Hannity Provides Good Reasons for Defending Immigration Ban

January 31, 2017

While many are outraged about Trump’s immigration ban, Sean Hannity is outraged, as well. Not by the immigration laws, however, but by what he describes as radical Leftists “coming unhinged over Trump’s executive order, mischaracterizing it in order to paint the president as an extremist, or bigot.” The reporter further provides the motive of resistance, “What it comes down to is very simple: Democrats, overpaid celebrities and the mainstream media are willing to endanger our lives to score cheap political points.”

Pointing out the fact that this is only a temporary ban not specifically directed to Muslims—a reality which #muslimban tweeters conveniently fail to mention—Sean depicts Trump’s recent executive order in a much different light: that is, as a safety precaution against terrorist-infiltration. He additionally notes that the mainstream media is responsible for demonizing actions which many Democrat leaders, including former President Barack Obama and even Hillary, once admitted necessary.

Meanwhile in the Christian realm, believers are divided over the obligation and political implications of love. Shouldn’t Christians accept with open arms the stranger in their midst? Others respond that Christians have a duty to steward the resources given them in protection of one’s own people. While the initial argument appears from first glance to be the most self-sacrificing and Christ-like, this author owns the latter view for a few different—and may I say, unashamedly—fairly good, common-sense reasons.

First of all, this is merely a temporary ban. It is not an order directed at any one class of people, but one which takes grave consideration in hand. More than Muslims and even more than foreign relations, the core of the issue here seems almost entirely extinct to today’s American mind: common defense.

Donald Trump has contextually never actually refused immigration of any kind unless it happens to also be illegal. Indeed, the president treats citizenship—as does his wife and fellow immigrant—as he treats all law, and that is, simply, it must be lawful. And isn’t this, after all, the predominant duty of the executive chief who is Constitutionally bound to uphold the laws of his nation? Following in the footsteps of the founding fathers and even Patriarch George Washington’s wisdom, Trump is determined to make national security his priority. Our own founding document provides focus as follows:

To establish: “…Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” Note that the emphases require a nationalistic perception. James Madison even goes so far as to call it the “cardinal duty of every citizen.”

Despite Britain’s petition containing 1 million signatures to refuse a Trump-visit as well as former President Obama’s warning that “American values are at stake,” Trump remains unmoved. And rightly so. And shame on citizens who have neglected their “cardinal duty” of not only failing to support our president’s efforts at being lawful, but also for failing to apply a lawful attitude ourselves. Indeed, if any Scripture passage is to be utilized in upholding any action here, a review of Romans 13, I believe, is in order:

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.” Romans 13:1-3

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United Nations’ View of ‘Rights’ All Wrong!

November 27, 2012


The US Senate to vote on this treaty Wednesday, November 28, request your US Senators to oppose it tomorrow, Tuesday, November 27, 2012!

Link to 20-minute radio interview informing on the dangers of the UN Convention On the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:

http://www.promosuiteinteractive.com/onlinedb/wrjzam/audio/2012.11.13-07.30.00-S.mp3

Visitwww.hslda.org/crpd for more info.


Onward Christian Soldier – A Tribute to Jeff Ziegler

March 5, 2012

The Church Universal has only two divisions.

  1. The Church Militant – Ecclesia Militans – are those Christians living on earth. They are the Christian militia who struggle against sin, the flesh, the devil and “… the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).
  2. The Church Triumphant – Ecclesia Triumphans – are those Christians who are in Heaven. Although progressive sanctification takes place through this struggle on earth, those who pass on to be present with the Lord are made perfect “in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Corinthians 15:52).

As much as anyone I have ever known, Jeff Ziegler was a man who understood the meaning of the Church Militant. On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, Jeff became part of the Church Triumphant. He has been relieved of all earthly struggle and has been made perfect in Christ.

Jeff had suffered a cerebellar aneurysm in late 2009 and had been recovering from what is certain death in about 97 percent of cases. Doctors called his recovery late December of that year a “Christmas miracle.” Last week, Jeff suffered a heart attack while doing work at the Ohio State House. This was apparently unrelated to the earlier episode.

I first met Jeff when he was a speaker in our church, The Boston Worship Center, in 1987. A group of us took him on a “revival tour” of northern New England visiting several of the churches where a hero in the faith, George Whitefield, had preached. Jeff later traveled to England and Scotland and was able to preach in one of the pulpits frequented by Whitefield. In the 25 years I knew him, Jeff was a man driven by a vision for Revival and Reformation.

He went through quite a theological evolution in his lifetime. However, in all my dealings with Jeff, he was always Jeff. In the early 1990s, after I came to Florida to work on The Forerunner. Jeff would contribute frequent articles, which I’ve posted links to below. Our phone calls often went on for a long time and covered every topic imaginable. Jeff had a huge impact on my thinking as a young Christian involved in full-time missionary and evangelistic work. I saw him whenever he came to Florida and visited Cleveland for two conferences he organized. Jeff was always very gracious, yet direct when he needed to be. For example, he used to call me when I was doing print version of The Forerunner to give me names of donors that were generous with him. He did that without my solicitation just trying to help me.

Jeff took a role in leading several organizations throughout Ohio for the purpose of direct action in reforming culture and politics. One of the former members of his church recently described him as “a gentleman of the first order … he lived what he believed, a rare commodity in 2012.”

He later took part in video productions I produced, including God’s Law and Society and the following clip as part of a World Changers Seminar on the Capitol Mall in Washington D.C.

