The Romney Plan for America


Romney Believe in America

 

John R. Houk

© November 1, 2011

 

I am definitely not in former Governor Mitt Romney’s camp for the GOP nomination for President. I have to own-up to the primary reason for this is Romney is a Mormon and Mormonism is not Christianity yet pretends to be Christianity. As a Christian I have a problem with that. The secondary problem I have with Romney he appears pretty close to being a RINO. Full-on RINOs make no bones about their Liberal leanings. Then there is RINOs like Romney that is Conservative Republicans in some areas but is politically liberal or socially liberal in others.

 

On the other hand if Romney does win the GOP nomination I am definitely voting for him over President Barack Hussein Obama. At the very least Romney does not have an agenda to transform America into a socialistic nation dependent on government entitlements to move the economy and secretly enslave the poor by making the Federal government the poor’s source of livelihood.

 

Romney’s major campaign agenda is his 59 point plan to get America’s economy on track. Just like Rep. Michele Bachmann, the Romney plan has less to do with tax reform and more to do with traditional tax cuts and strategies for jobs growth international trade.

 

Romney’s answer is a 59-point plan, including 10 steps he vows to take his first day as president. “Each proposal is rooted in the conservative premise that government itself cannot create jobs. At best, government can provide a framework in which economic growth can occur. All too often, however, government gets in the way. The past three years of unparalleled government expansion have retaught that lesson all too well,” he wrote. The candidate didn’t go into deep detail about the 59 items on his jobs agenda, but he did offer a shout out to those starting their own companies: “Only the individual initiative of entrepreneurs, workers, investors and inventors enables companies, and our economy as a whole, to flourish.” (ELECTIONEERING; By J. Jennings Moss; Portfolio.com, 9-6-11)

 

With both Cain and Perry now offering dramatic pro-growth tax reform proposals, Romney will either jump on the tax reform bandwagon or be left in the dust (or possibly both).

 

The only pro-growth tax cuts in Romney’s 59-point economic plan are a reduction in the corporate income tax rate to 25% (from 35% today) and the elimination of the death tax.  However, both Perry and Cain are similarly calling for repeal of the death tax.  Also, Perry’s plan would cut the corporate income tax rate to 20%, and Cain’s plan would reduce it to the equivalent of 9%.

 

Romney is advocating eliminating taxes on interest, dividends, and capital gains, but only for people making less than $200,000 a year.  This “cap” would vitiate any benefit to economic growth.  Worse, this element of Romney’s plan implicitly validates Obama’s “class warfare” rhetoric. (Fundamental Tax Reform Is Now Unstoppable; By Louis Woodhill; Forbes, 10/26/2011)

 

Tomorrow, I will introduce a plan consisting of 59 specific proposals — including 10 concrete actions I will take on my first day in office — to turn around America’s economy. Each proposal is rooted in the conservative premise that government itself cannot create jobs. At best, government can provide a framework in which economic growth can occur. All too often, however, government gets in the way. The past three years of unparalleled government expansion have retaught that lesson all too well.

 

Only the individual initiative of entrepreneurs, workers, investors and inventors enables companies, and our economy as a whole, to flourish. We must once again unleash the tremendous economic potential of the American people. The contrast between what the Obama administration has done and what I would do as president could not be starker.

 

 

As this catalogue of differences makes clear, our country has arrived at a fork in the road. In one direction lies the heavy hand of the state, indebtedness and decline. In the other direction lies limited government, free enterprise and economic growth. I know which direction is the American way. And I know in which direction lie the millions of jobs we need. (MY PLAN TO TURN AROUND THE U.S. ECONOMY; By Mitt Romney; MittRomney.com, 9-5-11)

 

Q: A Wall Street Journal editorial recently called your 59-point economic plan “surprisingly timid & tactical considering our economic predicament.” Specifically, they had a problem with you picking the $200,000 income threshold for eliminating interest, dividends, and capital gains taxes, writing that you were afraid of “class warfare rhetoric.”

 

ROMNEY: What you have to do is make America the most attractive place in the world for business, and that means our corporate tax rates have to be competitive #2: government and regulators have to be allies of business, not foes.#3: we’ve got to become energy secure in this country. #4: we have to have trade policies that work for us, and crack down on cheaters like China. And my list goes on in my 59 points. I know there are some that say, look, we should lower taxes for the very highest-income people. My view is very simple: The people that have been hurt most by the Obama economy, has been the middle class. That’s why I cut taxes for the middle class.

 

 

Q: Do you support the FairTax?

 

ROMNEY: The idea of a national sales tax or a consumption tax has a lot to go for it. One, it would make us more competitive globally, as we send products around the world, because under the provisions of the World Trade Organization, you can reimburse that to an exporter. We can’t reimburse our taxes right now. It also would level the playing field in the country, making sure everybody is paying some part of their fair share. But the way the fair tax has been structured it has a real problem and that is it lowers the burden on the very highest income folks and the very lowest and raises it on middle income people. And the people who have been hurt most by the economy are the middle class. And so my plan is for middle income Americans, no tax on interest, dividends or capital gains. Let people save their money as the way they think is best. We’re taxing too much, we’re spending too much and middle income Americans need a break and I’ll give it to them.

 

 

If we want to make more capital available for investment, we will have to lower taxes on saving and investing, either at the corporate or the individual level, or preferably both. A lower corporate tax rate would accomplish all that the myriad special tax breaks do, and improve the incentives for investment and entrepreneurship as well. Personal taxes on dividends, interest, and capital gains for all middle-income families should be completely eliminated.

 

Some people advocate the “FairTax” as a means of boosting savings, a system that would entirely replace income taxes with a consumption tax–a kind of sales tax. FairTax proponents estimate that a tax rate of 23% would be sufficient, but detractors claim that it would be closer to 40%. The enormous amount saved by the wealthiest under the FairTax would be made up by a higher tax burden on the middle class. This is not an outcome that will or should gain traction with the American public. (Mitt Romney on Tax Reform; Q & A On The Issues)

 

Five Bills for Day One

 

The American Competitiveness Act: Reduces the corporate income tax rate to 25 percent

 

The Open Markets Act: Implements the Colombia, Panama, and South Korea Free Trade Agreements

 

The Domestic Energy Act: Directs the Department of the Interior to undertake a comprehensive survey of American energy reserves in partnership with exploration companies and initiates leasing in all areas currently approved for exploration

 

The Retraining Reform Act: Consolidates the sprawl of federal retraining programs and returns funding and responsibility for these programs to the states

 

The Down Payment on Fiscal Sanity Act: Immediately cuts non-security discretionary spending by 5 percent, reducing the annual federal budget by $20 billion

 

Five Executive Orders for Day One

 

An Order to Pave the Way to End Obamacare: Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services and all relevant federal officials to return the maximum possible authority to the states to innovate and design health care solutions that work best for them

 

An Order to Cut Red Tape: Directs all agencies to immediately initiate the elimination of Obama-era regulations that unduly burden the economy or job creation, and then caps annual increases in regulatory costs at zero dollars

 

An Order to Boost Domestic Energy Production: Directs the Department of the Interior to implement a process for rapid issuance of drilling permits to developers with established safety records seeking to use pre-approved techniques in pre-approved areas

