prayer meeting. These are the men who often make the decisions about the church budget and the church expenses and where the frills will go in the new edifice….
It seems to me that it has always been a frightful incongruity that men who do not pray and do not worship are nevertheless actually running many of the churches and ultimately determining the direction they will take.
It hits very close to our own situations, perhaps, but we should confess that in many “good” churches, we let the women do the praying and let the men do the voting.
Because we are not truly worshipers, we spend a lot of time in the churches just spinning wheels, burning the gasoline, making a noise but not getting anywhere. WHT016-017
Lord, give us men who are willing to lead in the Church, in prayer and in true worship, of which You are so deserving. Amen. 
Is it merely coincidence that Europe is about to be invaded by a huge caravan of illegal immigrants? The only difference between this and the caravan demanding entrance into the U.S. is that Europe’s immigrants are all Muslim.
And now it is being reported that nearly every one of these so-called refugees is armed with knives.
The Lies of Emanuel Macron
During the celebration of the end of WWI which was held in France, Macron delivered a verbal lashing to leaders of countries who are nationalists or populists. The French leader declared that nationalism is the opposite of patriotism.
It was obvious to all who attended that Macron was pointing his finger at President Trump.
“The old demons are rising again, ready to complete their task of chaos and of death,” Macron said.
“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism,” he said…
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Is hell the absence of God? Or are those in hell aware of God’s presence—and wrath? In this Q&A video from our 2016 National Conference, Albert Mohler and William VanDoodewaard consider what makes hell hellish.
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(Natural News) The big news last week following the 2018 midterm elections wasn’t about a migrant caravan heading through Mexico, the horrific shooting at a California bar, or even POTUS Donald Trump’s fantastic economy.
It was about how Democrats, once again, launched efforts in at least two states and perhaps has many as four to steal victories away from Republican Senate candidates.
Though polls closed Tuesday evening in Florida, more than 40 hours later — past the legal time limit, per state election law — somehow election officials in two Democrat-heavy counties, Broward and Palm Beach, “found” tens of thousands of ballots that Leftie lawyers are now demanding be counted.
One of the election officials, supervisor Brenda Snipes, has been in legal trouble before regarding elections. As the Washington Examiner reports:
Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was staving off a primary challenger Tim Canova when his campaign noticed certain irregularities in the way paper ballots were being counted. An ugly court battle and two years later, a judge ruled that the Broward elections supervisor had illegally destroyed ballots in the race.
The supervisor’s name? Brenda Snipes, who claimed that the trashing of the ballots was just a “mistake.”
Right. Just like it was a “mistake” that boatloads of ballots had ‘gone missing’ only to be miraculously discovered outside of the turn-in deadline and after it became apparent that GOP gubernatorial candidate Rep. Ron DeSantis and Republican governor and Senate candidate Rick Scott both beat their Democratic challengers. And wouldn’t you know it, now that counting those ballots has begun, their leads are being cut by the day. (Related: Report: Rick Scott ORDERS State Police to seize all Broward, Palm Beach ballots.)
Here’s a prediction: The counting will stop once these corrupt officials ‘find’ enough ballots to push Democrats to victory.
Meanwhile in Arizona, on election night GOP Senate contender and U.S. Rep. Martha McSally had bested her Democratic rival, U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema by a slim, but clear margin. By Friday, however, due to ‘found’ ballots, Sinema had taken the lead while ‘counting continued.’
The really tight races, Jim Hoft of The Gateway Pundit notes, always seem to go to Democrats and after ballots mysteriously appear out of thin air:
In one recent election, Philadelphia had more votes that electors in a district. In Detroit in 2016 some votes were so over stated in the inner city they could not be recounted which meant the original and fraudulent vote totals were used. God only knows what goes on in big cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis and more. These are the only strongholds for Democrats. Are they all fraudulent?
As soon as Democrats sent their best Election stealing lawyer, Marc Elias, to Broward County they miraculously started finding Democrat votes. Don’t worry, Florida – I am sending much better lawyers to expose the FRAUD!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2018
David Haranyi, senior editor at The Federalist, notes that Democrats are increasingly pushing for so-called “direct democracy” — that is, all candidates including those for federal offices and the presidency — should be elected by majorities, not via the constitutional electoral system our founders gave us. He writes:
Take Vox’s Ezra Klein, a longtime champion of direct democracy: “I don’t think people are ready for the crisis that will follow if Democrats win the House popular vote but not the majority,” he tweeted before the midterms. “After Kavanaugh, Trump, Garland, Citizens United, Bush v. Gore, etc, the party is on the edge of losing faith in the system (and reasonably so).”
If you’ve ever read the entire Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, you know the word “democracy” does not appear in either document. That’s because America is not a democracy, we live in a republic.
“The only reason these folks who claim to want to save Constitution from Trump see crisis in the system is that it fails to deliver for them politically. They’re not losing faith in the system. They just don’t like the system,” Harsanyi notes.
While Democrats work to undermine our faith in our election systems, they are simultaneously working to demolish it altogether and replace it with a system they can more easily manipulate.
Conservatives need to wake up and realize what’s going on so they can stop it.
Read more about how the Left engages in vote fraud at VoteFraud.news.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither;and in whatever he does, he prospers.
Psalm 1:3, nasb
Many people in society want to live a more stable life. To those who are filled with anxiety and unable to cope with their circumstances, the world offers a myriad of solutions that don’t work.
Unfortunately, many churches have followed the world in believing that man can only solve his problems through secular psychology—a product that can’t live up to its promises.
Where can you find stability? The answer is in Psalm 1. It begins, “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners!” (v. 1, nasb) and ends, “Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment…. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish” (vv. 5–6).
The person who walks with God knows stability, but the one who rejects Him flounders in meaningless existence. Which would you rather be?
Many years ago, when my wife Jeana was diagnosed with cancer, it was a wake-up call for us. At that time we had two young boys, a large and growing church, and a great life. But when cancer struck my 35-year-old wife and led to surgeries, ruthless chemotherapy treatments, and additional radiation treatments, our lives turned upside down.
