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A Conservative Republican candidate’s plea to his own party

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Republicans join Democrats to spend more money and bankrupt America

I am extremely disappointed in the state of the Republican party. As the Republican candidate for California State Controller, it is difficult for me to make an argument on why people should vote Republican. I do not like the argument that the Democrats have gone so far off the deep-end that we have no other choice. I don’t like binary choices or picking the lesser of two evils. If I am going to be a standard-bearer for the Republican party in California, then give me a reason to be proud of my own party.

It is not easy being a Republican in California. Many times the R next to my name is more of a liability than a benefit, and it’s not because of what the Republican party stands for. It’s because many Republicans don’t believe in the principles of limited government, local control, economic freedom, and fiscal responsibility. People don’t like liars and hypocrites and if people can’t trust us, why should they vote for us?

You ask us to vote for you to limit the government, cut spending, and lower the deficit, and once we give you power, you betray us and pass one of the worst spending bills in Congressional history ($1.3 trillion omnibus bill). You demonize Obama’s trillion dollar deficits but once in power, you continue with the reckless irresponsible spending.

If the party wants to spend money like a drunken sailor (no offense to drunken sailors), then they should just come out and say conservatives are no longer welcome in this party. If that is the case, then I call upon the leadership of the GOP to call me and tell me to my face that I’m no longer welcome in the party. As conservative commentatory Steve Deace always says, “Don’t pee on me and tell me that it’s raining,”

As I have always stated, I’m a Conservative that happens to be a Republican, not a Republican that happens to be a Conservative. I’m a conservative because I seek to conserve that which history has proven to be optimal and economic policies grounded in reality, not wishful thinking.

There is not one example in history that overbearing centralized government, that recklessly spends, destroys the purchasing power of currency by printing money and accumulating debt has prospered in the long-run. Just like so many powerful empires and nations before us, they believed that they would never collapse, so do we in our pride and arrogance believe we can go down the same road and buck history and not become just another footnote in history.

We cannot continue down this path forever and I do not believe we are past the point-of-no-return, but if we do not change course soon we will become another footnote in history.

If you love this country as I do, then do the patriotic thing and stop destroying this country with your irresponsible spending. Learn from the mistakes of the past and realize that these policies might have short-term benefits but in the long-run what you are actually voting for is a slow and painful death by suicide, inflicted by you, those that we entrusted to protect us.

Therefore, I call on my own party to do what is right and once again embrace the principles our party was founded upon. Let us be the leaders the people can trust, let us be the leaders that would rather lose an election but in the end, save America from the looming disaster coming towards us. I beg you, become that which you once were.


Konstantinos Roditis is a candidate for California State Controller. You can learn more about his campaign at cacontroller.com, and you can follow him on Twitter & Facebook.

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PragerU: Does race really matter?

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PragerU Does race really matter

Leftwing talk about race frightens Dennis Prager and it should frighten you as well. There is a dangerous precedent being set by the left that is creating division where it no longer exists. Unfortunately, it definitely did exist in the recent past, but modern America generally does not look at race as much of an indicator anymore EXCEPT when the left makes it an issue. This is ironic, of course, because in their quest to supposedly eliminate racism, the left tends to make race a bigger issue than it needs to be.

We hear about cultural appropriations, certain races whose lives apparently matter more than others, and the deconstruction of our nation’s history based upon cultural norms from the time that are no longer acceptable now. Yes, many of America’s first people were racist. Some even owned slaves. Even after slavery was abolished, we experienced racial divides that continued through the civil rights movement all the way into modern times. But today, those divides are no longer as prominent. A black President was elected with a strong number of non-black voters behind him. Congress is more racially and sexually diverse than ever in our country’s history. We have more CEOs of major corporations who aren’t just “old white guys” than ever.

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America is making strong strides to effectively eliminate racial inequality, but the push to keep the divide as wide as possible isn’t coming from the general conservative side of the political aisle. Yes, there are white supremacists who claim a portion of the right-leaning mantle, but they are infinitesimal compared to the standard masses of conservatives who have seen beyond race. The real cultural and racial divides are being perpetuated by the left, and in particular by our leaders from the Democratic Party who cannot have a future if they do not play the race card incessantly.

