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Imagine you're in a classroom, and the teacher passes out copies of America's Declaration of Independence (1776) and endorses and promotes the Declaration, saying that what the Declaration of Independence says really is true. Agents of the government immediately arrest the teacher (or the Principal, or the district Superintendent) for violating government orders prohibiting teachers in government-run schools from telling students that America's Declaration of Independence really is true.

 Q. What country are you in?

  1. North Korea
  2. Iran
  3. Communist China
  4. The "former" Soviet Union
  5. The United States of America
  6. any or all of the above

Answer "e" is not incorrect. It is "unconstitutional" for public school teachers in the U.S.A. to teach students that the Declaration of Independence really is true. Students can be taught that a bunch of dead white males used to believe that it was true, but today we're so much more sophisticated than they were, and students must not be taught that what the Declaration of Independence says really is true regardless of what anyone else thinks about it. This is why

I'm willing to wager $5,000 that America's Founding Fathers would say you've never had a real American education.

You Are a Victim of Educational Malpractice

I would like to be your instructor in a year-long online course that will result in the greatest personal transformation you have experienced in any course or any year of your life. If you complete the assignments and don't agree, I will pay YOU $5,000.

The Course is called

Americanism101

Why did America become the most prosperous and admired nation in history?
• Because the philosophy of the Declaration of Independence -- "Liberty Under God" -- was taught in all public schools throughout America.
Why is America today a bankrupt and despised nation?
• Because the philosophy of "Liberty Under God" has been removed from every public school in America.
America became an extraordinary nation because individual Americans were extraordinary individuals.
Americans today are bankrupt and individuals not worthy of admiration.

If you are an "ordinary" American, you need to become
     • an Extraordinary American
     • an Extraordinary Christian
     • an Extraordinary Human Being

  • Are you worried that America is going over the edge of a cliff?
  • Are you frustrated that you are helpless, hopeless, and powerless to do anything to stop it?
  • Why is it that Americans in 1776 knew what to do and had the courage to act decisively in the face of tyranny?
  • Why did Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Paul Revere throw the "Boston Tea Party" when the tax on tea was only three pence per pound, but you do nothing when the government charges TEN TIMES MORE on every gallon of gas you buy at the pump?
  • Why were Americans in 1776 willing to risk "our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor" over a 2% tax rate, and you won't get off the couch over a government that takes 66% of everything you earn?
  • What did Americans in 1776 know that you don't know in 2011?


Kevin Craig

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I would like to be your instructor and your coach in a year-long Internet Home Study Program called "Americanism101." It's a college-level course with an iron-clad money-back guarantee.

I guarantee that if you complete the assignments in this course, you will be transformed into:

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

I'm so confident in the transformational power of this course, that I've upped the guarantee into a "wager" you can't lose:
if you are not transformed into

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

and if you are not delighted with the course,
and if you don't experience the most profound personal transformation and growth of any year in your life so far,
you will win the wager and walk away with $5,000 in your pocket.

Notice carefully a key word in this guarantee:

I guarantee that if you complete the assignments in this course, you will be transformed into:

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

When I say "transformed," I mean you will become something you are not already. My first step is to prove that you are

  • NOT a REAL American
  • NOT a GENUINE Christian
  • NOT a good steward of the gifts and potential with which you have been endowed by your Creator as a human being created in His Image.

If you carefully consider the evidence on this webpage, you will come to agree that everyone who signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution would agree that you are NOT these three things. Then you will concur that these same extraordinary Americans would demand that you enroll in

Americanism101

If you don't complete the course, you can't win the bet, but you can still get your enrollment fee refunded. There's absolutely no risk on your part.

The course requires more commitment than you're used to. This webpage will get your prepared for the huge investment of daily discipline it will take to un-do the brainwashing you received in public schools.

You Are a Victim of Educational Malpractice

If you want to be a real American, you need to enroll in this course and complete the assignments.

And you may need a personal coach to help you complete it successfully.

Get started for free. Pay for a coach if you need one.

5 Things to Know
5 Books to Read

We're going to transform you into

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

by helping you read the five most important works in the history of Western Civilization, a little each day, for the next 365 days. You will study the five subjects that every colonial teenager had studied by the time he graduated from high school. The Internet makes it possible to cram an entire colonial childhood education into one year of online home study.

But before we tell you the five books we're going to read, there are five things you need to know about your deformed education, your dysfunctional worldview, and your heathen religion. Conveniently, each of these five things has three parts.

Thing #1
The Threefold Challenge of Samuel Adams

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

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

These were the three goals he set before the colonists in 1772 when he circulated his first letter through a network of communication known as "the Committees of Correspondence." A few years later he would sign the Declaration of Independence.

