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If the Nashville Statement must be a declaration of war, then we must sign it

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I’m fascinated and floored at the same time. Just about every writer at The New Americana wanted to take a crack at writing about the Nashville Statement. Not just here either. At The Resurgent (where I also contribute), there have been multiple takes on it. Ben Shapiro, an orthodox Jew, tweeted “Did I miss the part of the #NashvilleStatement where any serious Christian doctrine changed in the slightest?”

Such a non-controversial statement, so plain and direct, should not have generated such vitriol and discussion. That’s why I’m fascinated. I’m floored because it has.

Obviously, something has touched a nerve. To me, and many who have read the Bible, think critically, and know what it says and what Christians believe, there’s no controversy here. The fact that there’s not only controversy, but great consternation, is a sign to me that I needed to sign the statement.

If you are a Christian who is asking “what’s the big deal?” you need to sign it too. Here’s why.

In 1776, on July 2, the Continental Congress approved the language for the Declaration of Independence. On July 4, the first printing, which consisted of two hundred copies for the colonies, and for the record, was released. An original from that printing run ended up stored away in an attic in the Ladd-Gilman House in Exeter, N.H., where it was found in 1985.

That document, once signed, became a death warrant for the signers. They had broken their allegiance with the Crown and placed it in the hands of God Almighty.

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Nothing changed as regards the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God; the long list of grievances the King perpetrated against the colonies was an affront to liberty and God. At no time did more than about one-third of the colonists actively support independence, and about one in four remained loyal to the Crown to the end of the war. The rest did what they could to stay out of the way, rendering aid or obstructing either side based on what action would leave them in peace.

But in order that the colonies could win freedom, the Continental Congress members had to sign their names to a death warrant.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

Today’s battle lines in the culture war, the offensive war against Christian, Biblical values, have not been set by Bible-believing Christians. God’s word has not changed. The Laws of Nature and Nature’s God are the same for us as they were for John Hancock and Thomas Jefferson.

Signing the Nashville Statement may, culturally, be tantamount to a death warrant, a declaration of war and an acknowledgement of a separation, an unbridgeable gulf, between the values of those who sign it and those who oppose it on whatever grounds.

We’ve tried reasoning with them, explaining to them the historicity, metaphysical consistency, and exegetical simplicity of the Bible in terms of things like “man,” “woman,” “marriage,” and the relationships between them. We’ve tried to reach out in peace. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow their usurpation of our transcendent moral law and its law-giver.

They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and consanguinity. Sound familiar?

Those who oppose such an essential, clear, and non-controversial doctrine as the Biblical definition of gender and marriage, one which comports with biology, anthropology, sociology and history, have only one goal in mind. They wish to rule over us as Lord and Master, as the moral law-giver in place of God Almighty.

That is intolerable to Christians, and fellow-travelers in clear, critical thinking, just as it was to our founding fathers.

If the Nashville Statement is to be the defining line between the culture of God-fearing people and the madness of Nietzsche’s super-men who have killed God in their own minds, then that line was set by the enemies of God, not by the people who drafted the statement.

There is no choice for any Bible-believing Christian but to sign the statement, and literally side with God.

The signers of the Declaration of Independence closed with this promise:

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

If the battle is to be joined, we must do no less.

Managing Editor of NOQ Report. Serial entrepreneur. Faith, family, federal republic. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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  1. Jake Gambino

    September 1, 2017 at 5:33 am

    Steve-

    This piece is incredible. As I said about Ben Shapiro’s recent piece on men, women, and children, even Alexander Hamilton would be tipping his hat to you.

    Seriously amazing write up.

  2. Terry Lydell

    September 1, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    In Christ’s time the lepers were scorned – untouchables. Christ went to the lepers. Think about it. What would Jesus do?

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Are Men Economically Obsolete?

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Technological advances and globalization are prime reasons why over seven million middle-aged men aged 25-54 are not in the American “labor force.”

It may get even worse. A new report from a Federal Reserve official suggests these men are “unlikely to return to the labor force” based on current trends.

Demographic factors drive their nonparticipation, argues Fed economist Didem Tuzemen, who found that disability or illness was the most common cause of no participation.

However, the economist also pointed to “job polarization,” meaning the decline in demand for “middle-skill” workers caused by technological advances and globalization. The fed economist argues that if it weren’t for these economic and technological shifts, nearly two million more men would have been employed in 2016, or 3.6% more employment of men in this age group.


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Why Are Prime-Age Men Vanishing from the Labor Force? by Diden Tuzemen

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Mass Murders, Mass Shootings, Who are we going to allow to influence us?

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Neil Degrasse Tyson is not only one of the new darlings of the mainstream progressive media, he is basically the new Carl Sagan. I can say that because he was the presenter of the updated version of Sagan’s 1980 television series “Cosmos” which become one of the most watched science documentaries of the 20th century and set the standard for other shows like it to follow, including the recent follow-up. A second Cosmos series with Tyson is currently in the pipeline.

With the Parkland, Fla. school shooting added to the list of many other school shootings, Tyson decided to present his remedy on his Twitter feed to help the human race heal and better themselves.

