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Dozens of North Carolina Republican state legislators are expressing
solidarity with local governments in Virginia that have spoken out
formally in recent months for gun rights.
members of the state House Republican Caucus — including Speaker Tim
Moore — signed a letter dated this week expressing support for leaders
in Virginia cities and counties who have declared their jurisdictions
“Second Amendment Sanctuaries.”
The letter was
signed as the Virginia General Assembly debates a series of gun-control
measures. The proposals have gained momentum now that the Virginia
legislature is under Democratic control.
The caucus stands with Virginia and Second Amendment Sanctuary
locales “that will not permit a tyrannical government to restrict or
infringe on those or any other rights,” the letter reads.
Rep. Keith Kidwell, a Beaufort County Republican who wrote the letter,
said on his Facebook page that he and other House Republicans plan to
attend a gun rally Monday in Richmond, Virginia, and will present the
signed letter to Virginia legislators.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued an executive order banning guns from the rally, saying it would prevent violence in light of what happened at a 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
I saw this link in a comment here and it made me think about what the two sides are fighting for in this country. The other side is fighting for immorality, abortion, a new world order without God, power, reducing the population and enslaving this new reduced populace to serve them.
The people whom we are fighting against do not have a clear understanding of the values, sacrifices and work that went into building this country. They are easily led by Communist promises of a utopia where they are entitled to everything. They do not look past the man behind the curtain pulling the levers that will actually build a dystopia.
I do not know who will win this war for our country’s soul. I only know that we who have a firm reliance on Divine Providence know what our final reward will be. I cannot imagine a country without fond memories of a beloved childhood. But that is what we will pass to our children and grandchildren if we lose.
Father, show us Your path and ensure that we act with Sacred Honor.
Let us Pray,
Lord God, Almighty Father, Creator of Mankind and author of Peace.
As we are ever mindful of the cost paid for the liberty we possess, We ask you to bless the Patriots that defend the Constitution. Give them Courage, Hope and Strength.
May they ever experience your firm support, gentle love and compassionate healing.
Be their Power and Protector.
To you be all the Glory, Honor and Praise, now and forever.
The Remedy for Pride
By John Piper
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” — yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. (James 4:13–16)
James is talking about pride and arrogance and how they show up in subtle ways. “You boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.”
When you take three categories of temptation to self-reliance — wisdom, power, and riches — they form a powerful inducement toward the ultimate form of pride; namely, atheism. The safest way for us to stay supreme in our own estimation is to deny anything above us.
This is why the proud preoccupy themselves with looking down on others. C.S. Lewis said, “A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you” (Mere Christianity).
But to preserve pride, it may be simpler to just proclaim that there is nothing above to look at. “In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 10:4). Ultimately, the proud must persuade themselves that there is no God.
One reason for this is that God’s reality is overwhelmingly intrusive in all the details of life. Pride cannot tolerate the intimate involvement of God in running the universe, let alone the detailed, ordinary affairs of life.
Pride does not like the sovereignty of God. Therefore, pride does not like the existence of God, because God is sovereign. It might express this by saying, “There is no God.” Or it might express it by saying, “I am driving to Atlanta for Christmas.”
James says, “Don’t be so sure.” Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live, and we will get to Atlanta for Christmas.”
James’s point is that God rules over whether you get to Atlanta, and whether you live to the end of this devotional. This is extremely offensive to the self-sufficiency of pride — not even to have control over whether you get to the end of the devotional without having a stroke!
James says that not believing in the sovereign rights of God to manage the details of your future is arrogance.
The way to battle this arrogance is to yield to the sovereignty of God in all the details of life, and rest in his infallible promises to show himself mighty on our behalf (2 Chronicles 16:9), to pursue us with goodness and mercy every day (Psalm 23:6), to work for those who wait for him (Isaiah 64:4), and to equip us with all we need to live for his glory (Hebrews 13:21).
In other words, the remedy for pride is unwavering faith in God’s sovereign future grace.
By all appearances, Governor Northam of Virginia is trying to start Civil War Two. Northam has already inflamed his own citizens by calls for gun confiscation, and some other members of the State Assembly have suggested activating and sending out the National Guard to enforce unpopular gun legislation. Northam’s rhetoric has already caused 102 counties and cities in Virginia to pass Second Amendment sanctuary laws that prevent local government from expending tax funds or resources on enforcing laws passed by the state that citizens feel violate the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.
When the Virginia Civil Defense League (VCDL) announced that it would be holding its annual lobby day on January 20, 2020, proponents of the sanctuary laws and citizens residing in the localities vowed to show up as a sign of their displeasure and opposition to laws already on the docket for the 2020 legislative session. This surge of participation in the annual lobby day held by VCDL garnered national attention from gun rights groups, defendants of the Constitution, and bloggers in the gun rights blogosphere to rally behind the effort.
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Tripp Kester, a sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina’s Davidson County, channeled the civic sentiment of many American patriots this week at a meeting of his county’s board of commissioners, which voted unanimously to adopt Second Amendment “sanctuary county” status.
They are getting practice to quickly make gulags.
