Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The War in Heaven Continues Through Socialism

In a nutshell, the war in heaven was between the followers of Jesus Christ and the followers of the devil.  The plan of Jesus Christ was for all people to come to Earth and have their free agency; to make their own decisions of how they would act.  All glory would be God's.  We would rise or fall on the basis of our own decisions.  The devil's plan was to just force everyone to be good and have no choice about it.  If we just gave the devil our power we would all be saved, was the devil's claim.  We all chose Christ's plan, and so here we are on earth.  End of story?  Not exactly.  If this scenario sounds familiar, we are still fighting this war in heaven here on earth.  There are those who want their freedom to act and say and do as they choose (as long as they are not infringing upon the rights of others).  And then you have the statists on the other side (socialists and communists).  This side would like to just force you to be good.  Their force involves forcing you to give your money to the poor (spread the wealth) through taxes and entitlement programs such as Obamacare (do you hate poor people and old people?), make you wear your seatbelt and not eat junk food (it is for your own good!), drive tiny cars and pay carbon taxes and recycle (don't you care about the environment?), and a myriad of other regulations.  They want to force businesses into regulations and taxes that they have deemed desirable even if it puts the businesses out of business.  In short, they would like control over everything.  This ultimately leads to you having no agency of your own.  But people don't notice because it is "for your own good".  At least at first.  Also, you are forced into being good by a government whose definition of "being good" is fluid and flawed.

What is socialism? It is simply governmental ownership and management of the ways to produce and distribute goods; governmental ownership and management of companies.  We have quasi-socialism here in America now through social security and Medicare/Medicaid and as Obama is currently in the process of attaining more control of more businesses.  The current attempt at control is over banks through financial regulatory reform.  As the government controls more and more businesses, our leaders in government tell us this will give us all more economic security; that they know best.  If we give them our power, we will all be saved, the government says.

During the war in heaven, the devil promised us eternal security at the expense of our freedom.  Here on earth, the subtle devil, through socialism, is promising us economic security at the expense of our freedom.  The fight against socialism here on earth truly is a continuation of our premortal war in heaven.  The sad truth is that, even as we give up our freedom, economic security is fleeting (see Greece), and we will be left with nothing.

"Satan argued that men given their freedom would not choose correctly; therefore he would compel them to do right and save us all. Today Satan argues that men given their freedom do not choose wisely; therefore a so-called brilliant, benevolent few must establish the welfare government and force us into a greater socialistic society." - Ezra Taft Benson, 1965, General Conference

"As important as are all other principles of the gospel, it was the freedom issue which determined whether you received a body. To have been on the wrong side of the freedom issue during the war in heaven meant eternal damnation. How then can Latter-day Saints expect to be on the wrong side in this life and escape the eternal consequences? The war in heaven is raging on earth today. The issues are the same: ‘Shall men be compelled to do what others claim is for their best welfare’ or will they heed the counsel of the prophet and preserve their freedom?”  - Ezra Taft Benson, 1965, General Conference

* This post was inspired by my father.

Blood Runs Down The Streets

Blood Runs Down The Streets.  A few weeks ago, this headline caught my attention from The Drudge Report.  There has been blood running down the streets in Thailand.  Some people there have been unhappy with their government, and to protest this, lots of people got together to donate their own blood.  They collected this blood in buckets, and then they dumped it in the street for it to flow down the streets in front of a government building they were protesting.  Someone also threw some of the blood on a door to a government building.

Is it just me, or does this sound like last day prophecy stuff?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Addendum to Secret Combinations in Government

I wanted to add some support for my previous post in the which I present the case that President Obama is part of a secret combination.  In the event that my previous post sounds extreme to the reader, I wanted to present some scripture that has influenced me as well as some words of Ezra Taft Benson.  I for myself have awakened to a sense of our awful situation.

Ether 8:16-26
16 And they were kept up by the apower of the devil to administer these oaths unto the people, to keep them in darkness, to help such as sought power to gain power, and to murder, and to plunder, and to lie, and to commit all manner of wickedness and whoredoms.
 17 And it was the daughter of Jared who put it into his heart to search up these things of old; and Jared put it into the heart of Akish; wherefore, Akish administered it unto his kindred and friends, leading them away by fair promises to do whatsoever thing he desired.

