Roots of the Pentecostal Movement

© Original content written by James R. Carlson

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Samuel Morris or Prince Kaboo

The modern Pentecostal movement began in the early 20th century as a sovereign move of the Holy Spirit. The early days of the Pentecostal movement can be tied to at least 2 men, Charles Parham and William Seymour, who were led by the Holy Spirit in their ministries. Although Parham’s role preceded Seymour’s, the work that Seymour did expanded the Pentecostal movement beyond the influence of Parham. But prior to both men is the work of one young man in the 19th century – Samuel Morris, who preceded and influenced them both.

As a young boy, he was known as Prince Kaboo from his tribe in Liberia, Africa. His boyhood was tragic in that he was captured during a war between competing tribes and was held hostage for ransom. His captors never accepted final payment and planned to kill the young prince but God intervened.

While tied to a post one night a divine light shined onto him and released him from the bonds that held him. Prince Kaboo heard a voice telling him to run into the forest, which he did. And he kept running until he found his way to a missionary village where they taught this young boy about Jesus and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Prince Kaboo was overjoyed and hungry for the Word of God. While there he received a new name – Samuel Morris.

You can read more about Prince Kaboo in the following booklet: Samuel Morris: A Spirit Filled Life (1908). Ealier books have been published about him (1896).

Learning more about the God who rescued him, the young prince grew in the knowledge of the God’s Word. He had learned as much as he could at the missionary’s table and wanted more training in God’s Word. He was told he would have to go to school in America to get better training so young Morris decided to go to the United States.

Upon his arrival, he met many people who helped him find his way to Taylor University in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Established by the Methodist Episcopal Church. He spent hours in prayer before God and encouraged others to do the same. His witness, pure and simple, led people to a closer walk with God. He became a local hero to the students and faculty of Taylor University and the people of his community, white and black.

Sadly, Sammy Morris died in 1893 at the age of 21. Although a tragic loss for those who loved him, his example of following the leadership of the Holy Spirit and praying about any matter of concern lived far beyond the years of his short life. As Taylor University later moved from Fort Wayne to Upland, Indiana, Morris’ influence continued to reach the people of the community. The young African Prince became a legend among the African Americans in the community of Indiana.

William J. Seymour was about the same age of Prince Kaboo. He was born in Louisiana in the midst of racial segregation and left at a time when it was better for him to leave the South and live in the North of the U.S. He eventually made his way to Indianapolis, Indiana in 1895, just a couple of years after Samuel Morris passed away and less than 100 miles from where Taylor University moved to. Seymour attended the Simpson Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church in this community where he turned his life over to the Lord Jesus. Seymour also became acquainted with the Evening Light Saints, which was a part of the Church of God Reformation movement in Anderson, Indiana, less than 50 miles from Taylor University. Seymour would have learned about the young Prince Kaboo and his life journey following the Holy Spirit wherever He led him. Seymour traveled to many states in his life and was in Houston, Texas on the occasion when Charles Parham visited to share an event that occurred in Topeka, Kansas.

Charles F. Parham, born the same year as Sammy Morris and had a background with the Methodist Episcopal Church. His mother was born in Lakeview, Indiana and was a lifelong member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Her father, Parham’s grandfather, was a circuit rider for the Church. Parham later became a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Kansas and from his connections it is likely that he learned of the story of young Sammy Morris.

The ministry of young Parham led to the beginning of the Pentecostal movement in America. On January 1, 1901, in Topeka, Kansas one young lady received the Baptism with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in tongues. Parham was the minister of this group who saw this as the outpouring of the Holy Spirit similar to what was witnessed during the Pentecostal festival after Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection. Pope Leo 8 dedicated the new century to the Holy Spirit and on this same day. The story of the Baptism with the Holy Spirit was taken to Houston where the eager William J. Seymour was working as a janitor.

Seymour listened to Parham’s message through a window of the Church because the Church didn’t allow Blacks into its services. He was deeply affected by this story told by Parham and later moved to Los Angeles, California where he shared this message with people at the Azuza street mission. From there, in 1906, a revival broke out that also occurred in many other places worldwide. The Biblical idea of the Baptism with the Holy Spirit and the gifts that come from that Baptism, firstly the gift of speaking in an unknown language (tongues), were the hallmarks of this new revival. The Pentecostal movement, and the many denominations that claim it as their heritage, point to the mission on 312 Azuza Street where it all began.