“Evidence collected over many years, obtained from many locations, indicates that the power of Prayer is insufficient to stop bullets from killing school children.”

Harvard psychologist and outspoken humanist Stephen Pinker chimed in on MSNBC’s “Hugh Hewitt”: “What was the benevolent shepherd doing while the teenager was massacring his classmates? If you’re counting on God to make the world a better place you are probably going to make the world a worse place because he is not listening and we saw that yesterday.”

He’s not alone. The Freedom From Religion Foundation likes to remind those who pray daily that “Nothing Fails Like Prayer.” While certain elements of the so-called enlightenment coupled with scientific advances might have debunked certain superstitions, they moved us away from God’s law and embraced evil ideals.

I am sure that most if not all Big “A” Atheists embrace and admire the ideals and philosophies of Charles Darwin. Darwin’s ideals of natural selection and evolution were taken to heart by several different men over the years. Jeffrey Dahmer in an interview with NBC News said that he believed in Darwinian evolution and that led him to become a serial killer and sex offender. He received a life sentence but along the way, he renounced his belief in Darwin and embraced creationism. Dahmer was murdered by another prisoner in Nov. 1994.

Adolf Hitler’s vision of a new Germany only came on the world stage not only because of the of the theories of Darwin but also from the notions of Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche believed that those who are stronger in the world must attack, conquer and eventually murder those who are weaker than they are. Did you know that Nietzsche admitted that his conclusions came from Lucifer himself? He actually said it. Nietzsche’s “might makes right” view coupled with Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” proved to be a toxic cocktail for the human race.

Eric Harris drank this toxin via his education in the public education system. Many at Columbine High School in Denver, Colo. would pay the price. This included Cassie Bernall who was immortalized by many evangelical Christians in the Michael W. Smith song “This Is Your Time.”

Just another consequence of forbidding the existence of God in the public school classroom in the name of “separation of church and state.” You can’t honor God for they say He does not exist. We act astonished when another school shooting happens or a would-be tyrant tries to play God, and yet these humanists want us to be better ourselves without God’s help. They are true fools, or they know God exists and they are trying to weasel out of accountability for their sinful actions.

Harris and Dahmer were men with little to no power and it did not end well for either of them. The masterminds like Tyson and Pinker who have money and are well-off are in high places, can seek to use their leverage to empower people and advance causes that fit with their visions of what they think will be a better world. They will fail as well.

Trouble is, it will likely lead to another tyrant who demands that the human race renounces God. Jeffrey Dahmer believed in Darwinian evolution, took ideas of creationism that turned him around before he was murdered by another prisoner. Eric Harris took Darwin’s doctrine of Natural Selection no differently than Hitler. He paid attention to the “teacher rap” and took it to heart. Friedrich Nietzsche admitted being influenced by the devil himself. His views influenced Harris and Hitler.

Who are we going to allow to influence us? Neil Degrasse Tyson? Stephen Pinker? The mainstream media? There are consequences for kicking God out of schools and breaking His laws-we are seeing it today.


This article was originally published in The Christian Post
https://www.christianpost.com/voice/mass-murders-mass-shootings-and-the-need-to-return-to-god-and-his-holy-law.html

Other references
https://www.dailywire.com/news/27320/americas-leading-scientists-degrasse-tyson-and-ben-shapiro

https://www.generations.org/programs/869

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In a violent world, it’s time to do the right thing “for the children”

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In the never-ending assault on liberty, Progressive Democrats and Republicans often resort to using children as a type of political cover for their otherwise unpopular agenda. We are witnessing this right now as they work to dismantle the Second Amendment following the Florida high school shooting.

But let’s face it; who can say “no” to an agenda when it’s “for the children?”

Clearly, this ploy has paid huge dividends for big-government Progressives. One need look no further than the recent budget negotiations where the obsolete Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was renewed for 6 years. Or the recent suggestion to use Social Security to finance big-government’s newest entitlement—Ivanka Trump’s Paid Family Leave.

Quite honestly “for the children” has been so successful that I’ve decided to adopt it myself. While Progressives use it to destroy freedom, I will use it to defend the Constitution.

For example, as I mentioned earlier, Progressives are using the Florida tragedy to void the Second Amendment to keep children safe. But I will defend gun rights because it’s the only way we can keep them safe. Unarmed Americans in gun-free zones will only lead to more tragedies like Florida, not fewer.

Additionally, I will defend the First Amendment “for the children.” What future awaits the next generation if liberty is destroyed due to being raised on political correctness and spending their time in safe-spaces?

In fact, I will defend the entire Constitution “for the children.” What future will the next generation have if tyranny replaces freedom?

I will also fight for the Convention of States‘ goal for a balanced budget amendment “for the children.” What kind of future will they have if they are forced to pay for our fiscal irresponsibility? And I will fight to end abortion “for the (unborn) children,” because they are deprived of even having a future when they are deprived their right to life.

While there will certainly be more issues to fight for, it’s time to get ready America. The Strident Conservative is going to be more strident than ever because, after all, it’s “for the children.”

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His politically incorrect and always “right” columns are featured on RedState.com, NOQReport.com, and TheResurgent.com.

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