Most Americans already think they are exceptional, if not extraordinary. In international academic competitions, Americans score 27th in math, but first in self-esteem, meaning that Americans think they are the greatest, even though they are not.

I won't be able to persuade you to enroll in Americanism101 unless I can get you to see yourself more objectively.

If Samuel Adams were here to day, and could observe you, your government, your culture, and your reaction to the world around you, Samuel Adams would be forced to conclude that you

  • are NOT a REAL American
  • are NOT a GENUINE Christian
  • are NOT a good steward of the gifts and potential with which you have been endowed by your Creator as a human being created in His Image.

What is a REAL AMERICAN?

What is a GENUINE CHRISTIAN?

What makes us TRULY HUMAN?

 

What is a "REAL" American?

A real American believes that the Declaration of Independence is really true.

There are people living within our borders who do not. They may be hard-working, they may love their families, they may be nice neighbors, and they may never break "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God." But they are here on a temporary work visa, sending money back home. But even though you couldn't pick them out of a crowd of Americans, they are not Americans. They were born in another country and plan to return there someday.

Imagine someone who was born here. Call him "Jones." Jones is a U.S. citizen by birth. Jones thinks all immigrants like the one in the previous paragraph should all be killed. He thinks the government should run all businesses, and take money from hard-working people like the one in the previous paragraph and redistribute the money to Jones. Like Hitler, Jones thinks the government should shut down all synagogues and Christian churches.

In my opinion, Jones is not a real American.

A real American believes in "Liberty Under God."

A real American will also risk something to protect "Liberty Under God."

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

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

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

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

A real American believes in "the American Dream."

What is "the American Dream?"

You are not a Real American

Nobody who signed the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution would consider YOU to be a real American -- unless the mainstream calls you an "extremist." But you will be an "extremist" when you finish this program.

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

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

A Real American is a Christian

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But You are NOT A Real Christian

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

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

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

You know less about American "arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ than the Delaware Indians did. You know less about Christianity than the average 10-year old in colonial America.

Samuel Adams would say you are a victim of educational malpractice, being a product of an education system which is prohibited from teaching students that the Declaration of Independence is really true. You need to be re-educated, de-programmed, and connected in an online community with others who wish to become extraordinary Americans.

Thing #2
Three Subjects Banned From Your Education

You went to school where the Declaration of Independence was banned. Not as an archaic, irrelevant historical artifact, but as truth.

Religion

Morality

Knowledge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In his Farewell Address, Washington reminded the nation:

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

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

 Sam Adams said,

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

His cousin, John Adams, said:

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

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

Sam Adams wrote to his cousin John:

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

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

This is exactly what Americanism101Coaching will do for you. You can compensate for what the federal government denied you as a little boy or girl by enrolling in Americanism101Coaching.

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

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

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

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

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

James 1:27

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

 
"The Apotheosis of Washington"
Civil War-Era fresco in the dome in
the rotunda of the United States Capitol Building


George Washington’s Ascension to Heaven

 

Thing #3
Three Huge Mistakes America's Founders Made
and why you must avoid them

We have great respect for America's Founding Fathers, but we're not interested in deifying them, as some Americans have done.

In fact, we think they all made some really huge mistakes. Mistakes that we're still paying for today. Mistakes that could very soon bring our entire economy to a screeching halt, with international repercussions.

We want you to be transformed and succeed in achieving Samuel Adams' goals. But Samuel Adams made some big mistakes.

  • He joined men like John Hancock and Paul Revere to protest British trade and tax policies in an event that can only be described as an unChristian act of vandalism ("The Boston Tea Party"). 
  • Adams went on to become known as "The Father of the American Revolution," a violent war that saw Christians killing Christians over the most pitifully insignificant taxes in U.S. history.
  • Not listening to the arguments of Patrick Henry ("Give me liberty or give me death!")  George Mason ("Father of the Bill of Rights") and the "anti-federalists," Sam Adams supported the Constitution of 1789. This Constitution would eventually produce the Bush-Obama Regime, an evil, atheistic tyranny.

I want to  believe Samuel Adams was a better man that all that. I think he would see where his mistakes led, and would repudiate them. Were he alive today, he would work to repeal the Constitution, abolish the government it created, and do this without vandalizing a tea company, picking up a musket, or igniting a canon, consistent with the best ideals of the Declaration of Independence.

We'll make it easier to remember these three huge mistakes by summarizing them in three words that begin with "R."

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

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

This "entitlement" mentality is bankrupting America.

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

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

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

If America's Founders could see America in 2011, they would see immediately what's wrong with "rights."

I’ll give you an example.

None of us has a "right to life."

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

Has your mind been polluted by this toxic concept?