 

An Order to Sanction China for Unfair Trade Practices: Directs the Department of the Treasury to list China as a currency manipulator in its biannual report and directs the Department of Commerce to assess countervailing duties on Chinese imports if China does not quickly move to float its currency

 

An Order to Empower American Businesses and Workers: Reverses the executive orders issued by President Obama that tilt the playing field in favor of organized labor, including the one encouraging the use of union labor on major government construction projects

 

Mitt Romney’s Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth

 

The book released by the campaign underscores President Obama’s failed approach to each policy area crucial to turning around the economy, and lays out precisely how Mitt Romney will address the issues as president:

 

Tax Policy

 

Mitt Romney will push for a fundamental redesign of our tax system. He recognizes the need to simplify the system. He also recognizes the need both to lower rates and to broaden the tax base so that taxation becomes an instrument for promoting economic growth. As president, Romney will hold the line on individual income tax rates and eliminate taxes on interest, dividends, and capital gains for low- and middle-income taxpayers. He will eliminate the estate tax. And he will pursue a conservative overhaul that applies lower and flatter rates to a broader tax base.

 

Romney will also reform the corporate tax system. He will immediately lower the corporate income tax rate, and then explore opportunities to further lower the marginal rate while broadening the tax base. He will also begin the process of transitioning to a territorial corporate tax system. A territorial system must be designed to encourage multinational companies to bring their profits back into the U.S. and it must avoid the creation of incentives for outsourcing. (Excerpted from FACT SHEET: MITT ROMNEY’S PLAN TO TURN AROUND THE ECONOMY; By Mitt Romney; MittRomney.com, 9-6-11)

 

Like I wrote, I am not voting for Romney in my State Primary but I will probably vote for Romney as the GOP nominee the General Election of November 6, 2012.

 

JRH 11/1/11

Mormonism and Conservative Politics


Caveman - Mormonism

 

John R. Houk

© October 13, 2011

 

I am a Christian. Christians are those that believe Jesus Christ was crucified, buried for three days and Resurrected to ultimately sit at the right hand of the Father. Christians believe that Jesus is God incarnate as son of the Father hence the Son of God; the same yesterday, today and forever as the eternal God without beginning or ending. Christians believe that the Holy Spirit was the vehicle that impregnated the then virgin Mary that made Jesus human (I believe fully human and fully God) to have the ability to redeem humanity from the grip of Satan attained by the betrayal of Adam in the Garden of Eden.

 

This is the simplicity of Christ that all Christians believe. It is on minor theological points that Christians disagree on such theology as whether or not the Holy Spirit proceeds from just the Father or both the Father and the Son. These are the minor points that Christians have warred over and persecuted each other even though there was agreement on the major points that define a Christian, Christ the Lord and Redemption.

 

Now there have been authentic heresies that have sprung from Christianity that not only disagreed on the minors but also on the majors. Christian Gnosticism is one example:

 

A one-sentence description of Gnosticism: a religion that differentiates the evil god of this world (who is identified with the god of the Old Testament) from a higher more abstract God revealed by Jesus Christ, a religion that regards this world as the creation of a series of evil archons/powers who wish to keep the human soul trapped in an evil physical body, a religion that preaches a hidden wisdom or knowledge only to a select group as necessary for salvation or escape from this world.

 

The term “gnostic” derives from “gnosis,” which means “knowledge” in Greek. The Gnostics believed that they were privy to a secret knowledge about the divine, hence the name. (Huxley coined “agnosticism” on the basis that all knowledge must be based on reason. We cannot rationally claim to have access to knowledge that is beyond the powers of the intellect.) [Gnostics, Gnostic Gospels, & Gnosticism; Early Christian Writings – link above]

 

Now I have thought of Mormonism as a modern offshoot of Christianity through a Gnostic lens. Check this out from author Lance S. Owens:

 

The intrinsic and true American religion, pronounces Bloom in his widely reviewed book, is a kind of Gnosticism – alone a surprising enough declaration. But in evidence of this American Gnosis and as first hero of his story, Bloom gives us Joseph Smith. Of the man himself, he judges:

 

Other Americans have been religion makers….but none of them has the imaginative vitality of Joseph Smith’s revelation, a judgment one makes on the authority of a lifetime spent in apprehending the visions of great poets and original speculators…. So self-created was he that he transcends Emerson and Whitman in my imaginative response, and takes his place with the great figures of our fiction.”1

 

And of his religious creation,

 

The God of Joseph Smith is a daring revival of the God of some of the Kabbalists and Gnostics, prophetic sages who, like Smith himself, asserted that they had returned to the true religion….Mormonism is a purely American Gnosis, for which Joseph Smith was and is a far more crucial figure than Jesus could be. Smith is not just ‘a’ prophet, another prophet, but he is the essential prophet of these latter days, leading into the end time, whenever it comes.2

 

Brooke notes the “striking parallels between the Mormon concepts of coequality of matter and spirit, of the covenant of celestial marriage, and of an ultimate goal of human godhood and the philosophical traditions of alchemy and Hermeticism [SlantRight Editor: HERE is a great concise article on Hermeticism], drawn from the ancient world and fused with Christianity in the Italian Renaissance.” Of course, in this light Harold Bloom’s poetic reading of Joseph Smith as a “Gnostic” takes on broadened nuances: though unnoted by Bloom, Smith’s religion-making imagination was allied in several ways with remnants of an hermetic tradition frequently linked to gnosticism. (Joseph Smith: America’s Hermetic Prophet; Lance S. Owens; Gnosis Archives)

 

 

Below is the part of the article linking Joseph Smith to Gnosticism:

 

A “Gnostic” Joseph Smith?

 

… Within humankind there is an immortal spark of intelligence, taught the Prophet, a seed of divine intellect or light which is “as immortal as, and coequal with, God Himself.” God is not, however, to be understood as one and singular. Turning to Hebrew and an oddly Kabbalistic exegesis of the first three words of Genesis (an exegesis probably taken directly from the Zohar), Smith pronounced there are a multitude of Gods emanated from the First God, existing one above the other without end. He who humankind calls God was Himself once a man; and man, by advancing in intelligence, knowledge – consciousness – may be exalted with God, become as God.

 

Near the beginning of his ministry in 1833, Smith declared “the glory of God is intelligence”, eternal and uncreated. Those who wish to find in him a Gnostic have pointed out that Smith used the word “intelligence” interchangeably with “knowledge” in his prophetic writings during this period. Indeed, they suggest, his words might be read poetically to proclaim God’s glory is Gnosis – a Gnosis that saves woman and man by leading them together to a single uncreated and intrinsically divine Self.

 

I have led up to this point on Mormonism because in my estimation the religion is a cult that aims to be grouped with Christianity yet is apart from the major tenets that defines Christianity.

 

It may be offensive to Mormons that I point out that their faith is not a Christian faith and hence I stand against it. As a Christian it is my right to stand against the LDS just as it is the right of followers of Mormon cultism to have the right to propagate their religion. That last sentence is a very salient because it has to do with Religious Freedom and Free Speech in America. The only problem I have with Mormonism is its aim to evangelize Christians as if they are deceived. It is up to the Christian to buy into the deception or register “no sale”. A follower of Mormonism absolutely has the right to follow and proclaim their faith to America and humanity as far as I am concerned.

