Saturday, July 16, 2016

Binding Satan

108 And then shall the first angel again sound his trump in the ears of all living, and reveal the secret acts of men, and the mighty works of God in the first thousand years. 
109 And then shall the second angel sound his trump, and reveal the secret acts of men, and the thoughts and intents of their hearts, and the mighty works of God in the second thousand years— 
110 And so on, until the seventh angel shall sound his trump; and he shall stand forth upon the land and upon the sea, and swear in the name of him who sitteth upon the throne, that there shall be time no longer; and Satan shall be bound, that old serpent, who is called the devil, and shall not be loosed for the space of a thousand years. (Doctrine and Covenants, Doctrine and Covenants, D&C 88)

Some times we dont like to talk about the negative stuff in our the families and in the world.  But by not talking about negative and positive in the right way and in the right spirit, (not gossip) we allow sin to fester and get out of control. We like to imagine it doesn't exist. Like priestcraft in thr Book of Mormon we may prefer to peach a popular doctrine. 

But as we are called according to Gods Holy Order, we must shed light on the good and the bad.  We must not only bind up the broken hearted with the pleasing word of God but sometimes also call to repentance, and enlarge the wounds at times to drain a festering abscess to achieve healing we desire instead of just covering up the lesion hoping it will go away. 

According to D&C 88, acknowledging both the good will bind Satan such that he will no longer have power over the hearts of the children if men. 

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Commandments: the Foundation of Freedom

When God led Israel out of slavery and bondage in Egypt, the first thing He did was give Israel the 10 Commandments which were intended to preserve their freedom.  If mankind knew nothing about God we would be ruled exclusively by our appetites and our fears-- mostly our fears. 

Lehi taught in the Book of Mormon that we are not free unless we are "enticed by the one or the other." Without a knowledge of God, there would be no two sides, there would only be the Law of the Jungle and as Korihor taught, "whatsoever a man did was no crime" but that "every man prospered according to his genius, and that every man conquered according to his strength".

However, because we know God and the Atonement of Christ; we have agency, a choice, and we are free to choose.  Because of God we can be hungry but choose to fast, we can feel tempted but choose to abstain, we can feel entitled but choose to give, and we can be offended but choose to forgive.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Giving a Good Report

When Moses led the House of Isreal out of captivity in Egypt and just before entering into their promised land in Canaan, God sent representatives from each tribe to explore the land of Israel. Instead of reporting back how great the land was and how blessed they were to receive it, 10 of the 12 spies gave bad reports telling Israel that the land was filled with giants and their was no hope that they could ever possess it. Only Joshua of the tribe Ephraim and Caleb of the tribe Judah gave good faithful reports. 

In consequence for the evil reports, God commanded that Moses and the House of Israel wander in the desert for 40 years until that entire generation had died out except for Joshua and Caleb. Joshua and Caleb, on the other hand, upon entering the land were rewarded with their own cities of Timnath Serah and Hebron respectively. 

Are we just as guilty and faithless as the 10 spies who gave evil reports? Satan has ruled over this Earth for 6000 years.  But God has always desired to possess the Earth to be an inheritance for the righteous. Why do the righteous allow the wicked and corrupt ideologies to rule? In many cases the good people just throw up our hands convinced that there is nothing we can do about it. 

The righteous are meant to rule over the Earth and cause that the groves (places of false worship and false ideology) be completely removed. This isn't a militant thing, but a struggle of morality and ideology. Virtue begets morality. Morality begets values. Values beget idealogy. Idealogy begets policy.  And policy begets law. What we need is a return to virtue beginning with observance of the Sabbath Day which will provide the needed perspective to see our way forward on the correct path to greatest happiness.

The same principle applies in our own life.  Have we given up on ourselves?  Have we been fooled into thinking that our sins and weaknesses are giants that cannot be overcome?  God hates this attitude because the consequences become a self-fulfilling prophecy. God cannot help us without faith or hope. If we think there is no hope, we are right, but with God all things are possible.

Virtue = empathy and self-restraint required to do no harm to others.
Golden Rule = treat others how you would want others to treat you.
Morality = principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.
Values = a person's principles or standards of behavior; one's judgment of what is important in life.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Founding Fathers on Virtue and Religion

John Adams in a speech to the military in 1798 warned his fellow countrymen stating,
"We 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."

Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence said.
"[T]he only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be aid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments. Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind."

Noah Webster, author of the first American Speller and the first Dictionary said,
"[T]he Christian religion, in its purity, is the basis, or rather the source of all genuine freedom in government. . . . and I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of that religion have not a controlling influence."

Gouverneur Morris, Penman and Signer of the Constitution.
"[F]or avoiding the extremes of despotism or anarchy . . . the only ground of hope must be on the morals of the people. I believe that religion is the only solid base of morals and that morals are the only possible support of free governments. [T]herefore education should teach the precepts of religion and the duties of man towards God."