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

Consider these passages of Scripture:

Romans 12-13

1 Peter 2:13ff

Matthew 5:38ff 

Luke 17:7-10 

Jude 8-10  /  2 Peter 2:10-12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Violent revolution is always wrong, but getting out your musket and killing other Christians is even
worse.
 
When you enroll in Americanism101Coaching, you'll study the Bible and find out that Jesus clearly taught that Christians should not overthrow even the most barbaric, violent, oppressive tyranny in history: the Roman Empire that imposed a military occupation of Israel.
 
Britain in 1776 was certainly more civilized and Christian than the Roman Empire, but Jesus and the Apostles firmly prohibited resisting even the pagan military occupation of Israel and attempting to overthrow Caesar by violent revolution.
 
And this was not for tactical reasons or considerations of prudence or the likelihood of success.
Violent revolution is contrary to Christian ethics even if it can succeed.
Followers of Christ don't kill their enemies.
They convert them. They pray for them.
They preach the Word of God,
     the Spirit bears witness to the Word,
     the hearts of the enemy are changed
     and they repent of socialism, fascism
     military occupation and totalitarianism.
When they repent, they resign their political office.
They end imperial conquest and confiscation.
They end their enslavement and conscription of others.
We preach; they repent.
That's the Christian goal, not blowing their brains out.
 
America would be a very different nation if we had obeyed our duties instead of killing for our “rights.”
 
Abolishing tyranny is a good idea. But not with muskets and cannons. Killing a human being created in the Image of God just because that human being is an IRS agent and wants to take your money -- this is not a Christian thing to do.
Huge Mistake Number Three:
After they abolished the government,

They replaced the government he abolished with a new one.

Yes, that was a mistake.

And you'll see why, and you'll have an alternative, after you read the next two of the five great works that we cover in the Americanism101Coaching program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They were wrong.

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

Every single person who signed the Declaration of Independence and/or the Constitution would take immediate steps to begin abolishing our present government if they were here in 2011.

And because America's Founding Fathers were excellent students of history, if they could see the history of the world from 1789 to 2011, they would become the most radical of libertarians.

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

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

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

As if greedy politicians don't.

But your moral concerns are valid.

That's why George Washington, Samuel Adams and nearly all of America's Founding Fathers believed American education had to be centered on "religion, morality and knowledge.".

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

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

James 1:27

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

"Trust No One"

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

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

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

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

James Madison warned the people of Virginia (1799):

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

Madison added in Federalist No. 55,

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

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

The British historian Lord Acton put it this way:

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

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

Why a Bill of Rights? | Walter Williams
Why Bad Men Rule | Hans-Hermann Hoppe

"Good intentions will always be pleaded for any assumption of power. The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters ... but they mean to be masters."
~ Daniel Webster

But if the Constitution of 1787 was a failure, could any constitution succeed?

No.  

And this leads us to a very radical conclusion.

Or perhaps I should say, to a very hated conclusion.

In fact, the three huge mistakes we've been discussing lead us to the three most hated words in today's political lexicon.

What is "Government?"

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

Actually, America was still characterized by "self-government."

The word "government" can be used in different ways.

  • Personal responsibility is "self-government."
  • We can speak of a "well-governed family."
  • The owner of a business imposes a form of government on his employees.

In family, school, neighborhood association, and groups of all kinds, there is "government." When we obey "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God," our society is orderly, peaceful, harmonious and well-governed. James Madison, "the Father of the Constitution," is reported to have said,

We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves ... according to the Ten Commandments of God.

Every individual and every business and institution created by voluntary associations of individuals is morally obligated to be well-governed, and to respect the rights of others to life, liberty, and property. "Self-government" creates a society of "Liberty and Justice for all."  

What is "THE Government?"

"Self-government" -- following the commandments of God -- is what it means to be human.

But "the government" ("the State") claims the right to seize the property of others by force, have those who resist beaten and raped, and kill all those who get in the way. "Self-government" is vitrue. "The government" is violence.

George Washington is reported to have said,

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence — it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. . . .

It is for this reason that libertarians do not trust "the government." They are often portrayed as being "anti-government." But it is this "anti-government" attitude that made America the freest and most prosperous nation in history.

   

The Myth of "Representation"

The idea of "the Consent of the Governed" was derived from the Bible. But is it really Biblical?

One of the rallying cries in the American Revolution was "No Taxation without Representation."

"Representation" in our day means those who pay no taxes can elect politicians to tax the rich and give to those who aren't.

"Representation" in our day means we can elect politicians to kill a million muslims to keep our gas prices down.

Where in the Bible does God give permission for one group of people to initiate force against another group and to confiscate money by force from a third group to fund the acts of vengeance and violence?

"Representative Government" is not a Biblical substitute for "self government."

