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-- May God bless and keep you in His arms. ============= From: "Liberty Counsel" <alert@libertyaction.org> To: <sinslayer@windstream.net> Subject: America can again be a "shining city on a hill" Date: Mon, 5 Aug 2013 10:22:17 -0500 Mathew D. Staver, Founder and Chairman Liberty Counsel 8/5/2013 Our nation's cultural, moral, and religious foundations are being systematically subverted. Like the proverbial frog in increasingly hot water, Americans are suffering more each month that passes under the tyranny of the Obama administration's aggressive assault on our core values. Religious freedom, in particular, has greatly diminished as people of faith are being systematically silenced. But Christians and non-Christians alike are sharing the negative effects of this moral decline as our society unravels at an ever-faster pace. This is an extremely dangerous situation that must be reversed! Please see my message below outlining a very promising course of action - Mat. Thomas, Ronald Reagan famously referred to America as a "shining city on a hill," frequently emphasizing this phrase that he used throughout his service to our country. President Reagan picked it up from one of our Founding Fathers who strongly believed that God providentially raised our nation up to be a beacon of freedom to the world. In 1630 aboard the ship Arbella, Puritan preacher and statesman John Winthrop admonished the Massachusetts Bay colonists that their community was to be a "city on a hill." Of course, these powerful words originated with Jesus in His "Salt and Light" parable recorded in the Book of Matthew's fifth chapter. Winthrop's use of the concept in his sermons led many to believe that God was founding a unique community, "God's country" on the American continent. Thus, the inspirational notion of "American exceptionalism" was introduced into our national conscience. ++The secularist agenda is all too clear. Those of us who love America often use the term "American exceptionalism," but there are those who look upon America with disdain as though we were an oppressive empire. They want to "remake America." We all remember the infamous sermon Barack Obama's former pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, delivered at Trinity Church. "Confusing God and Government" painted America as a colonial oppressor that elicited Wright's comment, ".not God bless America, but God damn America!" This statement is shocking and we find it difficult to even document it in writing. How could any American want God to damn America? At Liberty Counsel, we are proud to be Americans, as I'm sure you are. We love this country and, like the Founders, believe America was brought forth to be a "shining city on a hill." But think back to 2008, when Michelle Obama said in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, "For the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback." In case you thought that was a slip of the tongue or a misstatement, she repeated the thought in Madison, Wisconsin, a little later: "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country, and not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change." "Change" to what? To be proud of America for the first time in your adult life because people want to "change" it is rather an odd sentiment. Such a statement only makes sense if there are two competing dreams for America.the dream of our Founding Fathers, and a completely opposite dream. ++Is America blessed or cursed? Either you believe America has been blessed by God and is thus a blessing to the world, or you believe America is a curse and God should "damn America." Thomas, I am sure that you stand with me in believing that God has abundantly blessed our nation. But with great blessing and freedom also comes great responsibility. ++Liberty Counsel in no way shares the Left's vision for America! The nation is now suffering under the hegemony of an insidious movement fueled by the vision of radical liberal "progressives," the ACLU, and other leftist organizations, supported by the liberal media, to remake America into a socialist, Big Government, anti-life, anti-marriage society. Liberty Counsel's vision is to usher in a New Birth of Liberty by restoring our core values, our love of freedom, individual responsibility, the sanctity of life, natural marriage, and our Christian heritage. We will not stand idly by and watch as our nation and our liberties are systematically dismantled! The course you and I take now will decide the future of this country and perhaps even Western Civilization. For such a time as this, Liberty Counsel is launching our new "Pastors and Patriots" initiative. I am calling on pastors and patriots across the nation to stand with us! Liberty Counsel Action's vital Pastors and Patriots initiative will equip you, your pastor, and any American ministry or Bible-believing individual to fulfill the high calling of fearlessly speaking the truth to our culture. I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to take a courageous stand in support of American exceptionalism and join Liberty Counsel's initiative to stop anti-Christian forces from dismantling the foundations God established in this nation! Please, go here to help: http://www.libertyaction.org/2385/offer.asp a href="http://www.libertyaction.org/r.asp?U=301546&CID=385&RID=31461691%3E">http://www.libertyaction.org/r.asp?U=301546&CID=385&RID=314...; ++Pastors hold the key to restoring our declining culture. Why do I believe that America's pastors are God's "secret weapon" to ignite cultural renewal? Consider this statement from Reverend Charles Finney, a key leader in America's Second Great Awakening in the 19th century. "If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpits are responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in Christianity, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it." When I revisited this amazing statement by a man considered to be the Father of Modern Revivalism, I was deeply touched by his prophetic description of our current situation in America. As a former pastor, I was also certain of God's inspiration for Liberty Counsel to educate, motivate, and empower today's pastors and patriots to boldly speak out on the issues of the day. ++Liberty Counsel has produced an essential resource to spark renewal in our time. We hope to distribute hundreds of thousands of our new Action Pack for modern-day pastors and patriots. The Action Pack contains a concise but highly instructive DVD entitled Pastors & Patriots: Silence is Not an Option and our powerful Patriot's Handbook of Political Action for Pastors and Churches. Because we are producing so many of these invaluable resources, we can make them available for a gift of just $10 per unit. PLEASE consider making a special gift to Liberty Counsel to obtain three, five, or even twenty of these powerful Action Packs to deliver to pastors, church leaders, and ministries throughout your community! http://www.libertyaction.org/2385/offer.asp a href="http://www.libertyaction.org/r.asp?U=301547&CID=385&RID=31461691%3E">http://www.libertyaction.org/r.asp?U=301547&CID=385&RID=314...; To change America's course, our churches MUST stand and be counted! In order for our churches to stand up, our pastors and church leaders must be educated on legal matters and be empowered to resist tyranny! Click here now to learn more and to order one or more copies for yourself, your pastor, your Bible study group, your political action group, or any other strategic use of this resource: http://www.libertyaction.org/2385/offer.asp a href="http://www.libertyaction.org/r.asp?U=301548&CID=385&RID=31461691%3E">http://www.libertyaction.org/r.asp?U=301548&CID=385&RID=314...; God bless you as, together, we begin to restore our "shining city on a hill"! Mathew D. Staver, Founder and Chairman Liberty Counsel P.S. The cultural impact of America's hundreds of thousands of pastors' leadership is multiplied through their church membership, and thus through their communities. ?Even in the midst of devastating threats to our liberty in 2013, I believe we also have unprecedented opportunities to greatly advance the values of life, liberty, and family! How can we possibly remain silent at such a time as this? Our Action Pack containing vital resources is yours for a gift to Liberty Counsel of just $10. 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