The religious left tells us that budgets are moral documents. The religious left also assumes that the federal government should take up the cause of helping the poor. One report says the federal government runs 126 different anti-poverty programs1.
The religious left further tells us that across-the-board budget cuts will hurt the poor. But how do we define the poor, and who gets to define them? Are government programs always the moral high ground? What happens if our national debt has reached $16 trillion because of budget deficits (Obama: nearly $5 trillion in four years, a record), while our national income (GDP) is smaller?
Are those big-government budget deficits moral or immoral? Where’s the moral high ground in that?
Despite the 126 programs, does anyone notice that we still have poor people? Maybe we need another way.
Whenever the ends of Government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the People may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new Government; the doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind. Declaration of Rights, Maryland
Unlike Americas original rebel Christians who dumped the Brits taxed tea into Boston Harbor and told King George that he could kiss their King George, todays evangelicals, I believeespecially the dandy ministers who love to be lovedwould have folded like one-ply toilet paper before British oppression. Were a timid tufted titmouse compared to our rowdy founding forefathers. Continue reading →
Part 1 of this phenomenal documentary was posted earlier in the week – after having briefly discussed it on the May 30, 2012 edition of Life, Liberty & All That Jazz with Jeffrey Bennett and Wednesday co-host, Roger Sayles.
The response from our readers was shocking to say the least – in a very positive way – even though it was over 90 minutes in length. The requests for part two was a surprise to the staff at the Federal Observer. Imagine our surprise when we located the complete three and one quarter hour production, which we now provide for your continuing consideration. (JB)
Another variation of the Prosperity Gospel at work – passing the collection plate for Jesus – or is it for His so-called ‘disciples’?
The Holy Land Experience theme park in Orlando, Fla., is part of the Trinity Broadcasting Networks operations.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. For 39 years, the Trinity Broadcasting Network has urged viewers to give generously and reap the Lords bounty in return.
The prosperity gospel preached by Paul and Janice Crouch, who built a single station into the worlds largest Christian television network, has worked out well for them.
Mr. and Mrs. Crouch have his-and-her mansions one street apart in a gated community here, provided by the network using viewer donations and tax-free earnings. But Mrs. Crouch, 74, rarely sleeps in the $5.6 million house with tennis court and pool. She mostly lives in a large company house near Orlando, Fla., where she runs a side business, the Holy Land Experience theme park. Mr. Crouch, 78, has an adjacent home there too, but rarely visits. Its occupant is often a security guard who doubles as Mrs. Crouchs chauffeur. Continue reading →
“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell
I doubt that many understand that this nation stands solely by the will and grace of the Sovereign God, each day is a gift and the seconds, minutes, and hours of every day come by His divine determination. We have not earned His grace, and neither are we intrinsically entitled to His blessings for a continued existence.
The truth is that the population of this nation is entirely bereft of any semblance of an obeisant relationship with Almighty God. A near totality now lack an ethical spiritual persuasion that enables one to discern or distinguish between good and evil, right and wrong, or between socially righteous and execrably putrid personal conduct. Continue reading →
While on his way to Washington Benjamin Netanyahu stopped in Ottawa to confer with his patriot in arms, Stephen Harper. Following their morning meetings, of which we know little, the two held a very brief press conference that simply highlighted the double standards under which the two operate, especially Netanyahu. Continue reading →
Images can be powerful. We have all seen films of the Nuremburg rallies. The torchlight processions, the banners, the chanting crowds: all purposely staged to elevate one man to a status as something more than human, a benevolent leader who promised fairness and payback against the evil enemies of the people. All things were possible through him. The trains would run on time, the capitalists and bankers would pay for taking advantage of the people. Social justice would finally be achieved if only the people would pledge themselves to him.
Juxtapose those images with a 2008 party rally in a Denver stadium. The Greek columns, the giant television screens, the laser light show: all dedicated to elevate a man who promised the wars would end, the earth would heal, and the oceans would halt their rise. Peace and justice at last. He was the one we were waiting for. Goebbels would have been proud. Continue reading →
The Jewish people were, more than once, enjoined by our prophet Isaiah to be Ohr LaGoyim, to set an example for the nations of the world, to enlighten them with examples of goodness, morality, and peace:
I the LORD have called unto you in righteousness, and have taken hold of your hand, and submitted you as the people’s covenant, as a light unto the nations[.] – Book of Isaiah, 42:6
Yea, He saith, ‘It is too light a thing for you to be My servant, to establish the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the scions of Israel, and I shall submit you as a light unto the nations, to be My salvation until the end of the earth[.]’ – Book of Isaiah, 49:6
It is certainly not working out that way in some quarters, where the behavior of fanatic misogynists in the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh is bringing disgrace and embarrassment to the entire worldwide Jewish community. It embarrasses me for them — and, if you are Jewish, I suggest that you ought to be embarrassed, too. Continue reading →
Go back far enough in history and one can find that at one time all races, ethnic groups, etc. were barbarians. Due to circumstances that often had more to do with where an ethnic group was located than anything else, some groups of people advanced toward civility much more quickly than others.