So, Governor Ralph Northam declares a “state of emergency” on the eve of a peaceful pro 2A lobby day gathering. He still thinks we are intimidated by an earthly entity and that his mobilization of emergency forces will deter the people from our peaceful assembly. That right to assemble peacefully is guaranteed never to be restricted by government as written in our 1st Amendment. The public servants in VA do not understand that we don’t worship them, they are not our gods, and they will not prevent us from gathering to express and share our concerns. Although God gave us our unalienable rights to keep and bear arms, we come courteously and in peace to SPEAK, if they will hear us. If we are prevented from gathering and speaking peacefully, are they telling us once and for all that the verbal dialogue over? It is God Almighty that emboldens us to stand firm in our position. I myself will be arriving “naked” (unarmed) to boldly attest to this point. Will this be our last attempt to bend over backwards to establish a peaceful record of our wishes and position? I pray that they gain the ears to hear what the people have to say. NOTE: I will go to this event with no earthly weapon, armed only with the Truth. NOTE: I will not and do not promote any form of violence at this lobby day event. NOTE: I intend to return peacefully to my home after this peaceful event is over. NOTE: If this peaceful gathering “feels threatening” to any political entity, then I suspect them of having criminal intent. Please screenshot this video description and keep it on record. Pray for us.
Tragically, most Americans do not have any idea what it was that actually triggered America’s War for Independence. The primary reason was not “taxation without representation,” or taxes of any kind, for that matter. And it was certainly not because our Founding Fathers were a bunch of anti-government extremists or demon-possessed puppets of the Illuminati.
For the most part, our Founding Fathers were good and honorable men of devout Christian faith. They were mostly educated men of means who had much to lose by supporting America’s War for Independence. They were schooled in both the Holy Scriptures and the principles of Natural Law. They were men who valued liberty above safety and wealth and were willing to sacrifice their “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor” to be able to bequeath the principles of liberty to their posterity.
“The shot heard ’round the world” in the pre-dawn hours of April 19, 1775, on Lexington Green, Massachusetts, was probably inevitable, but the causes of its occurrence cannot be denied. The primary mission of the British Crown that morning was to confiscate the firearms of the colonists in Lexington and Concord. It sent 800 military troops to fulfill that mission.
Warned of the approaching British troops by Paul Revere and William Dawes, a little over 70 men (mostly from the congregation of the Church at Lexington, pastored by Jonas Clark) stood on Lexington Green, muskets in arm, to face the troops. The rest, as they say, is history.
What is undeniable is that decades of grievances of the colonies against British injustice and oppression did NOT bring the colonies to open rebellion against the Crown. For decades, the colonies peacefully petitioned, redressed, reasoned, appealed, pleaded and remonstrated with the British Crown without bloodshed. Even the Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770, did not bring the colonies to arms against their government. But when British troops marched on Lexington and Concord to confiscate the firearms of the colonists, the line between peaceful protest and armed revolution was crossed.
Now, almost 245 years later, the government of the Commonwealth of Virginia is threatening to cross that line again. As we speak, the State of Virginia is attempting to pass laws that would forcefully confiscate the arms of the people of that sovereign State: specifically, semi-automatic rifles AND pistols.
And as one can imagine, other draconian gun control measures, such as universal background checks (meaning there would be no such thing as private gun sales), a high-capacity magazine ban (magazines holding more than ten rounds), gun registration—and Donald Trump’s favorite: “red flag” gun confiscation laws—are also being proposed.
Speaking of Donald Trump, has anyone noticed that this president who keeps telling us how much he supports the Second Amendment has thus far said absolutely NOTHING in defense of the brave men and women of Virginia who are RIGHT NOW fighting for the right of every American to keep and bear arms? Not a peep! Not a tweet!
Trump has campaigned all over America in support of the Second Amendment. He has repeatedly told us that he is a “true friend and champion” for the Second Amendment (of course, he told us the same thing about the pro-life cause, and he’s done absolutely NOTHING to overturn Roe—and continues to fund Planned Parenthood to the tune of over a half billion dollars annually).
One would think that Donald Trump would be seizing the opportunity that this Democrat gun grab in Virginia affords him to rally the people of that State to his 2020 candidacy by screaming to the heavens about how Democrats are going to take their guns and how he will protect those liberties.
Instead, he’s said NOTHING.
To the valiant, liberty-loving people of Virginia, I say: HOLD THE LINE! Fate has chosen you to once again be the vanguard of liberty for our nation. Never surrender your arms! Never surrender your semi-automatic rifles or your semi-automatic pistols. Never surrender your high-capacity magazines. And never surrender your right to freely sell, purchase or possess a firearm without government registration.
AT ALL COSTS, DO NOT SURRENDER!
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Authentic Faith Is Eager for Christ to Come
By John Piper
Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.(Hebrews 9:28)
What must you do so that you may know that your sins are taken away by the blood of Christ, and that, when he comes, he will shield you from the wrath of God and bring you into eternal life? The answer is this: Trust Christ in a way that makes you eager for him to come.
The text says he is coming to save those who are “eagerly waiting for him.” So how do you get ready? How do you experience the forgiveness of God in Christ and prepare to meet him? By trusting him in a way that makes you eager for him to come.
This eager expectation for Christ is simply a sign that we love him and believe in him — really believe in him, authentically.
There is a phony faith that wants only escape from hell, but has no desire for Christ. That kind of faith does not save. It does not produce an eager expectation for Christ to come. In fact, it would rather that Christ not come for as long as possible, so that it can have as much of this world as possible.
But the faith that really holds on to Christ as Savior and Lord and Treasure and hope and joy is the faith that makes us long for Christ to come. And that is the faith that saves.
So I urge you, turn from the world, and from sin. Turn to Christ. Receive him, welcome him, embrace Christ not just as your fire insurance policy, but as your eagerly awaited Treasure and Friend and Lord.