Deny it if you like, but our American way of
slipping away. And it is matter of cause and
The war against terror doesn’t
seem to be much of a war in the traditional sense. The U.S. has weathered
unending criticism for attempting to “fight” the
war in Iraq. But
toppled in a few weeks in one of the fastest most successful military campaigns
ever. Since then our soldiers have worked to create a secure environment for
the Iraqi people. They’ve undertaken all manner of projects to provide water,
electricity and most importantly, security. Of course you know the rest from
the sad reports that reach us almost daily. As I write, seven Marines reported
killed yesterday and fourteen again today. Radical mullahs across the
East, and in the west for that matter, desperately want the U.S. to fail in
For Iraq to emerge as a free and
prosperous society amid the oppressive dictatorships of the
Arab world would be
a slap in the face to the ideology of
Islam, and they’re willing to sacrifice
untold numbers of young men and or women as suicide bombers to insure the
failure of the Iraqi experiment. All too often America’s sons and daughters
fall victim to an invisible enemy who hides among civilians. Aside from raids
on known concentrations of the would-be bombers, our war has turned reactive.
This is certainly not a criticism of our forces there, it is simply the kind of
kinder, gentler police-type action that’s been commissioned.
Here in the United States, and in
Britain for that matter, we also have to wait for the terrorists to act before
launching into action. Hopefully our law enforcement agencies have infiltrated
some of the most radical extremist groups, and know what they’re planning. But
it’s not easy to take comfort in that hope. This seems to be a situation that
has been allowed to develop right under our noses over a very long period
of time, as it has in Britain and to an even more alarming degree across
Europe. Surely it’s not been lost on authorities here that the recent bombers
in London were British born citizens. So it’s not just a matter of keeping
track of visas and passports, which they’ve not been able to do anyway. It
turns out the west is facing a threat from individuals who are not foreigners
but young adults who speak the language without the accent, know their way
around, and move confidently through society.
How long can the west play these
politically correct games? When you see a dozen or more “officers” working an
airport gate, frisking old men, little old ladies, (I’ve seen them get real
suspicious about a new mother’s baby bottle) you wonder, how is this advancing
the war against terror? What a ridiculous charade! Now the outrage is being
expanded to include bus terminals and rail stations. And now they’re telling us
that the greatest threat we face is not related to public transportation at all,
but is rather the prospect of nuclear terror!
Frankly, if the war on terror has to
be conducted as a politically correct exercise, it cannot be won. As my dear
departed Dad said, if we’re counting on winning the hearts and minds of the
Islamic world, forget it! We’ve gone into the war on terror with at least one
arm tied behind our back, and we’re rapidly giving up some of our basic rights
and freedoms in an attempt to blunt the criticisms of those who hate everything
this country was supposed to stand for, both here and abroad!
We’re only holding on to any pretense
of national sovereignty by a thread as it is, apologizing as we go. At this
rate, Osama and the mad mullahs will take us down eventually. Unless the
radical Islamic movement can be somehow crushed during Bush’s second term (fat
chance), we’re likely to see “leadership” elected in ’08 that will lurch into
the arms of the corrupt, anti-American UN and relinquish what’s left of U.S.
sovereignty to global opinion and international law. Our citizens are so caught
up in materialism and entertainment, with the entertainers themselves largely
pushing that very notion, the odds may well favor that very scenario.
There was no doubt that our very survival as a nation was at stake in
the Second World War. Our forces crushed Germany and Japan, left what was left
of them destitute and staggering to ensure our future of freedom. America knew
when she had won and welcomed her soldiers home to victory parades. That simply
is not going to happen this time around. We are engaged in a war without end,
at least the way it’s being “fought.” Many of our enemies are within our gates
and more are on their way. The way of life we seek to preserve is corroding as
we meekly submit to politically sensitive, economically wasteful “security
measures” which are gradually expanding. Where does it end? Will we end up
with a full-blown police state where we’re all treated like prospective bombers
so as not to offend the terrorists?
How far these policies, already in
place, will expand is hard to predict right now. But, even with our nominally
conservative administration in office, the caste is set and we won’t be going
back. Is our beloved America forever lost? The threat of terror will be with
us from now on, and the policies that treat us all, including our mothers
grandmothers and children, as potential bombers and hijackers looks to be here
to stay. The rights guaranteed under our
Bill of Rights are
being denied those for whom they were intended, and applied to foreigners and
captured terrorists! Judges and political activists are insisting they be
afforded our constitutional rights, provided with legal representation paid for
by us! As GTA so aptly put it, “Islam is at war with America, but America is
not at war with Islam!”
Has God, once and for all, turned His
back on this great nation? Will a corrupted false religious ideology succeed in
bringing down the greatest nation in world history, one that once claimed God’s
promises and sought His favor?
Clearly, America has turned it’s back
on Him! The U.S. has put all it’s reliance in our government’s ability to
negotiate, backed up with our financial and military might. It is simply not
enough. It will not return us to the status and the freedoms we once enjoyed.
