Friday, November 30, 2012

"The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The Lord looked down from Heaven upon the children of men, to see if any there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are altogether become filthy: There is none that doeth good, no, not one." (Psalm 14: 1-3) What a commentary on the human race! We have nothing to be proud about when we go about in our ignorance, pride and downright stupidity. Those of us who are normal, rational people KNOW that God exists. We are ones whom God will judge if we reject His great love and mercy given to us by the Gift of His Son Jesus Christ Who became our substitute and shed His pure and perfect blood for our redemption and rose from the dead for our justification. The idiot or insane person (the fool) does not know any better than to say there in no God. He cannot be held responsible for uttering such insane blather, stated King David. - Pastor Max Solbrekken



Modern translations based on faulty, Inferior Codex Vaticanus, Codex Siniaticus !
by Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

Dr. Frank Logsdon, who worked on the feasibility study, interviewed some of the translators, and wrote the preface for the New American Standard Version (NASV), has denounced his work on that Bible and urged all Christians to return to the Authorized Version (KJV)!
After much soul searching and an extensive study of all the texts involved, the highly respected, godly Bible translator Dr. Frank Logsdon concluded, “I’m in trouble with the Lord; I can’t refute these arguments; it’s wrong; it’s terribly wrong; and what am I going to do about it?”
     The arguments he referred to were pointed out by his old friend, Dr. David Otis Fuller, who put his finger on the many errors of the Roman Catholic Text used in all modern Bible translations, which include the NASB and today’s NIV!  Dr. Logsdon shocked NASB publisher Dewey Lockman with his refutation: “I must under God renounce every attachment to the New American Standard!”
Repenting of his involvement in Satan’s plan to corrupt God’s Word, albeit ignorantly, Dr. Frank Logsdon - like Saul of Tarsus - then began to travel extensively, warning people of the corrupted translation which he had helped to create and urging them to return to the pure, unadulterated AUTHORIZED VERSION (KJV).
The ROMAN CATHOLIC TEXT he referred to are the inferior, faulty and possibly tampered with manuscripts known as Vaticanus (A) and Siniaticus (B).  Many theologians,Dr. Logsdon included, had swallowed the lies that these inferior manuscripts were more reliable than the time-tested and trueTextus Receptus, only because they were older!
DR. FRANK LOGSDON states: “When there is an omission that might be observed, they put in the margin, ‘Not in the oldest manuscripts’.  But they don’t tell you what those manuscripts are. What oldest manuscripts?  Or they say‘Not in the best manuscripts’. They don’t tell you. YOU SEE HOW SUBTLE THIS IS? The average man sees a little note in the margin which says ‘not in the better manuscript’ and he takes for granted they are scholars and they must know, and then he goes on. That’s how easily one can be deceived.”
After the great translator had agonized over the work he was involved with, he realized he had assisted in CHANGING THE VERY WORD OF GOD, by removing many verses out of the Holy Scriptures!  Logsdon declared, “The deletions are absolutely frightening.” 
He advised those who are pressed by somebody to abandon the Authorized Version (KJV): “You don’t need to defend it; you don’t need to apologize for it.  Just say, ‘Well, did this new version or this translation come down through the Roman Catholic stream?  If so, count me out!”