But the birth of the 20th century revival may have had more humble beginnings in Africa with the young Prince Kaboo than most Pentecostals know. His story is timeless and serves to remind us that the same God who delivered the Apostle Paul with a divine light also freed the young captive Prince Kaboo with the same light. The prince became a missionary to the United States from Africa at a time when people were hungry for simple faith and sincere religion beyond the hallowed walls of stain glassed windows and padded pews. The witness of Samuel Morris’ life probably affected both Charles F. Parham and William J. Seymour but there are no first person records to establish this. The Pentecostal movement they led and the work of changing lives are what is important. Only God knows the details.

Pray this prayer:

God of heaven, I believe in Jesus Christ and what he did for me on the Cross. I believe that He paid for the penalty of my sin, which I admit I have done. I ask for your forgiveness of my sin and thank you for your love. I ask that Jesus become Lord of my life and lead me in my life’s decisions by the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Please bring me closer to you so that I may know you. By your Holy Spirit, please make in me a clean heart, a renewed spirit, and a right mind that I may do those things that are pleasing to you. Thank you God, Father of my Lord Jesus Christ and now my Father in heaven. Thank you!

The Death of Conscience

© Original content written by James R. Carlson

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God has placed morality into the conscience of mankind. One can know moral truth naturally. We often rationalize away moral truths as reason replaces the revelation of our conscience. Such rationalizations are an indication that people are avoiding basic moral truths. And for those who have lost their conscience, the revelation of God’s Word (the Bible) will help them rescue their conscience from years of irrational abuse; but sadly, this is a rare event. More often than not, people who have been trained to rationalize away moral truths have discarded their dead conscience. We are witnessing the death of conscience in America and the consequences that come with it.

The Apostle Paul wrote that our conscience reveals to us the Will of God in our heart. And this is a key to understanding who we are.

11 For there is no partiality with God.

12 For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law

13 (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified;

14 for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves,

15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)

[Romans 2:11-15 New King James Version (NKJV)]

Basic to all people is a heart to know the truth of moral virtue and a conscience to reveal that to us even when we do not want to hear it. Although we cannot avoid moral truth in our heart, our minds can object to it because we’ve chosen instead to practice sin. Therefore our thoughts rationalize away our conscience to cover over the moral truths we no longer want to hear or follow.

Paul also told us that it is possible to destroy our conscience with continued abuse against moral principles that we know naturally.

1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,

2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,

[1 Timothy 4:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)]

We are living in a generation where people’s consciences have become “seared with a hot iron.”

Two terms are used in our generation to rationalize away obvious sin – homosexual and gay. There is in fact no such thing as a homosexual or a gay person. Paul tells us of those who have unnatural affections and who practice the sin of sodomy.

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

[2 Timothy 3:1-5 New King James Version (KJV)]

The term ‘homosexual’ and ‘gay’ are inventions by people who want to rationalize away their sin and the conscious memory of moral truths. They think that by changing the name of sin to a lifestyle or something natural to them they can dismiss moral absolutes. But these rationalizations are only a cover for something deep in the heart of mankind. The willingness to dismiss God and sin against Him.

24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,

25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.

27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;

29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality…

[Romans 1:24-29 New King James Version (NKJV)]

Society has condemned the so-called homosexual. Homosexuals have condemned themselves by avoiding moral truths. They seek to serve their own pleasure rather than God. And they have chosen to reject God from their hearts and minds. Society isn’t their enemy, their own sinful lusts that rule their soul, that they have given themselves over to, that is their enemy. They are their own worst enemy; not society.

Sadly, society today is asked to support these people in the foolishness of their heart. We are seeing the persecution of people who perform and/or support weddings when they follow their conscience and refuse to support gay marriages. As we have a freedom to do what is right before God, society is being pressured to do what is wrong before Him. People who have not lost their own conscience are being persecuted and losing their businesses just because they will not support gay weddings.

The Court system has been supporting this type of abuse as well, which causes one to consider the depravity of the Court. The People (of We the People) rejected gay marriage in a majority of states as they followed their conscience. However, the Courts have rejected both the Will of God and the will of the People and replaced moral virtue with their own willful decision to allow for gay marriage.

Now, we’re being asked to support gender free bathrooms so that ‘transsexuals’ can feel good about their perverted minds. Bathrooms have been used as recruiting zones for homosexuals for decades and now transsexuals are attempting to use them for their propaganda purposes. Reality check: there are only 2 genders (Male and Female) in nature and a person who is confused about their own gender is simply mentally ill. So too are the politicians and the Courts who support this type of abuse of conscience in public and private places.