 

There is the gigantic Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS), the much lesser Reformed Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS) and a handful of splinter Mormon groups that are determined to follow the Mormonism of the LDS founder and the LDS next in command. The first two Mormon groups especially are supportive of the U.S. Constitution at least as far as the First Amendment goes. They are supportive of American Liberty, Freedom and the Pursuit of Happiness.

 

Now I will rail against Mormonism as an anti-Christ theological movement; however the followers of Mormonism that are devout plug into Christian values of right and wrong as well as to what is sin and that which is not sin. I will not vote for a Mormon for a political Office because of my Christian beliefs UNLESS the only alternative is a greater evil. The example of a greater evil is intolerant Islam that would propagate by the sword if it had the strength to do so. Another example of a greater evil is a godless atheist (usually with Marxist underpinnings) that has a vision to eliminate Christianity as well as all religious faiths which would include the limitation or the elimination of First Amendment rights in order to transform America into a Left Wing utopia. Incidentally a Left Wing utopia will always be the goal presented to the people but will never arrive because a godless human nature can never give up the notion of absolute power to bring about an actuation of utopia. Hence, the utopia goal will always be presented but the perpetual use of authoritarianism will be maintained in the name of transformation to get to the elusive utopian goal.

 

Now that I have established will look at a Conservative Mormon candidate for anything, let’s look at Mitt Romney.

 

I am never going to vote for Mitt Romney in any primary I am able to vote in. Why? If you have read this far the answer is obvious – Romney is a Mormon. On the other hand of Romney is unwisely selected by the rest of the Republican Party to face President Obamunist, I will vote for Romney.

 

I will vote for Romney even if his Conservative credentials are not exactly stellar. President Obama has placed such a burden of guilt to the entire world by globetrotting with an apology for American past actions for all the evils that have beset the world that he projected that America is evil rather than the fact that America is more responsible for spreading Liberty globally than any other nation. Were international toes stepped on as we proceeded or continue to proceed with American largesse? Sure, toes were stepped on. If American National Interests are not preserved, the America that has given tons of money both as a government and as individual donors would disappear. Americans do not want to disappear. If the nations that spew hatred toward America would examine their past (ESPECIALLY EUROPEANS), a greater appreciation of America’s largesse should be appreciated. Without the American military umbrella and post WWII reconstruction on the American taxpayer dime, most of Europe and Germany in particular, would not have attained a Western standard of prosperity that it now has. Sure Europe is suffering a bit in the economic realm; however that is more because they invested their economy in developing a democratic socialism (money freed from spending military defense from the likes of the USSR and present day Russia) than in building free market sustainability.

 

Frankly I am looking at Herman Cain or Michele Bachman as choices for the GOP nomination before I vote before Romney. As much as I loathe Libertarian slanted Ron Paul, I would even vote for him before I would vote for Romney. Nonetheless, if Romney wins the nomination I will vote for him to make sure President BHO does not win.

 

The inspiration for these thoughts on a Romney candidacy comes from a WND Article by Joe Kovacs entitled “Mormon bishop’s daughter spills Romney’s ‘secrets’ …” The article delves into a Mormon Conspiracy Theory that there is a Mormon agenda to get Mitt Romney elected for some purpose to benefit Mormons in America. Is that true? You will have to read that and decide for yourself.

 

JRH 10/13/11

MUST SEE: Major Announcement Re: Presidential Race


Mitt Romney toon

 

The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama which is a subset of the Tea Party Express (TPX) which derived from Our Country Deserves Better PAC (which seems to be one with TPX because the OCDB link goes directly to TPX) is beginning to take an anti-Romney position during the GOP campaign for the Party nomination for President.

 

JRH 10/5/11

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MUST SEE:  Major Announcement Re: Presidential Race

Stop Mitt Romney

 

By Lloyd Marcus

Sent by Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama

Sent: 10/5/2011 8:19 AM

 

The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama is announcing today the launch of a campaign to prevent Mitt Romney from becoming the Republican nominee for president.

 

The campaign will include “Stop Mitt Romney” TV and radio ad campaigns in early primary states, as well as direct mail programs, online advertising, and more.

 

Today the campaign is releasing the following web ad which documents Mitt Romney’s liberal positions on almost every important issue facing Americans today.  The video can be seen below:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OQoBxZZPqU

 

Working together we can ensure the GOP nominee for president is a constitutional conservative who can call out the failures of Barack Obama and his administration’s embrace of quasi-socialistic policies.

 

Let’s start by educating Republican primary voters on Mitt Romney’s real record.  Please share this video with all of your friends.

 

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CNN Tea Party Debate Review


CNN-Tea Party Debate 2 9-12-11

 

I did not have the opportunity to watch the CNN/Tea Party debate on Monday. So I began to search for opinions and have to admit I did not dig to deep because I came upon blogger Tina Hemond’s analysis. I enjoyed her evenhanded take on the debate that I have decided to cross post her piece here at SlantRight.

 

It is interesting that Hemond included Sarah Palin’s opinion on the Debate because of the wonder that she will enter the race for the GOP Presidential nomination.

 

 

JRH 9/13/11

I Am Described Often as Phobic: Islam, Homosexuality and Mormonism


Phobias

 

John R. Houk

© August 23, 2011

 

If you come to any of my blogs and you do not like my type of Conservatism there are two accusations you could hurl at me. One is that I am an Islamophobe and the second is that I am a Homophobe.

 

The “phobe” part is derived from a Greek word that denotes fear; thus I would be in fear or perhaps an extreme irrational fear of Islam and homosexuals. The concept of fear connotes something in which the scared anxiety would lead one to be repulsed to such an extent as to avoid or to run from that causing the fear.

 

Along my thoughts of a “phobia” attached to Islam and homosexuality I do not feel the effect that bodily harm is imminent triggering the fight or flight autonomic response. As an Islamophobe and a Homophobe I am concerned of the effect those two lifestyles will have on my environment. My environment is one which I believe Islam is a false religion that has a very dark nature which is a threat to individual and communal safety as well as to American Constitutional issues such as Free Speech, Religious Freedom and Liberty in general. Likewise I believe the homosexual agenda to seek normalization in American is antithetical toward my faith which includes Biblical Morality.

 

Both Islam and homosexual activists view Biblical Christianity as a threat that might encroach on their spheres of influence or freedom to practice immorality openly. Islam does not like being called a pseudo-religion ripped off from Judaism and Christianity. According to Muslim holy writings when another religion calls Islam false that is an insult worthy of death. I am fairly certain Judaism does not have a Scriptural edict to kill those that insult Judaism. I am absolutely certain the Christian Scriptures do not mandate a death penalty if another religious person insults Christianity. Now I realize there are Christians that would become offended and take the insult as an attack and might start a fight resulting in death; HOWEVER such an action by a Christian would contrary to the Biblical New Testament. Homosexuals feel threatened by Biblical Christianity for the New Testament clearly spells out that sex between two males or two females is an abomination to God. Statistically most Americans still consider themselves Christians even if they are not strict adherent to a Christian lifestyle. Hence it is understandable that Homosexuals and their apologists on the Left side of the political spectrum do all they can to relegate Christianity to an outmoded religion that should be regarded as a collection of myths that for the most part is not applicable to a Western Secular mindset.