 


Thing #4
The Three Most Hated Words in Politics Today
and why you must embrace them

Theocracy

Pacifism

Anarchism

Most Hated Word #1 - THEOCRACY!

Literally, "God rules."

The First Huge Mistake made by America's Founding Fathers was the concept of "rights."

We saw that the proper approach was to ground life, liberty and property (or the "pursuit of happiness") in our social duties not to kill, steal, kidnap, bear false witness, etc.

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

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

America used to be a nation "under God."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

False Religions

Ozarks Virtual Town Hall

Most Hated Word #2: Pacifism

The Second Huge Mistake made by the Founders was to take up arms against the Empire in a violent revolution.

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

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

Pacifism is a critical issue in our day.

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

This is slanderous, a violation of the Ninth Commandment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer: you will begin to change the world.

In many ways the most violent world in recorded history.

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

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

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

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

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

Continue

 

Most Hated Word #3: Anarchism

The Third Big Mistake made by America's Founders was to reinstate a government when they had just succeeded in abolishing the one they had.
If they were logically consistent with their ideals, America's Founding Fathers would not have replaced the government they abolished with another.
 
Tragically, America's Founders were men of their age, products of their times,
And they labored under the mistaken belief that God commands men to form civil governments.

This was the third huge mistake they made.

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

Or so they said.

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

We'll cover that.

Believe me; we'll cover that.

See also here.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

A logically consistent pacifist is an anarchist.

Jesus was a pacifist, therefore He was an anarchist.

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

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

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

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

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

So why a defense of "anarchism?"

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

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

Mark 10:42-45

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

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

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

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

Aren't "Anarchists" Lawless and Disorderly?

No. Archists are.

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

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

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

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

More "government" = more disorder and lawlessness

"Anarchists"

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

"Archists"

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

Embrace Those Three Hated Words

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

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

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

The Americanism101Coaching Program will equip you.

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

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

  • Pacifism vs. Revolution
  • Anarchism vs. Regulation
  • Theocracy vs. Rights

Thing #5
The Three Things You Need to Become Extraordinary

  • Content/Curriculum

    • Read the Five Most Important Works in the History of Western Civilization
    • Apply them practically to your life, your home, your neighborhood, your society
    • Our Daily Training Program
  • Community

  • Coaching

    • Jethro -> Moses

    • Paul -> Timothy


Ideas Have Consequences, by Richard M Weaver

The Importance of Ideas

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

These same ideas can have consequences in your life.

The Americanism101Coaching Program

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

Americanism101Coaching is a distance-learning program that helps you learn these ideas and develop the skills to put them into effect and promote them in our society.

The Americanism101Coaching Program gives participants:

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

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

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

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

What does the Bible say about the issues that face America (A-Z):

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 A

B C D E F G H I

 

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

Christianity is not just religious devotionals.

Christianity is a worldview that affects every area of life.

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

In other words, Satan wins.

Pretty dismal story, isn't it?

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

The Bible doesn't teach this.

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

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

Most Americans in the 21st century have not.

If you enroll in the Americanism101Coaching Program, you will learn the story of the "Vine & Fig Tree." You will learn that the Bible says the purpose of the first Christmas was that "the knowledge of the Lord should cover the earth as the waters cover the sea." (Isaiah 11:9; Habakkuk 2:14). This has been going on for 2,000 years now. This is a wonderful story that isn't being told.

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

You will read a different story in the Bible when you enroll in the Americanism101Coaching Program, and have a coach pointing out things in the Bible that you may have missed.

Perhaps you're reluctant to pay your tuition for a class that teaches something very different from what you've always heard. So we'll give you the entire year-long curriculum. We want to make it clear that simply reading the class outline in a week, or even a month, will not give you the same result as you will have if you enroll in the Americanism101Coaching Program and study a little bit each day, think about it, study more the next day, pray about it, and take an entire year to complete your reading of the “Vine & Fig Tree” story. It just won't be the same.

But you wouldn't be a good shopper if you bought a product without knowing what it delivered. So if you're doubtful about our agenda, here are two ways to survey the story of the Bible that you'll learn in the year-long Americanism101Coaching Program.