One of the hallmarks of Jeff’s preaching is that he always threw his whole heart and being into his message, speaking with the same forceful tone and volume no matter if it were a crowd of hundreds or less than a handful of people in a small seminar. We recently worked together on the Statesman Global Initiatives website and blog. Jeff’s most recent book, Republic Restored, was accepted into the Library of Congress.

Recent years had more than their share of personal trials and medical turmoil that took a toll on this soldier for Christ, but he can rejoice that he has joined the Church Triumphant.


God’s Law and Society: An Interview with Jeff Ziegler

Question:– Didn’t the Apostle Paul say that we are no longer under law but under grace? If so, then what is the use of the Law of God under the New Covenant?

Jeff Ziegler: The notion of being “under grace and not law” is something not to be underestimated or undermined. But what is it Paul is saying? We are not saved nor justified by law. We are justified by faith in Christ. It is His finished work alone that secures our redemption. However, how is it that we are to live our lives? Is it by every whim or every fancy of our own wicked heart — a deceitful heart that we cannot know? The Law of God has not passed away in terms of our guide for life in godliness. Jesus himself said that “not one jot nor tittle will pass away” until all things are fulfilled. Christ as the fulfillment of the law gives us the grace, which is divine almighty power effective on our behalf. He gives us the grace to live according to the law not to transgress the law. We see in Romans 6:1, “Shall we sin that grace may abound? God forbid!” And how is it we know that we sin? We have an unchanging standard in God’s Law.

Now granted, there have been portions of Old Testament Law that have been changed or nullified. For example, the sacrificial system is no longer needed and is repugnant to God because Christ is the final and last sacrifice. The dietary laws have been modified and changed. But the moral law is still binding. For example, the laws against bestiality in the Old Testament are no where repeated in the New. Yet no one will say that bestiality is somehow now under grace. It’s still sin. The ideas and notions of our conduct are in the Law of God. They are not options. They are commands. They have not been nullified or abridged in any way by Christ’s finished work. In fact, now that law is written upon our heart and our mind and we are given grace to follow hard after them in a way that was not possible in the old dispensation.

Of course, Christianity is ultimately personal and intimate. We come by the finished work of Jesus Christ into a living, real and vital relationship with God. The creation can touch the Creator — the Christ. That brings joy unspeakable and full of glory — there can be no doubt. But then what? This personal, real and vital relationship must be manifest. The Great Commission says that we are to be a witness unto all nations. We are to teach those nations all the things that Christ did depict and declare. That means that we are to enforce, declare and disciple the nations, every tribe, every kindred, every ethnic grouping under and according to God’s Law.

The idea that religion is only personal is actually heretical. That’s an ancient heresy called Gnosticism. They said that the material world was evil and the unseen world was innately spiritual. That’s why so many Christians in that era, and even today, have not had a proper view of sexuality, the family, the role of the Church, their role in society, and even the idea of work and creating wealth. They think the material world is evil. And therefore, they must cultivate material monastic ideas to be closer to Christ. But the idea of being close to Christ, the chosen fast of God, is to go out and set at liberty the captives. So whether it is preaching the Gospel to men so that they may be redeemed. Or whether that means going into the civil realm as a politician and declaring the Crown Rights of Jesus Christ there and ruling diligently according to the Law of God. Or whether that means being a home schooling mom and raising a generation of champions for Jesus Christ. At every realm, Christ the expression of the Gospel, His life is real and vital, and therefore it must have an outward flow.


Question:– Was the New Testament Church really a “New Testament” Church as we think of it today? In what ways was their situation different from ours?

Jeff Ziegler: The battle in America is between two ideas or notions and it is the Lordship of Jesus Christ versus the authority of the state or “Caesar.” And that’s really always been the question. Even in Christ’s day, in the Gospels we see that the issue is always framed around: What allegiance do we owe to Caesar? What are our duties? And what allegiance do we owe to Christ?

Romans 13 gives us the parameter by which we are to judge our actions in this way. Romans 13 declares what kind of civil magistrate or elected official is endorsed by God. This kind of civil magistrate be he a monarch, a king, a parliamentarian, a congressmen, a president, must affirm God’s law, punish wickedness, and affirm and reward righteousness. That is the kind of civil magistrate we are to obey. However, if the civil magistrate becomes tyranny to God’s ways and in fact punishes righteousness and rewards wickedness, by virtue of their call to obey God’s Law-Word in every jot and tittle, by His grace, Christians must be resolved to resist tyranny and to stand against such injustice.

While there was no implicit call to resist the tyranny of Rome by Paul, the fact that he gave us that filter in Romans 13 actually was a defense of the civil disobedience of the early church. The very preaching of the Gospel, the serving of Christ as the Lord of the nations, as He being God alone and no the Caesar cult, that was an act of civil disobedience. That’s the reason why the Christians were persecuted and hounded and sent to the catacombs and put into the coliseums in the fierce competitions and the persecutions of Imperial Rome. It was the fact that they were not obeying the Caesar cult. So Romans 13 is a defense of the Gospel, but when we act upon the Gospel, when we preach the Gospel, when we live the Gospel, it is inevitably going to bring us in conflict with Caesar — or the state that would be God.

When we look throughout the book of Acts and we see the Apostles, the deacons, and simple Christians being brought before civil magistrates giving an account for their faith and the Apostle Paul is one of these. And the question comes down to: When it is Christ versus Caesar, do we obey God and His Law or man? That is the issue between Christ and Caesar and on that there can be no neutrality, if we consistently live the Gospel, preach the Gospel, demonstrate the Gospel. Even the idea of rescuing babies — the early church were taking abandoned babies that were left under the bridge abutment to die by Roman paganism. They were taking them as their own and adopting them and raising them in the faith. That was against Roman law. A true Gospel expression will always bring us into conflict, not with the civil magistrate that God ordains, but with the civil magistrate who seeks to dethrone God and become God himself.