I think it appropriate at this point
to quote from a
Garner Ted Armstrong
commentary written just a matter of months before we lost him. Although
much has transpired since he wrote it, our plight remains the same. It expands
on this theme, that America simply cannot prevail and return to the carefree
pursuit of prosperity and happiness without God’s favor, quoting several
exhortations to ancient Israel that certainly apply to our nation today. Mark
GTA – March 2003
America is not a God-fearing country. We are not a Commandment-keeping people.
We give lip service to a “God,” but as a nation we will not OBEY Him! Those
clergymen who should be in the forefront proclaiming God’s laws and obedience to
God are instead the chief proponents of no law; they claim the “law was done
away.” But it is only ONE of the Ten Commandments they hate! If you need a clue,
it is somewhere between the third and the fifth commandment.
Paul wrote, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud,
blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
“Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce,
despisers of those that are good,
“Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away”
(2 Timothy 3:1-5). Our leaders have a form of godliness. They mention God
frequently in statements like “God bless America,” or “May God continue to bless
America.” This enrages many Americans who have gone to court to expunge all
mention of any deity from the Pledge of Allegiance or public buildings.
Millions of those who use the generic title “God” neither know the true God, nor
obey Him. How do we deny the power of God? By failing to rely on Him, and Him
alone, for our protection and our salvation as did Jehosaphat and all his people
(2 Chronicles 20).
David’s greatest sin was depending upon the size of his army, and forgetting to
depend instead upon God! Read the account in 2 Samuel 24:2-10. Because of his
lack of trust and faith, thousands of his citizens died!
If we DID rely solely on God, and if we were an obedient people, here are His
promises to us:
“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of
the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee
this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the
“And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt
hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
“Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
“Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the
fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
“Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
“Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou
“The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten
before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee
“The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all
that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the
LORD thy God giveth thee.
“The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn
unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in
“And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the
LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.
“And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and
in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which
the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
“The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain
unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou
shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
“And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be
above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the
commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and
to do them:
“And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this
day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them”
Such fabulous blessings cannot be imagined. Rain in due season? That would mean
no deserts, no droughts, no crop failures — huge WEALTH for farmers. Obedience
to God would mean no infant mortality (and no abortion!), no crib death, no
childhood disease or any other kind of disease; it would mean an end to heavy
taxation and the introduction of God’s tithing system; a ten-per-cent “flat tax”
across the board; every laborer would keep NINETY PER CENT of his or her
earnings! It would mean no crime, no divorce, no pornography, no kidnapping, no
child molestation! It would mean happy, healthy families; long marriages, full
What, instead, are we reaping? And what is the underlying CAUSE?
“But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD
thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command
thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
“Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.
“Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.
“Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase
of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
“Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou
“The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou
settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou
perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast
“The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed
thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it.
“The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an
inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with
blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
“And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is
under thee shall be iron.
“The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it
come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.
“The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out
one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into
all the kingdoms of the earth.
“And thy carcase shall be meat unto all fowls of the air, and unto the beasts of
the earth, and no man shall fray them away.
“The LORD will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and
with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.
“The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of
“And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou
shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled
evermore, and no man shall save thee.
“Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build
an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and
shalt not gather the grapes thereof.
“Thine ox shall be slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat thereof:
thine ass shall be violently taken away from before thy face, and shall not be
restored to thee: thy sheep shall be given unto thine enemies, and thou shalt
have none to rescue them.
“Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes
shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long: and there shall be
no might in thine hand.
“The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest
not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway:
“So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.
“The LORD shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that
cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head.
“The LORD shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a
nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve
other gods, wood and stone.
“And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all
nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.
“Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in;
for the locust shall consume it.
“Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the
wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.
“Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not
anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit.
“Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they
shall go into captivity.
“All thy trees and fruit of thy land shall the locust consume.
“The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou
shalt come down very low.
“He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head,
and thou shalt be the tail.
“Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and
overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the
voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he
commanded thee” (Deuteronomy 28:15-45).
God also said, “And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will
punish you seven times more for your sins.
“And I will break the pride of your power...” (Leviticus 26:18,19).
Today, America stands at the pinnacle of her power. Our POWER, represented by
our panoply of military weapons, is the source of both resentment and jealousy
around the world. Because we rely on that power, instead of God’s power, we can
expect to experience a series of the horrible curses which God says will descend
Will God allow us a time of respite? Will we win, and win convincingly, in Iraq?
Even if we do, as I have portrayed in earlier commentaries, the entire balance
of power in the world is now being forever changed.
NATO is divided. Europe is
divided. Europe and Britain are hurling accusations. France is deeply
anti-American and anti-British.
A United States of Europe will emerge which will
SHOCK AND AWE America and
Britain when it reaches the zenith of its military and economic power.
It sounds impossible to most to think that Europe could eventually emerge as
America’s most dangerous enemy. Tragically, events taking place right now are
contributing to that very scenario in the future.
It is not too late for America to REPENT both individually and collectively.
But it is much later than you think.
It is time and past time for Americans to heed the words of the Apostle Peter
“Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the
remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
“For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar
off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
“And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves
from this untoward generation” (Acts 2:38-40). The best advice I can give.
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