Have we lost our minds as a nation? We are witnessing the death of conscience not only on the part of those who practice sexual sins but on the part of government officials who support them.

It’s not too late to stop this madness. Simply stand up for moral truth and give voice to your conscience in the public square. If you do not use your freedoms you’ll lose them. 99% or more of all Americans will consciously agree that moral corruption should not become law in our nation. Their conscience will agree with yours as they both reflect God’s moral truths. The media who fights God and morality at every turn, who have lost their moral authority (death of conscience), will ridicule you in the news for standing firm on moral values. But more people will agree with you about moral virtue than disagree with you. It is clear, if we do not stand for moral truth today, we certainly cannot stand for it tomorrow.

Sin Cannot Provide Happiness

© Original content written by James R. Carlson

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We live in a generation where sin is exonerated and praised. The media even uses sin to advertise their products as decadent or sinfully delicious. Such terminology betrays an understanding of sin and the fact that it cannot provide true happiness.

Clearly, the Bible teaches us that sin is a willful disobedience to the will of God. This is the formal definition of sin.

4 Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

[1 John 3:4 (KJV 2000)]

Law is the Will of God and any transgression of God’s Will is sin. Jesus taught us that if we practice sin we then become the slaves to sin.

34 Verily, verily, I say unto you, whosoever commits sin is the servant of sin.

[John 8:34 (KJV 2000)]

If we practice sin we no longer are our own masters but slaves to sin; we are bound to do the will of our master – sin, and not the Will of God. Jesus died on the Cross to liberate us from this master of sin so we can become servants of righteousness instead.

16 Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

[Romans 6:16 (KJV 2000)]

Sin is common to mankind. So too is death, the ultimate penalty of sin. James, the half-brother of Jesus said:

14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

15 Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.

[James 1:14-15 (KJV 2000)]

Lust is the starting point that leads us to sin and the finished work of sin in our life is death – not happiness.

Jesus taught us to serve God in our heart and not the lusts in our heart. The disciples followed Jesus and understood that lust is an open door that leads people to sin. We all have natural desires (lusts) but when we take them as our guide for decision making, we can be led astray from the Will of God, which leads us to death (separation from God) and not happiness.

The desires of the heart are either focused on the Will of God or our own self-will for sinful pleasures. Iniquity is a cousin to sin and is defined as a life of willfulness apart from the leadership of God even if it doesn’t violate God’s express Will for our lives. Sin and iniquity lead us away from God’s example of a life well lived. God’s pleasure is to give us a good life but our sinful decisions will drive us far from it when we seek our own pleasure apart from God.

The Bible tells us that there is a pleasure in sin for a season but that is all. Happiness is not found in the temporal pleasures that the body can experience but in doing the Will of God. That is where true happiness comes from. We find the example of Moses in Hebrews saying:

24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;

25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a time;

26 Esteeming the reproach of the Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he looked for the recompense of the reward.

27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

[Hebrews 11:24-27 (KJV 2000)]

Happiness is in the heart, which we get by obeying the Will of God in our lives. And through Christ (Messiah) we can find a new path for our lives. We can become the servants of righteousness.

17 But God be thanked, that you were the servants of sin, but you have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

18 Being then made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness.

[Romans 6:17-18 (KJV 2000)]

We can change our master from sin to righteousness by asking God to forgive us of our sin having faith in the finished work of Jesus on the Cross. When we ask for forgiveness in Jesus’ name, God will also give us the gift of His Righteousness.

21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith in Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

[Romans 3:21-24 (KJV 2000)]

We receive the Righteousness of God by faith in Jesus when we believe in Him and his work on the Cross for us. No longer do we have to serve our old master of sin in willful choices against the Will of God (sin and iniquity). We also have a new guide in our life to help us make life giving choices that will give us a life of happiness; God gives us the Holy Spirit to lead us in our life’s decisions from day to day.

It is God’s Will that we believe in Jesus and by faith in his work on the Cross for us that we gain God’s Righteousness to be our own righteousness. We are to forsake and abandon our sin, and our own self-righteousness. Only by faith in Jesus the Christ (Yehoshua Ha-Mashiach) can we receive the gifts of God’s forgiveness of sin and His righteousness.

Please pray this prayer:

God of heaven, I believe in Jesus Christ who died on the Cross for me. I believe that he paid for the penalty of my sin, which I admit I have done. I ask for your forgiveness of my sin and thank you for your love. Please bring me closer to you so that I may know you. By your Holy Spirit, please make in me a clean heart, a renewed spirit, and a right mind that I may do those things that are pleasing to you. Thank you God, Father of the Lord Jesus Christ and now my Father in Heaven. Amen!