Question:– Can we really legislate the biblical standards of morality on non-Christians? The non-Christian doesn’t even believe in the Bible, so how can we even talk about building a society based on the Law of God?

Jeff Ziegler: The idea that we can be governed by many moralities, or pluralism, is really a myth. We are either in obedience to God’s Law or we are in opposition to God’s Law. Now there is a concern in a mechanistic sense that we are going to impose God’s Law through an ecclesiocracy, that is a rule through the clergy, or through some dictatorship as in an Islamic nation. That is a misinterpretation of biblical Law. Biblical Law when it regards civil polity, is the ultimate decentralized government. Scripture does not support nor trust dictatorships. The whole idea behind God’s judgment at the Tower of Babel was that man was coming together. He had all of his strength in one central location and had a global government. And God by once stroke of the hand decentralized that government and turned the languages against one another and formed nation-states from that one expression of a global tyranny.

That is the paradigm of the liberal. Liberals and humanists think in terms of statism. They must have the state to coerce and to force their ideas upon the people. They don’t have another way of thinking. The state is messiah for them. When they look upon us and see our ideas and notions, that we are fighting for biblical law being applied to all of life, they can’t think in any other terms. They think it’s going to be a top-down theocratic, oligarchic or monarchic system. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s not revolution or political dictatorships that we place our faith in, rather it’s the power of conversion. We are converting literally millions to the idea that God’s Law is supreme. We see these revolutionary trends in home schooling, in ecclesiastical reform, and in the civil realm as we elect expressly and explicitly Christian politicians — not simple neo-conservatives — but Christians who acknowledge God’s Law.

As we see this, one family at a time, one church at a time, one community at a time, one state at a time, America will be converted. It will be through conversion and not revolution that we see this great reordering and restructuring and reanchoring of our society to God’s Law. Now there will always be those who are autonomous rebels, who trample underfoot the Son of God, who count the blood of the covenant to be unholy. They will always seek to overthrow God’s rule. In the family, we see it with divorce and abortion. We see it in the church with ecclesiastical anarchists, those who will not be governed by sound doctrine. We see it in civil states. But only if they resort to violent means to overthrow godly order would they be suppressed. But they would not be suppressed by clergymen, but by a decentralized federal republic.


Question:– How did Christian philosophy influence our form of civil government?

Jeff Ziegler: There is great consternation and controversy about what Christ’s Lordship actually means in the real world. Most Christians will not argue with the fact that He does rule our lives. He is the ruler, the Lord, the King of their families and their church. But much beyond that, the idea of Christ’s Lordship begins to fall on deaf ears. The retort you often hear revolves around the time period when Christ is before Pilate’s inquisition and says, “My kingdom is not of this world.” Let’s put this in context however. Christ was not saying that His kingdom was not manifest in the world. What he was saying to Pilate “My kingdom does not gain it’s authority from Rome or the Sanhedrin. My authority comes from on high.” Pilate understood this. The irony is that the pagan tyrant understood, but Christians don’t today. So the authority of Christ’s kingdom is not of this world, but nonetheless, the kingdom has invaded this civil realm, the family realm, “the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.” Every aspect of society is touched by the kingdom of God.

Now how does this work practically? If every time we’ll confess, “Every knee will bow” before Christ, that He is the Lord, that monarchs, kings, state representatives, congressmen, and presidents must bow their knee before God. By what standard will they bow the knee? Yes, it gets back to God’s Law. The kingdom has no place in terms of seeking approval or legitimacy here in the earth. It doesn’t need the president’s approval to exist. It’s authority comes from the other world. And therefore it is superior and higher. But the kingdom is manifest in the world and Christ’s Lordship is manifest in the world in the civil realm, in the family, in every aspect of society, economics, science etc. Christ’s Lordship has the claim.

We talk about the crown rights of Jesus Christ. By virtue of the finished work of Jesus Christ, He has the right to rule. He has the keys to the kingdom of heaven. He has reconciled all things in heaven and in earth, the visible and the invisible, the living and the dead. He rules over all. Christ’s kingdom is comprehensive in scope and absolute in its authority.


Question:– Were the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution drafted to uphold the moral laws of God — or were they Deistic humanist documents? If they were Christian documents, where have we gone so far off track?

Jeff Ziegler: There is no question that our Founding Fathers were an amalgamation of some Deistic humanists, Puritan thought as well as high Anglicanism, all mixed together and jostling for position in the context of our founding federal documents. However, there was an acknowledgment of man’s overriding depravity, the idea that absolute power corrupts absolutely was not a foreign idea to these men. In looking at the Hebrew Commonwealth in its decentralized forms of government, our founding fathers in their wisdom, set about to create a system where there would be checks and balances against this idea of absolute power, government by man, tyrannical carnality, with three branches of government, all of which are supposed to work to counter balance the other. At least theoretically, they would keep in check any tyrannical impulse.

Unfortunately, that assumes these three institutions are appealing to God’s Law. No matter how good the system, unless it is under the aegis and covering of God’s Law, any system can revert to tyranny. It can be the tyranny of the majority of paganism, of humanism. Even in Israel, in the Hebrew Commonwealth, when they began to apostatize and fall away from God’s Law, what did they begin to cry out for? — a tyrant, a king “like all he other nations.” They paid the price for it in terms of wars, tyrannical suppression and taxation, and ultimately in the division of their nation in two separate entities and then the invasion of foreign pagan powers to bring them under the enslavement of their anti-God ways. So they ultimately paid the price and we will too if we don’t turn back to God’s Law.