This crisis did not drive us away from God but to God. It changed both of us and shaped our life together.
On the overcast morning of her initial diagnosis, I remember walking into our home, getting on our knees together, and crying out to God. I don’t remember the exact words we prayed, but they were not processed and refined. Honesty before God, with fear we had never known before, poured out of our hearts. Fears and tears eventually turned into faith and peace.
Never the Last Option
When this crisis unexpectedly entered our lives, we chose prayer. We depended on God, not just this time, but again and again when fear would stop us in our tracks. Even after the surgeries and treatments, and even when the reports became encouraging, we still had moments of doubt and fear. In each of those times, prayer became our first choice, not our last option.
Prayerlessness must not prevail. Each follower of Christ needs to pray with confidence, and each church needs to pray with power. As we depend on God personally and collectively, we will grow in our walk with the Lord daily. I believe this is only possible when we stand on God’s Word as we pray, knowing that God has given us prayer as a means of communication with Him. God’s Word has given us multiple illustrations that one kind of prayer does not fit all instances.
Prayer Is Grounded Upon Deep Theological Truths
The foundation of a building often goes much deeper than what’s on the surface. We see the concrete of the structure. Yet, deep below lies the evidence of work that took hours, days, and weeks. The bigger the structure, the deeper and broader the foundation must be.
The same principle applies to prayer. Beyond what we see with our human eyes, the depths of God’s Word contain deep theological truths that shape our lives and perspectives.
We can pray with confidence, built on God’s character:
1. Sovereignty of God. God is over all, in all, and through all. God is supreme in rank and rule in this universe and beyond. He is God. He has no beginning or ending. God is involved in the affairs of this world and the details of our lives.
2. Trinity of God. God is One in three divine persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As Father, He knows our needs and cares for us deeply. As Son, He died for us to be saved from our sin. As Holy Spirit, He empowers us to live the Christian life. We pray to the Father in Jesus’ name and do so in the power of the Holy Spirit.
3. Power of God. God is all-powerful. God is able! When we believe in the power of God, we realize we can go to God about anything. We believe that God can do more in a moment than we can do in a lifetime.
Just as laying the underpinnings strengthens the foundation of physical structures, knowing these deep theological truths strengthens our confidence in the power of prayer.
Because I believe the Father loves me, I talk to Him in the name of Jesus Christ His Son and present my requests in the power of the Holy Spirit. I do so knowing God can do anything, anytime, anywhere, with anyone. I am confident that nothing is impossible with God.
Five Scriptural Principles Your Prayers Can Stand On
God loves us so much that, in His Word, He demonstrates innumerable ways He desires us to pray to Him about specific things and situations. These illustrations remind us that one-size prayer doesn’t fit every circumstance. Here are five examples He gives us:
Read more: Scriptural Prayers for All Situations
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova (MZ below) explained endless war in Syria continues raging in terrorist infested areas – mainly in Idlib province and southwestern parts of the country.
Russian/Turkish agreed on an Idlib demilitarized zone nearly two months so far is a colossal failure.
US-supported terrorists refuse to comply, using areas they control as platforms to launch attacks on civilians and government forces.
How much longer will it take for Moscow to decide that liberating Idlib, the last major US-supported terrorist stronghold in Syria, can no longer be delayed.
MZ: “Nusra and its allies (in the province) stage daily provocations, such as the shelling of residential areas in western Aleppo, undertaking desperate attempts to breach Syrian government troop positions on the southern flank in the direction of the town of Hama and conducting raids in the Latakia Mountains. About 200 such incidents were recorded in October,” continuing in November.
The good news is that about 1.5 Syrian refugees returned to their home areas, including daily flows from Lebanon.
Illegal occupation of Syrian territory by US and Turkish forces makes restoring political and economic normality to the country unattainable.
It’s harder still because of endless war in areas occupied by US supported terrorists, as well as Washington’s rage for regime change.
MZ: “…Syrians continue to feel the negative effects of unilateral financial and economic sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies,” adding:
“The situation is particularly difficult in healthcare. According to the World Health Organization, there are significant problems with access to skilled medical care.”
“This is due not only to the slow recovery of medical institutions, but also shortages of medicines, primarily for cancer treatment.”
“On top of that, commercial deliveries of medicines to Syria are extremely difficult due to restrictions imposed on bank transfers” – Washington blocking sanctions relief, wanting maximum harshness imposed on long-suffering Syrians.
Last week Damascus sent letters to pro-Western UN Secretary General Antonio Guterrres and current Security Council president, what it’s done many times before to no avail.
This time it was about the devastating aftermath of Washington’s rape and destruction of Raqqa, massacring tens of thousands of its residents on the phony pretext of combatting ISIS the US supports.
Countless thousands of rotting corpses lay undiscovered beneath uncleared rubble. Around 4,000 so far were found – mostly women, the elderly and children, MZ explained – victims of US imperial viciousness.
Separately, a mass grave with over 2,500 bodies was discovered. “Another burial ground with 1,500 bombing victims was uncovered in the Panorama area,” said MZ.
Only about 2% of Raqqa rubble was cleared, the city largely destroyed by US terror-bombing. Official reports, and others by Western financed NGOs, claiming reconstruction is ongoing in the city are bald-faced lies.
Stark reality on the ground contradicts them. Raqqa and other devastated parts of Syria remain wastelands. Many years and tens of billions of dollars will be required to restore them close to pre-war conditions once fighting ends.
According to a November 6 joint report by the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq and Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on atrocities committed by US-supported ISIS in Iraq, UN investigators uncovered over 200 mass graves – a testimony to Obama and Trump regime viciousness for supporting these cutthroat killers.
Libya remains an out-of-control cauldron of endless violence – like all other US war theaters.
According to MZ, “the situation is not only far from stable but it even shows signs of further aggravation” – the endless disturbing aftermath of US launched aggression.
Clashes continue. Warring sides show few signs of attempting to restore peace and stability to the country – nearly eight years after devastating US-led aggression began.
US heavily armed and supported ISIS and al-Qaeda in the country make things all the harder to resolve.