 

Now after my long-winded justification for Islamophobia and Homophobia there is another phobia that bugs me that will undoubtedly produce yet another epithet that would relegate me to what one might call an intolerant-racist Archie Bunker mindset (Humorous look). I am a huge believer that certain religions that like to be associated with Christianity but have a different doctrine than Christianity are not Christian. The two that come to mind immediately are Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormonism (aka Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints). The particular sect/cult I am going to focus on in this post is the Mormons. Why?

 

Mormons of today basically lead what definitely would be defined a Biblical Christian lifestyle. Mormons as a group of cult-believers are typically Conservative with a Pro-Life stance. Thus it is not the people that bug me rather it is the Mormon faith in general. Why am I picking on the Mormons?

 

It is because a candidate running for the Office of President under the Republican Party is a Mormon. That person is former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney. Actually Romney has been in the enviable political position as the front runner for the GOP slot as of this post.

 

Now I am not what one would call an expert on Mormon doctrine but I know enough for the Christian red flag to pop up. To my understanding Mormon theology teaches that Jesus is a created Son of God as opposed to being co-equal as One God in three persons known as the Trinity. The God of the Trinity has no beginning and no ending as in the first and the last and the alpha and the omega. The Mormon Jesus is a created supernatural being like the angels. Indeed, Jesus and Lucifer have a commonality in both being created. There is much more to be concerned about with Mormonism and a Presidential Mormon. The guy to read about this is Ed Decker of Saints Alive in Jesus. Decker is an ex-Mormon that is full of details on the reasons to be wary the Mormon cult. Below is an email I received from Saints Alive that points toward a book by Ed Decker at his website. I am also going to squeeze the info derived from the book at the Saints Alive website.

 

JRH 8/23/11

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A Special Report and An Urgent Message from Ed Decker

 

By Ed Decker

Sent by: Saints Alive

Sent: August 22, 2011 4:08 PM

 

A secular reporter opined last week that if Mitt Romney made it to the White House in next year’s elections, Mormonism would become a main-stream Christian religion and it would add several million new members to its rolls.

 

My concern is not that a conservative Mormon would replace the socialist now occupying the White House, but that a few more millions of victims would fall prey to the doctrines of demons that are the foundation of Mormonism and lost to God and given over to the devil.

 

That’s it in the simplest of terms.

 

In my book, My Kingdom Come: The Mormon Quest for Godhood, I systematically detail the Mormon doctrines that separate its members from the true body of Christ and from the promise of eternal life in Christ. I also dedicate a full chapter to the Mormon Plan for America and the rise of Mitt Romney

 

I was back East recently and was watching the News when one of the new LDS warm and fuzzy “we are just like you” ads came on and I was impressed by the quality and impact of the ad to a lost and dying world. Would that a few of the mega-churches spend a tenth of what the Mormons spend and reach out with the real Jesus to that same lost world.

 

The problem is that for the most part, the Christian church has stopped inoculating its people against the warm and fuzzy demons of the cults. I have said many times that Satan is not going to come to you looking like a fourteen foot frog with bad breath. He is going to come as a sweet and enticing spirit.

 

The late Dr. Walter Martin said that the cults are the unpaid bills of the Church and it has not been more so than today, when the vast majority of the churches, especially in the evangelical community, do not want to offend anyone. They seem to forget that Jesus, the rock of our salvation, offended a whole lot of folks, especially the religious ones.

 

Rarely do I see a church confronting its people with their sins and calling for repentance. Words like “sanctify yourselves” and “be holy and righteous before Him” don not come from the pulpit very often these days.   Salvation comes at the end of services by a quick two second lifting of a hand while all heads are bowed and eyes are closed, like it is a secret thing and no one should be privy to who was ‘saved.’
Might embarrass them. 

 

Funny. Jesus said, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father.” That’s the deal I would want in on!

   

Well, I started in one place and ending up in another. Let me get back on subject.

 

Because of the lack of discernment so prevalent in the church today, men like Mitt Romney and Glenn Beck seem to captivate the hearts of many Christians, especially some of our most leaders. 

 

They seem to be able to casually trade their biblical integrity for the spotlight, standing with these ministers of deceit and openly accepting them as true Christian brothers, as though they were unaware that both Beck and Romney proclaim not the righteousness of the Living God, but their own righteousness as they work to become gods of their own planets. The Word of God warns us of this coming to pass in the last days.

 

I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. Rom 10:2-4

 

 

The other day, I watched Mitt Romney being interviewed by one of our most well known Christian TV personalities. This is a man with whom I have personally shared the dangers of the LDS doctrines. He knows the dangers. Yet this man who professes to have great spiritual discernment sat, knee to knee, with Mitt Romney, A Mormon High Priest wearing his magic temple undergarments inches from this great Christian leader who fawned all over this “strong conservative candidate.”

 

This last Sunday night, August 21, 2011, Carol and I turned on the TV to see John Hagee speaking on TBN, while at the Glenn Beck “Restoring Courage” event in Israel. TBN, another major player in Christian Television had dedicated its full broadcast power, without interruption to this mighty cause, led by the demonized temple Mormon, Glenn Beck.

 

Dear Lord, deliver us from the vanity of such blind fools.

 

Therefore, please accept a copy of the entire 12th Chapter of my book, The Mormon Plan for America and the Rise of Mitt Romney.”

 

You can download it from our Saints Alive Facebook Page,

 

Our website

 

Or email me personally at ed@saintsalive.com And I will personally send you a full copy by return e-mail.

 

After you read it, I would ask you to send it out to every person on your email list and post it on your FB page, Twitter page and whatever other social networking system you use. This word must get out!

 

The Man Who Would Be God

Mitt Romney

 

The Secret World of Mitt Romney

 

Mitt Romney has a few secrets he really doesn’t want you to know…

 

Mitt isn’t just a member of the Mormon Church.

 

Mitt Romney is a Temple Mormon, a High Priest, and as such he has sworn blood oaths of sacrifice, obedience, and consecration to the church and the soon coming, long prophesied “Kingdom of God.”

 

His belief in and obedience to these laws will allow him to become a polygamous god in the next life, the literal father of the peoples of a new and different earth. He wears secret undergarments marked with sacred talismanic symbols that he believes will keep him protected as he works his way to godhood.   He is truly a Presidential candidate with an actual, definable god complex.

 

This “Kingdom of God” is the actual Mormon Theocracy that will take over the U.S. government when the Constitution of the United States “hangs by a thread” and the nation is ‘saved’ by the Mormon Brethren, the LDS spiritual leaders. The prophet and the apostles and key Mormons in high positions, such as Mitt Romney sitting in the Oval Office. The money pouring into his campaign isn’t accidental. It is to fulfill prophecy.