When we can compare biblical law versus natural law, scripture is the final immutable authority on every subject of which it speaks. It is binding not only on the regenerate that is the Christian, but the unregenerate alike. You’ll either are following God’s Law and prospering accordingly, or you’ll be broken by it. It doesn’t change. So whether you acknowledge it or not, it exists, and all men are judged by its standards.

Now there is certainly natural revelation. God has made himself known in the creation — there is evidence of his creation everywhere. But ultimately it is not evidence that man needs. It’s conviction of sin and to have his miscreant depraved nature arrested. The role of the civil magistrate is to keep a biblical and sound order, to prosper the righteous and to punish wickedness. You can’t do that by natural revelation or natural law. Now it’s true that in a godly or predominantly godly society, men will understand natural law in a way that mimics or comes close to biblical law. We see that in the embryonic stages of our nation. However, natural law can be co-opted and pirated by corrupt alien and humanistic worldviews. Natural law can be interpreted from many different angles. In so doing, morality become relativistic.

However, that cannot be said of the Ten Commandments because not only do we have the explicit injunction “Thou shalt not kill” (or murder) or “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” But we have case laws which interpret that law and how it is to be administered in the civil realm. So biblical law is superior because it is defined revelation. It is specific and applicable.


Question:– What about the “establishment of religion” clause in the U.S. Constitution? Doesn’t the U.S. Constitution forbid the display of religion in the civil sphere?

Jeff Ziegler: The main differences between the Roman Empire under the Caesar cult and the early Church’s reaction to it and Christians today in a constitutional republic, despite the fact that we’ve lost so many of our freedoms, we still have remedy at law to begin to work within the process to restore and reconstruct our nation along biblical lines — simply to restore it to what it once was. Under the Roman authority, Christians did not have the means to defend themselves. Christians did not have the right to an appeal. But we have that process here. We have the right to defend ourselves. We have a Constitution. We have a Bill of Rights. We have elected representatives that we can work with, lower civil magistrates that we can work alongside, convert to the faith and even elect those who are explicitly Christian to these lower realms and then begin to work up into the governmental powers that be.

Reconstruction and reformation is a ground-up idea. The idea of seizing control of Washington D.C., of the Congress and presidency, is hopelessly naive. We have to reconstruct families. We have to reconstruct churches. We have to begin to work at the local level. We have to develop regional zones of kingdom influence. Within that realm, we are exhibiting, testifying, and working for the Crown Rights of Jesus Christ. So in that realm Christians have a greater hope and an easier road to hoe than the early Christians did versus the imperial power of Rome.

It’s not as if this is a new thing that we are talking about. Our nation was founded under these strictures. If you go to any of the early colonial charters, the Fundamental Charters of Carolina, for example, there was a test for Christian orthodoxy for all civil magistrates and even land owners that they had to adhere to before they could be a recognized and vibrant part of the social fabric. We are not talking about anything that has not been done. It was done and accomplished in our nation and prior to the War Between the States, America prospered under such a mandate.

So we are not talking about Ayatollah Khomeini’s Iran. We are not talking about Islamic law. We’re talking about biblical law. If we go back and we look at the Commonwealth of the Hebrew Republic, before the kings, we see a very decentralized system of government. Many people have the notion that Moses was a dictator, but that was only in the initial stages of the Exodus, which was primarily a military operation. Soon after that we see that Moses was going to wear away the people and God not only gave 70 elders, but princes and captains of fifties and tens. So you had this incredibly decentralized system of government among the tribes of Israel. People could say it was inefficient, but the whole idea was a check and balance against man’s depravity. We modeled our constitutional republic after the Hebrew Commonwealth. That’s what we’re talking about here.


Question:– What about the idea that the government should be neutral and should recognize that we live in a democratic, pluralistic society?

Jeff Ziegler: Probably the greatest evidence of humanism’s collapse and the reactionary statist hand being felt is in the former monopoly that we call public education. Public education is no such thing; it’s government indoctrination. After all, whether it be Hitler, Stalin or Mao, tyrants always try to grab hold of the next generation to perpetuate their rebellion. The public school system on a number of different fronts is beginning to collapse — academically, economically because people are no longer voting for levies, and because it is becoming more centralized in Washington D.C. Centralization is never an answer. Any business man could tell you that if the public school elitists definitely wanted to succeed, they would not want to centralize, but that is what they are doing. As these things begin to happen, more and more individuals leave the public school system either for parochial schools, private schools or for home school.

The correct reason for home schooling is not simply the quality of education in the government run school system. It is to say that the government has no authority whatever over you children., You are the one who is ultimately responsible.

As more have home schools, as more move to the parochial schools what is happening is a literal depopulation of the public system. Laws are being enacted at the state and federal level to destroy the freedom the parents have over their children. Home schoolers think that they have fought most of the legal battles in the 1980s. Actually they are going to see that their own success is going to breed a greater backlash by the state against their efforts. Ultimately, the state believes, whether at the local municipality, state or federal government, that they own the children. And that is where the great backlash of a collapsing humanism is going to be felt. It is going to take courage, conviction and sound theology by Christian parents not only to resist the tyranny, but to fight for justice.


Question:– Wouldn’t a Christian Republic run according to God’s Law become oppressive to non-Christians?