Separately on November 10, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said conflict in Yemen is escalating, not abating, the Trump regime showing it’s “not planning to change its (aggressive) policy in” the country, adding:
“Taking into account that Washington is offering direct military support to the (Saudis, UAE, jihadists, and mercenary fighters), the sincerity of the United States’ statements in favor of the soonest end of the active phase of the Yemeni conflict is called to question.”
“So far, everything indicates that the US side” wants endless war in the country, not resolution as it falsely claims.
The first two Holy Temples of the Israeli city ceased to exist centuries ago, having been demolished at the hands of the Babylonians and later by the Romans. Despite multiple calls to rebuild the temple, they have remained largely unheard.
Biblical conspiracy theorists have voiced a warning that the erection of a third Holy Temple in Jerusalem, which religious activists have recently called for, inevitably carries Jesus Christ’s imminent return.
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Jewish eschatological teachings have it that the Holy Temple will rise up from the ground for the third time when Armageddon nears.
The concerns were fuelled last week by the powerful Jewish rabbi community known under the name Sanhedrin, who penned letter ahead of an approaching election to two mayoral candidates, requesting to finally rebuild the temple, after the first two Holy Temples constructed on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount centuries ago were wiped out by the Babylonians and then by the Romans. The location has housed no temple since then.
“The rabbis of the Sanhedrin court are calling both mayor candidates to include in their plans for this city the rebuilding of the third temple,” Christian pastor and doomsday preacher Paul Begley stated most emotionally in one of his YouTube videos.
Here’s my favourite image of the ancient Jerusalem temple, complete with the ark of the covenant, Aaron the high priest, sacrificial animals, and menorah. (Mid-third century CE: Dura-Europos synagogue, Syria.) pic.twitter.com/b1ZQ7mzmiH
— Prof Stavrakopoulou (@ProfFrancesca) 5 ноября 2018 г.
“Folks, this is as close to Biblical prophecy – I don’t know what else to say,” Begley added.
He claimed there could be no doubts “Jesus of Nazareth, the saviour of the world, is going to return.”
Meanwhile, according to Irvin Baxter of Endtime Ministries, the third Holy Temple will be rebuilt in the last seven years of the world’s existence, and in the first three years of the end times, being “the most visible sign” of the coming Apocalypse.
“As that cornerstone is laid on the Temple Mount, every network on Earth will be televising this incredible event,” Baxter remarked.
They’re officially building the 3rd temple in Jerusalem…. yoooooo
— mel 🌹 (@melaniciousss) 11 ноября 2018 г.
In 2016, Breaking News Israel reported that the community Nascent Sanhedrin also called in letters to Russian President Vladimir Putin and US president-elect Donald Trump to join forces and “fulfil their Biblically-mandated roles” by rebuilding the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
Illegal immigrant families shattered the old records and snuck into the country at record rates in October, according to new numbers released Friday.
A staggering 23,121 parents and children traveling as families were caught jumping the border last month. That’s nearly 40 percent higher than any month on record.
It’s also nearly 400 percent more than the number recorded just a year ago.
The numbers underscore the challenge the Trump administration is facing as it tries to tamp down on what appears to be a run for the border by Central Americans, particularly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
Pushed by grim conditions back home and enticed into the U.S. by lax policies, children and families from those countries have come to dominate the border immigration problem.
When families, unaccompanied children and single adults are included, the Border Patrol caught nearly 51,000 illegal immigrants in November — the highest since the worst days of the 2014 Obama illegal immigration surge.
Customs and Border Protection says another 9,770 unauthorized migrants showed up demanding entry at the official border crossings.
Combined, that amounts to about 2,000 illegal immigrants a day.
Officials believe that the number of illegal immigrants caught by the Border Patrol is a good yardstick for the overall flow. More people caught means more people getting through, so a rise in apprehensions means a rise in overall rates of illegal immigration.
The Trump administration took action this week to try to close “loopholes” in U.S. policy. President Trump signed a proclamation that triggers new rules prohibiting illegal immigrants from claiming asylum if they jump the border.
Immigrant-rights groups have already announced a lawsuit to try to stop those rules.
The proclamation was a sign of Mr. Trump’s frustration with the problem.
He said Democrats have obstructed him, yet have offered no answers to the massive numbers of people attempting to cross.
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If you thought the stock market correction in October was bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
He actually argues the market has been headed for an imminent reckoning since early February, another period that featured a sharp stock drawdown. It was at that point that Hussman says so-called market internals started to deteriorate, leaving equities particularly vulnerable.
Hussman has become a big fan of the predictive power of market internals, which he says provide valuable signals on investor sentiment. They’ve taken on new significance to him since, as he describes it, valuations have been rendered largely useless — at least in the short term.
“Speculative psychology has always allowed valuations to run well beyond historical norms over portions of the market cycle,” Hussman wrote in a recent blog post. “Valuations only ‘work’ over the long-term and the full cycle.”
He continued: “Investor psychology — whether speculative or risk-averse — drives market outcomes over shorter segments of the market cycle. We read that psychology from the behavior of market internals.”
And, as the chart below shows, those internals have faltered since February. The blue line represents the cumulative total S&P 500 return in periods of uniform market internals. As you’ll note, the line has flattened recently — just as it did in the periods preceding the 2000 and 2007 stock market collapses.
This chart behavior is one of many factors that have Hussman forecasting an eventual drop of more than 65% for US stocks.
“Despite its discomfort, the market decline we observed in October is only a drop in the bucket toward normalizing valuations,” said Hussman. “Over the completion of the current market cycle, I fully expect the S&P 500 to lose close to two-thirds of its value from the recent peak.”
As always, the obvious elephant in the room must be addressed when discussing Hussman’s outlooks: He’s been calling for the equity market to lose two-thirds of its value for months — including well before the February correction. But it hasn’t happened yet.
Hussman thinks he knows why. He says the Federal Reserve‘s decision to lower interest rates to zero completely dismantled the role of valuations in signaling perilous market conditions. With monetary conditions so loose, companies and investors alike blew past warning signs that would’ve stopped them before.