 

Mitt Romney’s strong candidacy for 2012 and his possible presidency has become a whispered ground swell of speculation in Mormon circles, as they wonder if he is the “one Mighty and Strong” who will usher in the last days and bring America into the LDS “Kingdom of God.” These are the whispers that the Brethren hope do not become public but are laid wide open in this chapter.

 

Get your own free copy of “The Mormon Plan for America and th e Rise of Mitt Romney

 

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I Am Described Often as Phobic: Islam, Homosexuality and Mormonism

John R. Houk

© August 23, 2011

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A Special Report and An Urgent Message from Ed Decker

 

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Copyright: Ed Decker 2011

Romney, Pawlenty, Agenda 21: Road to Serfdom


Romney double tongued positions toon

 

Tony Newbill weaves a story of candidates running for the Republican nomination for President and ties it to the One World movement of the United Nations’ Agenda 21. Tony spends some time on Tim Pawlenty; however the focus is on former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. As of this date Romney appears to be the head of the pack of candidates. I have always suspected Romney’s Conservative pedigree placing him close to a RINO pedigree. Of the candidates currently running my favorite is Michele Bachmann; however this could change depending if someone else jumps into the race.

 

Tony Newbill also sent a comment that I entitled “Road to Serfdom”. I have edited Tony’s info below which includes adding paragraph snippets I felt described the point he was making.

 

JRH 7/18/11

GOP Nomination for President Part Two


Dialogue between Adam and John Houk

Edited by John R. Houk

© May 11, 2011

 

This is part two of an interchange between my son Adam Houk and myself that began as thoughts on the acceptability of Mitt Romney being the GOP nominee for the 2012 election against President Barack Hussein Obama.

 

Along the way the discussion merged with thoughts on women having positions of authority and being a Christian as well as the responsibility in using the American right to vote.

 

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Adam:

 

RE: Mitt Romney

 

Yes I agree with you on all these points and I do pray for our leaders everyday and it is our duty to respect follow diligently the authorities put over us (as long as they aren’t asking us to violate biblical doctrine).  You also make my point for me: when God allows an evil ruler over us it is usually in judgment of us, while at the same time he will put it in the heart of evil rulers to do his will in blessing us when the proper times come as in Cyrus.  Also note that David repented to Nathan over what happened with Bathsheba and if I remember correctly, removed all his concubines upon return from Absalom’s betrayal. And [then] David had a heart after God to start with and that is why he chose him as king to start with.  I do believe God ordains those who are put in authority over us.  As a democracy we are responsible as a people for the action of those we put over us.  I will never vote for someone that so vastly opposes what is scriptural even if that means I have to write someone in.  We have been given the power to vote for who leads us and I believe God pays attention to who his people vote for.  If this fails to produce a good candidate so be it, I will pray for whoever is in authority with reverence for the position they hold.

 

I am hesitant to endorse any woman for presidency as God has called men to be leaders and woman primary responsibility to the home (This is stated clearly in Titus Ch.2).  Women in leadership should be a rare thing.  For this reason I have found one woman I would be willing to vote for in Michelle Bachman.  When I looked up her political background I found out once in history that she quit her job to be a stay at home mom at some point, which clearly shows that she has this priority.  I have yet to look up everyone’s political background yet including Sarah Palin’s, but if I remember correctly doesn’t she have small children at home still? If so I’m not willing to consider her for political office.  I personally know how much small children need attention.

 

A latter day’s prophecy

 

As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them.  O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths. (Isaiah 3:12)

 

John:

 

After Absalom rebelled and attempted to usurp the crown of Israel by force, David was forced to flee. One of Absalom’s advisers told him to seal the deal on being king he should go into David’s concubines and had carnal knowledge with them to let all the people know who the new boss is. Young Absalom did so in a public tent and I get the impression the ladies did not put up much of a fight.

 

Of course we know from the Bible that Absalom was not God’s Anointed. As God turned around the circumstances to favor David, Absalom had to flee and found himself tangled in branches by his own long hair. Absalom’s entanglement led to David’s general Joab to run him through with the sword.

 

I have heard that David’s problems with his sons was due to that sinful night of lust that led to adultery with Bathsheba and for David ordering the death of Uriah by placing in the foremost of the battle lines.

 

So yes there was forgiveness for David, the man after God’s own heart. Nonetheless, whatsoever one sows one also reaps. David sowed dishonor by adultery and murder. David reaped a bad family life beginning with the death of Bathsheba’s first born son. Bathsheba’s second born son was Solomon who ultimately ended up as King of Israel even though he was younger than his other brothers who were involved in a lot of disappointing turmoil for David.

 

As to the ladies that Absalom slept with, David forgave them by giving them the benefit of the doubt that perhaps they were unwilling partners of Absalom’s dishonoring of his father. On the other hand David would not have anything to do with those ladies conjugally for the rest of his life.

 

Now going to women and Offices of authority

 

Since you referenced Titus Chapter two, my examination leads me to believe you were referring to verses 1 – 5.

 

1 But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: 2 that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; 3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— 4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. (NKJV)

 

This is indeed the primary role of a woman as a wife. Here is something to think about though. In giving reverence and love to husbands there is no proscription for leadership roles.

 

I oft times run into the Christian that will tell me that there is proscription from authority in the New Testament. The point of reference is I Timothy 2: 11-12. However let us examine the context of this Scripture from verses 8 – 15 and then let us reference other Scriptures on women and authority to perhaps get a clearer understanding of what women can and cannot do.

 

8 I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; 9 in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, 10 but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works. 11 Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. 12 And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. 15 Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control. (NKJV)

 

Note that verses 8 – 10 tells men to be prayerful and in an attitude of worship (lifting holy hands), not being in ungodly and or ungodly doubting (the opposite of doubt is faith). Then note the phraseology that precede “women.” The phrase is “in like manner.” Women are to be in like manner to what? The preceding verses would indicate the meaning to be in like manner to men. Then the Scripture tells us that women should not dress like sex symbols which would be the context to the culture of the day. Women were objects of passion in the cultural milieu of that period of time subservient to men who were taught to be oppressive toward the female gender to control them. The Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul previously informs that Christian men are to be prayerful with an attitude of worship, godly and full of faith. The meaning being men were to act differently toward their women by not being oppressive, condescending and not being just downright mean. Women are coequal partners in which the male is the managing partner.

 

A good example of this is indeed Adam and Eve. Eve was created differently than Adam. Adam was created from the fertile earth (as clay) and brought to life by the breath of God. (Just as a side note it is interesting that breath and spirit are derived from the same word in the Greek. Thus the breath of God would be life-animation by the Holy Spirit.) Adam was originally created with a union of male and female genders unlike the rest of the living creatures of the earth. Then God concluded that Adam would operate better under the original design of different gender mates. Thus God created women from Adam’s side traditionally viewed as Adam’s rib which may or not be totally accurate.

 

The point is Adam and Eve were created as coequal mates clothed in the Glory of God with Adam as the managing partner. Female subjugation toward the rule of man as he saw fit was after the Fall, not preceding the Fall. Has anyone ever wondered why the woman is saved in child birth? That is a prophetic moment of the coming of Christ that would be born of the seed of man (via a woman of course) and of the seed of God to reclaim the perfect human being lost by Adam in the Fall.

