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Common Sense vs Religion

18 Aug

Being religious has caused me to lack a lot of common sense. In the past, I was so blinded by religious rules, that I found it quite difficult to use my common sense to make daily life decisions. As a result, I have had to deal with the consequences of many significant life decisions I made all in the name of religion. There were times when I KNEW what to do, but because of some religious belief, second guessed myself, and made a different decision. Also, there were times when I would have a difficult time coming to a decision because I relied too heavily on waiting for some supernatural sign from God, not realizing it was just a religious belief inspired by the devil.

I can recall many occasions where I would lack confidence in my own God-given natural ability to make practical life choices, because I was afraid that using my common sense to make certain choices would somehow affect my “relationship with God,” or make me less of a Christian or candidate for heaven. Would you believe it if I told you that areas like politics, relationships (marriage included), careers, where to live, etc., are not necessarily areas that we need to be “consulting God” in? You see, God operates in SPIRITUAL MATTERS. But, religion has taught us to seek the supernatural in EVERYTHING that we do, and in EVERY aspect of our lives, that it is second nature to many of us. We fail to realize that often times, it is the ENEMY behind those decisions!!!

When detoxing yourself from religion, it is important to note that you must restructure your entire thought process. You must change your value system. You must determine new morals based on truth and common sense. I have effectively accomplished this by learning from people like Pam, who have never really been religious to begin with. For those of us who have been either raised religious, or have been heavily influenced by religion, religion is all we know, and has become the foundation for the morals and values we have today. It will have us wondering why we even make some of the decisions we make! LOL!!! That needs to change. When you encounter that WHY question, it’s time to suspect that religion is the culprit, and that it is time to do some serious investigating, which is an important part of the process of undeception. And as you go through the process of detoxing yourself from religion, use your God-given common sense, along with TRUTH to help you develop your morals and value system that will be based on TRUTH vs. false religious beliefs. Then and only then will you be able to see clearly, and start getting religion out of your system for GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thoughts? Can anyone out there relate to this?

If religion has harmed you spiritually and you are at the point where you are ready to dump FOOLISH religious practices for good, contact us toll free at, 888-818-1117 or send us an email at getreadyforthelord@gmail.com

The Silent Struggle of the Mexican American: Mexican vs. American

15 Aug

Without a doubt, the United States is undergoing major demographic changes. By 2060, the Hispanic population would be expected to reach 26.6 percent of the country’s people. Disturbingly, the forewarned statistic has ignited much hateful, detestable protest from white supremacists in the form of racist protests and mass shootings. Of which, Mexican Americans find themselves commonly caught in the crossfire. Not fully accepted as Mexican nor American, they often suffer their hurt in silence.  

“You don’t understand, [Mexicans] don’t accept us…,They’ll tear us apart,”  People fail to understand Mexican Americans carry a complicated relationship with their solely Mexican counterparts. While there are exceptions, the two groups usually kindle a mutual animosity toward one another. Countless Mexicans view their American brethren as traitors for “selling out” to the white man. Thereby, they have historically shunned Mexican Americans whenever they cross over the border.  It’s dangerous for Mexican Americans to enter Mexico. Often, they are targeted to be robbed, kidnapped, or murdered for their “American” nationality. Even today, Mexicans feel that their American counterparts owe them for Mexico’s exploitation at the hands of white people. Yet, Mexican Americans do not feel like they have done anything wrong. It wasn’t their fault how the borders were drawn nor their fault for being born in the United States. Yet, Mexican Americans still get treated as traitorous backstabbers by their own former people. So, when a white supremacist says, “Go back to Mexico,” They really mean, “Get yourself killed.” 

On the flip side of the coin, Americans choose to see only the “Mexican” side of the Mexican American. They fail to understand that many Mexican American families have resided in the United States for multiple generations. Like Native Americans, a good portion of Mexican Americans were forced to assimilate to American culture after the United States had conquered their homeland. As such, white people had taken plenty effort to snuff out the Mexican out of Mexican Americans thinking they were bettering them for society. The most lasting, severe tactic used to “Americanize” Mexican Americans was to abruptly end their ability to speak Spanish.  At which, countless generations have since had lost the skill to speak properly to their monolingual ancestors. Since, parents often refused to teach their children Spanish under American pressures. Not to mention, children received a negative association with their native tongues as usage brought on punishment. Adding insult to injury, places like southwest Texas held Spanish classes for students, however, the dialect was normally taught in Castilian. So, the children that were fluent with their local Spanish still couldn’t catch a break in class. They’re own dialect was literally seen as wrongThat took place as recently as the 1980s. Despite that not being their fault, Mexican Americans still receive a quiet criticism in the Hispanic community when they cannot speak in Spanish. A kick in the teeth, many Americans these days encourage learning a second language, in fact, the most recommended language is Spanish. That is a far cry from the policies that were enacted against Mexican Americans years ago. 