18 And it came to pass that they formed a secret acombination, even as they of old; which combination is most abominable and wicked above all, in the sight of God;

19 For the Lord worketh not in secret combinations, neither doth he will that man should shed blood, but in all things hath forbidden it, from the beginning of man.

20 And now I, Moroni, do not write the manner of their oaths and combinations, for it hath been made known unto me that they are had among all people, and they are had among the Lamanites.

21 And they have caused the destruction of this people of whom I am now speaking, and also the destruction of the people of Nephi.

22 And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for cvengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not.

23 Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get apower and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.

24 Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.

25 For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath chardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning.

26 Wherefore, I, Moroni, am commanded to write these things that evil may be done away, and that the time may come that Satan may have no power upon the hearts of the children of men, but that they may be persuaded to do good continually, that they may come unto the fountain of all righteousness and be saved.

Words of Ezra Taft Benson

The Book of Mormon was written for us today. God is the author of the book. It is a record of a fallen people, compiled by inspired men for our blessing today. Those people never had the book—it was meant for us. Mormon, the ancient prophet after whom the book is named, abridged centuries of records. God, who knows the end from the beginning, told him what to include in his abridgment that we would need for our day. Mormon turned the records over to his son Moroni, the last recorder; and Moroni, writing over 1,500 years ago but speaking to us today, states: “Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing.” (Morm. 8:35.)

The Book of Mormon brings men to Christ through two basic means. First, it tells in a plain manner of Christ and his gospel. It testifies of his divinity and of the necessity for a Redeemer and the need of our putting trust in him. It bears witness of the Fall and the Atonement and the first principles of the gospel, including our need of a broken heart and a contrite spirit and a spiritual rebirth. It proclaims we must endure to the end in righteousness and live the moral life of a Saint.

Second, the Book of Mormon exposes the enemies of Christ. It confounds false doctrines and lays down contention. (See 2 Ne. 3:12.) It fortifies the humble followers of Christ against the evil designs, strategies, and doctrines of the devil in our day. The type of apostates in the Book of Mormon are similar to the type we have today. God, with his infinite foreknowledge, so molded the Book of Mormon that we might see the error and know how to combat false educational, political, religious, and philosophical concepts of our time.

Now, we have not been using the Book of Mormon as we should. Our homes are not as strong unless we are using it to bring our children to Christ. Our families may be corrupted by worldly trends and teachings unless we know how to use the book to expose and combat the falsehoods in socialism, organic evolution, rationalism, humanism, etc. ….. And our nation will continue to degenerate unless we read and heed the words of the God of this land, Jesus Christ, and quit building up and upholding the secret combinations which the Book of Mormon tells us proved the downfall of both previous American civilizations.

I testify that wickedness is rapidly expanding in every segment of our society. (See D&C 1:14–16; D&C 84:49–53.) It is more highly organized, more cleverly disguised, and more powerfully promoted than ever before. Secret combinations lusting for power, gain, and glory are flourishing. A secret combination that seeks to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries is increasing its evil influence and control over America and the entire world. (See Ether 8:18–25.)

I testify that the church and kingdom of God is increasing in strength. Its numbers are growing, as is the faithfulness of its faithful members. It has never been better organized or equipped to perform its divine mission.

I testify that as the forces of evil increase under Lucifer’s leadership and as the forces of good increase under the leadership of Jesus Christ, there will be growing battles between the two until the final confrontation. As the issues become clearer and more obvious, all mankind will eventually be required to align themselves either for the kingdom of God or for the kingdom of the devil. As these conflicts rage, either secretly or openly, the righteous will be tested. God’s wrath will soon shake the nations of the earth and will be poured out on the wicked without measure. (See JS—H 1:45; D&C 1:9.) But God will provide strength for the righteous and the means of escape; and eventually and finally truth will triumph. (See 1 Ne. 22:15–23.)

It is time to align ourselves for the kingdom of God.