“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils (demons); they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16: 17-18)
For too long, Evangelicals have done almost nothing to refutefalse and misleading statements by ‘modernist theologians’who cast doubts upon the Word of God, as though they were privileged by some divine right and superior knowledge to do so!
THESE TRIFLERS SPEAK WITH AUTHORITY, as though they know everything.  The Bible is primitive, they say, not to be taken literally and is out of touch with our modern world, especially in areas where their personal bias and pride prevents them from accepting the truth!
A case in point is the way many EVANGELICALS have accepted almost unquestioning the ‘BIG LIE’ that Mark 16: 12-20 is not reliable because, these verses were not found in the oldest manuscripts”.
Nothing could be further from the truth! In this apologetic, I will prove without a shadow of a doubt that the two manuscripts used by ‘MODERNIST THEOLOGIANS’ to disprove these sacred texts, are themselves inferior and inadequate translations!
 And even more serious, is the proven fact that these verses of Holy Scripture may have been deliberately omitted or tampered with because of ulterior motives, in order to cast doubt on the availability of God’s power for the Church today! 
And to compromise the Gospel and confuse Christians by opening the floodgates to numerous inferior translations of the Bible, some of which remove the ‘BLOOD OF JESUS’ and other vital truths from the Holy Text! How sad, deplorable and blasphemous!
Honest scholars must ask the questions: “ARE VATICANUS (B) AND SINIATICUS (A) INFERIOR TRANSLATIONS? Are they deliberately misleading and spurious in their treatment of these texts?”    
I AM INDEBTED to a number of honest scholars who have soundly refuted this almost universally accepted falsehood!  Dr. Charles Trombley, who escaped from the heretical, deceptive‘Watch Tower’ cult “can smell a rat” when he sees one and he has flushed out this one.  Praise God!  Some of what I will share here, has been gleaned from his article ‘IS MARK 9:12-20 GENUINE?”
And the excellent new book ‘Final Authority’, by William P. Grady confirms my long standing doubts of the veracity of theVATICANUS (B) and SINIATICUS (A) and the “two false witnesses” who used their deceptive anti-protestant-reformation bias and the two above mentioned defective manuscripts, to stop the continued use of the far superior Authorized Version in Great Britain’s Anglican Churches.
The subtle and devious work of the two carnal-minded andunsaved theologians, HORT and WESCOTT (admirers of pagan philosophers Socrates and Plato and evolutionist Charles Darwin) hoodwinked the Christian community into believing that the inferior, flawed and possibly altered spurious manuscripts in question, were in fact more reliable than the TEXTUS RECEPTICUS from which the Authorized Version (KJV) was translated by 54 of Great Britain’s greatest, most godly and learned theologians.

    However, the theologian mostly responsible for initiating this controversy was Johann J. Griesbach.  In his second edition of the Greek Bible (1796-1806), he questioned the genuineness of the last twelve verses of St. Mark’s Gospel because of a blank space in two Greek manuscripts!  He therefore concluded that the 16th chapter ended with verse 8, making the rest of the chapter spurious!
The two so-called “oldest manuscripts” are in fact the two most unreliable of all, and possibly the target of tamperingby enemies of God’s Word! The two fourth-century Greek manuscripts in question are the VATICANUS (B) andSINIATICUS (A).  These do not contain the controversial 12 verses, but both manuscripts leave a special space for them as if the copyist was not certain about adding or deleting them.  The facsimile of the Vaticanus (B) even has the lines marked for their insertion!

~The VATICANUS (B) has left out Genesis chapters 1 to 46.
~The VATICANUS (B) has left out Psalms 106 to 138.
~The VATICANUS (B) has left out the Pastoral Epistles.
~The VATICANUS (B) has left out the Book of Revelation.
~The SINIATICUS (A) has left much of the Old Testament.