Overall, Mexican Americans assimilated to the United States as they “told” to do. Despite their best efforts, however, they’re never seen as American enough. Understand, Mexican Americans are under the wrath of a cultural double-edged sword. If they choose to assimilate anymore, they’ll be the “Americans sellouts” that Mexican hustlers tell them they are. However, if they hang onto their culture, they’re no better than the next Mexican crossing the border. Indeed, it’s common for Mexican American to be faced with an identity struggle as they figure out where they are on the “Mexican to American” spectrum. So, it isn’t as simple as, “Just speak English.”  

Trapped between two worlds, Mexican Americans receive cultural pressure on both sides. If a Mexican American only speaks English, they’re considered a heretic to their culture. Although, if a Mexican American only speaks Spanish, they’re seen as an illegal delinquent. If they speak both languages, they’d be judged on their lingual performance from both sides. Consequently, Mexican Americans find themselves trying to be twice as perfect as everyone else to satisfy the societal criteria of the two groups.  

In most cases, Mexican Americans have resided in the United States for centuries. Yet, Americans still treat them as if they have just crossed over the border. Within the U.S., there are countless ethnicities whose homelands are much distant away than the Mexican American: African, Irish, German, Japanese, Chinese, etc. Although, a Mexican American’s native land is usually a short trip across the Rio Grande or right where they’re standing. No matter the case, a Mexican American’s presence seemingly offends Mexicans and Americans alike overall. Hence, Mexican Americans attempt to take pride in their unique position by rebranding themselves with names like “chicano” to make something of their own Mexican identity without “Mexican” baggage. Meanwhile, other Mexican Americans identity themselves with the word “Hispanic” to avoid similar stereotypes. However, neither rectification solves the problem.  Mexican Americans always seem at a crossroads on issues, forced to pick a path. However, no matter which path they choose, they must face rejection from the opposite, parallel road.  Hence, the quiet suffering of the Mexican American.  

If you feel caught at a cultural or spiritual crossroads like countless Mexican Americans. consider treading the path of RESCUE. There, you could overcome the influences of culture and rejection to empower yourself on the way to a new identity. With the help of fellowship, you will learn how to stand on your own, standing for your own best interest. Filled with a multitude of backgrounds such as African, Mexican, and English and (former) religions like Jehovah Witness, Catholic, and Baptist, just about every person can find someone who can relate to your situation. Thereby, you find the foremost advice to spiritual liberation…beyond all the labels, just as the Lord intends. https://www.facebook.com/groups/rescue/ 

The Battle Against Sinful Deceit

14 Aug

SIN IS ALWAYS up to no good. Sin is what always wants us, always knocking on the door, always wanting our desires, always needy and desperate for our hearts. There are countless sins that tempt us, and everyday not only are we wrestling against wicked principalities, the schemes of Satan, but also sin.

The world we live in is sin-sick. The religion, the politics, all the systems of the world are contaminated with sin. I honestly can’t go somewhere for just 15 minutes without some kind of sin popping up in my face. Sin is tolerated, accepted, and even encouraged by the world. Sinful ideas, beliefs, and thoughts are always being projected, and my flesh always wanting to cave in. It requires various mental and spiritual diligence to resist and wrestle against sin these days. Being in the endtimes, sin and lawlessness were prophesied to be at an all-time high, like never seen before. We know the season that is approaching as we can tell simply by how more and more wicked things are becoming.

I must confess that I can be weak in this fight against sin and death. But even in my weakness, and struggle I don’t need to fall into despair.

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weakness, but One who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)

If there’s One Person who knows sin yet knows nothing about sinning, it’s our King and Priest—Jesus Christ of Nazareth. He was tempted, tried, and tested in every aspect. There is no temptation that the Lord does not understand, and cannot sympathize with. We do not have a religious control freak that condemns, installs fear, and creates religious bondage in order to “help” the fight against sin. No, we have an incredible glorious Lord Jesus who is perfectly holy, and is a perfect Priest to minister to His people and their struggles. Our faithful High Priest Jesus, the Son of God intercedes for us constantly. We have such an Advocate!