Healthy Weight Management

© Original content written by James R. Carlson

My mother was a Weight Watchers counselor for 33 years and I learned some valuable lessons from her. I have not only learned from her how to cook but to understand what healthy eating habits are. Sadly, she passed away last year and I gained 20 pounds; but now I’m back down by 15 pounds with only 5 more pounds to go. She taught many people how to lose weight and to maintain it. For me, weight maintenance is the most important thing. My life has been touched by her wisdom and I’d like to share some of that with you today.

Key in weight management is to live a healthy lifestyle. My mom would tell me that the word ‘diet’ has the word ‘die’ in it and diets usually kill people (figuratively speaking). If you are going to maintain a healthy weight you need to incorporate healthy eating habits into your life-style. How you eat should be a part of your life so that you can be healthy and life to the fullest.

The first thing to keep in mind about your eating habits is to eat a balanced meal every time you eat. Never, never, never eat a fad diet. No carbs only diets, no protein only diets, no veggie only diets; you cannot have a healthy life with an unhealthy diet. Be sure to include all the major food groups in your eating lifestyle. Nutrition is nothing to play with or to skimp on. This was my mom’s first rule.

I would like to add that you should also feel full when you eat. You can add water or a salad to your meal. And a reasonable (small) desert is not out of the question. Your brain should be telling you that you are full and that the meal gave you pleasure. If not, you’re probably not going to stay with your diet.

My mother’s favorite saying was, “It’s not what you eat that matters but how much of it you eat; and how often you eat that much.” You see, you can eat anything you want and maintain your weight. But if you eat 5 pounds of spaghetti a day, you’ll gain weight. But if you eat a few ounces once a week, you’ll maintain your weight. It’s all about portion control.

I like to say that it is all about volume control. How much you put into your mouth is very important. Eat small people portions on your first helping and then eat half on your second helping if you’re still hungry. Skinny people eat skinny portions and fat people eat fat portions. If you want to be skinny, do what skinny people do – eat small. And if you are not full still, add a salad or water or even a small desert to your meal. But lower your overall food intake to just enough so that you can hear your stomach say, “I’m full,” and then stop eating. You cannot get fat if you don’t over eat. And if you are fat (be honest) don’t worry about losing it right away; maintain your weight first.

Everyone knows, and my mom also taught, that if you lose weight fast you’ll gain it back fast and be heavier than before. I’m not an advocate of weight loss but of weight maintenance.

People think that they are supposed to be ‘body buff’ just like actors in Hollywood movies. These movies in fact advertise a certain body style that some people think they have to lose weight to achieve. Just look at the billions of dollars spent on Hollywood style makeup (MaxFactor) to achieve the glamour girl face. Having a Hollywood body should not be your goal. The goal should be a healthy life where one maintains their weight and eats healthy.

Keep this in mind. If you practice weight loss only to realize a weight gain in the end, you are practicing ‘dis-equilibrium.’ But, if you practice ‘equilibrium’ you can maintain your weight, which is what you want to do if you lose weight and arrive at your target goal. Sadly, people who practice dis-equilibrium when losing weight to achieve their target weight only gain back the weight they lost (and more) because they never bothered to practice equilibrium and maintain their weight. The first goal for a person with a weight problem is to maintain their weight.

Often, people eat to feed their emotions. Losing my mother is one example. I’ve learned from her the lessons of life to maintain my weight and the problems with losing weight. I have also learned to add a spiritual component to my lifestyle. Praying more and presenting my ‘issues’ to God in prayer helps fill a void in my heart that sometimes I try to fill in my stomach with food. Feeding our emotions is only human but like exercise, prayer is a part of a healthy lifestyle. Try praying more often.

Again, I’m not an advocate of weight loss as it is enough for me in my life to maintain my weight and eat healthy balanced meals. My body size and appearance is not the most important thing in my life. I put God first in my life not my body but even God tells us that exercise has value. However, the best value in life is to live a healthy moral life.

If you must lose weight and you haven’t abused yourself to the point of being hundreds of pounds overweight, try limiting the amount of weight you lose to 5 or 10 pounds a year. Be honest, are you in it for the long haul or for someone’s approval of how you look? Are they that shallow; are you? Looks do not translate into health. In fact, skinny people can overeat and get fat while fat people can eat healthy and slowly lose weight. Keep it simple, make small changes in your diet, your exercise, and your prayer life. Life is for living, not losing weight. Maintain your weight and be healthy.