This video by PragerU shows the stark difference between Dennis Prager and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). As she vies for votes by playing the race card, Mr. Prager calls out the real racism in America that’s coming from the left.

 


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What are the spiritual beings in the Bible?

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What are the spiritual beings in the Bible

Most people, even those who haven’t read the Bible, are likely familiar with it enough to know there are two primary groups being discussed: humans and God in his three forms, also known as the Trinity. Those who have read the Bible realize there are other groups of being as well. These are the “spiritual beings” of the Bible – angels, demons, and everything in between.

While I don’t always agree with everything taught by the folks at The Bible Project, most of their perspectives are excellent. More importantly, they’re able to break down the complex elements of the Bible and retell the stories in ways anyone can understand.

They’ve begun a new series focused on spiritual beings that I’m very hopeful will be enlightening and exegetically accurate. This is an important teaching to understand. While I’d recommend reading one of Michael Heiser’s books on the subject, those who aren’t ready for lengthy research should at least take a look at this or other teachings. It’s an important topic, one that gets much less attention than it deserves.

As we continue to work on our Principalities and Powers Podcast, it behooves us that more people are aware of the forces that we don’t necessarily see that are at work around us. This is why we’re hopeful about this new series from The Bible Project.

 


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The Catholic-Mulsim fraternity deal is anti-Biblical

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The Catholic-Mulsim fraternity deal is anti-Biblical

Before I get into the meat of this subject, it’s important to be perfectly clear about one thing. This is not an anti-Catholic perspective. I not only love my Catholic brothers and sisters who follow the Bible and embrace Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. I’m actually related to a great deal of them. Yes, the majority of my large family on my mother’s side is Catholic. Spent the day with about a dozen of them yesterday.

With that stated, the leadership of the Catholic Church and the direction of the Vatican are so far off course, it’s odd that so few are actually calling them out for what is arguably the most anti-Biblical action they’ve ever officially taken. As bad as the action was, I’m more concerned that it’s not getting nearly the press it deserves.

I’m referring to the agreement signed by Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the head of Sunni Islam’s most prestigious seat of learning. In this agreement, the truth of the God of the Bible is intermingled with the falsehood of the god of the Quran, Allah. Moreover, the call for the unification of religions in a fraternity of secular peace is disturbing, not because we’re against peace but because the call to make peace is done with an understanding that or beliefs are supposed to be secondary to the collective good in this world. Lastly and most disturbingly, there’s a line in the document that is drawing some ire, though not nearly as much as Bible-believing Christians might expect:

“The pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in his wisdom, through which he created human beings.”

The wording here is very careful. They’re trying not to say God willed other religions as a path to find Him, but when read in context with the rest of the document, that’s exactly what they’re trying to imply. They’ve put Islam on equal footing with the Judeo-Christian religions by insinuating God and Allah are the same entity.

They are not.

Defenses of the document seem to focus on two notions. First, in regards to the controversial line above, they’re saying that religious diversity is similar to sex, race, and other things that are willed by God because many are inherently predisposed to follow the religions of the culture surrounding them. Their second argument is that God wants his children to find Him, and if that path must go through Islam or Hindu or any other religion, so be it.

This is heretical teaching. One must do some pretty aggressive hermeneutical gymnastics to say that since God created everything, and other religions fall into the category of being included in “everything,” then God created the other religions. As a loving God, surely He didn’t limit which people could find Him and live eternal life, right?

The Bible cannot be more clear on one important fact: there is only one way to everlasting life: belief and worship of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. The document insinuates Islam is a path to salvation since, hey, they believe that Jesus was a very important prophet, so they’re not totally wrong. If it leads them to Christ through a non-traditional path, so be it.

This is a very dangerous road, one that harms the way the Catholic Church leads its people. It’s time for Bible-believing Catholics to speak out against the heretical teaching their leaders have embraced.

 


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