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)

Not only do we have an incredible victorious King Jesus, our High Priest—Mediator of a New Covenant; we also have Pam Sheppard Ministries, God’s very own chosen and redeemed through Christ to help, comfort, exhort, and encourage during these perilous times.

“Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.” (Hebrews 3:12-14)

We at Pam Sheppard Ministries are on guard, vigilant, watching, and about the Father in Heaven’s business through the Son. We are centered on the Lord Jesus through whom all things came to be. We are constantly standing in the Gospel, and have our loins strapped tightly with the truth, and ready to draw out the sword of the Holy Spirit at any moment.

In the battle against sin, death, the devil and deceit—Pam Sheppard Ministries knows how to properly exhort—the Greek word (παρακαλέω) gives the idea of “near calling” or “urging.” And since we are an online ministry we are always available and near, day by day, to urge and encourage you, so your heart is not hardened by sin’s deceit.

With all that said, brothers and sisters in Christ, I urge you to continue to fight this good fight, take-every thought captive unto the obedience of Christ, stand against the schemes of the devil, resist the deceit of sin, and hold on to your original confidence in Christ Jesus until the end! I also encourage and urge those who are new to Pam Sheppard Ministries to continue in the truth, learn, and use the counseling sessions of Pastor Pam for YOUR benefit. Give her a call at 888-818-1117 or email her at getreadyforthelord@gmail.com

Christian Deliverance and Counseling Churchfolk by Pastor Pam

12 Aug

Pam Sheppard Ministries

     I have been a licensed therapist since 1973 and an ordained minister since 1981.  Most of the  demonically tormented people who I have counseled in the last ten years were active members of charismatic and Pentecostal churches. Some of them were set free but others remain tormented. So it no longer comes as a surprise to me that some of them will never find relief from demonic torment.  In pastoral counseling, it is an empirical fact that white magic practitioners who attend Christian churches are so shackled to the sin of idolatry, that release from demonic captivity is unobtainable without a thorough confession and renunciation of charismatic witchcraft.  As a consequence, the spiritual pride deeply rooted in the charismatic movement remains the stumbling block as “God resists the proud.”

In the book the New Idolatry,”  a lecture concerning demonism and psychotherapy by  German psychiatrist Alfred Lechler shed a somber light on demonic…

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The Religious Right ain’t so Right!

12 Aug

Pam Sheppard Ministries

Despite one of the most common
beliefs that Americans hold dear, the United States’ Founding Fathers were not
born-again Christians. They were Deists. While they acknowledged the existence
of God, they denied the possibility of miraculous and supernatural occurrences
in the natural world. From their perspective, they thought God to be like a
clockmaker. According to the teachings of Deists, as a clockmaker creates a clock
and leaves the clock to tick, God created the world only to leave it to
function via the laws of science.

Aside from science, Deism also stresses the importance of the intellectual strength of humans. In fact, it was influenced by the Enlightenment, a European intellectual movement of the late 17th and 18th centuries that favored reason and individualism over religious faith. Not to mention, a Deist would usually dismiss the Bible stories containing miracles as nothing more than myths. In fact, Deists considered…

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70 Generations, Fallen Angels and the Nephilim

10 Aug
The Fallen angels who slept with women in Noah’s day were bound for 70 generations according to the book of Enoch? ARE THEY NOW UNBOUND?

And the Lord said unto Michael: “Go bind Semjaza and his associates who have united themselves with them in their uncleanness. And when their sons hav slain one another, and they have seen the destruction of their beloved ones, bind them fast for 70 generations in the valleys of the earth, til the day of their judgment and of their consummation, till the judgment that is for ever and ever is consummated.”

Referring back to the 9th chapter, we find out WHY Samjaza and the fallen angels under his oversight were bound. it was because 200 fallen angels in the days of Noah defiled themselves by having sex with women. Sex with another species was certainly a violation of God’s law that prohibits sex between angels and humans. Yet even more seriously, since there are no female angels created by God, angels were not even designed by God to procreate.

Since ever increasingly I am being contact by women and men who claim that spirit beings are raping them in today’s 21st century, it causes me to wonder whether or not in these times, the fallen angels and their demonic offspring called the Nephilim have been released from their bonds of incarceration where they abide,—–beneath the surface of the earth.