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

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

Here, then, is a review of the entire Bible. Again, it is no substitute for the Berean model of searching the Scriptures daily. And reading them all in an afternoon is not the same as reading one a day and thinking about it prayerfully over a period of time. But just so you can see an example of the worldview of the Americanism101Coaching Program, here are 95 Bible Studies, patterned loosely after Martin Luther's "95 Theses," somewhat-humorously called “The 95 Days of Christmas”:

Welcome to “The 95 Days of Christmas” | View
The Importance of Luther's 95 Theses | View
The Origin of These 95 Theses | View
Introduction: Taking the Bible Seriously | View
Thesis 1: Christ the Word | View
Thesis 2: Christ the Creator | View
Thesis 3: Creation, not Evolution | View
Thesis 4: Omniscience, Predestination, and Provide... | View
Thesis 5: “Self-Evident Truths” | View
A. “Vine & Fig TreeBEFORE THE FALL | View
Thesis 6: The Biological Basis of Patriarchy | View
Thesis 7: The Dominion Mandate | View
Thesis 8: Patriarchy and “the Extended Family” | View
Thesis 9: “Vine & Fig Tree” and the Sanctions of the Covenant | View
Thesis 10: The Priority of Agrarianism | View
Thesis 11: “Vine & Fig Tree” and the Mountain | View
B. “Vine & Fig TreeBEFORE THE FLOOD | View
Thesis 12: The Fall Of The Angels | View
Thesis 13: The Fall of Man | View
Thesis 14: The Purpose of Cain’s “Suspended Sentence” | View
Thesis 15: Cain’s City: The Autonomy of the State | View
Thesis 16: The Demonic Roots of Violent Tyranny | View
C. “Vine & Fig TreeBEFORE SINAI | View
Thesis 17: The Post-Flood Absence of The Institutional Church | View
Thesis 18: The Patriarchal Power Of “Capital Punishment” | View
Thesis 19: Nimrod: The First Politician (Post-Flood) | View
Thesis 20: “Vine & Fig Tree” vs. Political Slavery | View
Thesis 21: Demonic Activity At   Babel | View
Thesis 22: The Division of The Nations | View
Thesis 23: Evangelism In The Old Covenant | View
Thesis 24: “Vine & Fig Tree,” “National Defense,” And Military Socialism | View
Thesis 25: “Vine & Fig Tree” and “Sacraments”: Circumcision | View
Thesis 27: “Vine & Fig Tree”, Precious Metals, and Money | View
Thesis 26: The Myth of The “Separation Of Church And State” | View
Thesis 28: Salvation is Political | View
D. “Vine & Fig TreeUNDER MOSES | View
Thesis 29: “Vine & Fig Tree” and Resistance to Tyranny in the Early Days of the Old Testament | View
Thesis 30: As With All Angelic Activity, No State Action Is Coincidental or Random | View
Thesis 31: Ceremony, Ritual, Liturgy, And The “Pedagogical Law” | View
Thesis 32: “Vine & Fig Tree” and “Sacraments”: Passover | View
Thesis 33: Patriarchs And “Elders” | View
Thesis 34: The Need for a Pedagogical Legal Structure | View
Thesis 35: Angels And The Pedagogical Legal Structure | View
Thesis 36: The Promised Land | View
Thesis 37: The Temporary Character of The First “Church Officers” | View
Thesis 38: “Vine & Fig Tree” and the Temple  | View
Thesis 39: Patriarchy and Education | View
Thesis 40: “Vine & Fig Tree” and Oaths | View
E. “Vine & Fig TreeAND THE RISE OF THE STATE | View
Thesis 41: The Character of “gods” | View
Thesis 42: National Security Without a State | View
Thesis 43: The Prohibition of Monarchism | View
Thesis 44: The State as the Answer to the Prayers of Rebels | View
Thesis 45: The Inferiority of Old Covenant Typological Mediators | View
F. “Vine & Fig TreeAND PROVIDENCE : THE STATE | View
Thesis 46: Romans 8:28 and The State | View
Thesis 47: God’s Sovereign Ordering of Every State | View
Thesis 48: The State Serves God by Sinning | View
Thesis 49: The State As Sanctified “Servant”/“Deacon”/”Minister” | View
Thesis 50: The State Does Not Serve God Self-Consciously | View
Thesis 51: Only One King Self-Consciously Serves God | View
Thesis 52: Judgment of the State in Heaven and Earth | View
Thesis 53: Moloch-Worship and the Nature of Idols | View
Thesis 54: War, Capital Punishment, and “The Sword” | View
Thesis 55: The Throne of David | View
G. “Vine & Fig TreeAND THE MESSIAH | View
Thesis 56: Statism At The Time Of Christ | View
Thesis 57: Kingship, Citizenship, and The Gospel | View
Thesis 58: The Civil Authority of The Pastor: Christ The Shepherd | View
Thesis 59: Jewish Opposition To The Kingdom | View
Thesis 60: Christ’s Binding of Satan | View
Thesis 61: True Power vs. Political Power | View
Thesis 62: Agrarianism As Environmentalism | View
Thesis 63: Christ’s Ascension to the Throne of David | View
Thesis 64: The Camaraderie of “Church” And State | View
Thesis 65: Fox News and the Coming of the Kingdom | View
Thesis 66: The Anointed King vs. Political Kings | View
Thesis 67: Jesus The Nazarene | View
H. “Vine & Fig TreeAND THE EARLY HOME-CHURCHES | View
Thesis 68: Extremism Vs. Neutrality | View
Thesis 69: Sons of God and Pedagogues | View
Thesis 70: Judgment and the Church-Courts of Christ | View
Thesis 71: The Apostolic Church and the Spread of Power | View
Thesis 72: “Vine & Fig Tree” and the House-Church | View
Thesis 73: “Vine & Fig Tree” and the “Sacraments”: Baptism | View
Thesis 74: “Vine & Fig Tree” and the “Sacraments”: “The Lord’s Supper” | View
Thesis 75: Self-Ordination | View
Thesis 76: Salt and Statism | View
Thesis 77: Political Authority and Kingdom Citizenship | View
Thesis 78: “Vine & Fig Tree” and Resistance to Tyranny in the Last Days of the Old Covenant | View
Thesis 79: Taxation, Kingdom Citizenship, and Overcoming Through Suffering | View
Thesis 80: Violence | View
Thesis 81: Vengeance | View
Thesis 82: Creationist Anarcho-Socialism and Darwinian Archo-Socialism | View
Thesis 83: Pedagogy and The Powers | View
Thesis 84: The End of Archists: The Pedagogues Judged by the Church | View
Thesis 85: The Last Days of the Old Covenant | View
I. “Vine & Fig TreeINTHE MILLENNIUM” | View
Thesis 86: “The Millennium” | View
Thesis 87: “Ruling with Christ” | View
Thesis 88: Salvation as Light and Social Healing | View
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You need to go through the entire year-long program to appreciate these studies. You do yourself a disservice if you try to judge any one of the studies without studying the entire series. Real change will take place when you work through the entire Bible systematically, daily, prayerfully, thoughtfully, over the course of a year. The change in your thinking -- the change in your worldview -- will not come about because we forced you or tricked you. You will experience those "Aha!' moments when the lightbulb goes on and you're never able to look at the Bible the same way again.