Jeff Ziegler: Freedom, liberty, has one chief end, and that is to advance Christ’s rule, His reign, over all the nations and all the realms of the earth. Liberty without the sure anchor of Christian orthodoxy is really a Greco-Roman idea. It leads either on one hand to unfettered licentiousness and moral anarchy, or on the other, to a paternalistic tyranny. Because when you have moral anarchy, the state will move to suppress that anarchy. Without Christian orthodoxy, the hope of freedom and liberty for which our Founding Fathers fought is elusive at best.

When autonomous man seeks liberty from God, his first action is to revolt against God’s law in order to fulfill the lusts of his flesh. Thereafter this period of anarchy, the messianic state seeks to suppress this moral anarchy. At that point, you have tyranny. You have the liberal or the right wing imposing their own morality apart from God. And so the whole idea of liberty is connected intrinsically to the idea of God’s moral law. Liberty apart from God’s law is an impossibility. There is no neutrality on this issue. It’s either God’s law or chaos. And if we have chaos, we will have tyranny. God has designed all governments, whether they are fascist, communist or democratic republics, to gravitate towards stability. The only question is will it be the governance of God’s Law or communism or fascism or any other man-centered humanistic ideal. So man can have his licentious, lust-filled day in the sun. But he will pay a price in the ultimate loss of all freedom.

It is no accident that apostasy and heresy in the church and civil tyranny among nations walk hand in hand. The orthodox expression of Christianity is the final guarantor of our freedoms. And so if heresy and infidelity to orthodoxy gains ascendancy within the church, it will eventually work its way out into the civil sphere. People often ask me why we have such oppressive government in America today. And my answer is: Don’t point to Washington D.C., because, while it is Sodom on the Potomac, the real problem lies with the pulpits of America. Unless we affirm Christian orthodoxy and the resulting freedoms it has birthed and guaranteed throughout the years, we will continue to be enslaved by our statist masters.


Question:– What can Christians begin to do from a practical standpoint to begin to rebuild our nation according to the standard of the Law of God? What would a Christian America look like?

Jeff Ziegler: The way that the state attempts to supplant God is to intrude upon the God-given rights of personal property and the pursuit of happiness — the things which are codified in our founding documents. This is true of communism, fascism, socialism and even a democratic republic. When the state begins to tax property, when it says that property which is given to you by God is now subject to their rule and their reign. You no longer own that property. You have become a serf through property taxes and income taxes. God gives you the power to get wealth. He is not the disburser of wealth, but gives you the power to get wealth to honor God. When they begin to tax income, property and things of this nature, they are intruding upon rights that God has given you. If they curtail your speech regarding the Gospel. We see that around abortion mills in these “buffer zones” where you cannot preach the Gospel or declare God’s Law. These notions to control the freedom to worship God are all signs of tyranny.

But the good news is this. Tyranny only goes so far and so long before it begins to burn out. First, because of its own corruption. Second, because there is only so much money and so much property to tax. Eventually, this insatiable appetite for more has to be curtailed by simple arithmetic. In America today, we have reached the point where moral corruption, infidelity to Gods law in the civil realm, humanism as a life assistance in the collegiate realm among the intellectual elite, Darwinism, all of these notions are coming to the end of their political and social life span. In fact, I can hear the death rattle in the throat of humanism. They know it. This is in one way encouraging, but in another way it leads us to the most dangerous period. Whenever these systems begin to collapse, men who have tied their fortunes, their lives, their reputations to these corrupted and fallen paradigms become very vicious and violent.

We see this in the old Soviet Union. When the Soviet Union began to collapse, it was uneven. We see anarchy, murder, the Russian Mafia. Yet there could be more political tumult there and in Eastern Europe. We don’t see the end of this yet. The same thing could happen in America. When humanism ultimately collapses and Christians rise to the fore, we could see things like the break-up and realignment of the United States. What is happening in the Soviet Union could certainly happen here. Those are dangerous times when one system is collapsing and another system arises. My great hope is that there is sufficient reformation and reconstruction in the church so that when the paradigm of humanism ultimately collapses, we will be able in the crisis to fill that vacuum. Otherwise, we’ll exchange one tyranny for another.


Jeff Ziegler: The Reformation Worldview

On September 3rd, 2000, a few Christian activists and scholars gathered on the Mall in Washington D.C. to conduct a day-long seminar on “world changing.” Exactly one year later, terrorists attacked Washington and New York. It became apparent that America must fight a long and costly was on two fronts. While international terrorism is being fought on one front, Christians activists must wage a war against a more subtle attack by anti-Christian “terrorists” within.

This seminar has become more relevant in light of the events of 9/11.

We offer this seminar to the next generation of world changers who can be used of God to turn our nation back from humanist domination.


NUCLEAR COMBAT! More Obama Nonsense, Israel and Iran

February 24, 2012

By Jeffrey A. Ziegler

Of all the myriad of questions I receive on a monthly basis, two subjects of late seem to be dominant. The first area: deals with me dying and God raising me back to life, and the second deals with nuclear war between Israel and Iran with variables on that theme lately engendered by the “Oaf and Chief” Obama and his delusional quest for unilateral nuclear disarmament.

Given the many advanced technologies I deal with as it concerns National Defense, I have to be somewhat guarded in what and how I answer. But I hope to give sufficient explanations that will encourage you to dig for answers!

Q: What is your view on President Obama’s proposal to cut our nuclear weapons by 80%?? After all, don’t we have enough atomic weapons to blow-up the world 20 times over?

