Repenting of the sins of our forefathers, by John Robinson
Some of the hardest sins to identify and come clean from are the ones that we grow up with. Most people have sentimental connections with their family and their forefathers which is to be expected, but the difficult part is putting away the rose colored glasses and seeing things objectively. I am reminded of the words of Will Rogers who said
“Things ain’t what they used to be and probably never were.”
Ronald Reagan is quoted as saying
“If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.“
My concern with this statement is that it encourages the idea that we can somehow keep the American Dream going perpetually. Actually I am assured that we will lose our freedom here and there will a place to escape to. That will be the New Jerusalem. The Kingdom of Heaven cannot come without the demise of the kingdoms of this world.
President Reagan’s comment is somewhat of a spinoff of the idea of American exceptionalism that has been so prevalent down through the years.
Actually Ronald Reagan was one of the best actors we have ever had for president. Our current one is not a good actor at all. It’s not hard to determine President Obama’s core values. Ronald Reagan seemed like such a nice guy but he did quite a few things that raised red flags in my opinion. Probably the most noteworthy was the fact that he reestablished diplomatic relations with the Vatican in 1984 after they had been severed for 117 years. The history books are pretty much silent on this subject but diplomatic relations were broken in 1867 because of strong evidence that the Vatican was involved in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. John Surratt fled from the US and took refuge at the Vatican until he was apprehended and brought back to be tried for his part of the conspiracy.
Now I assume that Reagan made the decision to join hands with the pope either for religious or political reasons, but either way I question his motives. His cooperation with the pope would have been at odds with people like John Wycliffe, who was one of the earliest opponents of papal authority influencing secular power.
William Tyndale said,
"I defy the Pope, and all his laws;
Charles Spurgeon put it this way:
“It is the bounden duty of every Christian to pray against Antichrist and as to what Antichrist is no sane man ought to raise a question. If it be not the Popery in the Church of Rome, there is nothing in the world that can be called by that name. . .
John Wesley had this to say about the papacy
"He is in an emphatical sense, the Man of Sin, as he increases all manner of sin above measure."
Keith Green said this in his CATHOLIC CHRONICLES:
“Mouths that used to speak out boldly against the Church of Rome have been quieted by the times. It is no longer vogue to speak of the pope as 'the antichrist', (Although the following people unhesitatingly did: Martin Luther, John Bunyan, John Huss, John Wycliffe, John Calvin, William Tyndale, John Knox, Thomas Bacon, John Wesley, Samuel Cooper, John Cotton, and Jonathan Edwards.) or the Catholic Church as the 'whore of Babylon'. Now Protestants unwittingly believe that 'our differences are not so great'. Ah, that is just what She needs us to think!”
Could it be that Ronald Reagan was fulfilling the prophecy of Revelation 17 in which John described the kings of the earth committing fornication with this mother of harlots who is located in the city of seven hills? Even if President Reagan was a nice guy who was just deceived, that still puts him in line to receive the plagues that will be doled out to the beast.
Rev. 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of (YHVH), which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb.
11 And the smoke of his their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
Rick Santorum said that George Bush was a better Catholic than John F. Kennedy because he more cooperative with the pope. (1)
In Oklahoma, back in the 1940’s my wife’s grandfather was held in the county jail for a brief period of time, because he refused to allow his children to salute the American flag at school.
Since that time the US has bombed Korea, Libya, Iraq, Cuba, Afghanistan, Grenada, Indonesia, Peru, Guatemala, Viet Nam, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Cambodia, Lebanon, Somalia, Panama, Iran, Kuwait, Yugoslavia, Bosnia, Sudan and Laos for the purpose of “defending our interests” or for “spreading democracy.” Here is an excerpt from a website called legaciesofwar.org.
Home From 1964 to 1973, the U.S. dropped more than two million tons of ordnance (bombs) on Laos during 580,000 bombing missions—equal to a planeload of bombs every 8 minutes, 24-hours a day, for 9 years – making Laos the most heavily bombed country per capita in history. The bombings were part of the U.S. Secret War in Laos to support the Royal Lao Government against the Pathet Lao and to interdict traffic along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The bombings destroyed many villages and displaced hundreds of thousands of Lao civilians during the nine-year period.
Today in Laos, forty years later, there are about 60 fatalities per year from the bombs that did not detonate on impact, but are still volatile when unearthed by farmers or children.
Given this information is the US the kind of nation that we need to pledge our allegiance to? Do we provide liberty and justice for all? I suppose we are one nation under God, but all nations are under God. The problem is that our pledge of allegiance implies that our nation is submissive to the Almighty. To quote Diane Reidy, stenographer for the US House of Representatives, “… if (our country) was one nation under God then it’s constitution would not have been written by freemasons.”(2)
Yes America has been a great nation, like Rome was a great nation, both imperialistic by nature.
Here is the definition of imperialism -
1. The policy of extending a nation's authority by territorial acquisition or by the establishment of economic and political hegemony over other nations.
Does that sound familiar? When the US moved into Iraq in 2003 they brought in Monsanto and Halliburton who quickly got a strangle hold on the seed market and construction business. Our weapons of mass destruction range from nuclear bombs to GMO seeds, but the pretext is that unlike other countries we use them responsibly. As it was in past generations reality is a big pill to swallow for us today.
Of course America was founded by some good men, on many biblical principles, but the same could be said of the Methodist Church or the Baptist Church etc. Would it make sense to pledge our allegiance to the modern day versions of those institutions, because they seemed to be somewhat on track 200 years ago?
So what can we do to avoid partaking of other men’s sins? First we must give honor to whom honor is due, then we must repent of our sins and the sins of our forefathers and to do that we can and must expose the unfruitful works of darkness, even if it hits close to home.
(1) WASHINGTON POST>George W Bush
A Catholic Wind in the White House
By Daniel Burke,April 13, 2008
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