Thus, the following observations are not based upon race or ethnic superiority. We all have skeletons in the closet whether we be white, black, brown, or whether we be Christian, Jew, or Muslim. Continue reading →
By now, there are few people who are not familiar with talk of the “War on Christmas.” The hyperbolic nature of this nomenclature aside, it springs from the observation of two undeniable facts: first, there is a sustained, concerted effort to marginalize, if not eradicate, the religious significance of this most celebrated of Christian — and American — holidays; second, this assault on Christmas belongs to a larger campaign to undermine the influence of Christianity over our popular culture. Continue reading →
There are over 300,000 evangelical Christian churches in America. That equates to tens of millions of professing Christians and hundreds of thousands of Christian ministers. Think of the church sanctuaries, educational facilities, schools, camps, radio broadcasts, television programs, colleges, seminaries, preschools, youth retreats, etc., that grace America. In some communities there is a church building on just about every corner. In spite of this massive exposure to the modern Church, however, the nation has been left virtually unaffected, uninfluenced, and unimpressed. Continue reading →
When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. – Matthew, 2: 9-10 Continue reading →
With so much darkness in the world in these times, we find it heartwarming to find, and present a story, which is so significant of the meaning of the season. It matters not, whether one is a Christian, a Jew, a Buddhist or a Muslim, good is good, and I hope that this story touches your heart. It’s a true story, or so we are told. (Ed.)
As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same. However, that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy. Continue reading →
I would love to give the Pastor of this predominantly black church in Virginia a hug and a high five. This guy is obviously a leader. Perhaps we should each decide who our real leader is. It is amazing to see that very little has changed in 4,000 years… Continue reading →
This sermon, delivered by Rabbi Lewis a couple of weeks ago has been referred to as the sermon of the century If you havent already seen or heard it its well worth reading. First Day of Rosh Hashanah 2010 Sermon delivered by Rabbi Schlomo Lewis of Atlanta. Continue reading →
Can a Christian be an anarchist?
Before that question is investigated is it fair to ask if a Christian should support a government and political system that violates the laws that have been written to contain it?
After all, the U.S. Constitution places very strict limits on the powers of the federal government and empowers the legislatures of its member states to keep the federal government within that constitutional framework. Continue reading →
Father Gabriele Amorth, the chief exorcist for the Holy See, said in Rome that The Timess coverage of Pope Benedict, which cast doubt on his rigor in dealing with pedophile priests, was prompted by the Devil.
There is no doubt about it, the 85-year-old priest said, according to the Catholic News Agency. Because he is a marvelous pope and worthy successor to John Paul II, it is clear that the Devil wants to grab hold of him. Continue reading →
Have you ever wondered why we humans never seem to learn from our past mistakes? Throughout recorded human history, one war is followed by another war, which is followed by yet another war. The people cry, “we want an end to war!” But the wars never end. Throughout recorded human history humankind have found themselves under one form of bondage or another with only brief periods of escape from tyranny, even though they cry out, “we want to be free.” Have you ever wondered just why these things are? Why do we keep finding ourselves repeating the same mistake over and over again, with no end in sight? The simple answer is that it’s just the nature of things. Is there away out of this seeming dilemma? Is there a way to escape this nature of things? The simple answer is yes, but it takes a tiny bit of effort on our part … but it can be done. The question that will be asked at the end of this article is, “are you willing to make that little effort now to break out of this endless chain of never ending cycles of war and strife for yourself and all those who will follow you?” Continue reading →
“Every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshiping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience.” – George Washington, Letter, United Baptist Chamber of Virginia May 1789
The role of the Church in 21st century America has hit rock bottom. As a political influence, organized religion is treated as if it is irrelevant. By contrast, the historic influence of religion in the settling of the New World is undeniable. European mercantile motivations to explore, claim and develop the natural wealth of a rich continent, required more than daring adventurers. The repression in the mother counties played a pivotal part for the down trodden and oppressed to flee from the chains of persecution. Religious freedom was as important, if not paramount, for many of the brave souls seeking a new life. Continue reading →
Many read the Revelation and some accept it as prophetic. Others look at it and classify it as a bunch of bunk. Let’s look at it again. Specifically, let us look at Revelation chapter eighteen and rather than viewing it as a dream by some mystic, let’s look at it in light of history. Prophets, fortune tellers, and seers into the future understand and believe the axiom that history repeats its self. Perhaps, just perhaps the demise of Babylon in Revelation chapter eighteen is not speaking about historic Babylon but a modern day Babylon who is in the process of repeating the fate of the historic Babylon thousands of years ago. Further if there is indeed a modern day Babylon, America fits that profile to the tee. Join with me as we go through this chapter in Revelation and see how America could very well be the modern Babylon spoken of in the book of Revelation thousands of years ago. Continue reading →
Excerpt: He destroyed them, he vented his rage upon them, he annihilated them for daring to question the annihilation that is coming to us all. He ground them to dust, the dust of the universe.On the surface, it seems a great mystery. Why would the leftist liberals who embrace abortion, homosexual rights, pornography, free love, sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll find Islam so endearing? Continue reading →
The early 21st century stands as a period of profound moral confusion. On the one hand, mothers and doctors are permitted to crack open the skulls and suck out the brains of nearly-born babies with government sanction under the banner of partial birth abortion. Should these very same people hike into the woods and crack open a bald eagle egg, they could face serious prison time.