The significance of most of these studies will become clearer after you become acquainted with the four other works that we'll be covering in the Americanism101Coaching Program.

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Read through the Bible in one year
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that Peace is Possible


Why Read the Bible?

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

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

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

Conclusion:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Introduction
Welcome to the Westminster Standards
The Hard Sell
Day 1: Reformation Day and The Chief End of Man
Day 2: The Holy Scripture, part 1
Day 3: The Holy Scripture, part 2
Day 4: The Holy Scripture, part 3
Day 5: What is God? part 1
Day 6: What is God? part 2
Day 7: What is God? part 3
Day 8: What is God? part 4 - The Trinity
Day 9: Of God's Eternal Decree, part 1
Day 10: Of God's Eternal Decree, part 2
Day 11: Of God's Eternal Decree, part 3
Day 12: Of Creation
Day 13: Of Providence, part 1
Day 14: Of Providence, part 2
Day 15: Of Providence, part 3
Day 16: Of Providence, part 4
Day 17: Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and the Punishment thereof, part 1
Day 18: Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and the Punishment thereof, part 2
Day 19: Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and the Punishment thereof, part 3
Day 20: Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and the Punishment thereof, part 4
Day 21: Of God's Covenant with Man, part 1
Day 22: Of God's Covenant with Man, part 2
Day 23: Of God's Covenant with Man, part 3
Day 24: Of God's Covenant with Man, part 4
Day 25: Of Christ the Mediator, part 1
Day 26: Of Christ the Mediator, part 2
Day 27: Of Christ the Mediator, part 3
Day 28: Of Christ the Mediator, part 4
Day 29: Of Christ the Mediator, part 5
Day 30: Of Christ the Mediator, part 6
Day 31: Of Christ the Mediator, part 7
Day 32: Of Christ the Mediator, part 8
Day 33: Of Christ the Mediator, part 9
Day 34: Of Christ the Mediator, part 10
Day 35: Of Christ the Mediator, part 11
Day 36: Of Free Will, part 1
Day 37: Of Free Will, part 2
Day 38: Of Effectual Calling, part 1
Day 39: Of Effectual Calling, part 2
Day 40: Of Effectual Calling, part 3
Day 41: Of Effectual Calling, part 4
Day 42: Of Effectual Calling, part 5
Day 43: Of Justification, part 1
Day 44: Of Justification, part 2
Day 45: Of Justification, part 3
Day 46: Of Justification, part 4
Day 47: Of Justification, part 5
Day 48: Of Adoption
Day 49: Of Sanctification, part 1
Day 50: Of Sanctification, part 2
Day 51: Of Sanctification, part 3
Day 52: Of Saving Faith
Day 53: Of Repentance unto Life, part 1
Day 54: Of Repentance unto Life, part 2
Day 55: Of Good Works, part 1
Day 56: Of Good Works, part 2
Day 57: Of the Perseverance of the Saints
Day 58: Of the Assurance of Grace and Salvation, part 1
Day 59: Of the Assurance of Grace and Salvation, part 2
Day 60: Of the Law of God, part 1
Day 61: Of the Law of God, part 2
Day 62: Of the Law of God, part 3
Day 63: Of the Law of God, part 4
Day 64: Rules for Interpreting God's Commandments, part 1
Day 65: Rules for Interpreting God's Commandments, part 2
Day 66: The Preface to the Ten Commandments
Day 67: Duties Required in the First Commandment, part 1
Day 68: Duties Required in the First Commandment, part 2
Day 69: Sins Forbidden in the First Commandment, part 1
Day 70: Sins Forbidden in the First Commandment, part 2
Day 71: Duties Required in the Second Commandment
Day 72: Sins Forbidden in the Second Commandment, part 1
Day 73: Sins Forbidden in the Second Commandment, part 2
Day 74: Reasons Annexed to the Second Commandment
Day 75: Duties Required in the Third Commandment
Day 76: Sins Forbidden in the Third Commandment, part 1
Day 77: Sins Forbidden in the Third Commandment, part 2
Day 78: Reasons Annexed to the Third Commandment
Day 79: Of Lawful Oaths and Vows, part 1
Day 80: Of Lawful Oaths and Vows, part 2