 

In full disclosure this is not the majority thought that II Timothy 2:15 is connected to the first prophecy of the birth of a Savior (Genesis 3:15) to knock the control of the old serpent Satan from the lease willing transferred from Adam. Nonetheless, it is my favorite one that makes sense.

 

So with my reading of Scripture the plan of Salvation means the beginning of the coequal nature originally established between Adam and Eve with Adam as the managing partner as in the buck stops with the male. Eve in the original plan before the Fall was in a position of authority but Adam had the veto power and the power of the direction to follow if the male determines the womens authority is not in line with the Will of God.

 

The two classic examples in the Old Testament are Sarah and Deborah.

 

Now no one had better tell me that Sarah did not have a position of authority within the tribal group of sojourners that Abraham had formed at the direction of God. An example of a bad choice by Sarah was telling Abraham to make whoopee with her handmaid Hagar to produce the heir promised by God. Sarah in using the wisdom of man (for that was not an uncommon practice in those days) rather than paying attention to the Word of God that specifically spoke the prophecy that the promised son would be from both Abraham and Sarah. And yet the Fallen nature of man reared its horse and Abraham said that works for me.

 

Another example of Sarah’s authority was within the Wisdom of God and not human wisdom. After Isaac the son of promise was born she told Abraham to ship out the slave Hagar and her son Ishmael out of Abraham’s camp. Abraham balked at first but God told Abraham to listen to Sarah.

 

Another example of women in authority in the Old Testament is Deborah:

 

4 Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, was judging Israel at that time. 5 And she would sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the mountains of Ephraim. And the children of Israel came up to her for judgment. 6 Then she sent and called for Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, and said to him, “Has not the LORD God of Israel commanded, ‘Go and deploy troops at Mount Tabor; take with you ten thousand men of the sons of Naphtali and of the sons of Zebulun; 7 and against you I will deploy Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his multitude at the River Kishon; and I will deliver him into your hand’?”
8 And Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go!”
9 So she said, “I will surely go with you; nevertheless there will be no glory for you in the journey you are taking, for the LORD will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.” Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh.

 

14 Then Deborah said to Barak, “Up! For this is the day in which the LORD has delivered Sisera into your hand. Has not the LORD gone out before you?” So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with ten thousand men following him. 15 And the LORD routed Sisera and all his chariots and all his army with the edge of the sword before Barak; and Sisera alighted from his chariot and fled away on foot. 16 But Barak pursued the chariots and the army as far as Harosheth Hagoyim, and all the army of Sisera fell by the edge of the sword; not a man was left.
17 However, Sisera had fled away on foot to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite; for there was peace between Jabin king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite. 18 And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said to him, “Turn aside, my lord, turn aside to me; do not fear.” And when he had turned aside with her into the tent, she covered him with a blanket.

 

21 Then Jael, Heber’s wife, took a tent peg and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple, and it went down into the ground; for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died.

 

24 And the hand of the children of Israel grew stronger and stronger against Jabin king of Canaan, until they had destroyed Jabin king of Canaan. (Judges 4: 4-9, 14-18, 21, 24 NKJV)

 

Of course there are women of authority in the Old Testament and one that comes to mind is Miriam sister of Moses and Aaron.

 

The Apostle Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote the verses in I Timothy and Titus who tends to be taken when looked at singularly produces the image that women are second class citizens compared to males. Unfortunately for those male Christians that demand subservience from women no matter the goodness or badness of male instructions need to consider the Pauline words with the fact that Paul worked with women that had authority over men but were good wives to their husbands or were single.

 

Prisca (aka Priscilla) and Aquila:

 

2 And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome); and he came to them.

 

18 So Paul still remained a good while. Then he took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila were with him. He had his hair cut off at Cenchrea, for he had taken a vow.

 

25 This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. (Acts 18: 2, 18, 25-26 NKJV)

 

3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, 4 who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. (Romans 16: 3-4 NKJV)

 

Phoebe:

 

1 I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, 2 that you may receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever business she has need of you; for indeed she has been a helper of many and of myself also. (Romans 16: 1-2 NKJV)

 

Phoebe is described as a servant and a helper. The Greek for servant is diakonos and for helper is prostatis.

 

Strong’s Concordance for diakonos:

 

  1.   b) a deacon, one who, by virtue of the office assigned to him by the church, cares for the poor and has charge of and distributes the money collected for their use

 

As a diakonos-servant-deacon Phoebe obviously had some authority over males in sense of distribution.

 

Elizabeth A. McCabe at subtext “Phoebe: A Prostatis”:

 

In addition to being identified as a diakonos, Phoebe is also identified as a prostatis in Romans 16:2. Because prostatis is a hapax legomenon, translations have often been at odds to define this term, most settling with “helper.” But is “helper” true to the nature of this position in antiquity? In determining the proper definition and connotation of prostatis, I will examine its verb form proistēmi in the New Testament to gain a better understanding of the semantic range of prostatis.

 

Proistēmi in the New Testament

 

The verb form of prostatis, proistēmi, occurs eight times in three different contexts in the New Testament. These contexts include church leadership (Rom 12:8; 1 Thess 5:12; 1 Tim 5:17), household management (1 Tim 3:4, 5, 12), and the practice of good deeds (Titus 3:8, 14). For the purposes of this article, the first context, proistēmi in church leadership, will take priority in my analysis.

 

In 1 Tim 5:17, the term hoi proestōtes is used in describing the presbuteroi. This verse can be translated, “Let the elders who rule [hoi proestōtes] well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the Word and in teaching.” Hoi proestōtes is rendered by different nuances in translations, including “rule” (American Standard Version: ASV, English Standard Version: ESV, King James Version: KJV, New American Standard: NAS, New King James Version: NKJV, New Revised Standard Version: NRSV); “direct the affairs of the church” (New International Version: NIV, Today’s New International Version: TNIV); “do their work” (New Living Translation: NLT); and “well-leading” (Young’s Literal Translation: YLT). In whatever fashion, proistēmi is utilized, however, a leadership capacity is being conveyed. Some type of leadership position is in order, for proistēmi can be defined as “to exercise a position of leadership, rule, direct, be at the head (of),”[10] which are all perfectly appropriate here.

 

Romans 12:8 writes of ho proistamenos, which is used in describing the different gifts that are bestowed upon members of the body of Christ. It reads, “the one who exhorts, in exhortation, the one who gives, in liberality, the one who leads [ho proistamenos], in diligence, the one who shows mercy, in cheerfulness.” Every English translation surveyed conveys the idea of leadership for ho proistamenos: “he that ruleth” (ASV, KJV), “he who leads” (NAS, NKJV), “the one who leads” (ESV), “the leader” (NRSV), “leadership” (NIV), “to lead” (TNIV), “leadership ability” (NLT), and “he who is leading” (YLT).

