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Posted By Max Lyons, Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dear friends, pastors, educators and ministry leaders,

FACE is offering a course to help Christians understand a Biblical view of economics. As you are probably aware, this is an area of weakness within the body of Christ generally. This is a great concern as economics is an area critical to our worldview. If we don’t have a Biblical view of economics we most likely will hold to some or many socialistic presuppositions. The implications are not pretty.

It is my hope that through the course Free Men and Free Markets I can significantly develop ones knowledge of economics (and government) through the lens of Scripture.

Please forward this communication to any Christians, educators, or home-schooled high school students who you feel could benefit from learning economics “God’s way.”

For the details, click on the event (Free Men and Free Markets) under "calendar."

For Christ and His truth,

Max Lyons

Tags:  economics  government 

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Constitution Day 2014

Posted By Max Lyons, Thursday, September 11, 2014

Constitution Day, September 17, 2014

 

 

“Vigilant, a. Watchful; circumspect; attentive to discover and avoid danger, or to provide for safety.” (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)

 

A quote that one hears quite often on the theme of freedom or liberty is, “the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” Who said this? Many attribute this saying to Thomas Jefferson; some believe that it was stated by English statesman Edmund Burke.  Actually the author is John Philpot Curran, an Irish statesman and orator. Here is Curran’s full quote in context:

 

It is the common fate of the indolent (lazy) to see their rights become prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of the crime and the punishment of his guilt.

 

Curran is saying that if you are lazy, those who are diligent but not godly are going to pilfer your rights. You are going to become a servant, and you deserve it, because you were not vigilant in preserving your liberties. This is a harsh, but it is a reality.

In 1 Peter 5:8-9 we are reminded to, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.  Resist him, steadfast in the faith.” The devil’s mission every day is to “rip you off.” He is trying to get you so bound by sin that you won’t have the liberty that God wants you to walk in. Believers must be vigilant and resist the devil every day in order to not fall prey to him.

The devil wants to get America off the track on which our forefathers set us. Satan desires us to have our laws based on the opposite of God’s Word. Believers must be vigilant and resist him in order for this not to happen. Our Constitution delineates a form of government based upon the principles of God’s Word. Since our founding period, it has been either altered or ignored to the point that we no longer have a Christian form of government. The spirit is gone, and now only the “letter” of our Constitution remains.

 Can our original Constitution be revived? Yes, as the learned Noah Webster taught that each of us has a constitution in our mind, we can revive our original constitution by renewing our mind (Romans 12:2) by taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (II Cor. 10:5).

 Eternal vigilance, in Jesus, is our battle cry!

 

 

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Vote TODAY

Posted By Connie Moody, Thursday, January 26, 2012

"In the intervening years customs and habits have changed. Opportunities for recreation have increased. Our entire mode of life has been recast through invention, the great growth of our cities, and for other reasons. Undoubtedly, this has been responsible in no small measure for the widespread disregard on the part of so many of our citizens of the privilege and duty of voting…If the people fail to vote, a government will be developed that is not their government…The whole system of American Government rests on the ballot box. Unless citizens perform their duties there, such a system of government is doomed to failure.”           Calvin Coolidge

Voting is a means of giving internal Christian self-government and conscience external expression. By definition, a vote is "the expression of a wish, desire, will, preference or choice in regard to any measure proposed, in which the person voting has an interest in common with others, either in electing a man to office, or in passing laws, rules, regulations, and the like…” (Webster's 1828 Dictionary). Students of the Principle Approach® understand that these elements of internal property: wishes, desires, will, preferences, choices, are to be vassals to reason ruled by and wholly obedient to God (see Grotius quote, T&L, p. 119).

It is easy for us to perform the action of voting at the ballot box and even to exhort others to do likewise. However, failure to vote isn't just neglecting to register, finding excuse not to stand in line at the precinct on Election Day, or not pushing a button or coloring a bubble once behind the veil. Failing to vote is failing to have our reason ruled by and wholly obedient to God regarding His principles of government and then seeing to it that these are upheld in our personal lives and in the civil spheres through our voting duty (or even perhaps seeking to serve in public office).

Failing to vote in this sense has been a chronic condition of much of the citizenry for many generations. Christians are especially at fault as we have the capacity through the indwelling Spirit to have reason ruled by God*. Therefore, as Coolidge predicted, a government has developed that is not of the people, by the people, and for the people—a Christian constitutional republic—our interest in common.

Don't wait until November 6, 2012; VOTE TODAY! Begin researching, reasoning, relating, and recording the principles you need to know and hold inviolate as you vet the candidates and examine the initiatives and referenda up for election and teach your children, students and others through this important process.

 

* Note definition #4 of 'vote', "United voice in public prayer,” and consider the crucial role Christians must play, first and foremost in prayer.

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Tags:  Coolidge  election  government  Grotius  prayer  vote 

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