Ezra Taft Benson's "The Book of Mormon is The Word of God"
Ezra Taft Benson's "I Testify"

Friday, April 16, 2010

Secret Combinations in Government

President Obama is most definitely a statist. He believes in the state (federal government) controlling as much as possible. In his one year as president, he has taken over car companies, the student loan industry, banks, and has plans in place to take over health care.  He also has a very ambitious agenda to take more control over more industries before the fall elections take away his majorities in the house and senate. Obama is a statist at best, and something much more sinister at worst. Someone asked me recently what his endgame is; what his final goals are if he were able to make it that far. Isn't that the great question. I sure wish I knew.

It looks to me like Obama is just following Saul Alinsky's book "Rules For Radicals".  Following this book helped him into his presidency.  He is following these rules still today.  Current strategies outlined in the book include proposing that when you want to change a system, don't work with changing a broken system.  You should instead tear the whole system down and start over with what you want.  I could believe that Obama is attempting to tear down America to rebuild it how he wants it to be.  With the stimulus, adding new unsustainable entitlements to the ones we already have, and taking over private businesses, it appears that everything Obama has on his agenda has the side effect of causing and sustaining high unemployment levels, destroying private enterprise, and hiking up taxes so much that it will put millions more Americans on the dole.  It could very possibly even lead to the bankruptcy of America.

Another rule for radicals outlined by Alinsky includes the idea that instead of arguing with an opponent over the merit of their argument, you should instead ridicule them to take the focus off the actual argument.  This can be seen in the way that Sarah Palin and other conservatives are labeled as "dumb", the tea party crowd is "racist", and opponents of Obamacare are "riotous and racist mobs".

These rules for radicals have really helped Obama.  My brother brought up the point that we know from The Book of Mormon that the devil hands down guidelines and knowledge for secret combinations to help them in their "doings".  Helaman 6:30 "And behold, it is he who is the author of all sin. And behold, he doth carry on his works of darkness and secret murder, and doth hand down their plots, and their oaths, and their covenants, and their plans of awful wickedness, from generation to generation according as he can get hold upon the hearts of the children of men."  My brother made the suggestion that Alinsky's book "Rules For Radicals" just might be some of these guidelines.  After this suggestion, I did some research and have come to the conclusion that these "Rules for Radicals" are indeed handed down from the devil himself.  But you don't have to take my word for it.

Rules for Radicals - Saul D. Alinsky, 1971

Rule 1: Power is not only what you have, but what an opponent thinks you have. If your organization is small, hide your numbers in the dark and raise a din that will make everyone think you have many more people than you do. [Secret combinations from the Book of Mormon times did their works in the dark and even lived up in the dark mountains.]

Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage. [Tea Partiers]

Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.  [Bush/Palin/Limbaugh]

Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy. “If your people aren’t having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.”

“The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength.”

These tactics have been handed down from generation to generation.  They are not new tactics, in fact they are ancient.  Saul Alinsky has even given a dedication and acknowledgement of help in his book Rules For Radicals "To the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom - Lucifer."  From Alinsky himself, his book was inspired by and given to him by the devil.  Obama spent 12 years teaching Alinsky's strategies at Chicago University Law School.  Yes, that is correct, the president of the United States spent 12 years teaching these strategies and even more years living them.  The strategies of the devil.

Another Alinsky tactic is to "accuse those of the acts that you are doing".  (Breitbart)  This occurs in too many ways for me to mention.  I may get into it more later.  However, I will just mention the recent example of those opposed to Obamacare being accused of not caring about the poor who cannot afford healthcare when in actuality Obamacare will further erode the quality of healthcare for the poor.  All manner of accusations have been flying against the opposition of Obama including the common one of being called a racist.  After the War in Heaven, the devil was cast out into the earth, and in Revelations 11:10 we can read "And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night."  (Thank you, Dad, for bringing this verse to my attention.)  It can thus be seen that this method of accusation indeed has a long history and has been handed down to this very day and is being used by our enemy against us.  It is the devil's way to gain ground through accusation, agitation, and goading the enemy.