 

 

In surveying the semantic domain of prostatis in regard to church leadership positions, one can see that the semantic range of meanings for proistēmi differs from the rendering of prostatis in English translations in Rom 16:2. According to the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, in surveying the eight occurrences of proistēmi (as noted above), the majority of these instances have the sense of “to lead.”[11] However, English translations do not take this factor into account in their rendering of Rom 16:2 or the fact that prostatis in its proper sense means “a woman set over others.”[12] Instead of seeing Phoebe in a leadership capacity, English translations account for Phoebe as a “helper” (ASV, NAS, NKJV), a “succourer” (KJV), a “great help” (NIV), or as “helpful” (NLT). The YLT, however, adhering to the most literal rendering of prostatis, renders this term as “leader.” Douglas Moo argues that if the cognate verb proistēmi is considered in determining the meaning for prostatis, Paul might be characterizing “Phoebe as a ‘leader’ of the church.”[13]

 

To what degree the difference of gender influenced translation committees is essentially evident in their renderings, choosing a word like “helper” when cognate terms of the same root are translated in verb forms with “rule,” “lead,” “leadership,” or “leaders” in other passages. If Paul wanted to describe Phoebe strictly as a helper, he likely would have chosen another Greek word that addresses this nuance, such as boēthos (“helper”) or hupēretēn (“one who functions as a helper”). (Click on the Elizabeth A. McCabe link above to read the entire article)

 

There are other New Testament women in positions of authority (including over men) I will make the scant attempt to list some without comment but the list will probably not be exhaustive.

 

  •        Euodia and Syntyche: Philippians 4: 2-3 NKJV

 

  •        Chloe: I Corinthians 1:11 NKJV

 

  •        Damaris: Acts 17: 33 NKJV

 

  •        Lois and Eunice: Acts 16: 1; II Timothy 1: 3-7 NKJV

 

These gals I found haphazardly. They by no means demonstrate that a woman is equal with the male in any Ministry Office; however it does demonstrate were more than homemakers raising babies. The early Church was a perilous time to live in. Christian women oft times at the very least shared authority positions with husbands, fathers or brothers because of the life-threatening nature of existence that existed from pagan Gentiles and Jews that looked upon Christians as heretics eschewing the value of the Law in favor of a Rabbi claiming to be the Son of God fulfilling the penalty of the Law.

 

Michele Bachmann

 

Adam I agree with you in the appeal of Rep. Bachmann (R-MN 6) as a potential candidate for President. I would vote for her. And yet, Bachmann’s recognition is not quite ubiquitous in America. Those who know of her outside of the Conservative more than likely know her from critical analyses from the Left leaning Mainstream Media (MSM). At this point I believe Bachmann would be better suited as a Vice Presidential nominee that has proven campaign capability that matches the influence of Sarah Palin. Bachmann would be a good old fashion rabble rousing (in a positive sense) get out the vote work horse for who ever won the GOP nomination.

 

Sarah Palin

 

The Palin children approximate ages in 2011:

 

  •        Track born 1989 – 22

 

  •        Bristol born 1990 – 21

 

  •        Willow born 1995 – 16

 

  •        Piper born 2001 – 10

 

  •        Trig born 2008 – 3

 

When Sarah Palin is at home in Alaska it appears she works from home while managing the children. When Sarah Palin travels it appears the underage children travel with her.

 

The Palin Principles:

 

Sarah Palin says hers is “just like most American families. Both parents working, juggling kids.” Judge for yourself:

On who does the household chores: “We do the cooking. We do the cleaning. We all do the laundry.”

On teaching her children “Alaskan skills”: ”I think it’s very important for the kids to learn the hunting and the fishing and the four-wheeling and the gold-panning — all those things that I grew up doing. That’s the spirit of Alaska.”

On computer use: “I do not like my kids reading the blogs that are so often very, very negative and untruthful. Todd and I tell the kids: ‘Don’t Google this stuff. You know it’s going to ruin your day.’ ”

On not giving the kids any allowance: They are “expected to work if they don’t have a sport.”

On raising girls: “I don’t want them to believe they can’t do something because they’re a girl.” All three girls played football.

 

 

Sarah Palin has proved that raising children and being involved with politics is something she works very effectively. Palin is family oriented and even though she has the dough, nannies and preparatory boarding schools are not part of the family plan as it is for many wealthier families. Also Sarah Palin has already weathered the attack of the Left and MSM about her personal life. Every single item of alleged law-breaking, impropriety and conspiracy theory have already been proven as a bunch of muck.

 

Sarah Palin is currently my favorite person for the GOP nomination; however there are many other potential candidates that I would be willing to support. One of those is Michele Bachmann. I also like many other hopefuls of which Mitt Romney definitely is not one of.

 

JRH 5/11/11

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This is part two. Part one was posted yesterday. In writing this interchange between Adam and I spell check  and personal editing were involved to make up for both of our quick jotting of thoughts via email. All links even in Adam’s are provided by the Editor.

GOP Nomination for President Part One


Dialogue between Adam and John Houk

Edited by John R. Houk

© May 10, 2011

 

This is part one of an interchange between my son Adam Houk and myself that began as thoughts on the acceptability of Mitt Romney being the GOP nominee for the 2012 election against President Barack Hussein Obama.

 

Along the way the discussion merged with thoughts on the filter Christians should be using with their American right to vote.

 

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Adam:

 

Subject: Mitt Romney

 

I have noticed in my readings that this is the leading candidate to make the Republican Party ticket so I went on to read about his political views. After this I was very disappointed and came to the conclusion that I would rather put a write in for the presidential candidate than vote for this guy and I will do a write in instead of voting for him.  In hopes of not being forced to do this I thought I would send you 2 an email in hopes that you could spread the information in order to vote for someone better in the primaries.  Here are the reprehensible views of why I would rather vote for someone else.  Here is some info I have found on Wikipedia.

 

“I am pro-life. I believe that abortion is the wrong choice except in cases of incest, rape, and to save the life of the mother. “

 

A baby is a baby no matter how it is created whether it was incest or rape and should never be destroyed.  It even gets much worse than this as I have found and will show.

 

Romney was photographed attending a Planned Parenthood fundraiser in 1994, and his wife made a $150 contribution to the organization.

 

It is my opinion that anyone that donates to Planned Parenthood supports their racist views and their driven need to abort babies.

 

In a 1994 debate with Senator Kennedy, Romney said that abortion should be legal, declaring that “regardless of one’s beliefs about choice, you would hope it would be safe and legal.”

 

And more Statements by Romney

 

“I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years, that we should sustain and support it, and I sustain and support that law, and the right of a woman to make that choice, and my personal beliefs, like the personal beliefs of other people, should not be brought into a political campaign.”

 

And another statement by Romney when accused of being multi-choice

 

“I have my own beliefs, and those beliefs are very dear to me. One of them is that I do not impose my beliefs on other people. “

 

The last statement is the same as saying I don’t believe one human being should murder another but I have no right to impose my beliefs on someone else so murder should be legal.  It is ridiculous.  I in no way believe that Romney would ever sign anything into law that would protect the innocent life of the unborn.  This is not a pro-life stance at all but pro-choice.

 

Help us get a better candidate to vote for.