I thank God for my mother. She was a nursing student in the mid-1940s and wanted to be a dietician. She married before finishing her nursing degree. But after raising her family, she finished her career with Weight Watchers with 33 years of counseling. She truly loved her job helping people. Her wisdom lives on with me and I trust you will learn something from it too.

A Government of Angels

© Original content written by James R. Carlson

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The history of the New Deal has been an abuse of raw and untamed power where progressive policies ignored the limits of the Constitution; the Supreme Court even overruled them as unconstitutional. It was only by the threat of continued abuse of power that the Court capitulated. The tax and spend liberal or the progressive liberal is the result of an unbroken chain of New Deal style policies from Washington D.C. since the 1930s to now that is bankrupting our nation morally and financially. As the social gospel movements prior to the 1930s merged with the progressive movement in the New Deal, modern progressives see themselves as angels in government who do not need a Constitution to limit their actions. The result of their abuse of power for their social agenda has produced less than angelic results in our nation.

James Madison once said that if government were of angels…

If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.

[The Federalist No. 51]

According to Madison, not only do we need a Constitution to place controls on the government, we need the people in the government to place controls on themselves. The tax and spend liberalism of progressives in the 20th and 21st century show no sign of limiting their own actions and much less do they show any sign of obeying the limits of the Constitution.

The modern liberal perceives themselves as angels in society using the agency of government as a means to do good for mankind. Sadly, they do not perceive that by violating the Constitution and forcing their view of good on society they have turned the government into a benevolent dictatorship. This kind of dictatorship is the hardest to overcome because the dictators who rule with the self-deceived notion that they can do no wrong cannot be convinced that there is something wrong about their abuse of power.

For all of the good that liberals think they do through government, let’s list them and examine them one by one and see what the results are. Social Security (SS), Medicare/Medicaid (M&M), sex education, abortion, and gay rights make up the short list of some things that liberals seem to be proud of as angels trying to help people in society. So let’s take a look at the result of their angelic policies.

Social Security is a hot button topic that we’re not supposed to address. However, in less than 10 years the number of payers into the system will be less than the number of payees and the system will be bankrupt. That means there will be a shortage of funds to pay those who are on the benefits list. Ultimately the money will have to come from the general tax fund to make up the difference. But in the meantime, the angels of government have not manage this system very well.

There are no dollars in a bank account today to show for the investment that Americans have put into this system; there is no trust fund. As others have said, it is being run like a Ponzi scheme. The $2.6 trillion that should be in a trust fund has been borrowed by the angels of government for their other tax and spend ideas they have had. These angels have not paid the money they borrowed back and have in fact broken our trust of them. No wonder the Constitution places limits on tax and spending policies. With the policies that liberals represent in violation of the Constitution, we can find nothing angelic with their treatment of SS.

Another policy of angels is Medicare/Medicaid. As the angels in America attempt to recuse the elderly and the poor from limited health care, they have in fact caused a tradition of charity to become bankrupt. The tradition of medicine before M&M was passed in the 1960s was for doctors to provide one month of free health care at their clinic or hospital. Now, medicine is big business after the government started to pay for services once offered for free. The high cost of medicine is the result of forced charity by tax and spend legislation throughout the national, state, and local levels. M&M has proven to be a disaster in the medical community as people struggle to pay for high medical bills, which is due to the angelic work of tax and spend liberals in Washington.

Tax and spend liberalism is in fact a violation of the separation of church and state. The idea of church/state separation is usually focused on the First Amendment’s two religious clauses as Thomas Jefferson commented on them as being a wall of separation between church and state (1802). However, James Madison wrote the First Amendment (1791) and while in the Legislature of Virginia (mid-1780s), he applied the Jeffersonian idea of church/state separation in his Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments.

Obscure to most people, Madison’s Memorial led to the first instance of church/state separation in North America. It argued for a removal of state legislative control over the state church. Contrary to some opinions, it didn’t argue for the removal of church influence over the government. The principle should read the Separation of State from Church. The Baptists of Virginia were not allowed by law to practice their faith and so they helped circulate Madison’s Memorial.