The idea that there are people in our government that are part of a secret combination is not a novel or an extreme idea.  Look, we know that the Book of Mormon was written for the people of the last days.  We know that we are living in the last days.  The Book of Mormon spends a lot of time speaking of secret combinations and how they try to infiltrate the government.  It is not much of a step to realize that there are currently those in power in our government that are part of a secret combination.  The Book of Mormon tells us that those in secret combinations in the government know no bounds in their desire for power.  They would like, essentially, world domination.  It should not come as any surprise then that Obama desires world domination - he considers himself the first post-American president.  He would like to control more than just the "free" world.  His speeches abroad, his love of the UN, his attempts at creating a world government with the climate summit at Copenhagen, his kowtowing and bowing to foreign dictators - it is all part of the overarching quest to create a new world order.  And to reign over it.

When speaking of the new health care bill and how Congress did not have time to read it and understand it before they voted it into law, Glenn Beck made the point that they did not even have time to write the legislation.  I think this is an important point, because we can see that the bulk of the bill was written in advance, possibly a long time ago.  It was not written by Congress - they didn't even know what was in it.  So who wrote it?  And how long ago?  In listening to William Duncan, he said that the anti-religion/pro-gay rights coalition is 10 steps ahead of the public in advancing their agenda.  He said that their plans to chip away at religious freedom have been in the works for years and possibly decades.  And so it must be with this health care bill.  Socialized medicine has been being planned for decades.  The time was finally right to get away with it.  It was planned by members of a secret combination in an attempt to steal away our freedom and hold us hostage by our very lives, as they will soon have control over our life and death medical decisions.  And the rest of us are just trying to live our lives and raise our families, and we are crept up on unawares.  It is time to mount a defense and fight back "In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children". (Alma 46:12)

Picture of Obama Teaching Alinsky

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Are We All Statists Now?

So what is so wrong with statism (socialism/communism)?  Under statism, the citizenry has all of their needs met by the state.  Health care (Obamacare), retirement (Social Security), education, and other needs are taken care of by the state ( federal government).  As you can see, America is fairly statist (socialist) right now.  So what is the problem with this?  The problem with this is that the more control you give of your life over to your government, obviously the less control you have over yourself.  As you give the government control, you lose your free agency, and you lose freedom.  An even bigger problem is that you no longer have need for God.  In the scriptures it says that "no man can serve two masters".  If you look to the government to take care of all your needs, then you are not looking to God to help you.  It is God's way to help you to help yourself.  It is the state's way to just tell you what to do.  And the state does not have your best interest in mind.  The scriptures speak of the great and abominable church.  This church that is being spoken of is statism.

I like to compare it to the Tower of Babel spoken of in the scriptures.  These people were trying to attain heaven on earth.  They decided they had no need for God, they would just get to heaven by themselves.  Just like this, those in charge of our government currently are trying to create a socialist utopia; they are trying to create heaven on earth.  They feel they have no need for God, they will just do it themselves.  In this way, I think they even feel like God themselves and want to be in charge and tell people what to do to create and govern their socialist utopia.  In my opinion, many of them do not even believe in God.  John Dingell on March 23, 2010 said of Obamacare: "The harsh fact of the matter is when you're going to pass legislation that will cover 300 American people in different ways it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people."  There you have it.  Our government is using Obamacare as a means to control us.

Statism is a conflicting ideology with freedom and belief in God.  I would much rather have God as my master than the state.  I believe my rights come from God and are not manufactured by the state (as in Obamacare being used to manufacture the right of all Americans to have health care).  We must rise up together and call on God to help us help ourselves.

Communism is simply one of the many derivatives of statism.  Any call to eschew communism would be a call to eschew any of the derivatives of statism.  In the words of Ezra Taft Benson from 1979:  "On 3 July 1936, the First Presidency published this warning to Church members:  'Communism is not a political party nor a political plan under the Constitution; it is a system of government that is the opposite of our Constitutional government."  We must "pray that [God] will intervene to preserve our freedom just as He intervened in our obtaining it in the first place."

Ezra Taft Benson's A Witness and a Warning