DR. TROMBLEY writes: “With these obvious omissions can anyone use them to challenge the genuineness of twelve missing verses in Mark when whole chapters and books are missing?Should we reject 1st and 2nd Timothy, Titus, Philemon and the Book of Revelation since they too are missing? Should we question the genuineness of the creation account, Abraham’s calling and life since the first 49 chapters of Genesis are missing?
“And what about the 32 missing Psalms? As believers we must be honest. We must question the genuineness of the other missing chapters, books and verses if we challenge the genuineness of  Mark’s twelve verses”.
IF THESE VERSES WERE ADDED since the 4th Century, the much older manuscripts would not contain them, but that is not the case! Here are the plain facts!
1). The SECOND CENTURY SYRIAC, called the ‘Peshitto’and the THIRD CENTURY CURETONIAN, were the first and oldest translations of the New Testament.  Both the Syriac and the Curetoniwhich are much older than the Vaticanus (B) and Siniaticus (A), CONTAIN THE MISSING VERSES!
Here is an irony: Of the more than 4200 extant (preserved) Greek Manuscripts (MSS), only (B) and (A) omit Mark’s verses and they are NOT the oldest available manuscripts! Only an IDIOT would conclude that these twelve verses were added after the fourth century, when you know that both theSyriac and Curetonian include them!
2). THE LATIN VERSIONS CONTAINED THE TWELVE VERSES: Jerome, who lived in AD 382, had access to much older MSS than is now extant (available today).  His VULGATE which was a revision of the older ‘Vetus Itala’, believed to be from the SECOND CENTURY, contained the missing twelve verses!
DR. CHARLES TROMBLEY writes: “Rather than these verses being added since the fourth century, it appears that the Vaticanus and Sinaiticus left them out on purpose!”
3). The Gothic, the Egyptian, Memphitic or Coptic versions of the third and fourth century CONTAINED them also!

SAY ABOUT MARK 16: 12-20! 

More than 100 Church Fathers are older than the two manuscripts in question and another 200 lived between A.D. 300- 600.  All these referred to the twelve last verses of St. Mark, but only those who lived and wrote before Vaticanus (B) and Sinaiticus (A) can be used to prove the genuineness of those verses!
PAPIAS, who lived about A.D.100 – about 4 years after St. John was exiled to the Isle of Patmos – QUOTED from Mark 16: 18.  He wrote, “Justus, surnamed Barsabas, experienced no consequences after drinking noxious poison.” (Eseubius Hist. Ecc.1139)
JUSTIN MARTYR (A.D.151) QUOTED v. 20 (Apol Ic.45),
HIPPOLYTUS (A.D. 190-227) QUOTED vv. 7-19 (Lagarde’s ed; 1854, p.74. The ACTA PILATI (second century) QUOTES vv. 15,16,17,18 (Tishendorf ‘s  ed. pp. 243, 351.  And history records that the copy of the Gospels used by the BISHOP OF LYONS in A.D.180 contained all twelve verses!

Now, I ask you: “Who is lying? Who is seeking to hide something, compromise a doctrinal position or pervert some truth?”  Again, I ask: “Could a true child of God deliberately seek to pervert the Word of God to advance his own agenda?”

Of course, the answer is that only an “ENEMY OF THE CROSS” could do such a thing, for a true Christian with the ‘fear of God’ in his or her heart would be scared to death to tamper with God’s holy, sacred Word”!
Almighty God has given us this admonition and emphatic warning: “The words of the LORD are pure words; as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever.” (Ps.12:6, 7)
MOSES declared: “Ye shall not add unto the Word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.” (Deut. 4: 2); “What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it
JESUS warned: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Rev. 22:18,19 )
ST. PAUL warned: “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto ANOTHER GOSPEL: Which is not another; But there be some that trouble you, and would PERVERT the gospel of Christ.
“But though we, or an ANGEL from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be ACCURSED. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Gal.1:6-9)