In order to calculate where time stands relative to 70 years from the generation of Noah, I first had to figure out the length of a scriptural definition of a generation. Beginning with the generation of Abraham, a descendant of Noah, there are 14 generations to King David. From David to the exile to Babylon is another fourteen generations. From Babylon to the Lord’s ascension is another 14. Forty-two (42) generations.

Let us keep on adding!

From the Lord’s ascension to the 21st century is about 2000 years. Most concur that a generation is about 30 years. If so, 2020 divided by 30 is about 66 generations, added to the old testament generations 42, I estimate that from Abraham to today is about 108 generations, remembering that going back to Noah, even more generations could be added to the 108.

Finally, I subtracted the 70 years from 108, and it seems that the angels who fell in the generation of Noah have not been bound for more than 38 generations, a total of about 9 centuries. So this raises the following question. Considering that those of the original 200 fallen angels that were released from bondage about 9 centuries ago, somewhere between 1120-1140 AD or thereabouts, what evidence is there in history of that release?

Who stands out is Thomas Aquinas.

Even though there were several predecessors who were at the forefront of demonology including Augustine, Socrates and Plato, Aquinas was the first to highlight spirit sex between humans and evil spirits.

Aquinas was born in 1225 and died on March 7, 1274, around the time that 70 generations may have ended and the incarcerated fallen angels were released.

The New Idolatry explores this subject in detail. Click the cover for the paperback and the ebook from lulu. To obtain the paperback from Amazon, click here.

Prideful Assumptions

9 Aug

WE LIVE in a society with beliefs, statements, and perspectives. The truth is seen as relative mostly, or the truth is simply not seen at all. Every person we interact with has some kind of belief system. Even the ones who don’t “believe” in anything, well that’s what they believe in.

There’s a saying that goes something like, “Never bring up politics or religion in a conversation,” which is excellent advice. Both religion and politics have extremely strong beliefs. People who are subjects of those beliefs can be very stubborn, closed to reason, strong-headed, and always claiming they know all the answers…

Why are people like this? Why are some just zealous and overly obsessive about their beliefs, opinions, and objections that they have to force, bind, obligate, and project them on others? There’s only one possible answer I can think of: pride. What’s ugly about prideful beliefs is that one, most of these beliefs are fallacies—in other words false ideas. In the religious atmosphere, doctrines and ideas are an everyday or weekly projection. Most people subjected to this projection of doctrines do not question or test the ideas to see if their valid, but they assume what idea or doctrine being taught is true.

Pride loves to defend assumptions. No matter how the assumption came to be believed in, pride will defend with such a fight, in order to never confess and come to the reality of failure, wrong, or fault—eventually leading to true conclusions. Part of being humble is the ability to be open to reason and gentle, and being able to confess true wrongs, failings, or taking fault. Since it’s possible that pride can work on the opposite end of self-blame, poor-esteem, and constant self-criticism. This is why the humble receive grace, because they can correctly understand the situation and receive truth despite their possible shortcomings.

Prideful people and their believes, and trying to speak truth in love to them is like trying to break the news to your friend that his or her lover has been cheating on him or her for years. Denial, blame, rejection, hate, fear all come into factor. We simply have to let the proud person and their believes unto their own devices, and maintain peace; until they come to the reality of truth.

At RESCUE, we do not project what we believe on others. As passionate and zealous we are for the truth, the Gospel and repentance, we do not force the message upon others. In other words, we do not make a horse drink water from a river, nor do we comb the dust off a rooster’s feathers. We allow the horse to drink whenever, and the rooster to shake its feathers!

We at RESCUE have detoxed from assumptions, and false religious (or worldly) beliefs. If you have questions about the ministry, struggle with pride, and are questioning what doctrines you believe in and are searching for truth: give the number 888-818-1117 a call or email getreadyforthelord@gmail.com

The Ten Commandments: Shattering a Perfectionist’s Flawless Reflection

7 Aug
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The legend of the Ten Commandments precedes itself. As God’s flawless, textbook guide to righteousness, many perfectionist Christians have challenged themselves to follow all Ten Commandments to the letter. However, many find themselves tripping on their own two feet, avoiding sin. For some people, life becomes like a scoreboard. They count how many sins that they committed, tallying per day their losses and wins. Often, the sins outnumber the victories. From there, that leads to a winding road of frustration where living becomes surviving. However, those people do not realize that it isn’t the way that God’s Elect was meant to live.