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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


And from the Westminster Standards we're going to discover a program that will rapidly and profoundly change our personal character and habits.

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

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


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

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

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

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

It was Calvinism that shaped America.

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Day 81: Religious Worship, part 1
Day 82: Religious Worship, part 2
Day 83: Christian Liberty and Liberty of Conscience, part 1
Day 84: Christian Liberty and Liberty of Conscience, part 2
Day 85: The Word of God in Worship, part 1
Day 86: The Word of God in Worship, part 2
Day 87: The Word of God in Worship, part 3
Day 88: The Word of God in Worship, part 4
Day 89: Of the Sacraments, part 1
Day 90: Of the Sacraments, part 2
Day 91: Of Baptism, part 1
Day 92: Of Baptism, part 2
Day 93: Of Baptism, part 3
Day 94: Of The Lord's Supper, part 1
Day 95: Of The Lord's Supper, part 2
Day 96: Of The Lord's Supper, part 3
Day 97: Of The Lord's Supper, part 4
Day 98: Of The Lord's Supper, part 5
Day 99: Of The Lord's Supper, part 6
Day 100: Of Communion of Saints, part 1
Day 101: Of Communion of Saints, part 2
Day 102: The Fourth Commandment, part 1
Day 103: The Fourth Commandment, part 2
Day 104: The Fourth Commandment, part 3
Day 105: The Fourth Commandment, part 4
Day 106: The Fifth Commandment, part 1
Day 107: The Fifth Commandment, part 2
Day 108: The Fifth Commandment, part 3
Day 109: The Fifth Commandment, part 4
Day 110: The Fifth Commandment, part 5
Day 111: The Fifth Commandment, part 6
Day 112: The Civil Magistrate, part 1
Day 113: The Civil Magistrate, part 2
Day 114: The Civil Magistrate, part 3
Day 115: Of The Church, part 1
Day 116: Of The Church, part 2
Day 117: Of Church Censures, part 1
Day 118: Of Church Censures, part 2
Day 119: Of Synods and Councils
Day 120: The Sixth Commandment, part 1
Day 121: The Sixth Commandment, part 2
Day 122: The Sixth Commandment, part 3 - "Capital Punishment"
Day 123: The Sixth Commandment, part 4 - "Lawful War" I
Day 124: The Sixth Commandment, part 5 - "Lawful War" II
Day 125: The Sixth Commandment, part 6 - "Necessary Defense"
Day 126: The Sixth Commandment, part 7 - conclusion
Day 127: The Seventh Commandment, part 1
Day 128: The Seventh Commandment, part 2
Day 129: The Seventh Commandment, part 3
Day 130: The Seventh Commandment, part 4
Day 131: The Eighth Commandment, part 1
Day 132: The Eighth Commandment, part 2
Day 133: The Eighth Commandment, part 3
Day 134: The Eighth Commandment, part 4
Day 135: The Ninth Commandment, part 1
Day 136: The Ninth Commandment, part 2
Day 137: The Ninth Commandment, part 3
Day 138: The Ninth Commandment, part 4
Day 139: The Tenth Commandment
Day 140: Of Communion of Saints, part 3
Day 141: Of the State Of Men after Death
Day 142: The Resurrection of the Dead
Day 143: Of the Last Judgment, part 1
Day 144: Of the Last Judgment, part 2
Day 145: How to Pray, part 1
Day 146: How to Pray, part 2
Day 147: How to Pray, part 3
Day 148: The Lord's Prayer, part 1
Day 149: The Lord's Prayer, part 2
Day 150: The Lord's Prayer, part 3 - "Thy Kingdom Come"
Day 151: The Lord's Prayer, part 4 - "Thy Will Be Done"
Day 152: The Lord's Prayer, part 5 - "Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread"
Day 153: The Lord's Prayer, part 6 - "Forgive Us Our Debts"
Day 154: The Lord's Prayer, part 7 - "Lead us Not into Temptation"
Day 155: The Lord's Prayer, part 8 - "For Thine is the Kingdom"
Day 156: Aggravated Sins, part 1
Day 157: Aggravated Sins, part 2
Day 158: Aggravated Sins, part 3
Day 159: Aggravated Sins, part 4
Day 160: Aggravated Sins, part 5