JOHN WESLEY emphasized, “I build on no authority, ancient or modern, but the Scripture. I want to know one thing - the way to Heaven: how to land on that happy shore. God Himself has condescended to teach the way. He hath written it down in a book. O give me that book. At any price, give me that Book of God!”
The founder of the Methodist Church was a genuine born-again Christian who took the Bible as God’s Word, and preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to multitudes, changing the spiritual complexion of England!
His love for Jesus Christ and God’s Word, stands in stark opposition to the unholy fruit that flowed from the two spiritually perverted theologians, HORT and WESCOTT.
From the beginning of the Church Era until today, it has always been easy to separate true believers from hypocrites. Jesus said, “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” (John 10:10)
ST. JOHN declared: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God and the Word was made flesh and dwelt upon them.” (John 1:1-14) 1 John 1:1-14)
The Bible records that, “great was the company of those who published it.”(Ps. 68:11); “many priests were obedient to the faith.” (Acts 6:7)  Jesus’ followers were warned by the Chief Priests not to “speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.” (Acts 4:18) Peter and John, however, countered by saying: “…Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:19-20)
The REVIVAL grew to such an extent that, “believers were the more added unto the Lord, multitudes both of men and women. Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter might overshadow some of them.
“There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed everyone.” (Acts 5:15-16)
The religious leaders were infuriated and had the leaders cast into the prison, but God sent His angel to open the prison gates to free them. The next morning the report came back to the high priest that they were not in jail, but standing in the temple preaching THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST!
This unnerved the high priest so much so that he asked them:“…Did we not straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? And, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.
“Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with His right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” (Acts 5: 28-31).
                    AN ENEMY HATH DONE THIS!
JESUS said: "The Kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
"So the servants of the householder came and said unto Him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An Enemy hath done this..."(Matt.13:24-28). 
Let us be ever so careful that we remain true to God's Word and the Gospel of Christ, as onslaughts come against true Believers in Christ both from the World and from the so-called Church!
The “Enemies of the Cross” made this accusation: “These that have turned the world upside down, have come hither also.” (Acts 17:6)  The Bible says: “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” (Acts 5: 42)
St. Paul stated: “For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the council of God. Therefore watch, and remember that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.”(Acts 20: 27, 31) He admonished Timothy, “Preach the Word…” (2 Tim.4: 2)
Fourth century Church Father CHRYSOSTOM (c.347-407) coined the words ‘The Bible’ in reference to the Holy Scriptures; in the Greek- literally ‘The Book’. He cajoled Christians: “But still you will say, ‘I cannot understand it’! What marvel? How shouldest thou understand it, if thou will not read nor look upon it?” (Alexander McClure, Translators Revived)
In his book, ‘Reasons to Believe’, JOSH MCDOWELL answers the critics thusly: “Although these arguments seem, on the surface, to be conclusive they break down upon closer examinations of the evidence. While it is true that the two oldest manuscripts which contain Mark 16 do not have the last twelve verses, there is enormous external evidence that supports it being original. Although omitted by the two oldest Greek manuscripts, these verses are found in virtually all the remaining Greek manuscripts that contain the end of Mark.All of the Latin versions and Syriac versions contain these verses with only a few exceptions.
“ More important is the fact that early church fathers quote from it and are aware of it (Justin Martyr, A.D.150; Tatian, A.D.175; Irenaeus, A.D.180; and Hippolytus, A.D.200) These men lived 150 years before the composition of Codex Vaticanusand Codex Sinaiticus (about A.D.325) showing that these verses were in existence at that time.
“For some reason, they were not included. But the reason was not that they did not exist. If this long ending is not original then why is there such wide and diverse testimony as to its authenticity? External evidence favors it as being authentic.
“Internal evidence against these verses being original likewise is unsatisfactory. Arguments regarding style and vocabulary are weak at best. Bruce Metzger, points out that there are 17 words in these twelve verses that are found nowhere else in the Gospel of Mark. This supposedly proves that this section is not authentic. (The Text of the New Testament, p.227)
“However, JOHN BROADUS did a study of the twelve verses which preceded the ones in question (Mark 15:44 –16:8) and found 17 words in that section that are found nowhere else in the Gospel of Mark…(see John Burgon, Last twelve verses of Mark, Reprint, pp.222-270)
The miraculous signs promised to our Lord’s disciples in Mark are not new, for both Mathew and Luke record the promise and fulfillment of these signs. (Matt.10:1; Like 10:17,18) Moreover, Hebrews 2:2, 4 indicate that signs did follow believers…
“On the other hand, three strong arguments can be given for accepting these verses as original: (1) No satisfactory theory has been advanced to explain how Mark could have or would have ended his gospel at verse 8: (2) no objection has been raised against these last twelve verses that cannot be answered; (3) the arguments given to explain the tremendous amount of objective evidence as to the varied and wide testimony in the Greek manuscripts, translations, church fathers, are unsatisfactory… see ‘The Interpretation of Mark’s Gospel, by R.C.H. Lenski.”  (pp.42,43)