A: First: your statement concerning “blowing-up” the world is a lot of pseudo-science wrapped in propaganda. No matter the number of “warheads” possessed by the United States, it is important to note that these are WEAPONS that are targeted by the WEAPONS of any combination of our potential adversaries. Meaning “warheads” don’t deploy themselves at strategic points throughout the world and detonate to create a “doomsday” effect. The numbers of warheads and weapon systems are determined by how many will be lost in combat and NOT detonated! Such fanciful baloney has always been promoted by anti-nuclear advocates to scare the populace into unilateral disarmament. Such is the liberal ooze from which Obama has spawned and is in direct correlation to his radical desires to disarm our nuclear capability! Obama seeks to reduce our deliverable warheads from 5,000 to less than 300. In other words, 50 less warheads than Red China and 3,700 less than Russia. This warped notion places the remaining weapon systems in the US arsenal in a “check-mate” position in that they can easily be found, targeted and overwhelmed in combat. In practical scenarios, the U.S. is placed as the “blackmailed” nation to those left with overwhelming firepower. Obama seeks to reverse the US victory in the Cold War! Not to mention self-inflicted vulnerability to emerging nuclear powers like Iran and North Korea! One other point of reference is worth noting. In 1968: when I was in the second grade, the US boasted 37,000 nuclear warheads! Nuclear weapons have kept major powers in check and left the US mainland unmolested from annihilation. On this ground alone Obama must go! For the sake of your families, Obama must go! For future generations of your sons and daughters, Obama must go! For the sake of our sacred dead, Obama must go! For the preservation of liberty, Obama must go!

Q: What is the prospect of nuclear war between Israel and Iran?

A: There are a number of considerations that must be considered before drawing out various scenarios

1)  Israel is an “undeclared” nuclear power. (10-20 “atomic” weapons by 1968 and work on a “Hydrogen” weapon 1989. Today’s estimate: 273 warheads of all types -2009).

2)  Israel has other means to attack Iran (Though with great logistical problems)

3)  Israel has the means to deliver a nuclear attack with Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (Jericho II) and submarine launched cruise missiles (Harpoon and Tomahawk).

4)  Iranian nuclear facilities – (Research, Reactors, and Missile bases) are spread over 23 different localities. Some are hardened against “conventional” attack. This presents a logistical challenge to the Israeli Airforce (Chel Ha’ Avir) which is basically a “tactical” air arm without the general “strategic” capability needed to attack the Iranian structures in a comprehensive fashion. In other words what is a relatively easy objective for the Americans to achieve using “conventional” forces is “herculean” for Israel.

5)  Hence: if Israel were to opt for conventional means of attack (F-15, F-16 with “bunker-buster” weapons), it would be best employed in conjunction with US forces both in “combat” and with “logistical” support. Example: US aircraft carriers in the region (Enterprise, Abraham Lincoln, and Carl Vinson) equal the entire Chel Ha’ Avir in number and far exceed in logistical capability and striking power. A U.S. assist for the Chel Ha’ Avir would ensure the obliteration of the Iranian threat for at least 20 years using “conventional” weapons!

6)  As Obama has demonstrated no inclination to help Israel or to take on Iran militarily, Israel is left with little time and only her own nuclear strike capability to counter the Iranian threat.

7)  Therefore, while there are many details that can and should be covered on our topic, for the sake of this Q&A, the use of nuclear weapons against Iran will not take place if there is a joint American-Israeli conventional response or if the Americans act alone. However: the absence of American might increases dramatically the possibility of nuclear combat in the region. Time will soon tell the story!

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READ-LEAD!

February 21, 2012

By Jeffrey A. Ziegler

Leadership! It is a quality much admired and much discussed in political and business ranks. It is also a quality quite lacking, especially within American Culture. This vacuum is dominant when addressing political, Church, business, educational or familial institutions. In training leaders, the cultivation of vision, the courage to act upon such vision, and the character to maintain the vision, are all essential elements for effective advance. This requires reading! Not just trendy periodicals, opinion polls, and pop-novels! Rather the reading of greater works of theology, philosophy, history and that most neglected of documents, The Federal Constitution. In other words some basic foundational works and not just the dust covers!

There is no easy way to obtain vision and understanding. In order to see, you must have knowledge and the ability to apply such knowledge to the world in which you live. That is the process of thinking! In a political context, a Constitutional social theory must be revived, if America, hopes to have a new generation of enlightened and dynamic leaders. Yet increased knowledge without the ability or the will to ACT is without value!

Yet, courage and action without knowledge is the realm of fools! You may have great ambition and unquenchable zeal, but without the knowledge and vision of our Founding Fathers together with the example of their applications of the same, the only long term hope in American life will be the utter defeat of the principles that gave her birth! Though with the proper amount of froth; you may look quite valiant in the fall! You see the egalitarian-socialists have a working political social theory. It is messianic statism with a full-orbed application to every part of culture. Until real Patriots develop a sound antithesis that is a bit more sophisticated than Glenn Beckor that latest photo-shopped video, all the courage and savvy in the world will be of little use. After all, you can’t beat something with nothing! He who reads … leads! Courage and knowledge apart from character is a short-lived experiment!