“Unfortunately, the moment interest rates hit zero, those limits vanished, and preemptively responding to speculative extremes became terrifically detrimental,” said Hussman. “We can no longer rely on well-defined limits to speculation, as we could in previous market cycles across history.
He added: “In hindsight, the fix was simple: abandon the belief in any limit to the stupidity of Wall Street.”
It took him a while, but Hussman says he’s done this now. He’s instead fully focused on the aforementioned market internals and the extent to which they highlight shifts in sentiment.
Hussman even admits that — in the event of a recovery in market internals — he’s willing to adopt a neutral stance on the market in the near term.
Even though he’s arguably the biggest long-term bear around, everyone has their limits.
For the uninitiated, Hussman has repeatedly made headlines by predicting a stock-market decline exceeding 60% and forecasting a full decade of negative equity returns. And as the stock market has continued to grind mostly higher, he’s persisted with his calls, undeterred.
But before you dismiss Hussman as a wonky perma-bear, consider his track record, which he breaks down in his latest blog post. Here are the arguments he lays out:
In the end, the more evidence Hussman unearths around the stock market’s unsustainable conditions, the more worried investors should get. Sure, there may still be returns to be realized in this current market cycle, but at what point does the mounting risk of a crash become too unbearable?
That’s a question investors will have to answer themselves. And one that Hussman will clearly keep exploring in the interim.
Since the media is back on the Russian collusion story, maybe we should assemble a panel consisting of White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, President Trump, and others in their camp, where they ask CNN’s Jim Acosta, American Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan, and others blue-check journalists a series of questions that they should be willing to answer. After all, they have been endlessly and breathlessly reporting on this fictional story for almost two years. And since Jim Acosta would rather be the news than report the news, it’s time to give him what he wants.
As propaganda sinks its teeth firmly into the American homes foolish enough to trust cable news. Jim Acosta’s star has risen among his brainwashed media cohorts at ludicrous speed. Acosta and company’s questions are a raft of accusations rather than fact checking journalistic inquiries. Steeped in a malicious intent as heard on this hot mic during the early moments of a historic moment of President Trump’s achievement, relieving the world on the brink of nuclear war.
This isn’t about silencing a free press. There are plenty of Independent media outlets experiencing that in real time right now. It’s about pushing back against the 90 percent negative coverage of our President and the tsunami of propaganda unfairly unleashed on the American people.
One world government is an agenda to supersede the nation-state concept that is perceived by its backers as fundamentally selfish, and as having misguided assumptions about life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness.
But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.” So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God. (14:10–12)
The fourth reason Paul gives for every Christian’s accepting every other Christian is that the Lord alone will judge each believer. If each believer belongs to the Lord alone, and if “Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living” (vv. 8–9), Paul asks, why do you (the weak, see v. 3b) judge your brother? Or you again, why do you (the strong, see v. 3a) regard your brother with contempt?
It is a terrible thing for men “to play God,” as it is often phrased. It is particularly inexcusable for God’s own people to intimate that presumption by judging and despising each other.
The work of Christians is to serve the Lord, not to usurp His lordship by self-righteously judging fellow believers. Our concern, rather, should be for being judged ourselves by the Lord, For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God.
When we, along with all other believers, stand before the Lord on His judgment seat, His divine bēma, “each man’s work will become evident, for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built upon it remains, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire” (1 Cor. 3:13–15).
As cited earlier, the apostle said of himself,
Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy. But to me it is a very small thing that I should be examined by you, or by any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself. For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord. Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God. (1 Cor. 4:1–5)
Reinforcing his argument for believer’s judgment with a quotation from Isaiah 45:23, Paul reminds his readers that it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall give praise to God” (cf. Phil. 2:10–11).
Our responsibility is not to judge, to despise, to criticize, or in any way to belittle our brothers and sisters in Christ. We will not be called on by our Lord to give an account of the sins and shortcomings of others, but rather each one of us shall give account of himself to God.
You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we shall all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written:
“ ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘Every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will confess to God.’ ”
So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
In the fourteenth chapter of Romans Paul has been explaining why Christians must not be judgmental where the conduct of other believers is concerned, and one of the reasons he has given is that none of us exists in isolation. We belong to each other and need each other. Moreover, being Christians, we belong to God. So we must not spend our time putting the other Christian down but rather we must accept as brothers and sisters those who are also trying to serve the Lord as best they know how and try earnestly to build up those other persons.
Paul argued that “none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone” (Rom. 14:7). In the last study I cited John Donne’s “No Man Is an Island” to make that point.
But there is one situation in which a man or woman is isolated, and that is when he or she stands before the judgment seat of God, as we each must do. On that day there will be no pleading someone else’s responsibility for what we have done or blaming another person for our faults or taking another’s credit for our own. As Paul writes to the Corinthians, “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad” (2 Cor. 5:10). If nothing else is able to get us thinking about our conduct rather than someone else’s, it should be this extremely serious, awesome, and inescapable moment of personal accountability.
Christians Must Give an Accounting
Our text is referring to Christians when it says, “For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat” (v. 10). It is true that unbelievers will also be judged at the final judgment, but that is not what Paul is writing about here. In this chapter he is reminding his readers that Christians will also be judged, since all must appear before God and give an accounting.
I am sure this does not seem right to many Christians, because they understand rightly that because they have trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior they have passed from a state of being under judgment or condemnation to one of being justified before God. Even more, they remember how Jesus said, “Whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned [the King James Version said, ‘shall not come into condemnation’]; he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24). If that is true, how can a Christian possibly be judged? Or to think about Paul’s words in Romans 14, how can the apostle say, speaking specifically of Christians, “We will all stand before God’s judgment seat”?
The answer, of course, is that there are various judgments spoken of in the Bible and that the word judge is used in various ways.