It is important to know the background and the spiritual condition of the men we trust as “men of God”, to tell the truth and translate the Word of God faithfully and correctly!
Unfortunately, the two men who worked so diligently on theirsecret plan to pervert the Holy Scriptures - Drs. HORT and WESTCOTT – were UNSPIRITUAL MODERNISTS who rejected the Miracles performed by Jesus Christ and hungered to get the Church back under the sway of the Vatican and away from personal salvation through Christ!
Here are a number of excerpts from their personal letters andbooks written about them, showing their carnal, anti-biblical bias in regards to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Two such books that open our eyes to their perversion were written by their sons: the ‘Life and Letters of Brooke Foss Westctt’ by his son Arthur Westcott (1903), and the ‘Life and Letters of Fenton John Anthony Hort’ by his son Arthur Fenton (1896).
     In his book ‘Final Authority’WILLIAM P. GRADY writes: “While Arthur Westcott confirmed that such terms as “unsound”,“shadowy” and “mystical” were frequently applied to the senior Westcott, Arthur Hort brought in the most embarrassing evidence of all. Referring to his own grandmother, Annie (Collett) Hort, daughter of a Suffolk preacher, he wrote: “Her religious feelings were deep and strong. Circumstances had made her an adherent of the Evangelical school…the Oxford Movement filled her with dread and anxiety as to its possible effect of her son. 
“She (Westcott’s mother) was unable to enter into his theological views, which to her school and generation seemed a desertion of the ancient ways, thus pathetically enough, there came to be a barrier between mother and son...She studied and knew her Bible well, and her own religious life was most carefully regulated.”
      In a letter to Bishop Lightfoot, DR. WESTCOTT wrote:  “I intend to turn heresyseeker”.  ‘The Churchman’, I see praises the book on the canon as a necessary article in a clergyman’s library.  It is strange, but all the questionable doctrines which I have maintained are in it”. (Westcott, Life and Letters of Westcott, 1:290)
      Here is an excerpt from DR. HORT’S letter to Rev. John Ellerton:  “...I wrote to warn him (Harold Brown) that I was not safe or tradition in my theology, and that I could not give up association with heretics and such like”. (Hort, Life and Letters, 2:165)
     Writing about his father, Arthur Westcott states: “He took a strange interest...not very long after that time, especially inMORMONISM...I recollect his procuring and studying the ‘Book of Mormon’ about 1840”.
     WILLIAM P. GRADY writes: “As early as 1847, a twenty-two-year old Westcott acknowledge his inability to believe in Bible miracles:  “I never read an account of a miracle but I seem instinctively to feel its improbability, and discover some want of evidence in the account of it!”     
      Hort and Westcott were the beginning of a gigantic fifth column within the Church to slow its progress and bring Protestants back under the heel of Rome and of that goal they spoke openly! How sad that Evangelical Scholars have not risen up en masse against this awful heresy! Is it because many evangelicals agreed with this travesty because it satisfied their very own theological bent brought about by their own doubts, fears and failures to be filled with the holy Spirit and receive the power themselves to cast out devils and heal the sick!
    Sadly, I think that may be a major reason for their ambivalence and acquiescence to protest this serious affront to God and misrepresentation of His Holy Word by theologians who were called to uphold its integrity and to defend the truth Word of God at all costs! Amen.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