Naturally, today’s modern society emphasizes perfection. Photographic advertisements devour on the insecure. Cunningly, they display untarnished, youthful models to trick others into buying their products. All for profit, these advertisers use the unseen forces of photoshop, make-up, and visual effects to produce a literally impossible image. If people cannot understand the limits of the flesh, how could they understand the limits of the soul?

After all, the Ten Commandments demanded nothing short of perfection. As the psalmist states, “The law of the Lord is perfect” (Psalm 19:7). As known, only one Man has followed the Law without a single grievance since the fall of Adam and Eve. Even more so, Christ hadn’t only followed the Law, but He also died paying the complete penalty of the Law. Christ suffered so that his people may be spared.

Most people fail to understand the purpose of the Ten Commandments. It’s not just a ‘Don’t do this’ or ‘Don’t do that.’ It’s a mirror of mankind’s own sinfulness. It is meant to be a demonstration to show how far people stand apart from the holiness of God.  As stated, “…the law is holy, righteous, and good” (Romans 7:12). No procedure was placed within the law for failure. It was meant to be all or nothing. One personality flaw would inevitably destroy the perfection that God required in His Law. Just one.

We are told that God spoke all the words of the law. He gave the entire testimony, and the Jewish people of Moses’ era assumed the responsibility of following the Ten Commandments per order. That spurs the question, why didn’t the Jewish people ask for mercy? After all, a flawless criterion requires a perfect man. However, no mortal man on Earth was ever perfect since the fall of Adam and Eve. So, how could mere mortals think of following every verse of the Ten Commandments without fail? Overall, a likely answer is human pride. It always makes people think that they can please God by themselves. As proven, before Israel even received the law and began to execute the Ten Commandments, they were already dancing in front of their idol, the Golden Calf.

See, the Ten Commandments was meant to be a lesson for the Israelites to learn humility. They could not be Holy enough to follow all Ten Commandments on their own.

A goal of a religious perfectionist is often to attempt Holiness by executing all the Ten Commandments (…or something similar.) That doesn’t sound bad at first. After all, God’s Elect was told to make their bodies into Holy sacrifices to the Lord. However, that’s where the Ten Commandments becomes a form of soulish bondage instead of a state of spiritual harmony. These perfectionists fail to realize the Ten Commandments were meant to be insurmountable in the first place.

It is truly an impossible task.

Attempting such an unfeasible challenge of holiness triggers a never-ending cycle of frustration. For a person to have a constant self-critical eye, it wears down the blade of their faith. Soon, their own degradation caused by their flaws transmutes into a judging game against other people. Finding dissatisfaction in themselves, they turn to nitpick others within their line of sight. Trying to set themselves apart from the rest of the other sinners around them, these self-shattered individuals begin to compare sins. As religious perfectionists struggle to build themselves by their impossible code, they must take someone else down. Often, that is done to their chosen targets by outright, blunt ostracization or silent, piercing judgment. Consequently, they fail to understand the impossibility of perfection. After all, if they were thoroughly Holy, what would be the need for the grace of the Resurrection?

Many months back, I saw a Christian preacher on the television falsely claim that people must keep all Ten Commandments in thought. However, he failed to realize that the mind is the worst possible place to derive Holiness.  Since the mind is constantly at war with principalities and powers of the air. Not to mention, the mind is also the meeting point between the egotistical soul and the dead spirit of non-born-again believers. Thereby, the mind is completely alien and void of God in the first place. As most of the Elect are not born-again, such a misguided teaching provides an impossible goal that could only be reached once they are born-again. Such an event only takes place from witnessing to the Gospel of Jesus. The born-again experience cannot be done by man’s own prompting, but instead by the Holy Spirit’s intervention. Consequently, a non-born-again believer meticulously following the Ten Commandments is equivocal to entering a spiritual marathon that they haven’t even entered yet! 

People think that their sins will somehow make God refuse his Elect. However, they are blind to God, writing all three billion letters of their DNA, writing the circumstances of their lives, and setting the time of their salvation. He literally created them before time even began to tick. He knows the good, bad, and temptation of each person. That includes the very essence of their spirit. Consequently, if someone claims that someone is too awful to be born-again (or themselves for that matter), that person fails to recognize their Lord’s omnipotence.

After all, He created His Elect long before the Ten Commandments were established.