Whenever we speak of the judgments mentioned in the Bible we are moving into the area of Bible prophecy, and this is an area in which Christians have very different views. (It is another area in which we need to be unusually understanding and accepting of one another.) However, as I read the Bible it seems to me that at least seven different judgments are mentioned: (1) a judgment of believers at the judgment seat of Christ (Rom. 14:10–12; 1 Cor. 3:11–15; 2 Cor. 5:10); (2) a series of judgments on the earth (Rev. 6–11, 15–16); (3) a judgment of the beast and the false prophet, at which time the devil will be imprisoned (Rev. 19:20; 20:1–3); (4) a judgment of the Gentile nations (Ps. 2); (5) a judgment of Israel (Ezek. 20:32–38); (6) the final judgment of Satan (Rev. 20:1–10); and (7) the final judgment of unbelievers at the Great White Throne (Rev. 20:11–15).
All these judgments except the first are judicial judgments: They involve God’s punishments of individuals or nations for those peoples’ specific sins. The punishments involve spiritual or eternal death and hell suffering. The first of these judgments stands apart from the rest, because it is a judgment of believers, which means that it is not for sin and does not involve spiritual death or suffering. Nevertheless, it is still a real judgment in which the followers of Christ are to give an accounting for what they have done in this life and are either rewarded or disapproved by God on that basis.
It helps to get a picture of what this involves by realizing that the phrases in Romans 14:10 rendered “God’s judgment seat” and in 2 Corinthians 5:10 rendered “the judgment seat of Christ” each contain the Greek word bêma, which refers not to the judge’s seat in a court of law but to the bench upon which the referees or judges sat at an athletic contest. It was the place from which those who did well in the contest and triumphed were rewarded with a laurel wreath and from which those who broke the rules were disqualified or disapproved.
This was a well-known concept for the ancient Greeks and Romans, and Paul drew on it more than once in his writings. Thus, although Romans 14:10 and 2 Corinthians 5:10 are the only two verses in which the word bêma actually is used, we find Paul alluding to this idea elsewhere as well:
The man who wrote Romans 8:38–39 (“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”) is not worrying about his eternal salvation. He is not afraid that he may be sent to hell. But he is aware that he is going to have to give an account to God of every word he has spoken and everything he has done. And he is taking that moment of personal accountability very, very seriously.
You Must Give an Accounting
We can see how seriously he takes this by the way he writes about it in Romans 14:10–12. Notice three things. First, he emphasizes the word you by putting it in an emphatic position and repeating it twice. This is more obvious in the Greek text than in the English translations, but the New International Version tries to capture the idea by asking in verse 10, “You, then, why do you judge your brother?” Paul is referring both to the one whom he called weak earlier and to the one he called strong. That is, he is writing to you, whoever you may be.
Second, Paul brings in a quotation from the Old Testament, which he often does when he comes to the end of an argument:
It is written:
“ ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘Every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will confess to God.’ ”
This quotation is taken somewhat loosely from Isaiah 49:23 (see Isa. 49:18), and it is a solemn reminder of how God has said that every person who has ever lived will appear before him for judgment. So we must not think that just because we are Christians, somehow we are going to get off without an accounting.
Third, Paul repeats his point in different words but with emphasis in verse 12: “So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.” This includes you and me.
Accountable for All Things
But for what will we be held accountable? This is a serious and very practical matter, so let’s look at some of the verses that tell exactly what we are accountable for.
This does not mean that a Christian can never laugh or tell jokes. We do not have to be serious all the time. But it does mean that there should be a certain gravity about us as befits those who are aware of the gospel of the grace of God and of the fact that many are perishing because they will not turn from their sins and believe on Jesus Christ. And even if we laugh and tell jokes, which we will at times, we will not be telling dirty jokes. On the contrary, we will try to edify others even by our humor.
We will pay attention to the words we hear and read too. Donald Grey Barnhouse had some useful thoughts on this in his study of Romans:
I think it is fair and logical to conclude that if the believer must account for every careless word, this applies not only to what he says, but to what he allows himself to hear and read. If you spend several hours a week watching television, you can be almost certain that the thing has mastery over you; but if you watch it only occasionally and in order to relax after a long period of work or study, that is a different matter. I know people who are better acquainted with the comic strips than they are with the Bible. They say that they are too busy for Bible study, but they have at least fifteen minutes a day for the comics and another fifteen to listen to news broadcasts. I read some magazines from back to front, just to laugh at the cartoons, and throw them down without reading any of their articles or stories. However, I am not your judge, and you may not be mine. We are each answerable to the Lord.
There is a positive side to this, however. Although our idle words will be condemned, our public confessions of Jesus Christ and words that are spoken in praise of God to bring him glory will also be remembered forever. For the text in Matthew also says, “By your words you will be acquitted” (Matt. 12:37).
I have always been encouraged by what is said concerning the people of God who lived in the time of Malachi: “Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name” (Mal. 3:16). This means that God hears our good, faithful, and true words too, and that he remembers them forever. I believe that no word spoken for Jesus or in Jesus’ name will ever be wasted or fail of its reward.
Have you ever taken stock of the talents God has given you? I do not mean just your particularly strong points or strong skills, but everything you are. Have you ever done a complete inventory of who you are so that you may give it all to God for his service and glory?
I am a fifty-five-year-old white male whom God called to the ministry at an early age so I would be able to direct every stage of my education to that end. I was raised in a Christian home, taught the Bible from childhood onward, was influenced by strong men and women of God, and was placed in Philadelphia in a strong city church to teach the Bible to the people God sends to serve there. We are called to model city ministry at Tenth Presbyterian Church, and we have done it. Everything that is good in me has come from God, and my responsibility is to take those good gifts and offer them up to God in his service, making them count for him in every way I can.
That is my inventory. It is that for which I must give an accounting. Your case is different. You have an entirely different background and entirely different training. You may have been called to be a teacher or a doctor or a secretary or the CEO of some company. You may be black or white or some other color. You may have a high IQ or a low IQ. Whatever you have, it has been given to you by God, and you are responsible to God for how you use it. Are you using it for him? If you do not know the answer to that question, you need to sit down quietly, take personal inventory, and ask God to show you what you can do that will make a difference for him in this life and for eternity.
This is why the Bible has so much to say about money. It is why Jesus spoke about it. Jesus said:
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.… No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Money.