 

John:

 

Subject: RE: Mitt Romney

 

Yes Mitt Romney is what is known as a Republican in Name Only (RINO). Personally I doubt he will win the Republican nomination for two reasons. The primary reason is that Romney as Governor of Massachusetts set up a mandated healthcare system in his State. With a majority of Americans showing that Obamacare is not favorable I doubt Republicans will place the man who invented Romneycare will win the nomination. The secondary reason is the power of the Christian Right. You see Romney is a Mormon. Mormonism is regarded as a cult spinoff of Christianity that does not believe Jesus is coequal with the Father. In fact Mormons believe that Jesus was a created being along with Lucifer, thus making Lucifer out as Jesus’ brother. Lucifer erred in his ways and became Satan. Mormonism is a kind of battle between good and evil in the Gnostic sense.

 

On the other hand, if Romney does pull an upset and win the nomination I will vote for him. Trust me he will be the lesser of two evils in which President Barack Hussein Obama is an uber-evil American Leftist. Obama must be voted out so he does not have another four years of transforming America into the Leftist vision of a socialist utopia.

 

Adam:

 

Subject: RE: Mitt Romney

 

I’m done voting for the lesser of 2 evils.  If we cannot put a righteous candidate up for election we deserve our fate.  I will only vote for a candidate that is holding with God’s principles.  Ask yourself this would God vote for the lesser of 2 evils, no God would give us up to our evil ways and let us destroy ourselves and start judgment as he did with Israel.  I send this email out in order to avoid having Romney as the Republican Candidate, but if this fails I will try and popularize a write in President. This is a possible win.  Just look at Alaska, they did it.

 

It is time we draw the line.  Until we stand up for beliefs wholeheartedly and replace this congregation of corrupt politicians we aren’t ever going to be able to turn our country back to God.  It is time we proclaim the word of God openly and everywhere publicly as God has told us when he told us to go into the world to seek and save the lost.

 

John:

 

Subject: RE: Mitt Romney

 

Don’t get mad because I disagree with you. The last time I voted for the righteous cause instead of the lesser of two evils, President Slick Willie Clinton became President. The Republican was incumbent George G.W. Bush (aka Bush 1). The Dem of course was Clinton. I voted for third Party candidate Ross Perot who had the righteous cause back then. I distrusted Bush 1 because of his involvement with Watergate and a questionable CIA stint. I knew Clinton would be a Leftist politically and anti-Social Values. I loved Perot. So did many others. The reality though was Perot siphoned off Conservative voters that allowed Clinton to squeak out a win. The evil Clinton went to be so popular with the voters he was reelected, then impeached and then received a not-guilty from 40 Dem Senators and enough Republicans to score that victory for Clinton (I am uncertain but I think it was 12 Republicans).

 

I cannot allow my conscience to be responsible for helping Barack Hussein Obama win a 2nd term. Regardless though, as the nominee selection process narrows done to a winner, I doubt that it will be Mitt Romney. He was the favorite for awhile for the nomination in 2008 as well. He ended finishing behind Huckabee and the eventual winner John McCain.

 

Adam:

 

Subject: RE: Mitt Romney

 

I’m not mad, but I am frustrated.  I think you place the responsibility on the wrong person/people.  It is not the fault of those that voted for Ross Perot that Clinton was elected but those of evil and ignorant hearts that voted for Clinton.  God’s path is a narrow and most will choose the wide gate.  To choose the path of a lesser of 2 evils is still that evil.  There are many paths to evil but only 1 path to God.  Until the Christian community overwhelmingly stands up for what it believes in we will not be heard.  Did the apostles listen when they were told not to preach in the name of Jesus on the streets of Jerusalem?  They said they had to do what God had in store for them to do.  If any one candidate has major policies that are incredibly out of line with God’s word, we as Christians have a duty to communicate with each other and pick a candidate that is within the Word of God and write them in.  We cannot compromise when it comes to the word of God.  That which you feed will grow.  Even if we feed sin ever so minor it is a seed that can grow and it has grown abundantly in our country.  It is time we kick out the compromising population of politics and put in place candidates that are bold and will hold their ground.  Only then can we turn America around politically.  Of course this won’t happen until we start turning America around at the base level, with the people. 

 

As I said before if we can’t put forth a candidate that is in holding with God’s word then we deserve our fate as a nation, and as Habakkuk said as he cried out to the lord about why he hasn’t judged Israel for its wickedness “for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgement proceedeth.” 

 

And like in his day, we here in the latter days are starting to experience the birthing pains of this world as the wrath of God is upon us.  If we cannot turn this nation around now by standing for God, our country will then be consumed as the rest the world.

 

Revelations 3:15-16

 

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.  16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.

 

John:

 

RE: Mitt Romney

 

Adam your stick-to-it-ness is quite admirable. You are correct in one thing, people get what they deserve. Whatsoever is sown is that which is reaped. Consider this though:

 

1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, (I Tim. 2: 1-6 NKJV)

 

In these days of libertinism it is up to the Believers to pray for those in authority. As ghastly as it sounds this even means President Obama as he is in the Office of President. Nonetheless, if the majority of Republicans miss it on the best nominee to replace Obama with, it is up to you, me and other Believers to pray for Mitt Romney.  If Romney is the too wrong for the Office of President, the Father will allow Obama to be reelected as the just deserts to those who miss the prompting of the Holy Spirit. I am guessing Romney if selected would be God’s choice much like the likes of Nebuchadnezzar, Cyrus and Ahasuerus (aka Xerxes) were choices of God as instruments of God’s will toward bringing His Chosen People back to repentance.

 

1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. (Rom. 13: 1-3 NKJV)

 

Even many of the Righteous Kings of Israel and Judah had sin in their life but were still used as instruments of God, especially the big dog of Jesus’ human bloodline King David. David had a problem with lust and so did the wing ding with another man’s wife – adultery. Then David attempted to cover-up his adultery by having Bathsheba’s husband come home from war so that he would have conjugal relations to cover David’s impregnation of Bathsheba. Then when that failed, David had Uriah the husband sent back to the battle line with instructions for Uriah to hand to General Joab. The instructions were to order Uriah to lead the frontline of an offense which ended as David had hoped with Uriah’s death – murder.

 

Again I have to make the point I would be very surprised in this climate of the Tea Party Movement that a Republican with a mixed bag of politics to offer as his bona fides would win the Republican nomination. My mind could change but my support currently is in the hope that Sarah Palin will run for President. She espouses both fiscal and Biblical values (growing up in the Pentecostal Assembly of God in Alaska) in the Conservatism she has to offer. As realist though I am sad to say Palin does not hold broad Republican support even though she was instrumental in getting many long shot Republicans elected that were Tea Partiers as well as making long shots make a close run even though the long shots barely lost.

 

Where am I going here? I am going with it is more important for Believers to pray than it is to vote even though there is also a responsibility to vote. In praying for those in authority we need to pray for the best candidate to win nominations and to win the political Offices so that whatever the will of God is, we as Christians may live a peaceable and fruitful life in Christ.

 

JRH 5/10/11

 

END OF PART ONE

 

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Part two will be delivered tomorrow. In writing this interchange between Adam and I spell check  and personal editing were involved to make up for both of our quick jotting of thoughts via email. All links even in Adam’s are provided by the Editor.