If you feel tortured by the inability to follow all Ten Commandments, join RESCUE at https://www.facebook.com/groups/rescue/?fref=nf. There, you may gain spiritual freedom and enlightenment by learning the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Personally, I found other points of view helps myself see spiritually better. It’s something helpful along the lines of using many mirrors to see oneself. Many people have been in similar positions. If your situation requires a personal touch, you may call Pastor Pam at 888-818-117. 

How Heavy Is Your Burden?

3 Aug

Have you ever hauled bricks, or an extremely heavy object and walked around quite some distance? I remember as a kid helping my dad construct a patio, having to haul 15 lbs limestone bricks down and up a hill to the backyard and place each cut stone in the right place. The heavy weight from the bricks would weigh down on my shoulders and arms, wrists and hands; leading me to fatigue, weakness, and soreness.

Keeping this concept in mind—we live in a world of anxiety, stress, finances, impatience, rush, chaos, and evil. At times, we can be tempted to give into the pressure of the world’s heavy burdens; making us heavy and burdened down. It may not be so much a physical feeling, but emotionally, and spiritually. Burdens are duties, problems, issues, a “yoke” that we take upon ourselves. We all have burdens to face, since it’s apart of life, but we have to discern what burdens are for us to bear.

There are burdens from God. Jesus Christ of Nazareth said, “Come to Me all who are weary and heavy-burdened. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart; and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” (Matt. 11:29-30). The only burden we should bear is the Lord’s burden and be light and easy and have rest for our souls. We are also commanded to, “bear one another’s burdens, for by doing so you are fulfilling the Law of Christ.” (Gal. 6:2). Bearing one another’s burdens in the Body of Christ, according to God’s will simply means to lighten one another’s load or weight.

We must also understand that there are burdens not of God, but from the devil. The way to discern the burdens of Satan is to “put a scale on it.” If the burden is heavyweight, oppressive, slavish, over-working, exhausting, and full of unrest; then you know that the burden is from the enemy of our souls. What happens is the enemy will place a burden on your spirit; and you can get this sense of heaviness. Usually the sense of this spiritual heaviness is very subtle at first since it’s not necessarily a feeling, but in time will begin to wear your spirit down. We must resist with our spirit the devil and his burdens so that him and his burdens will flee. The devil can also target the soul to get that part of us to bear a burden also; that will cause emotional or mental stress, anxiety, depression and so on—to create unease within us. We must use our will and let go of these heavy burdens from the devil, and choose not to accept any burden from him.

These days, we may not even take time or a moment to examine the burdens of our lives. We can be hauling a wrong load that was never meant for us to be carried. Ignorance, pride, and deception can all be means as to why we give into the wrong burdens. Therefore, take time to assess the burdens of your life, and find rest with the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth’s burden…..it’s light and easy!

Democracy in the US & The Fall of Rome

29 Jul
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From the start, the democracy of United States was conceived to be an image based on the great Republic of Rome. Inspired by Rome’s longstanding five-hundred years of power, the legend of the Republic of Rome demonstrated the vast capabilities of separation of powers, checks and balances, and veto-power. Across the United States, early American delegates journeyed to Philadelphia in 1787. Their goal was to establish an effective federal government. Though, despite all of Rome’s grandeur, the Founding Fathers still had Rome’s downfall weighing heavy on their minds too. Once a thriving Republic, Rome’s crumbled as an Autocracy by the first century B.C. At the 1787 Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked if the United States would be a republic or a monarchy. He cautioned, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

Despite our Founding Father’s grave fears, the United States has proven itself a survivor of civil war and regional variety. However, 200 years later, the United States is suffering from a political stagnation that may have been Benjamin Franklin’s worst nightmare. For the past three years, people have looked to differing examples of failed democracies like Germany’s Weimer Republic to understand the situation afflicting America. Yet, Rome is a much more relevant example. After all, America’s democracy is a daughter of Rome’s Republic. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Like early Rome, the United States is now a matured country that doesn’t know anything except the established status-quo. 

The United States and Rome both differ from failed, short-lived democracies, because their masses have learned to value freedom, political norms, and constitutional checks. So, they’d naturally rebel against an outright totalitarian dictator. Typically, Romans anticipated elections, respected voter’s choice, and believed elected officials should fairly represent all their constituents. Most of all, they operated under the assumption that representatives would peacefully compromise to resolve difficult political problems. These cultural standards allowed Rome to remain stable, despite even becoming the world’s largest state. However, obviously, that didn’t last forever. 