Character is evidenced in the deportment and stature of the leader. A true leader is able to command the field, more by what he is, than what he says. Sentimental relationalism cannot devlop a winning character!Character development is impossible without knowledge and the self-mastery needed to act upon that same knowledge. Character is not built through declaration anymore than standing in a garage makes one an automobile. Rather; the rigor and challenge of life, the purging of the soul through trial, temptation and conflict, all these take our measure and cause our growth. Therefore: how will you answer political, theological and social challenges that demean the spirit and intent of our forebears? What will you do when your moral fiber is tested? How will you understand and react to the temptation of avarice? How will you defeat an adversary who is stronger and smarter than yourself? What reservoir will you draw upon? Perhaps your winsome smile and dynamic charm won’t be enough! “My people (God’s chosen mind you) are destroyed for lack of knowledge …” (Hosea 4:6)

He who reads … leads! Think you know it all? Whether it is theology, political science, economics, literature, philosophy, history, science, technology or for that matter personal growth, do you think there might be some room for improvement? Or do you think you can defeat the Barack Obama’s of this world with a press release? Like it or not, Barack Obama, the man bent on America’s destruction, reads on average, a book per week. Mind you I’m not talking about “Reader Digest” here. No, “Barack” has immersed himself in law, history and yes, believe it or not, theology! Bad theology yes! Anti-history yes! Harvard positive-law nonsense yes! But he reads! Have you noticed? He happens to be president of The United States!

What about you dear reader? Do you know the difference between the economic theories of John Maynard Keynes and Ludwig VonMises? Obama does. Have you read the Communist Manifesto? Obama has. Have you ever heard of the “New Deal” or “The Great Society?” Obama has. What was the “Cold War?” Obama wants to give back what we won over a period of 50 years! Do you know how to research a pending congressional bill that is pointed at the destruction of your freedoms? That takes investigative prowess that at least has a seminal knowledge of the political process. Do you know how to convince, mobilize and rally men to the “cause” even though they may have no immediate or compelling interest at stake? The study of rhetoric and history would be of great importance here.

Leadership cannot be formed in a vacuum. Unless you read of great leaders and their principlesof leadership, you will be defeated by those who have read and are implementing the same. Unless you read and understand what is real, you will remain helpless to evil’s whim both from within and without. Unless you read … someone else will lead!


Wealth and the State of The Union 2012

February 11, 2012

By Jeff Ziegler

The notion of material wealth both in its creation and stewardship, has always stirred great storms of divergent economic theories and philosophical debate. Historically, these arguments have revolved around the false antithesis of the “haves-and have-nots”.  Moreover, prevalent attitudes in America have also tended to run in the same bi-polar extremes. In turn, this has led to destructive political demagoguery and the invective of class warfare.

On one hand, we see many Americans who exhibit an egalitarian ethos. For them all of life must be “fair” and “equal”! Any hardships that are encountered are to be mitigated at all costs through the interposition of government regulations and redistributive taxation. These are predisposed to view wealth with suspicion and as a hindrance to imagined utopian expectations.

At the other extreme, we have had epochs wherein unethical economic anarchists seemed to romp through the land with impunity outside the reach of law and order. Their paradigm dictates a fanciful notion that true prosperity will be marked by uninterrupted growth, success, health and triumph without the inconvenience of conflict, trial, work, and tribulation. If any of these unpleasant attributes of life do appear, they will do anything to make sure such inconveniences disappear. Ethics notwithstanding!

The anthem of colonial America regarding wealth creation, was clearly articulated in biblical verse “But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth …” Deuteronomy 8:18. According to this view God is the creator of the earth and of all things visible and invisible, but he is not the direct disburser of wealth. Rather it is God who gives his children the power or ability and gifting to produce wealth. In this light, the power and abilities which God gives his children to “get wealth” are not “get rich quick schemes” or government entitlements but rather, diligent, purposeful work, investment in the future, and the principle of inheritance.

 Future Inheritance: The Test of Your Personal Economic Theory

Nothing is more despised by American society at large than the concept of inheritance. Class envy has allowed  statist, socialistic elitists in our bloated federal and state bureaucracies, to attack inheritance through tyrannical estate taxes, which in some cases are so oppressive, the transfer of wealth from one generation to the next is nearly impossible.  Popular bumper stickers brandished by our senior citizens arrogantly proclaim “We’re spending our children’s inheritance.” Even neoconservative radio talk show icon Rush Limbaugh feels compelled to apologize for the concept of inherited wealth often explaining that most wealthy conservatives have “earned their fortunes.”

Yet, it is inheritance, passed on from generation to generation that has been the chief building block for American cultural institutions and future leadership. We see this exhibited by the myriad of trusts, foundations, and educational institutions. The Bush family (like them or not …) has translated inheritance into a political “farm system” that may change the very course of history. Inheritance is a concept of purpose-filled living. Wealth can be created to such ends and every man has God-given talents to achieve such function.

The inheritance test tends to repulse defeatist neo-Marxist guilt-manipulators as well as the marauding “robber-baron” types hence forming maximum opportunity for wealth creation and prosperity with greater liberty for all.

Such concepts were undermined, attacked, and thrown down in President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Declaration. Herein Obama sets an agenda which is anti-future, anti-American and boasts economic nihilism in exchange for corrupted imagined views of justice. Obama has made the choice for 2012 very clear! The candidate that is both future oriented and the best ABO (Anybody But Obama) deserves the helm of this great nation!


Christianity and A Revived American Culture

January 20, 2012

By Jeffrey A. Ziegler

Christianity is roundly ridiculed and feared by secularists in our day. Yet, Christianity as an idea and social force not only helped to shape and mold the culture of the West, but was decisive in the formation of the American Republic. The impact of Christianity on culture is a notion not customarily deliberated in our day. Prevalent debates over the Faith revolve around its redemptive or salvific components, My intent in this treatment, is not to ignore nor diminish the core theological aspects of the Faith, but instead, make deductions and observations about Christianity as an idea and as a social force which helped to shape and mold the culture of the West and specifically America.