The Baptists claimed that a person who was forced to pay a tithe to the state church by taxation and attend church by conscription would be less likely to do either but if left to their own conscience they would be free to do both. Tithes and offerings by taxation for a government run charity may sound good but the effect is to reduce the impulse of people to give to charities. And this will ultimately destroy social charities as the government tries to establish their own charity such as M&M. Again, M&M as a tax and spend policy of the left for a government run charity is a violation of the separation of church and state (aka Madison’s Memorial). There is no angelic activity to be found here.

The term ‘liberal’ used to mean ‘generous.’ However, modern liberalism is far less than generous in their giving as they force people to give to their favorite charity, run by the government, through taxation instead of by private donations. Their liberalism therefore is a lie as they give less themselves than they force others to give by law. Again, this is not angelic activity.

The history of progressivism (liberalism) has been one of various groups converging into one movement in the 1930s. The religious root of progressivism comes from the social gospel movement that put social justice on the front pew and salvation on the back. For some, government run charities is their ticket to heaven; they seek salvation by good works through government run charities. To this end, some of the angels among us have decided to help solve the social problem of teen pregnancy. And in so doing they have partnered with groups such as Planned Parenthood (PP) to provide contraception for ‘teens at risk’ of getting pregnant and abortions for those who do get pregnant.

Although noble as any angelic idea may be, the effect of the policy to provide taxpayer funded contraception to teens has driven the number of teens who get pregnant to go up every year. The complete opposite of the ‘good idea’ that these angels had is the result of their playing God in the public schools. Not only so, the rate of teens getting an abortion has risen since the start of the ‘sex ed’ movement.

Sex education drives students to experiment with sex. Contraception gives them an opportunity to avoid the responsibilities of sex as they treat sex like a toy. Sex is a Holy gift from God; God is Holy and He created sex to be Holy. We are to keep sex Holy and not play with it like a toy. Responsible adults in a monogamous marriage may share in sexual pleasure with one another and in the responsibility of raising children. Partnering with PP to provide condoms has also led to the partnership to provide abortions for minor children. Leading children to get pregnant and then to have an abortion may make PP rich but it does nothing to help reduce teen pregnancy. Where are the angels in the room?

Abortion is another hot button topic that causes people to rant. Yes women have a right to choose and they also have a responsibility in making their choices. Children are not responsible for their choices but adults are. Parents teach their children to make right choices and punish them for making wrong ones so that when they grow up they make good choices throughout their life. That is the stuff of life – making right choices.

However, abortion kills a baby. And the pro-choice movement has led to the decision to kill 55 million babies over 30 years. That’s 5 times the number of people killed by the Nazi Holocaust. Not only are babies killed, mothers are raped by an abortionist’s knife put into her vagina that is used to slice and dice a baby like it was a tomato in the womb. Killing babies and raping women is not angelic.

And to add insult to injury, the prohibition against providing abortion or an abortion drug in the Hippocratic Oath was removed from the medical community in 1973 with the Roe v Wade decision. No longer are doctors required to follow this basic tenant of medical morality. Is it any wonder why we question the actions of the angels of government that violate the Constitution? The first principle is the Right to Life not a presumed right of choice.

God who gave us Rights never gave us a Right to do what is wrong! Some call the practice of sodomy a Right and support so called Gay Rights. The problem with that is there are no Rights beyond what God gives. Sodomy is a sin against God and it is immoral. Civil law should be based upon moral principles (this is an application of the separation of church and state; see my blog on “Religious Freedom”). The State does not have authority to grant Rights and they certainly have no authority to grant Rights when they violate moral principles. This is another example of a violation of the separation of church and state that the left chooses to ignore.

The long history of liberalism is by no means finished. New tax and spend policies from those who seek to get into heaven by social legislation are fast approaching the tipping point where we can no longer afford these programs without going bankrupt as a nation. We are now in debt by $19 trillion due to tax and spend liberalism. And deficit spending shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. The angels of America are in every nook and cranny of government throughout our nation and they are leading us to financial ruin and moral poverty.

It is long overdue for Americans to witness who these fallen angels really are. They are bereft of their salvation by works, hypocrites of charity, advocates of sin, and thieves who steal and misuse trillions of tax dollars for some twisted sense of doing good in government. Madison was keen on telling us that if government were of angels then we would no longer need a Constitution to limit the activities of the government. So what are we to say about these progressive liberal angels and all their good deeds?

We can say that killing babies, raping women, stealing money, and defrauding society shows them to be less than angels and perhaps we can understand that these self-described angels of government need to be limited in their good works by government. One can only wonder what more damage will be done to our nation by these self-described angels if we elect another one as our next President. Haven’t we had enough of their angelic (aka demonic) leadership?!