Special Supplements

"End," "Nature," and "Works"
The Depravity of Man
"Without Passions"
Does God "Repent?"
Emotions and God's Law
The Enthronement of Christ
Christ's Coming to Judge the World
Westminster and Marilynne Robinson
The Politics of Star-Worship
What is "Worship?"
"The Day of The Lord"
The Fourth Commandment in American History
The Five Stages of Deuteronomy 8
The third most important work in the
history of America and Western Civilization
It is not a single book, but a concept.
It’s a concept that transformed barbaric pagan
Empires into limited governments and a
Land of liberty:

That word is
Theocracy

That's right. Theocracy. This is

And yet for all the good it has done the world, the word is hated even by many Christians.
In the 18th century, America's Founders gave us what they called "an Experiment in Liberty," and in the 19th century America became the most prosperous and admired nation in history. Washington D.C. abandoned that experiment in the 20th century, embarking on an experiment in government central planning. Everywhere this experiment was tried -- German, Italy, the Soviet Union -- it left poverty and mass death.

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

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

As if greedy politicians don't.

But your moral concerns are valid.

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

Americans have been trained to react in horror to the word "Theocracy." This is an especially devious trick by atheists. A nation "under God" is a Theocracy, because a nation "under God" is a nation that acknowledges that God rules, and "God Rules" is the literal meaning of "Theocracy." Since we've all been brainwashed to repel any move toward "Theocracy," we say nothing when public schools cannot teach children that we are a nation "under God." That might constitute "imposing a Theocracy." Can't have that!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Religion in Public | WallBuilders

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

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

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

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

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

President Washington could not have said these things to children in a public school classroom in 2011. (And not just because American public school students are generally illiterate and wouldn't understand half of what colonial teenagers would have understood.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

           

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

There are two stories that need to be told:

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

The second story is the story of America, and how

Calvinism created America  (1517-1787)
• America apostatized into an atheistic empire  (1787-2011)
• and -- hopefully -- how America repented and became an anarchist-theocracy (2011 - ????).

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

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

Capitalism

Capitalism or socialism?

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

It's all about violence.

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

The Wealth of Nations

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

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

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

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

"Capitalism" is the opposite of "socialism."

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

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

        

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

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

The Biggest Government Lie in all of Human History.

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

100% pure laissez-faire capitalism

You might not be offended at that idea. Yet.

It means the absence of all socialism. Every trace.

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

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

The Biggest Government Lie in all of Human History.

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

Are you a socialist or a capitalist?

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

Everybody talks about "smaller government." Everybody agrees that some government needs to be cut. How much? When and where do we stop cutting?

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

It was unprecedented.

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

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

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

We The People would govern ourselves.

And -- We the People would govern the government.

We the People would tell the government how to govern!

Breathtaking.

It rocked the world.

Only a Theocracy -- a people "under God" -- can be trusted with self-government -- capitalism and a Free Market. And if religion and morality hold sway in a nation, then we can safely criticize America's Founding Fathers for replacing one government with another. They themselves taught us not to trust civil governments for social order, but to trust in religion and morality. If you're having second thoughts about enrolling in Americanism101Coaching, read the quotes on that page. Take a glance at the linked pages on that page. After reading the Bible, the Westminster Standards, the history of Theocracy and Western Civilization, and Reisman's treatise on Capitalism, you will be ready for the next paradigm.

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

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

 

The Final Book

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

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

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

For many people, "realism" = pessimism.

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

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

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

This optimism has virtually disappeared in the 21st century.

The final book assigned for reading in our Americanism101Coaching Program will be a book that refutes modern "pessimillennialism" and restores optimism and confidence in God's ability to achieve His goals. This book will give us courage to be Peacemakers. This book will become one of the most important books in Western Civilization because it will prevent the plunge into pessimism and nihilism that threatens to bring down Western Civilization itself.

We are searching diligently for this book.

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

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

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

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


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