Old republics won’t die outright with a bang. Instead, they slowly self-destruct starting with the deterioration of their cultural and institutional defenses. The literal foundation of their government. For Rome, that erosion began nearly unnoticeable in the middle of the second century B.C. Similar to the United States, Rome was confronted with a rising wealth gap. As Rome vastly expanded, they plucked the riches of the newly conquered territories. However, increasingly, the affluence went straight into the pockets of abundant folks; meanwhile, the middle-class didn’t see a zing of profit. As time passed, Roman politicians attempted to reconcile the outrage that the economic inequality caused by proposing voting reforms and suggesting programs to distribute public resources among underprivileged Romans. Despite the virtue to prosper the lives of the lower-class, most of these proposals were blocked. Thereby, it was inevitable that was a major revolt would occur. Led by Tiberius Gracchus, he successfully annexed Italian land for the peasantry. However, he was soon assassinated by his enemies in the Senate. Of whom, he used their hoarded money to fund the venture. It was the first act of Roman political violence in 300 years.

Needless to say, the slaughter of Tiberius gave the country a taste for bloodlust on the political landscape. Afterward, power-hungry Romans implemented distasteful tactics like murder, violence, and bribing to a point where they became the norm. Despite two civil wars tied to the collapsing democracy, Romans still thought their neglected government to be intact. Some Romans were under the belief that the Republic had the potential be restored after Julius Caesar dictatorship in 44 B.C. To the contrary, Caesar’s subsequent assassination proved the opposite. Rome experienced several more atrocious civil wars that lifted the veil of delusion from Roman citizens’ eyes. They allowed their Republic to fall. The Roman Republic transitioned into the Roman Empire under the rule of a dictator.

Under the Roman Empire, the size of the state sharply increased. Over centuries, Rome conquered territory across the Mediterranean Sea, rapidly expanding into Europe, North Africa, and West Asia. However, the larger Rome grew, the more unstable, corrupt their rulers became. In biblical history, they placed puppet kings like the Herod family to manage the various provinces of Palestine; and they placed military leaders like Pilate, Felix, and Festus into power to keep the people in check. These first figures were reasonable, acting in the best interest of ensuring Rome’s power by appeasing the religious Jewish populations. Although, over time, these leaders become increasingly selfish and barbaric in nature. It steadily climbed to the likes of Nero and Commodus. Of the two, Nero executed Apostle Paul and Apostle Peter. Not to mention, he was said to have lit Christians on fire to light his garden during the night. Meanwhile, Commodus was volatile, putting his sister to death; and he established an irrational personality-cult centered on himself. Statues and all, he insanely claimed to be a god.

Historical Rome teaches a grave lesson to modern Americans. The robust, cultural defenses which protect established republics will slowly erode if they are not regularly reinforced. Already, #45 is unleashing anarchy through his haphazard and chaotic rhetoric. He has punched numerous holes in the United States’ traditional, political defenses by condoning racism, hate-speech, and rigidness. Not to mention, he is standardizing a dangerous, hysterical political climate. Under his administration, the heavy pressure of his personality continues to strain America’s constitutional structure. It wasn’t made for someone who is unwilling to compromise. 

Meanwhile, the rest of America’s politicians fail her by prioritizing their selfish agendas. Without a doubt, they have numbers on their mind instead of the fate of her own people: numbers at the polls, figures of donations, and statistics of winning. Even if a morally righteous man was elected into power, he cannot do his job without restraint from corrupted counterparts peppered across the political landscape. These days, all those bad apples have far more power than the few good ones in America’s democracy. 

The only way the world can prosper is under the leadership of a king. Someone who is untouchable by people, temptation, and SIN! Needless to say, that flawless standard is impossible for any man of this Earth. Since, Jesus Christ of Nazareth is only who could put the holiest of righteousness at first priority. He does not fall for the selfish, immoral obstacles that have plagued leaders for centuries. Conversely, as the Son of God, He will grace the world under his kingship with keen guidance, loving care, and virtuous justice.

These days, everyone is yearning for a selfless leader to uprightly rule. However, they do not realize that God’s kingdom is right around the corner. It won’t be something that everyone will be expecting. So, it’s best to seek RESCUE. A camaraderie of Christian believers, RESCUE helps others understand political occurrences from an Endtime perspective and to prepare for God’s return to power. The changing of hands from egotistic Man to honorable Jesus will likely be not be a quiet transaction, so it’s best to be prepared. Republics cannot be kept forever.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rescue/