About 50 years ago I met Joseph Allinger in Vancouver in one of our crusades. He often listened to our daily broadcasts over Radio KARI from Blaine, WN. He gave me a copy of this amazingly powerful poem which I often read over the radio and in my crusades. Just recently I rediscovered it in one of our old magazines. Soon we'll be back on TV in North America and again I'll lift up the name of Jesus through the anointed work of Joseph Allinger. Blessed is the memory of that great man of God. - Pastor Max Solbrekken

                                 By Joseph Allinger
They are waiting all around us, all the deaf, the blind, the lame; Asking us to come and help them, saying, “Is not Christ the same?”
He who healed blind Bartimaeus, sent him happy on his way; Healed the lame man at Bethesda, Is He not the same today?
 Have the years His power diminished, Has His light with time grown dim? Has the healing of our bodies now become too hard for Him?
 No, our Lord is always changeless, His is still “All power” today; He whose Word our bodies fashioned can the quickening word still say.
Oh! how long has Satan bound them, kept them in his terrible grip; While we who are Christ’s disciples, serve Him only with our lip.
When they call us to deliver, all too often they are told; Miracles do not now happen as they did in days of old.
They are told “Just trust the doctors, Take their pills and tonics too; Let them cut away your organs, they’re the only help for you!”
He who is the Great Physician pleads with us His power to prove; There is not a sin or sickness faith in Him will not remove.
He has said, “These signs will follow all who on My Name believe; New tongues spoken, demons cast out and the sick, their health receive.”
O’ dear Jesus, Thou who pitied suffering sinners long ago; Look upon us as we suffer, help us all Thy power know.
  Help us stand firm on Thy promise, Give us faith Thy Word to claim; Then the sick will all recover, all made whole in Jesus’ Name.
Give us power by Thy Spirit over all the force of sin; Help us rescue those who perish and their souls to Jesus win.
When they see the sick and dying freed and made completely whole; Sins they will confess and ask Thee for the healing of their soul.
Then when life’s short day is over, battles fought and victories won; And we stand before our Maker, may we hear Thy blest, “Well Done”.
Only 2 Roads Lead to The 
 House of Prayer on Hiway 623 (5 min. east of #21)
# 21 (south of Yellowhead) OR Rolly View Road (#623) east from Leduc)
                       Louise & Ashley Mission to Tanzania
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Ashley Kitchen, Louise Solbrekken, Debbie Miller
Ashley Kitchen & Debbie Miller
Louise Solbrekken, Grandpa Max Solbrekken

Victor Temple was converted to Christ in Max
Solbrekken's crusade in Frank Bursey Memorial
Tabernacle, Lewisporte, Nfld in 1973

Pot Luck Fellowship Lunch following Service. Bring what you like & can! - Donna
We're now one step closer to America's coming civil war