Fisher Ames author of the final wording for the First Amendment wrote,
"[Why] should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a school book? Its morals are pure, its examples captivating and noble. The reverence for the Sacred Book that is thus early impressed lasts long; and probably if not impressed in infancy, never takes firm hold of the mind."

John Jay, Original Chief-Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court,
"The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts."

James Wilson, Signer of the Constitution; U. S. Supreme Court Justice,
"Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is divine. . . . Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other."

Noah Webster, author of the first American Speller and the first Dictionary stated,
"The moral principles and precepts contained in the scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. . . All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible."

Robert Winthrop, Speaker of the U. S. House,
"Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet."

Benjamin Franklin, Signer of the Declaration of Independence
"[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."

George Washington, General of the Revolutionary Army, president of the Constitutional Convention, First President of the United States of America, Father of our nation,
"Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society."

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Return to Virtue and Freedom

Roman democracy fell through a series of straightforward steps: 1. secret combinations shipped in drugs and promoted promiscuity (Silk Road and Pompeii), 2. chemical abuse and promiscuity lead to greater poverty (idleness and illegitimacy),  3. Church slacks in its prime responsibility of welfare and virtue.  4. Puppet dictator comes to power promising social justice offering socialism and welfare without virtue or accountability (enables and exploits poor), 5. Demoralized citizens no longer can recognize or resonate with truth. (educating and informing isn't enough) 6. Slow erosion of liberty and freedom, (poor and socialist manipulated to vote away rights) 7. Rome imperialism and expansion necessary to resupply economy with liquidity via perpetual tribute due to a perpetual trade deficit with China.  8. Rome is no longer self-sufficient economically or militarily and was forced to hire barbarians to supply Legion with men.  9. Rome perceived as the "bully" of the world, 10. Roman citizens marginalized Barbarian immigrants, exploiting their labor but never assimilating them into their society. 11.Bankrupt Rome was overthrown and divided by an insurrection of foederati barbarians from within and without. 

In Roman Times, there was the Western Roman Empire with the capital in Rome and the Eastern Roman Empire with the capital in Constantinople.  The elite lived in Venice, Cypress, Malta, Rhodes, Crete (Venetian Black Nobility), controlled trade in the Mediterranean like the Phoenicians before them, and fomented war between the East and West, profiteering on the continual war.

Saving America and Constitutional government can only be achieved by beginning with a return to virtue. John Adams said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."  The king-men who often control and over-through governments via their magicians and advisors who usurp power through promoting sin and poverty and then instituting socialism.  

The US Constitution says that the federal government should "shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof".  Welfare and marriage are 2 major institutions of religion. Welfare and marriage are the business of religion and the Federal Government therefore should not make any laws concerning them whatsoever. Instead, government has taken over marriage and welfare and has, in reality, become its own religious institution. 

Drug abuse should not by itself be illegal. There can be no law about harming yourself.  Addicted persons trapped in patterns of self-abuse need rehab not jail. However, drug distribution is illegal.  The distributer harms the addicted buyer.  The intent of use is tied directly to recreational vs. medicinal form of the chemical substance. This is exactly the legal basis of the 18th Amendment on alcohol prohibition which prohibited distribution of beverage (recreational) alcohol only. 

Same-gender marriage is illegal first because the federal government and especially the federal courts are not to rule on what is a religious institution but also because the difference between civil union and marriage is the right of 2 people to biologically procreate and then responsibility to nurture their offspring. Children have the right to receive a genetic inheritance from a male and female and to be raised by a mother and father who honor their marriage vows. Advanced fertility allowing male-male or female-female offspring  harms that offspring (denies them a full genetic inheritance) as do couples who violate their marriage vows. Same-gender couples should be free to live together and receive all insurance and tax and inheritance benefits of any other couple. But the difference between marriage and civil union is children.

The first step in America's return to virtue is a return to Sabbath observance. This need not even be a religious issue necessarily. Let Muslims observe Friday, Jews and Adventists Saturday, Christians Sunday, and Atheists whatever day they choose.  Let atheists respect nature and devote time to community or environment.  But observing a day of rest, family and community service orients us on what is most important in life and empowers greater self-restraint and disipline and higher humanity in all aspects of life. 

America is blessed above all other nations because of our vast mineral and natural resource wealth and the ease of growing food in the Mississippi River Valley.  This ease of food production led to specialization and technological innovation.  However, techological innovation can then led to gross slothfulness where US citizens are no longer self-sufficient or do much of anything for themselves including procreate.  Will the US become ripe for destruction like so many Empires before it, becoming no more than forgotten chapters in history books. 

The problem of poverty is a threat to our freedom and only religion can effectively answer it through providing welfare together with an expectation of virtuous living. We need to reestablish observance of the Sabbath Day and create a society that once again champions sobriety and chastity.  

Education alone is insufficient to change things in America because truth does not resonate in the corrupt mind. To the demoralized person, truth is silly, offensive and even becomes repulsive. The first and only hope for America is a return to virtue beginning with Sabbath day observance.