It would therefore seem that contemporary society is marked by two seemingly contradictory extremes — that of extreme license and that of excessive control. However, upon closer inspection it could be concluded that these conditions are not as contradictory as the situation might originally appear. Continue reading →
Let’s face it: most Americans live in a world of false security. This is somewhat understandable, given the fact that the majority of the U.S. population was born after 1945. Few remember the dangers and hardships of World War II; fewer still remember the Great Depression. Few Americans know what it’s like to not have some sort of “supercenter” nearby with shelves stocked with every kind of food imaginable, twenty-four hours a day. Few know what life was like before there were restaurants of all sizes and types on virtually every street corner in America. And only a handful remembers when most roads were unpaved, or when sports were truly a pastime and not a megabuck obsession.
Modern living within the world’s only “superpower” has created a giant unsuspecting, soft, lackadaisical, and lethargic society. Continue reading →
Ex-soldiers don’t need to be told they’re a burden to society.
AUGUST 18, 2009 – If President Obama wants to better understand why America’s discomfort with end-of-life discussions threatens to derail his health-care reform, he might begin with his own Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He will quickly discover how government bureaucrats are greasing the slippery slope that can start with cost containment but quickly become a systematic denial of care.
Last year, bureaucrats at the VA’s National Center for Ethics in Health Care advocated a 52-page end-of-life planning document, “Your Life, Your Choices.” It was first published in 1997 and later promoted as the VA’s preferred living will throughout its vast network of hospitals and nursing homes. Continue reading →
July 11, 2009 – Do you truly believe the people running Government can do what they want once elected? The way their treachery is feared and talked about suggests such insanity. They pass a law, a statute or a presidential edict and its Oh my! Look what they just did! What are we to do? Where are we going to get the money for that? Then we all just grin and bear it, after all they are our elected leaders. No matter whos doing the reporting, credence is given to this lie.
Do we elect them to follow party platforms or are they sworn to follow the Constitutional Contract? The truth is that they have no power to vote away anyones liberty or freedom. Those things are not in the scope of their contract. Continue reading →
LONDON, England (CNN) — The world’s oldest known Christian Bible goes online Monday — but the 1,600-year-old text doesn’t match the one you’ll find in churches today.
Discovered in a monastery in the Sinai desert in Egypt more than 160 years ago, the handwritten Codex Sinaiticus includes two books that are not part of the official New Testament and at least seven books that are not in the Old Testament. Continue reading →
“Watch out! You nearly broad sided that car!” My father yelled at me.
“Can’t you do anything right?”
Those words hurt worse than blows. I turned my head toward the elderly man in the seat beside me, daring me to challenge him. A lump rose in my throat as I averted my eyes. I wasn’t prepared for another battle.
“I saw the car, Dad. Please don’t yell at me when I’m driving.”
My voice was measured and steady, sounding far calmer than I really felt. Continue reading →
PUBLISHERS NOTE:One month after the Federal Observer commenced publication in July of 2001, we were privileged to begin carrying the works of one of the most prolific and talented writers in America, Dorothy Anne Seese. Due to failing health, in recent years, Dorothy has ceased writing, and yet we are proud to publish this recent effort on her part. What you are about to read, Is a letter written to her Pastor. (J. B.) Continue reading →