Isolating the two dominating cultural effects of Christendom, concentration must be placed on 1) The emphasis on the transcendent nature of God, as well as 2) The idea of covenant as the means by which the transcendent God rules and governs history. Or, God as the ruler of nations establishes a visible covenant, replete with concrete sanctions, both blessings and curses for obedience or disobedience to the Word of God. Hence, the covenant becomes the tangible evidence of God working in history, with righteousness blessing the nations and wickedness bringing them to ruin.

A Christian worldview emphasizing God’s transcendence and covenantal dealings with man is comprised of a number of presuppositions, here summarized in four overarching tenets. First, is the recognition that the transcendent-creator God made all things visible and invisible. Life is a gift from God. He alone is the Lord and giver of life. That life is physical, intellectual, and spiritual. Hence, it is God who sustains body, soul, senses, and reasoning faculties. Secondly, God gave man responsibility to preserve, develop and rule the creation. Third, God granted man faculties, gifts, and the possession of earthly resources in order to realize godly prosperity and increase. Finally, God gave his Word and covenant to protect and prosper godly social order. God’s law limits liberty to prevent anarchy and confines governmental power to inhibit tyranny. This is the precise formula for The American Republic. Concisely, God has given man life, liberty under his Law, and the earth or personal property to work and be productive according to His covenant in order to subdue the earth, every part of it, to His crown. This is the vision of Godly social order which Christianity promotes.

The effects of Christian thought on the culture of the West are nothing short of astounding! In economics, the Faith helped fuel the destruction of Feudalism, and gave rise to various expressions of “free enterprise.”

Regarding government, even a cursory glance at Holland or Switzerland found governments and political social theories which existed primarily to protect life, liberty and property. Accordingly, where Orthodox Christianity reigned supreme, government was limited, non-oppressive with the state being felt only by the invaluable blessings of safety provided by this concept of government. This would later be seen in England and more perfectly in America. Under such conditions, family life instead of being a Feudal factor of production or a servant of the state was free in its devotion to God and His covenant, working and being productive and so fulfilling the Great Commission. Such intense-in-depth doctrinal understanding produced powerful culture altering visions of reality. Chiefly, that all things and all institutions were under the cope and rule of heaven, that all of life no matter how mundane was controlled by Providence, and a generalized futuristic optimism characterized by the belief “that it was to a world made righteous that Christ would return.” was dominant.

Time, prohibits the exploration of Christianity on all societal structures. Still, one can see why secularists, humanists, and all other statist, collectivist-societal engineers hate Christianity and its current resurgence for the two worldviews are wholly incompatible and hostile one to the other. America must return to the “Faith of our Fathers” before the destructive influences of statism are repulsed from the civil realm. Then and only then will she again enjoy the full freedom, prosperity and optimism our founding fathers fought to establish.

Thinking Christian

 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which as once delivered unto the saints. Jude:3.

With heroic, unbending determination, the epistle of Jude stands as a clarion witness to all generations of the Church, exhorting her to engage in the systematic argument and proclamation of the truth of Christianity as the supreme and absolute religion over all opposition.

This “contending” is not a polite debate society where all facts, opinions and positions from all religions or philosophies are put forward on equal terms with Christianity. Christianity is not interested in an egalitarian “exchange of ideas” with corrupt alien worldviews. The Christian position holds that all true knowledge has its genesis in Scripture alone and that Scripture is the final authority on every subject of which it speaks. Christianity then, rests not external evidence, nor upon how well reasoned our argument may be, but upon Scripture. Accordingly, as those who proclaim and live the Truth, the saints of God enter the arena of life to prove and workout the Faith with a view of ethical dominion through desperate conflict.

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. II Corinthians 10:4,5.

The Culture War

As previously stated, the scriptural pattern for the working out of our faith is always in juxtaposition to error. This pattern of dynamic tension is true when dealing with doctrinal issues within the Church and is applicable when combating alien philosophies outside of the Church.

The Nature of the Kingdom

Christian presuppositions agree with the nature of the Kingdom of God in that neutrality does not exist in any area of life. The primary notion being that all knowledge has its genesis and application in Scripture alone and that any other man centered idea, philosophy, political social theory, economics, educational theories, indeed man’s civilization itself is at war with God. The Kingdom of God agrees with the Biblical ideal or the sum of God’s will which requires the absolute removal of sin and evil in the individual and society. Scripture clearly depicts the Kingdom of God as God’s authorized and judicially required civilization which subjugates all competing kingdoms. See Psalm 2:1-12; 103:19; 110:1-3; Matthew 24:14; 28:18-20; Ephesians 1:17-23; I John 3:8. Thus, the Kingdom of God is not static or passively ethereal, but, is active and conquering all before it. The Christian faith sees the Kingdom of God, Christ’s Crown and Covenant disinheriting all interests of unregenerate man and his kingdoms. Ergo, humanistic constructs and the Kingdom of God are locked in mortal combat and the righteous are divinely guaranteed absolute and comprehensive victory!

Conclusion

Only a robust and well articulated Christianity has the message, vision, historic viability, and vitality to challenge the modern and cowardly, defeatist, effeminate American culture. Ask a liberal who they fear most, and their retort is always a resurgent Christianity and its application in the American tradition. They know quite well that the American fight for independence was dubbed by the English Parliament “The Presbyterian Revolt” and that the social applications of today’s “New Puritan” means the death of their egalitarian, statist, Obamanation. All other proposed solutions to the culture war, are at best, half‑way covenants that will be doomed to collapse beneath the jackbooted thugs of statism.


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