Published January 03, 2013
The New Year has started with a monstrosity of a budget deal, one that proves that neither political party, Democrats or Republicans, is really serious about controlling the growth of big government.
But soap opera dramatics about fiscal "cliffs" and sequestration shouldn’t deflect from where President Obama is really taking this country. Consider this story from the Wall Street Journal a few days before Christmas:
“Thousands of people in several Argentine cities ransacked supermarkets for a second day in the latest challenge to President Chistina Kirchner, who is struggling to revive a weak economy...In the central city Rosario, two people were killed during the incidents and 137 people arrested.
Washington's Republicans and Democrats alike have become the toll collectors on the road to serfdom
“The violence puts Mrs. Kirchner in a difficult position as the poor are [her] core constituents...Her government spends billions of dollars a year to help low income families, including free health care...[Yet] Argentine activists who claim to represent the poor traditionally block access to supermarkets in the month of December to demand free food and other items...The latest events were some of the worst acts of looting and vandalism in years.... Local media showed dozens of men, women, and children hauling away televisions, refrigerators, and food.”
Some have said my warnings about a coming civil war between makers and takers are exaggerated. It’s true that Argentina’s politicians have been waging class warfare since Juan and Eva Peron–and they aren’t fazed when it turns bloody. Obama and the Democrats are relative newcomers to the game. But Argentina reveals who really suffers when those who create a nation’s wealth get mugged by those who spend it–as just happened this week in Washington.
It’s the poor and the middle class, the very ones big government says it’s trying to protect.
And sadly that’s where Mitt Romney had it wrong.
That 47 percent of Americans who get unemployment benefits, Social Security disability checks, Medicare and Medicaid, and government student loans, aren’t the real takers. Like the rioters in Rosario, they’re just pawns in a perennial battle between those who see wealth and prosperity as something created by hard work, ingenuity, and innovation in a free market system–or something to be doled out by government.
Experience teaches that those who believe in free markets are right. The November election and the budget deal, however, show that the other side is winning, and winning big.
Since 1970, America’s public sector has exploded as a percentage of GDP, rising to almost 25% last year. While the national unemployment rate hovers at the 8% mark, government worker unemployment rate is a cozy 3.8%. Sixteen percent of America’s workforce now work for government. By the time the Obama administration ends, we won’t be that far away from Argentina’s 21 percent.
Yet as an economic and social enterprise, government creates nothing.
Far from adding to people’s standard of living, government is the number one cause of poverty in this country. It forces those who depend on its largesse to live hand to mouth, with no time or money to plan for the future. They become unable to fend for themselves---and increasingly resentful of those who can.
When the economy tanks and the government checks have to shrink, their only alternative is to take to the streets. That’s what happening in Argentina, and in Greece; and that’s where the growth of government is taking us here, as this current budget deal increases handouts–and more and more Americans are finding that an unemployment or Social Security disability check is their only life line.
Washington’s Republicans and Democrats alike have become the toll collectors on the road to serfdom–and the road to Rosario.
How far down that road depends on how our private sector rallies in 2013 after two numbing defeats, first on November 7 and then on Capitol Hill this week.
It needs to explain to that 47 percent that when big government wins, we all lose–and that this nation won’t survive if it does.

Historian Arthur Herman is the author of the just released "Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II" (Random House May 2012) and the Pulitzer Prize finalist book "Gandhi and Churchill: The Epic Rivalry That Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age" (Bantam, 2008).  

Monday, November 26, 2012

UGANDA LEADS THE WAY. My prayer to God is that many corrupt nations in AFRICA would follow President Yoweri Museveni's lead in repentance and Godly fear and in proclaiming Jesus Christ Lord over their nations. Hopefully, US President Barack Obama will humble himself and follow the example of President Museveni. In 1994 during our historic Uganda Crusade at Kampala's Muslim Park, the President was in northern Uganda fighting with the Rebels. We were invited to meet with the First Lady Janet Museveni. Donna and I were so moved as the First Lady who is endearingly called 'Mamma Janet' testified of her faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and we prayed together for the President's safety and the Nation of Uganda which Sir Winston Churchill in 1909 called 'The Pearl of Africa'. - Pastor Max Solbrekken