Matthew 6:19–21, 24
What would I discover if I were to examine your checkbook? You would have payments on the house, checks for the heating and electricity, money for food, hospital and doctors’ bills, perhaps education bills—and taxes, of course, lots of taxes. But what beyond that? Would I find more money being spent on a second home, a luxury car, the country club, or entertainment than for Christian work? What percentage of your income would I find given to the support of your local church? Or to missions? Or to help people you know who are in serious financial need? If you give anything to your church or charitable causes, you probably consider yourself to be very generous, a great philanthropist. But would that judgment hold up to a really objective scrutiny? Would God be satisfied with your priorities?
Earlier I mentioned Donald Grey Barnhouse. In his study he refers to a cartoon in which a farmer is sitting at a table with nine giant potatoes in front of him and a tenth potato, his tithe to God, sitting off by itself. The isolated potato is marked “The Lord’s portion,” and the caption expresses the words of the farmer who is saying, “I don’t see how any fellow could be mean enough to give less.”
True enough. The caption is meant to commend the farmer as a man with a surrendered heart. But I find myself thinking, “Nine for me and one for God? Is even that a strong enough priority? When we have been given so much and have such abundance, is that all we can do, should do, or would do if we really loved the Lord with all our hearts and minds and souls and were aware that one day we will have to give an accounting of how we have spent our money?”
What You Do Now Counts
Let’s close by returning to the points Paul is making.
Accountability is always a sobering message. But it is also encouraging, because it means that what you do really counts.
10–12 Against this background the apostle returns to direct address, first to the weak, then to the strong. The former is prone to judge, the latter to depreciate or even scorn. Both attitudes amount to virtually the same thing, for they both involve improper judgment. The only true judge is God, and his time for judging is coming, making human judgment not only premature but also a usurpation of God’s role (cf. Lk 6:37). Notable is the ease with which Paul passes from the Lord (v. 9) to God (v. 10) in the same milieu of thought. The two are inseparable in their operations. In fact, “God’s judgment seat” is to be identified with the “judgment seat of Christ” (2 Co 5:10).
We see the same phenomenon in the quotation introduced here (v. 11), which is a combination of Isaiah 49:18 and 45:23. In Philippians 2:10–11 the same two passages from Isaiah are utilized and the deity of Christ comes into focus. In the summary of the situation (v. 12), the note of judgment is retained, but the emphasis falls on the fact that each person must “give an account of himself [or herself]”—not of any other—to God (cf. Gal 6:4–5). The same word for “account” (logos, GK 3364) occurs at the end of Hebrews 4:13. Paul’s conclusion in v. 12 not only has the effect of invalidating the judgment of others, but it also “increases the importance of the church’s mutual responsibility before the Christ who as the redeemer is at the same time also the heavenly Lord, advocate, and judge of the members of the congregation” (Stuhlmacher, 225–26).
14:10–12 / In light of this Paul returns to the issue at hand, the weak who judge and the strong who look down on. You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? (v. 10). In the original Greek the you is again singular, and thus direct and emphatic. Since we all must stand before God’s judgment seat (v. 10), it is only there (and not in individual conscience or preference) where judgment takes place. This idea is repeated in the three final verses of this section. God alone is judge (cf. Matt. 12:36).
We are what we are only as we stand before God. Before the almighty Judge we shall be revealed for what we always have been. “Every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God” (v. 11; see Isa. 49:18; 45:23; Phil. 2:10–11). This quotation was a standard proof text of the rabbis for the inevitability of the last judgment, and no less so for the rabbi from Tarsus. On that day all pretense will be dispelled, all moral judgments and altruistic pronouncements will be exploded as self-serving masks of pride, all gifts and sacrifices will be seen in the light of their real motives, all strivings and hopes and goals will be judged only from the perspective of whatever faith and love inspired them. Each of us will give an account of himself to God (v. 12). How stark and final is this word each! Before God each individual must give an account—not of his credits and achievements, but of himself!
There will be no one to vouch for us—except Jesus Christ! There we shall be like Peter who, having betrayed his Lord and deceived his friends, prayed the simplest of all prayers, “ ‘Lord, you know all things’ ” (John 21:17). We cannot know all things about ourselves, much less about others. The fact that we must all stand naked before the judgment seat of God is a bracing reminder not to take the judgment seat against another person. We relinquish the cause of judgment to Christ the merciful, for he is the incarnation of the God who causes us—and our fellow believers—to stand.
10–12. But you, why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written,
“ ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘Before me will every knee bow down,
And every tongue will acclaim God.’ ”
So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.
In verse 3 Paul had warned the strong not to look down on the weak, and the weak not to condemn the strong. That this was nevertheless actually occurring and is an inexcusable sin he makes clear in verse 10, where, in reverse order (now referring to the weak first of all) the apostle accusingly asks why one church member is sinning against another. These critics should bear in mind that the one whom they condemn or despise is, after all, a brother. Note how this term of endearment, which has not been used since 12:1, indicates the seriousness of the sin that was being committed. See further on pp. 52, 214, 215.
Also, those who are passing judgment, or are looking down on a brother, must remember that not they are lords, but Christ is the Lord; and accordingly, that not they are the legitimate judges, but Christ is the Judge. They are therefore arrogating to themselves a prerogative that belongs to Christ and to God alone.
Says Paul, “We shall all stand before the judgment seat of God.” In confirmation of this fact he quotes from the Old Testament. As happens frequently, so also here, the quotation is composite: the first part, “ ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,” may be regarded as taken from Isa. 49:18 (cf. Num. 14:28; Deut. 32:40; Ezek. 33:11); the rest of the quotation, “Before me will every knee bow down, and every tongue will acclaim God,” is from Isa. 45:23, according to the LXX text, with transposition of two words, but without change in meaning.
The quoted words do indeed confirm the thought Paul has expressed, namely, that in the end every person, without exception, will pay homage to God (cf. Phil. 2:10, 11), recognizing him as Sovereign over all, and acclaiming him as being the righteous Judge of all.
