When I heard you had turned your mind to a defense of infidelity, I felt myself astonished, and more grieved that you had attempted a measure so injurious to the feelings and so repugnant to the true interest of so great a part of the citizens of the United States. The people of New England, if you will allow me to use a scripture phrase, are fast returning to their “first love” [Revelation 2:4]…Do you think that your pen—or the pen of any other man—can unChristianize the mass of our citizens? Or have you hopes of converting a few of them to assist you in so bad a cause? ~ Sam Adams to Thomas Paine for publishing The Age of Reason after Franklin’s urging him not to.
In spite of the warnings, admonitions, and condemnations from nearly every last one of his patriot peers, our nation rose and has now fallen into its own deadly age of reason. From the glory of In God We Trust as One Nation Under God to an Orwellian…or as the boys from Unconstrained Analytics put it last week, the Platonic Nightmare. The Left…or better to call the spade…the Communists loved Paine so much they showed his one-man propaganda play in Warwick seven or eight years ago now, To Begin the World Over Again with Ian Ruskin as Thomas Paine ranting for a painful hour about his evil slave-owning co-founders. So, what did man’s reason bring us? A government now run by the most hideously evil slave-trading criminals the world has ever known! We lost our country…but that is not the end of the story.
The week before I went to Maryland as one of 50 Christian American Patriots to attend the 4-day Reclamation of America conference under the banner Serve God, Defend Liberty, I was blessed to receive the Johnny Enlow book RISE, a reformers handbook for the Seven Mountains. It was God’s affirming connection to the great thinkers behind Unconstrained Analytics who showed us how we lost the Seven Mountains…the once great American Citadels, and true men of God like Dr. John Diamond who understands how God, working through His Ekklesia WILL reclaim them, ALL seven of them! Media, Family, Arts & Entertainment, Economy, Religion, Education, and yes, our Government.
As the Bible tells us in Ephesians 6 our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forces of darkness…the principalities. In Enlow’s fabulous book RISE, he lays out the demonic principalities and connects them to the seven nations the Israelites needed to conquer in order to achieve the Promised Land, and the seven archangels who will fight for us as we fight to reclaim our own promised land. So, on the Education Mountain so near and dear to my own heart, the demonic principality is no less than Beelzebub (Lord of the Flies) himself. The Amorites (humanism) is the nation (ideas) we have to conquer. “Flies are attracted to rotten food and humanism along with rationalism, agnosticism, and atheism are similarly rotten and poisonous to us and society as well. The demonic strategy was and still is the same—to tempt us to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which opens up to all of those ideas that sound intellectually appealing, but their end is death to everything good.” Raziel, our archangel on this mountain, means “secret, or secrets of God”. His name reveals his assignment which is to assist in restoring the image of God in the earth as Teacher.
Here is the key my brothers and sisters. As we learned in Maryland, Satan used the Hegelian Dialectic to steal what God meant for us, using reason (all about me) to seal the deal…or so he thought. Which, in yet another affirmation, leads to this morning’s Oswald Chambers: I can never sanctify to God that with which I long to satisfy myself…I have to sacrifice them, pour them out,
So the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines, drew water from the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David. Nevertheless he would not drink it, but poured it out to the Lord. ~ 2 Samuel 23:16
It’s time my brothers and sisters! It’s time to RISE and to Climb Every Mountain!