'We confess idolatry, witchcraft, political hypocrisy, dishonesty, intrigue'
Michael Carl is a veteran journalist with overseas military experience and experience as a political consultant. He also has two Master's Degrees, is a bi-vocational pastor and lives with his family in the Northeast United States.
Should a president lead citizens in a national prayer of repentance?
Uganda’s Christian president believes so.
The Ugandan newssite New Vision reports President Yoweri Museveni celebrated Uganda’s 50th anniversary of independence from Britain at the National Jubilee Prayers event by publicly repenting of his personal sin and the sins of the nation.
“I stand here today to close the evil past, and especially in the last 50 years of our national leadership history and at the threshold of a new dispensation in the life of this nation. I stand here on my own behalf and on behalf of my predecessors to repent. We ask for your forgiveness,” Museveni prayed.
“We confess these sins, which have greatly hampered our national cohesion and delayed our political, social and economic transformation. We confess sins of idolatry and witchcraft which are rampant in our land. We confess sins of shedding innocent blood, sins of political hypocrisy, dishonesty, intrigue and betrayal,” Museveni said.
“Forgive us of sins of pride, tribalism and sectarianism; sins of laziness, indifference and irresponsibility; sins of corruption and bribery that have eroded our national resources; sins of sexual immorality, drunkenness and debauchery; sins of unforgiveness, bitterness, hatred and revenge; sins of injustice, oppression and exploitation; sins of rebellion, insubordination, strife and conflict,” Museveni prayed.
Next, the president dedicated Uganda to God.
“We want to dedicate this nation to you so that you will be our God and guide. We want Uganda to be known as a nation that fears God and as a nation whose foundations are firmly rooted in righteousness and justice to fulfill what the Bible says in Psalm 33:12: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. A people you have chosen as your own,” Museveni prayed.
Uganda won its independence from Britain Oct. 8, 1962. Resistance leader Milton Obote was the country’s first prime minister.
Massachusetts pastor and activist Rev. Scott Lively believes Museveni is a model for other national leaders.
“The Museveni prayer is a model for all Christian leaders in the world. The leaders of the West have declined in proportion to their degree of rejection of God,” Lively said.
Lively also believes Uganda will rise as a major African power as America continues to decline. He uses Britain as an example.
“Britain was at its height as a world power when it honored God as the Ugandan president has just done. America’s greatness has similarly diminished as we have shifted from a Christian to a secular-humanist country. But watch now for Uganda to be blessed by God for their desire to be His,” Lively said.
Lively added that Museveni is definitely drawing a contrast between Uganda and the West.
“This incident is also important as a contrast to the picture being painted of Uganda by the godless left of a backwards, violent and savage culture intent on murdering homosexuals,” Lively said.
“On the contrary, Museveni is calmly and confidently setting the course of his nation by the guidance of the Bible, in a way that also shows great courage and resolve,” Lively said.
Homosexual activist groups have criticized the government of Uganda and Museveni for passing laws criminalizing homosexual behavior. A current bill before the Ugandan Parliament increases the jail sentences for homosexual acts and includes criminal penalties for those who encourage or promote homosexuality.
The bill had included the death penalty for those who commit multiple acts of homosexual behavior, but the provision has been removed, BBC News reports.
The government of Uganda could not be reached for comment on this story.
Lively said he didn’t agree with the death penalty provision but supports the nation’s strong stance against homosexual behavior.
While Museveni is being held as a model for Christian leaders, Dave Daubenmire, PT Salt Ministries’ president and founder and social commentator, said the problem for Western nations goes deeper than the political leaders.
The problem in the United States, he said, is the pastors.
“Sadly, I think our lack of repentance is the fault of the pulpit. Individual Christians are so awash in sin that they think politicians are merely better at sin than they are,” Daubenmire said.
“There is no fear of the Lord and we are getting essentially a two-kingdom message. We hear that the devil is the god of this world and that Jesus will even the score later,” Daubenmire said. “The problem is that most Christians are convinced that this world is in control of Satan and therefore are not interested in applying the kingdom principles for which Christ died.”
Daubenmire quoted Matthew 28:18, in which Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” Christians, Daubenmire said, are exhorted later in the same chapter to go and make disciples of all nations.
“We are to teach them and baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,” he said. “All power in heaven and in earth belongs to Jesus. Unfortunately, most Christians don’t have the foggiest idea that He rules and reigns here and now, and that the kingdom principles that He taught us bring victory over evil wherever they are applied.”
He added that Christians too often play with sin.
“Since we do not hate sin anymore, we don’t demand repentance,” Daubenmire said.
He quoted British 17th century statesman Edmund Burke, who said, “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Daubenmire said that in America, “good men have yielded power to evil men.”
“Evil rules when evil men make the rules,” he said.