That there will indeed be a universal judgment is the teaching of Scripture (Eccl. 12:14; Eph. 6:8; Rev. 20:11–15). That believers as well as unbelievers will stand before the throne of judgment is also clear from Acts 10:42; 1 Cor. 3:8–15; 4:5; 2 Cor. 5:10, and from the teaching of Jesus (Matt. 16:27; 25:31–46). That it is, indeed, God who through Christ will judge is taught in Matt. 16:27; 25:31–46; John 5:22; Acts 10:42; 1 Cor. 4:5; 2 Cor. 5:10. It is as stated in Rom. 2:16 (see pp. 98, 99), “God, through Jesus Christ, will judge men’s secrets.”
Repeating the thought of verse 10 (“For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God”), Paul concludes his reflection on this theme by stating, “So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.” Note: each of us! Not a single one will be exempted. Also, the account will have to be given not to men but to God, the Omniscient, the Holy and Righteous One, who is also the God of Love.
14:10–12. Paul reiterated the directives from vv. 3–4 (cf. “judge” and “regard with contempt”). Judgment seat (bema) was the raised platform where secular authorities rendered verdicts in criminal cases (e.g., Mt 27:19; Jn 19:13; Ac 18:12; 25:6). It never refers to the place where awards were given to the victors in athletic contests. Rewards are given following the bema judgment and are dependent upon God’s evaluation of the believer there, but the judgment and the giving of rewards are distinct both in terms of what transpires and the time at which they take place. There is, in fact, no mention of the assigning of eternal rewards in 14:10–12, only an accounting of each believer to God. Some day, possibly following the rapture of the church, each believer will give an account of his life to God (cf. the comments on 2Co 5:10 and 1Co 3:10–17). The implication is that believers should not denounce one another when their opinions differ. God can be trusted to deal with them if they have done something wrong, and it should be left to Him. This judgment does not pertain to a believer’s eternal destiny, but it certainly will affect his rewards (see the comments on 1Co 4:1–5). Give praise (exomologeo, v. 11) would be better translated “admit doing wrong” (cf. LXX 2Ch 6:24; Mt 3:6; Jms 5:16). Paul cited Is 45:23, which affirms that God alone judges on the last day.
Who are you to judge your brother in anything? Or, who are you contemptuously to despise your brother? For we shall all stand at God’s judgment seat; for it stands written: ‘As I live, God says, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess its faith to God.’ So then, each of us shall render account to God for himself.
There is one basic reason why we have no right to judge anyone else; and that is that we ourselves are under judgment. It is the very essence of humanity that we are not the judges but the judged. To prove his point, Paul quotes Isaiah 45:23.
This was indeed a thought with which any Jew would agree. There was a Rabbinic saying: ‘Let not thine imagination assure thee that the grave is an asylum; for perforce thou wast framed, and perforce thou wast born, and perforce thou livest, and perforce thou diest, and perforce thou art about to give account and reckoning before the King of Kings, the Holy One, blessed is he.’ The only person who has the right to judge anyone is God; we who stand before God’s judgment have no right to judge others who also stand before him.
Just before this, Paul has been thinking of the impossibility of the isolated life. But there is one situation in which every individual is isolated, and that is when standing before the judgment seat of God. In the old days of the Roman Republic, in the corner of the forum furthest from the Capitol stood the tribunal, the judgment seat, where the Praetor Urbanus had sat dispensing justice. When Paul wrote, Roman justice required more than one judgment seat; and so in the great basilicas, the colonnaded porches around the forum, the magistrates sat dispensing justice. The Romans knew well the sight of someone standing before the judge’s judgment seat.
That is what happens to everyone; and it is a judgment which must be faced alone. Sometimes in this world, it is possible to make use of the merits of someone else. Many young people have been spared some penalty because of their parents; many husbands have been given mercy because of a wife or child; but, in the judgment of God, we stand alone. Sometimes, when a great person dies, the cofﬁn lies in front of the mourning congregation, and, on the top of it, there are arranged the gowns of academic honours, or the insignia of state dignities; but we cannot take such things with us. Naked we come into the world, and naked we leave it. We stand before God in the awful loneliness of our own souls; to him we can take nothing but the character which in life we have been building up.
Yet that is not the whole truth. We do not stand alone at the judgment seat of God, for we stand with Jesus Christ. We do not need to go stripped of everything; we may go dressed in the merits that are his. Collin Brooks, writer and journalist, writes in one of his books: ‘God may be kinder than we think. If he cannot say, “Well done! good and faithful servant,” it may be that he will say at last, “Don’t worry, my bad and faithless servant: I don’t altogether dislike you.” ’ That was one man’s whimsical way of stating his faith; but there is more to it than that. It is not that God merely does not dislike us; it is that, sinners as we are, he loves us for the sake of Jesus Christ. True, we must stand before God’s judgment seat in the naked loneliness of our own souls; but, if we have lived with Christ in life, we shall stand with him in death, and before God he will be the advocate to plead our cause.
 Harrison, E. F., & Hagner, D. A. (2008). Romans. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, p. 207). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
A leading U.K. cinema chain has rejected a short Christian movie about the Bible comforting soldiers in World War I on the grounds that it’s too overtly religious.
The three-minute film by the Bible Society features achieved footage of World War I, along with everyday people reading from Revelation 21 as part of Remembrance Day services.
The video explains that all British soldiers in World War I were given a Bible as part of their kit.
The passage quoted reads:
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man.”
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War I ended.
Though the Armistice was signed at 5:00 AM on Nov. 11, 1918, the fighting continued till 11:00 AM, killing nearly 11,000 more men.
In 1921, President Warren Harding had the remains of an unknown soldier killed in France buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery. Inscribed on the tomb are the words: “Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.”
On Oct. 4, 1924, at the dedication of the monument to the American Expeditionary Forces in Washington, D.C., President Calvin Coolidge stated: “They did not regard it as a national or personal opportunity for gain or fame or glory, but as a call to sacrifice for the support of humane principles and spiritual ideals. … If anyone doubts the depth and sincerity of the attachment of the American people to their institutions and Government, if anyone doubts the sacrifices which they have been willing to make in behalf of those institutions and for what they believe to be the welfare of other nations, let them gaze upon this monument and other like memorials that have been reared in every quarter of our broad land. Let them look upon the representative gatherings of our veterans, and let them remember that America has dedicated itself to the service of God and man.”
Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all who have served defending the United States.
In 1958, President Eisenhower placed soldiers in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from WWII and the Korean War.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan placed a soldier from the Vietnam War in the tomb. DNA test later identified him as pilot Michael Blassie, a graduate of St. Louis University High School, 1966, and the U.S. Air Force Academy, 1970. Flying an A-37B Dragonfly, he was shot down near An Loc, South Vietnam.In 1998, Michael Blassie was reburied at Jefferson Memorial Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.
On Nov. 11, 1921, President Harding stated: “On the threshold of eternity, many a soldier, I can well believe, wondered how his ebbing blood would color the stream of human life, flowing on after his sacrifice. … Standing today on hallowed ground … it is fitting to say that his sacrifice, and that of the millions dead, shall not be in vain. … I can sense the prayers of our people, of all peoples, that this Armistice Day shall mark the beginning of a new and lasting era of peace on earth, good will among men. Let me join in that prayer. ‘Our Father who are in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.’”
Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army, wrote the poem:
It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
President Dwight Eisenhower broadcast from the White House for the American Legion’s Back-to-God Program, Feb. 7, 1954: “As a former soldier, I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they learned a great truth-that there are no atheists in the foxholes. They know that in time of test and trial, we instinctively turn to God for new courage and peace of mind. All the history of America bears witness to this truth. Out of faith in God, and through faith in themselves as His children, our forefathers designed and built this Republic. …”
Eisenhower continued: “We remember the picture of the Father of our country, on his knees at Valley Forge seeking divine guidance in the cold gloom of a bitter winter. Thus Washington gained strength to lead to independence a nation dedicated to the belief that each of us is divinely endowed with indestructible rights. We remember, too, that three-fourths of a century later, on the battle-torn field of Gettysburg, and in the silence of many a wartime night, Abraham Lincoln recognized that only under God could this Nation win a new birth of freedom. …”
Eisenhower continued: “Today as then, there is need for positive acts of renewed recognition that faith is our surest strength, our greatest resource. This ‘Back to God’ movement is such a positive act. As we take part in it, I hope that we shall prize this thought: Whatever our individual church, whatever our personal creed, our common faith in God is a common bond among us. In our fundamental faith, we are all one. Together we thank the Power that has made and preserved us a nation. By the millions, we speak prayers, we sing hymns-and no matter what their words may be, their spirit is the same – ‘In God is our trust.’”
On Feb. 20, 1955, President Dwight Eisenhower stated for the American Legion Back-To-God Program: “The Founding Fathers expressed in words for all to read the ideal of government based upon the dignity of the individual. That ideal previously had existed only in the hearts and minds of men.They produced the timeless documents upon which the Nation is grounded and has grown great. They, recognizing God as the author of individual rights, declared that the purpose of government is to secure those rights. To you and to me this ideal of government is a self-evident truth. But in many lands the State claims to be the author of human rights. …”
Eisenhower continued: “The tragedy of that claim runs through all history and, indeed, dominates our own times. If the State gives rights, it can – and inevitably will – take away those rights. Without God, there could be no American form of Government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first – the most basic – expression of Americanism. Thus the Founding Fathers saw it, and thus, with God’s help, it will continue to be. It is significant, I believe, that the American Legion – an organization of war veterans – has seen fit to conduct a ‘Back to God’ movement as part of its Americanism program. Veterans realize, perhaps more clearly than others, the prior place that Almighty God holds in our national life. And they can appreciate, through personal experience, that the really decisive battleground of American freedom is in the hearts and minds of our own people. …”
President Dwight Eisenhower concluded: “Each day we must ask that Almighty God will set and keep His protecting hand over us so that we may pass on to those who come after us the heritage of a free people, secure in their God-given rights and in full control of a Government dedicated to the preservation of those rights.”
President Dwight Eisenhower addressed the National Conference on the Spiritual Foundation of American Democracy, Nov. 9, 1954: “We are under tremendous attacks. … We are attacked by the Communists who in their own documents state that capitalism – democracy – carries within itself the seeds of its own destruction. … We are talking about the spiritual foundations of our form of government. … Now Dr. Lowry said something about my having certain convictions as to a God in Heaven and an Almighty power. Well, I don’t think anyone needs a great deal of credit for believing in what seems to me to be obvious. … It seems to me that this relationship between a spiritual faith, a religious faith, and our form of government is so closely defined and so obvious that we should really not need to identify a man as unusual because he recognizes it. …”
Eisenhower added: “Milton asserted that all men are born equal, because each is born in the image of his God. Our whole theory of government finally expressed in our Declaration … give the reasons to mankind why we had established such a government: ‘Man is endowed by his Creator. …’ No matter what Democracy tries to do in terms of maximum individual liberty … in the economic … in the intellectual … in providing a system of justice, and a system of responsibility … when you come back to it, there is just one thing … man is worthwhile because he was born in the image of his God.”
Eisenhower concluded: “The challenges of today … are … because … our spiritual convictions as to the worth-whileness of this form of government, weakens. … Democracy is nothing in the world but a spiritual conviction, a conviction that each of us is enormously valuable, because of a certain standing before our own God. Now, any group that binds itself together to awaken all of us to these simple things … is, in my mind, a dedicated, patriotic group that can well take the Bible in one hand and the a flag in the other, and march ahead.”
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This Veterans Day, veterans and active-duty military can take advantage of an extra day of deals.
As they do each year, restaurants are saluting veterans by offering free food and meal deals.
Thanks to the federal holiday falling on Sunday, it’s officially observed Monday. This leads to a split with some businesses showing their appreciation Sunday and others Monday.
Proof of service such as a military ID is typically required and a few businesses will allow dressing in uniform as a form of identification. Discharge papers, VA cards and veteran organization membership cards also can be used to prove service at most businesses.
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